Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Food Riot!

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


If you’re seeing your grocery bill go up, you’re not alone.

From subsistence farmers eating rice in Ecuador to gourmets feasting on escargot in France, consumers worldwide face rising food prices in what analysts call a perfect storm of conditions. Freak weather is a factor. But so are dramatic changes in the global economy, including higher oil prices, lower food reserves and growing consumer demand in China and India.

The world’s poorest nations still harbor the greatest hunger risk. Clashes over bread in Egypt killed at least two people last week, and similar food riots broke out in Burkina Faso and Cameroon this month.

Great. What's next, Soylent Green?

I'm really trying to be optimistic. I need to go watch a few TED videos to cheer me up.

Call me an eye-bright moonbat, but shouldn't we have the 'feeding humanity' thing down by now? We eradicated smallpox, what's the hold-up?

Another thing, anyone ever notice that when prices go up, they rarely come back down?

Foreign Policy chimes in.

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