26 Apr '11, 5pm

The New Geopolitics of #Food by Lester Brown - #epitelcon

magazine, Lester Brown writes on the emerging geopolitics of food scarcity as the featured article for their special topic on food issues. Below is an excerpt from the article. In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, it means the difference between a $2 loaf of bread and a loaf costing maybe $2.10. If, however, you live in New Delhi, those skyrocketing costs really matter: A doubling in the world price of wheat actually means that the wheat you carry home from the market to hand-grind into flour for chapatis costs twice as much. And the same is true with rice. If the world price of rice doubles, so does the price of rice in your neighborhood market in Jakarta. And so does the cost of the bowl of boiled rice on an Indonesian family's dinner table. Welcome to the new food economics of 2011: Prices are climbing, but t...

Full article: http://www.earth-policy.org/press_room/C68/foodgeopolitic...

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