The emergency meeting of world leaders to discuss the global food crisis foundered when each country focused on its own own needs and political problems. As the New York Times explained, “everyone complained about other people’s protectionism–and defended their own.” In the meantime, food has become a hot commodity for investment speculation, and Monsanto says it will solve the crisis through genetic modification (rising food prices did wonders for the company’s stock in the last year). The need for enlightened leadership seems especially acute these days, alas.
Next public appearance
This is the rescheduling of the lecture I was supposed to give on October 10. The taxi driver went through red light at entrance to the Pulaski, was pulled over and found to be driving without a license. We never made it. The lecture is on food politics. It starts at 6:00. Free and open to the public. The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street. This time, I’ll take the PATH.