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spoilage can undoubtedly be a problem in long distance food distribution - is that you mean to get at here? If so, at least you are getting a bit towards the nitty gritty of what I have tried to address. But you are not being too clear here, I think. Distribution is in principle less of a problem if the distances involved are less rather than more, and I guess spoilage of the good being distributed could be a concrete example of these possible problems of distance, although many other factors influence the risk of spoilage, and it is not clear that food produced relatively close to the final consumer but in less than optimal conditions is less subject to spoilage than produce transported for longer but under better conditions. But, anyway, do you have any evidence of this supposed superiority of more local produce in the real world? In the absence of this evidence, I do not think that you are entitled to say that food distribution to the poorest people is simply one problem, not THE problem.Tetenterre wrote:That is a problem, not the problem. Another significant problem is spoilage. However, distribution would be less of a problem if food could be grown closer to (or, preferably, by) those who need it. Also, as I am sure you know, nutrition is not merely about quantity; quality is essential as well. This is one reason why Golden Rice could have such a beneficial effect.animist wrote:enough food is produced already, it's getting it to the people who need it which is the problem.
Golden rice - this was an important topic in the video posted by Alan a few weeks ago. I don't think you commented on my response to this at the time, but, while golden rice may have its advantages, the message from the Greenpeace video was that there are indigenous plants, notably moringa, which might be able to solve the problem (in this case, vitamin A deficiency) without recourse to GM. Again, when we come down to specifics, there seems to be a lack of proof that GM food is either hotly desired by developing nations or really does benefit them.