Despite agriculture's large stake in export markets, many farm people do not recognize that farm price policies often conflict with this interest. The U.S. concern with world food problems emphasizes food exports, without adequate recognition that U.S. imports can help those enmeshed in poverty gain access to improved diets.
Such issues draw on the analytical tools of economics, as other problems draw on other sciences. In addition, they require discussion in terms of options and goals. Because goals vary among individuals, no single "right answer" can be identified. Understanding the consequences of alternative choices, however, encourages more rational public decisions.
international trade, food exports, food crisis