Poverty is at the root of the world's difficulties with both food and population, according to Professor Murdoch, a biologist from California. The main trouble lies within the developing countries: radical change and increased self-reliance would do more to solve the problems than reform measures, but are none too likely to take place. The rich countries can help with aid, technology and trade liberalization, but their most useful contribution would be to stop blocking the road to power for radical regimes.
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