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The World Food Program described the global food crisis as a “silent tsunami” surging over an unaware populace, helpless in the face of massive destruction. The financial crisis—rapidly going global—now threatens to increase everyone’s vulnerability to hunger. The compound
effect of the twin crises seems overwhelming.
Food First Backgrounder Vol. 14 #3: The Food Crisis Comes Home: Empty food banks, rising costs--symtoms of a hungrier nation
By Heidi Conner, Juliana Mandell, Meera Velu and Annie Shattuck
The food crisis is worsening. The UN World Food Program predicts a jump in the number of hungry people in the world from 860 million to more than one billion people—one of every six people in the world. Retail prices of food in the U.S. increased four percent last year, driven by a combination of speculation, high oil prices, agrofuel consumption, a weak dollar, climatic
We do not view the food crisis as an unexpected, sudden emergency of the last year, but as the inevitable consequence of misguided agricultural and food policies over the last 30 years.
We will not resolve the problems exposed by this food crisis with more of the same policies and thinking. A wholesale change in the worldwide food system is necessary to address these problems sustainably and equitably.
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