Title: Distorted agricultural prices cause hunger and resources dilapidation
Author: Antonio Cipriano A. Pinheiro
Address: Department of Economics, Universidade de Evora, Largo dos Colegiais, 2, 7000-803 Evora, Portugal
Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to present facts and arguments trying to prove that price distortion has been the main reason for the dilapidation of human and physical resources all over the world. In some countries, farmers sell their products at prices below their real cost. In these countries, most often, family labour and equipment depreciation are not accounted as real costs. The expected increase in world population will demand for levels of production much higher than those that are been produced. So, if we want to feed the world in a sustainable way, maintaining the production potential of human and natural resources, a new set of trade and rural development policies have to be implemented across the world, based on regional common markets. To promote these policies, regional organisations (that include several countries) and a new international trade organisation must be created.
Keywords: fair prices; agricultural prices; distorted prices; trade policies; resources dilapidation; family farms; agricultural subsidies; sustainable society; hunger; international trade organisations; price distortion; rural development; regional development.
Int. J. of Sustainable Society, 2010 Vol.2, No.2, pp.191 - 204
Available online: 08 Jun 2010