I can’t believe how long it took to get to Rome. I left my house at 8:30 and didn’t check into the hotel until 7:30. That’s only 6:30 UK time, but still!
In addition to travelling, I spent most of the time working. I caught up with some emails I had ignored last week in the flurry of G8 meetings. I also wrote a reply to The Economist’s article on the food crisis.
The article wasn’t bad - for starters it was great to see the issue covered. But it did completely miss the impact climate change is already having on agriculture. It also failed to understand that the majority of poor farmers in developing countries are net food purchasers: they buy more food than they sell. So high food prices push them further into poverty. The article didn’t explore solutions to the problem either.
I was also surprised to see how little coverage The Economist gave to the G8. Their cartoon was pretty funny though. If you want to know what the summit will be talking about, have a look at ActionAid’s feed of press coverage.