I am pleased the Prime Minister has commented on the surge in food prices, and the impact this is having in the poorest parts of the world.
He is right to ask whether diverting food to fuel is a good idea in such circumstances. Why doesn’t he go further, and tell the EU it should stop its energy from crops programme, as it is another twist of the knife of high food prices in the empty stomachs of the starving world?
As the Asian economies flourish the world needs to put more under the plough. The Prime Minister needs to look at the damage the Common Agricultural Policy is doing to world food markets, and work with others to find a pattern of incentives to bring more land under crops, and a freer pattern of trade to give the poorest countries some hope.
The developing world needs to know the EU will open its markets to the cheaper food they can produce and sell for much needed cash. The starving world needs to know western politicians are working urgently to bring more land into use so there will be more food next year than this.
World hunger and poverty is the biggest international moral challenge that still faces us.