Thursday, May 8, 2008

Global food crisis

The Washington Post is running a series about the causes and effects of the world's worst food crisis since the 1970s. A complex combination of poor harvests, competition with biofuels, higher energy prices, surging demand in China and India, and a blockage in global trade is driving food prices up worldwide. Some countries, especially in Africa, are facing an increasingly dire situation while even consumers in wealthy nations are being forced to adjust. It's well worth a look: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/globalfoodcrisis/.

Local food is becoming more than just the latest buzz. It may very well be a necessity as other sources of food diminish or become too pricey. It looks like we are making a shift back to basics which is better for our bodies, our planet and now our wallets.

1 comment:

the personal farmer said...

More focus and greater demand for local food is a possible positve outcome of the food/energy/economic crisis. The editorial by Dan Barber, in this past Sunday's NYTimes on this subject, focused on this subject and really moved me. Maryanne

embracing a sustainable lifestyle as a Locavore ... using locally grown and produced ingredients whenever possible ...

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