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Posted Tue Apr 22 2008: from Christian Science Monitor:
Roots of Asia's rice crisis
"BOHOL, PHILIPPINES...For decades, governments have been encouraging a boom in services and skyscrapers, but not the capacity to grow more rice. Financing in agriculture has stagnated, and fewer farmers are expected to produce more rice for exploding populations. That neglect is one of the central causes of what some analysts call the "perfect storm" including rising global oil prices, drought in Australia, and inclement weather behind the rice crisis."
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