Submitted by Jane Shuput on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 12:43
Posted by Ellie Hurley, World Hunger Year
What is now referred to as the global food crisis began quietly enough several years ago. In early 2007 protests over the increased cost in tortillas broke out in Mexico, then there was a whisper of grain and rice exports being restricted in China and Vietnam, and slowly but surely, as the crisis reached America, the prices on our shelves began to increase. This summer somewhere between further protests in Egypt and Haiti, increased fuel costs, and food pantries battling long lines and empty shelves, it became clear that these were not isolated incidents. The world is facing is a food crisis, which if unaddressed, threatens to further weaken economies world wide, further impoverish the poor, and further deplete our waning energy reserve.