The World Food Summit in Rome ended last week with a whimper—even worse than cynics had predicted – with no concrete, collective commitment to address global hunger. Only vague promises were uttered to cut starvation in half, but that’s the same number cited a decade ago. It gives the impression all of agriculture is in shambles, but that’s not true. Despite some specific problems, encouraging signs have emerged that show agriculture has a bright future and can help address big questions about food, health, the economy and the environment.  As far as the latter goes, it was recently announced the 2010 Ford Flex will be the first crossover vehicle to have interior parts made from wheat straw-reinforced plastic, created from research rooted at the University of Guelph. I write about all this in my Urban Cowboy column in the Guelph Mercury.

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