Sunday, April 27, 2008

Food and Agriculture

The LL.M. Program had its last day of classes last Friday, and we celebrated the last day of the semester with the entire School of Law community with a Staff Appreciation all-school luncheon. Good home-style soul food was the fare, catered by a law school favorite, Momma Dean's.

It just takes a look at the headlines for a reminder of how fortunate we are.

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Josette Sheeran called for "urgent action to tackle the 'silent tsunami' of rising food prices which threatens to push more than 100 million people worldwide into hunger."

The PBS broadcast, News Hour reported a stern warning from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "If not handled properly, this crisis could result in a cascade of others ... and become a multidimensional problem affecting economic growth, social progress and even political security around the world." More than 34 countries experienced protest, unrest, or food riots within the last month.

Today marks the beginning of their multi-part series on the global food crisis Global Food Crisis: The New World of Soaring Food Prices.

Another critical policy issue to be debated in the LL.M. Program.

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