You’ve probably been hearing about the growing food crisis in the news. (If not go to google news and search food crisis) It can all be a little overwhelming and hard to understand. Many are talking about it being the “Perfect Storm“, a mix of soaring oil prices and bad crop years. Eat. Drink. Better. is starting a series on Understanding the Global Food Crisis. So if you think you’ve got it bad buying a gallon of milk, find out why the rest of the world is rising up in protest and teetering on violence.
Democracy Now recently had a good interview with Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: the Hidden Battle for the World Food System, about the current crisis. He says it is more than just a convergence of unlikely events. It is a result of the food system that causes 1 billion people to be obese while 800 million people are starving (thus the title of his book). Patel worked at the WTO and World Bank and really seems to know his stuff.