Paul Krugman’s latest column focuses on food. Wander on over and check out his thoughts…
Grains Gone Wild – New York Times
These days you hear a lot about the world financial crisis. But there’s another world crisis under way — and it’s hurting a lot more people.
I’m talking about the food crisis. Over the past few years the prices of wheat, corn, rice and other basic foodstuffs have doubled or tripled, with much of the increase taking place just in the last few months. High food prices dismay even relatively well-off Americans — but they’re truly devastating in poor countries, where food often accounts for more than half a family’s spending.
There have already been food riots around the world. Food-supplying countries, from Ukraine to Argentina, have been limiting exports in an attempt to protect domestic consumers, leading to angry protests from farmers — and making things even worse in countries that need to import food.
As this world moves forward in this century we seem to be moving backwards in our real security. Not military security, not police security, but wholesome food and clean water.
Maybe it’s time for a real conversation about the results of our actions in turning over so much of our real security to the corporations that are taking over more and more of our food sources. That last Farm Bill didn’t seem to get the real job done…It just added to the bottom line of those very same corporations.