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The Politics of Hunger

How Illusion and Greed Fan the Food Crisis

Author: Paul Collier
November/December 2008
Foreign Affairs


The food crisis could have dire effects on the poor. Politicians have it in their power to bring food prices down. But doing so will require ending the bias against big commercial farms and genetically modified crops and doing away with damaging subsidies-the giants of romantic populism, bolstered by both illusion and greed.

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