Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Coverage of the Global Food Conference

As I said a few days ago, I'm interested in which media outlets are covering the conference - and which aren't. NPR has had bulletins from Sylvia Poggioli yesterday and today - but with more emphasis on the politics than the science and economics. BBC is covering it, too.

Here's a quotation from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon:

"We have an historic opportunity to revitalise agriculture... I call on you to take bold and urgent steps to address the root causes of this global food crisis."

And here's the link to more quotations from the opening salvos:

I especially liked this tell-it-like-it-is approach from Croation President Stjepan Mesic:

"We must admit the fact that we have reached the present situation because of decades of mistaken understanding of global development, because of a truly brazen imposition of unacceptable models on other communities and ways of life, because of unfair rules of international trade and the hypocrisy of international financial institutions, because of favouring big business at the expense of ordinary people."

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