George McGovern and Marshall Matz call for a more thoughtful, science-based discussion of agriculture policy
George McGovern, former senator from South Dakota and 1972 Democratic Nominee for Vice President, and Marshall Matz, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, wrote an opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee about US agriculture policy and the challenge of ending hunger worldwide. Mr. McGovern and Mr. Matz ask for a more respectful discussion about agriculture that does not pit one side against the other, but instead values science and recognizes the important contributions of farmers.
They write that while most Americans give little thought to agriculture policy and food production, there is a real food shortage in many developing countries and millions of children go to school hungry everyday. They argue that the world can meet the challenge of increasing food production only if all available tools, including science, are utilized and people learn more about food production and what it takes to feed the world.
You can read the full Op-Ed here.