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4. Global Food Crisis Expands

A new worldwide spike in agricultural commodity and food prices is generating both predictable and extraordinary fall-outs.  The search for causes once again leads to a conjuncture of flawed policies in trade, environment, finance and agriculture that is likely to produce more dangerous volatility in years to come.  Over the past year, food prices around the world shot sharply upward, surpassing the previous price surge in 2007-2008 to set a new record, as measured by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

In February, the UN’s food price index rose for the eighth consecutive month, to the highest level since at least 1990.  As a result, since 2010 began, roughly another 44 million people have quietly crossed the threshold into malnutrition, joining 925 million already suffering from lack of food.  If prices continue to rise, this food crisis will push the ranks of the hungry toward a billion people, with another two billion suffering from “hidden malnutrition” from inadequate diets, nearly all in the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.  That deprivation will shorten lives and stunt young minds, hitting the most vulnerable populations, such as the urban poor of food importing countries, in cities like Cairo, Tunis and Dhaka.

“Diet Hard: With A Vengeance,” David Moberg, In These Times, 3/24/11.  http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/7112/diet_hard_with_a_vengeance

Student Researcher: Aluna Soupholphakdy, Sonoma State University

Faculty Evaluator: Professor Peter Phillips, Sonoma State University

  • 1122boo November 6, 2011

    End Hemp/Cannabis Prohibition….Food, fuel, fiber, medicine!

  • 1122boo November 6, 2011

    End Hemp/Cannabis Prohibition….Food, fuel, fiber, medicine!

  • citizen November 8, 2011

    End most farm subsidies……lower food prices for everyone and less money the gov. is shelling out for people to not plant
     

  • citizen November 8, 2011

    End most farm subsidies……lower food prices for everyone and less money the gov. is shelling out for people to not plant
     

  • citizen477 December 28, 2011

    One of the challenges is the lure of millions to the cities in pursuit of a better life. This continues to sever the ties to the land. As the farming population decreases, prices begin to increase. Also, it is my understanding that global mega-agri-business firms are buying up land worldwide on the cheap for the purposes of planting acre upon acre of single-crop seeds, which helps to deplete the availability of diversified diet. 

    These challenges are going to be difficult to surmount.

  • Roger Williams December 28, 2011

    One of the challenges is the lure of millions to the cities in pursuit of a better life. This continues to sever the ties to the land. As the farming population decreases, prices begin to increase. Also, it is my understanding that global mega-agri-business firms are buying up land worldwide on the cheap for the purposes of planting acre upon acre of single-crop seeds, which helps to deplete the availability of diversified diet. 

    These challenges are going to be difficult to surmount.

  • FormerDemocrat January 13, 2012

    Dear Project Censored: 

    Thank you for your continuing superb work. For me, surely for many, Project Censored is the crown jewel of California State University–and that is saying a lot. 

    Regarding your column “Global Food Crisis Expands,” I must comment that I thought biotechnology would feed the world, would save us. Is that not what Monsanto promises?

  • FormerDemocrat January 13, 2012

    Dear Project Censored: 

    Thank you for your continuing superb work. For me, surely for many, Project Censored is the crown jewel of California State University–and that is saying a lot. 

    Regarding your column “Global Food Crisis Expands,” I must comment that I thought biotechnology would feed the world, would save us. Is that not what Monsanto promises?

  • Haywood Jeblowme March 17, 2012

    Of course the simple solution to this problem is to just let a few billion humans die off.  We’d all be the happier for it!

  • Haywood Jeblowme March 17, 2012

    Of course the simple solution to this problem is to just let a few billion humans die off.  We’d all be the happier for it!

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    This continuous food price rise will deprive many people from basic diet, leading to many deaths because of starvation. Instead of food price rise, if the price of other commodities are increased that will be fine. Because food is the most important need of a person and its hard to live without it.

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    This continuous food price rise will deprive many people from basic diet, leading to many deaths because of starvation. Instead of food price rise, if the price of other commodities are increased that will be fine. Because food is the most important need of a person and its hard to live without it.

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    Just read a new book, Wealth vs.
    Work: How 1% Victimize 99%. It’s about the vanishing

    American dream- a shrinking middle class, increased poverty
    and inequality. It’s about a return to the old aristocratic order, a world
    where hereditary privilege and power trump excellence and merit and where
    ordinary people, and those who are less able and less vigorous, are trampled by
    greed, materialism and crony capitalism. It’s about Wall Street vs. Main Street, and
    about the economic decline of labor unions and working people. It’s a gritty
    book!

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    Just read a new book, Wealth vs.
    Work: How 1% Victimize 99%. It’s about the vanishing

    American dream- a shrinking middle class, increased poverty
    and inequality. It’s about a return to the old aristocratic order, a world
    where hereditary privilege and power trump excellence and merit and where
    ordinary people, and those who are less able and less vigorous, are trampled by
    greed, materialism and crony capitalism. It’s about Wall Street vs. Main Street, and
    about the economic decline of labor unions and working people. It’s a gritty
    book!

  • Anonymous June 8, 2012

    The Lord prospers those who love him and his word and doesn’t those who don’t. This is the prevailing lesson of what is commonly called the “Old Testemant”.

  • krinks June 8, 2012

    The Lord prospers those who love him and his word and doesn’t those who don’t. This is the prevailing lesson of what is commonly called the “Old Testemant”.

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