A 'Silent Tsunami' of Hunger is Coming
May 17, 2008
The first global food crisis since World War II is upon us, and already threatening 20 million of the world’s poorest children. Possible solutions to the crisis range from ration cards and genetically modified foods to eliminating “pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap” supermarkets.
The price of rice has more than doubled in the last five weeks alone, and it’s estimated that food prices have risen by 83 percent in three years.
People in the West, including the United States, may need to eat less meat and consume or waste less food, analysts say. Experts have also called for a reexamination into the production of biofuels, which is said to destroy forests and take up land available to grow crops for food.
Unrest over the food crisis has led to deaths in Cameroon and Haiti. It has cost Haitian Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis his job, and caused hungry textile workers to battle with police in Bangladesh.