Gas prices are on the rise. We see it everyday on our way to and from work, in the news, and on t.v. Most of us complain about how much it costs us at the pumps, but is that really where it ends?
Farmers and truck drivers use the same fuel to power the machines that get food on your table, and bio-fuels are made from the the same fields that formerly produced much of the world’s food supply.
From 2006 to 2007 grains went up 42 percent, oils 50 percent and dairy 80 percent. The effect?
“Rice farmers here (Thailand) are staying awake in shifts at night to guard their fields from thieves. In Peru, shortages of wheat flour are prompting the military to make bread with potato flour, a native crop. In Egypt, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso food riots have broken out in the past week.” – Associated Press Published on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Although I found the following link interesting, it’s a little dated: http://www.fixingtheplanet.com/one-weeks-worth-food-around-our-planet . I really have to wonder what the same study would show today.
With the world as connected as it is in modern times, I don’t think we can, or should, just sit back and ignore what’s going on in other places. We need to pay attention, and do whatever we can to fix things.
Here’s an easy place to start: http://www.freerice.com/index.php – play a word game to feed the hungry. Sponsored by the UN World Food Program.
Another good site about world hunger can be found here: http://www.worldhunger.org/
My passion for food stems from a passion for feeding people. The world hunger situation is something I can’t ignore. All people deserve nourishment.