A new editorial in Scientific American on the global food shortage draws upon the work of Robert Paarlberg, author of Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa, in calling for increased use of GMOs in Africa, the region left most vulnerable during the current crisis. According to the magazine, "the only lasting solution to hunger in Africa and elsewhere must focus on poor agricultural productivity," which is exactly the issue Starved for Science was written to address.
It's not just Americans who are hearing Paarlberg's call. Starved for Science is making the rounds in parliamentary debate on both sides of the Atlantic, most notable in the House of Lords, where one Lord Taverne rose to discuss Starved for Science, "one of the most important books I have read for years." Also, don't miss Paarlberg's blog exchange with Pamela Ronald, author of Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, out now from Oxford University Press, on whose blog the exchange is hosted.