Political 'Food' Fight

When Bill Steigerwald criticized the PBS documentary, "Politics of Food" as unfair, I didn't think he was fair ("PBS Documentary Explores 'The Politics of Food' Tonight," Dec. 29).

The two hours made a convincing and documented point that the World Bank has decided what cash crops Third World countries should produce. The World Bank says that the people should rely on grain and rice, grown under government subsidized programs elsewhere in the world. This, together with lopsided land ownership, leaves the local people without sources for a balanced diet.

The program emphasized the poorly designed local government programs regarding land ownership. It also underlined the favoring of urban programs over the needs of the farm populations, which Steigerwald evidently missed.

I think he came to the program on PBS as a biased observer.


Pacific Palisades

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