A EURACTIV opinion piece responds to Trump administration ambassadors in Rome and Brussels (Kip Tom and Ronald Gidwitz respectively) who published a joint opinion piece in Euractiv.
It says they noted that global hunger is a scourge and on the rise. The US, too, is facing rising levels of hunger.
They praised the European Union’s “Green Deal” and listed “increased environmental stewardship, improved biodiversity and globally equitable access to healthy, nutritious food,” as goals for the world’s food systems.
But then came the somehow inevitable yet untenable claim: “We are convinced the… US model that has helped propel modern agriculture… will be a critical piece in the broader strategy to continue feeding a growing world.”
President-elect Biden will have to do better. The world needs the same spirit of humility and determination that he and his team are bringing to the US race and inequity crisis.
The change needs to start with a clear view of how the US government is seen by its neighbours—understanding that repeated abuse of wealth and power has eroded capacity for empathy and cost international goodwill.