[permaculture] Sharply rising food prices will dramatically affect the world's poor in the near future. (BBC news articles)

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Tue May 31 10:50:32 EDT 2011

BBC News - Rising food prices increase squeeze on poor - Oxfam
Rising food prices are tightening the squeeze on populations already 
struggling to buy adequate food, demanding radical reform of the global 
food system, Oxfam has warned.
By 2030, the average cost of key crops could increase by between 120% 
and 180%, the charity forecasts.
It is the acceleration of a trend which has already seen food prices 
double in the last 20 years.
Half of the rise to come will be caused by climate change, Oxfam predicts.
It calls on world leaders to improve regulation of food markets and 
invest in a global climate fund.
"The food system must be overhauled if we are to overcome the 
increasingly pressing challenges of climate change, spiralling food 
prices and the scarcity of land, water and energy," said Barbara 
Stocking, Oxfam's chief executive.
Q&A: Rising food and fuel prices
Food prices 'threaten millions'
The World Bank has warned that rising food prices, driven partly by 
rising fuel costs, are pushing millions of people into extreme poverty.
World food prices are 36% above levels of a year ago, driven by problems 
in the Middle East and North Africa, and remain volatile, the bank said.
That has pushed 44 million people into poverty since last June.
A further 10% rise would push 10m more below the extreme poverty line of 
$1.25 (76p) a day, the bank said.
And it warned that a 30% cost hike in the price of staples could lead to 
34 million more poor.
More food market regulation urged

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