Host: American Enterprise Institute. The world finds itself today in a global food crisis of increasing demand in the face of limited supply, a recipe for skyrocketing food costs, increasing poverty, potential famine, and political instability. What are the causes of today’s food crisis, and what can be done about it? British economist and demographer Thomas Robert Malthus predicted in the early nineteenth century that a food crisis was inescapable, since population was seen as increasing geometrically while food supply was seen as increasing arithmetically. Are his predictions coming true? In addition to remarks by Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, panelists will address agricultural productivity, technology, international economics and trade, biofuels, and climate change.
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