Sunday, October 14, 2012

This year, for the sixth time in 11 years, the world will consume more food than it produces, largely because of extreme weather in the US and other major food-exporting countries. Oxfam last week said that the price of key staples, including wheat and rice, may double in the next 20 years, threatening disastrous consequences for poor people who spend a large proportion of their income on food. In 2012, according to the FAO, food prices are already at close to record levels, having risen 1.4% in September following an increase of 6% in July. "We are entering a new era of rising food prices and spreading hunger. Food supplies are tightening everywhere and land is becoming the most sought-after commodity as the world shifts from an age of food abundance to one of scarcity," says [Lester] Brown. "The geopolitics of food is fast overshadowing the geopolitics of oil."
UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 What do you think would happen if we had another global crisis now that the world's governments have adopted austerity?

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