Raj left me a comment about that BBC discussion which was interesting. Apparently, I expressed my views on organic versus industrial agriculture directly to the Vice President for Food & Agriculture of the Washington DC based Biotechnology Industry Organization. This organization is none other than the major trade lobby which represents Monsanto. Ah, had I known, I would have used more choice words.
Raj is Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Amazon describes his book thus:
"Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese-both symptoms of the corporate food monopoly. To show how a few powerful distributors control the health of the entire world, Raj Patel conducts a global investigation, traveling from the "green deserts" of Brazil and protester-packed streets of South Korea to bankrupt Ugandan coffee farms and barren fields of India. What he uncovers is shocking — the real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa, an epidemic of farmer suicides, and the false choices and conveniences in supermarkets. Yet he also finds hope-in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable, and joyful food system."You can find Raj's blog here. He is a former policy analyst for Food First, a leading food think tank, and is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies.