While many of us in the wealthier parts of the world are busy arguing about just which sub-type of organic lettuce we’re using in our salads, or whether we ought to take an “animal rights” approach versus an “animal welfare” approach to reducing animal suffering in our factory farms, people in other parts of the world face a more fundamental question about food, namely whether they can afford some. And while that problem is faced most obviously by citizens of the world’s poorest nations, nations where starvation is an epidemic, it is also faced to varying degrees in many countries, and even by the poorer citizens of the world’s richest countries.
From Agustino Fontevecchia, writing for Forbes: On The Verge Of A Global Food Crisis.
The global food situation doesn’t look too promising, as floods in Australia and excessively hot weather in Latin America harm harvests, upward pressure is mounting on prices. According to the FAO, a basket tracking the wholesale cost of food commodities such as wheat, corn, rice, vegetable oils, and meats, has already topped 2008’s peak values, reaching 214.5 points (compared to 213.5 on June 2008). And, as the USDA cuts its global grain supply outlook, soybean, corn, and wheat prices have spiked, nearing or passing 30-month highs….
See also Steven Mufson, writing for the Washington Post:
Global effort to calm food prices
Faced with rising international food prices, governments around the world are cooking up measures to protect domestic supplies and keep a lid on prices at home….
Both articles focus primarily on moves by national governments to try to ensure access to food at reasonable prices for their citizens. Is there anything that we, as citizens, can do to help?