My journey here at Thought_Food was prompted in part by the food price spike of 2008. Back then, we were assured that this was only temporary and the situation would improve. But recently in December 2010, the FAO noted a sharp rise in commodity price spikes and there is no ignoring the fact that a crisis is , indeed, brewing. The factors at work are explained in detail in Lester R. Brown’s article at Foreign Policy. One of the major constraint on growth in agricultural productivity that he identifies’ is the shrinking backlog of untapped technologies. So, if constraints on natural resources prove insurmountable, perhaps we have a case here to take a more reasonable look at the role of biotechnology in raising agricultural productivity? More on the possible benefits here.