I asked Kaufman, a close friend and a contributor to the magazine, how we could resolve this conundrum. It's not hard, he said. All we have to do is apply the technology of commodity markets to coordination, not competition. The United Nations is already showing the way. Its recently introduced Agricultural Market Information System, or AMIS, provides the same useful global market data—How much do we have? How much did we use last year? How much is left over? Are we running surpluses or deficits?—without the useless speculation. "Commodity markets are extraordinary technological feats of price discovery and management," Kaufman said. "The fight, as always, is to keep technology in line with human needs."