Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Global Food Problem

US grain farmers are making a killing with commodity prices high. US consumers may be a bit upset, but if you are poor in a third world country, well good luck.

In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, it means the difference between a $2 loaf of bread and a loaf costing maybe $2.10. If, however, you live in New Delhi, those skyrocketing costs really matter: A doubling in the world price of wheat actually means that the wheat you carry home from the market to hand-grind into flour for chapatis costs twice as much. And the same is true with rice. If the world price of rice doubles, so does the price of rice in your neighborhood market in Jakarta. And so does the cost of the bowl of boiled rice on an Indonesian family's dinner table.
Read the whole story at Foreign Policy


Kate said...

Will you pretty please send me that picture for my new kitchen?

Captain Crab said...

What are ytour kitchen colors? It may not work.