Thursday, April 10, 2008

Global food crisis: 45% increase in prices in less than a year

Tonight, Thursday April 10, ABC "World News Tonight" will present a report on the global food crisis (Bob Gibson).

This morning, The Washington Times runs a front page headline "Global food riots turn deadly," with a story by David Sands, "Clashes likely to persist with soaring prices," link here.
Food prices have risen by 45% in the last nine months, with problems scattered around the world: Haiti (in the Caribbean), Bukina Faso and Cameroon (in Central Africa), Egypt, Jordan, Myanmar, and the Philippines. In a few of theses countries offshoots of Al Qaeda are active, and this crisis only spurs things. Causes include conversion of land to ethanol production and competition from China and India, and much higher fuel prices for trucking.

Brazil has been the biggest grower of ethanol, but grows sugar cane rather than corn, which is a more efficient process. (Sawgrass could be even more efficient). As a result, Brazilian drivers do not need to depend on Mideast oil. However, some forests in the Amazon area are cleared for this reason.

Update: April 12

AOL reported in a big story called "The Rewind" "Experts Deliver Global Warning" in a detailed article here with slide show, predicting global food shortages because of floods in coastal areas and droughts inland, due to global warming.

1 comment:

Edward Ott said...

From what i have been able to see corn is the worse thing to make ethanol from, and it has more to do with politics than science or economy that we use it. if the US did do it with sugarcane it would benifit everyone.