The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109897   Message #2300769
Posted By: Amos
29-Mar-08 - 10:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: Global Rice Crisis
Subject: RE: BS: Global Rice Crisis

As regards world population, of course it is a major factor in a complex confluence of factors. If it were the only factor, the problem would be much more manageable, if it existed at all.

Other factors are distorted distribution systems, market torque, climate, and limitations in knowledge, and the aberration of mismanaged water maintianing more golf courses in Phoenix than are "needed" and denying irrigation to lands only a couple of hundred miles down stream needed to grow food. It is simplistic to blame the whole problem on one factor.

As for governments, they will grow concerned to the degree their populations become hit with the impact.