Special Section: WHAT TO DO: COSTLY CHOICES

The delegates attending the World Food Conference have little time to lose. With starvation threatening the planet's poorest inhabitants, nearly unparalleled acts of international cooperation are needed to prevent the Malthusian nightmare from becoming a reality. Scientific and technological means exist to feed all the hungry; but the money and the will may not. Precedents are not encouraging. This year three much ballyhooed international gatherings—the U.N. special session on raw materials, the Conference on the Law of the Seas held in Caracas and the World Population Conference in Bucharest—degenerated into forums for...

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