The Food Professionals’ Dilemma

Written for The Kent Ridge Common

The global food industry has been the subject of intense scrutiny – and criticism – over the past year from actors as diverse as journalist Michael Pollan, environmentalist Vandana Shiva, and Prince Charles of Britain.

Their main contentions: the unsustainable mass production (and waste) of cheap food; the harmful health effects ofagrochemicals, global inequities in food distribution, resulting in famines; inadequate food safety regulations; farm land grabsby richer nations; and the questionable practice patenting Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) by large multi-national companies that both exploit communities and damage the environment. With the recent death of Norman Borlaug, father of the first Green Revolution, the debate about how to produce, distribute and consume food fairly and sustainably for a world of eight billion has reached a peak. Continue reading