September 22, 2010 4:18 AM

Commentary: The road to ending hunger

A young child recently asked my friend a simple question that left us feeling pain and impotence: "Why are people hungry?" We know how to replenish soils, enhance crops and apply fertilizer, pesticide and water for maximum yield. We know how to properly harvest, protect, dry, and fumigate crops. We know how to package, store, ship and market food for maximum income to farmers and maximum benefit to consumers. But we have failed to bring the science and the wisdom of the 21st century to millions of farmers still trapped in ancient techniques.

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