14 Oct '11, 8pm

#OccupyWallStreet, food prices, civil unrest: It all comes back to oil

#OccupyWallStreet, food prices, civil unrest: It all comes back to oil

Back in August, everyone was talking about a study titled The Food Crises and Political Instability in North Africa and the Middle East. The researchers correlated food prices against the starts of occupations and riots across the Middle East, and guess what: when food prices go up, people get angry and demand change. The researchers concluded that "The current [food price] problem transcends the specific national political crises to represent a global concern about vulnerable populations and social order." I thought of this when I read Mike's post the other day, The U.S. Now Uses More Corn for Fuel Than Feed! - In America, as Michael Pollan wrote in the Omnivore's Dilemma, if you eat a typical American diet, you are essentially made of corn. I paraphrased him in my review of the book: If you eat industrially, you are made of corn. It holds together your McNuggets, it swee...

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