Sunday, April 27, 2008

"The New Economics of Hunger"

Source: Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post, April 27, 2008.

Lead: "A brutal convergence of events has hit an unprepared global market, and grain prices are sky high. The world's poor suffer most." This is a good article from the Washington Post, ascribing the current food crisis in the developing world to an increased demand for animal protein (which requires many pounds of feed grain per pound of meet), to competing use of agricultural land for biofuel production, to the geography of food production and consumption (that involves the export of foods from the Americas and the import of food in other regions), and to export control policies on some traditional food exporters.

Source: Mark Gold, The Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat,Compassion in World Farming Trust, 2004.

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