Food Crisis/Food Riots

18 Apr

For quite some time now, I have been watching as the worldwide crisis in global climate change has been expressed in the intersection of fuel and food. As the price of oil sky rockets, the price of transporting food increases alongside it. Additionally, America’s new fascination with ethanol has increased the price of corn so much that it is increasing the price of corn tortillas, and squeezing people who rely on that as a staple of their diets.

However, the recent ousting of the Haitian prime minister is one of the most pronounced examples of the growing worldwide food crisis.  Canadian TV reports, “Both Haiti and Bangladesh have experienced skyrocketing food prices, part of a worldwide trend that is widening the gulf between those who can afford to eat and those who cannot. Food prices around the world have risen about 40 per cent since mid-2007.”

An editorial in the Washington Post last month noted “The Food and Agriculture Organization, a branch of the United Nations, has identified 36 “crisis” countries, 21 of which are in Africa. The World Food Program, another U.N. agency, estimates that it will need $500 million on top of what donor nations have already pledged to fill what the WFP calls a global ‘food gap.'”

Blookberg reports on the social unrest this is causing, “Four people died in two days of rioting last week over food prices in Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest country … Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mozambique and Senegal have also experienced unrest in the last several weeks related to food and fuel prices, according to the report.”


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