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Paul Krugman: The world food crisis
By Paul Krugman -
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Story appeared in EDITORIALS section, Page B7
These days you hear a lot about the world financial crisis. But there's another world crisis under way – and it's hurting a lot more people. I'm talking about the food crisis.Over the past few years the prices of wheat, corn, rice and other basic foodstuffs have doubled or tripled, with much of the increase taking place just in the last few months. High food prices dismay even relatively well-off Americans, but they're truly devastating in poor countries, where food often accounts for more than half a family's spending....
Hunger will stalk the world
The poor suffer most. "We're concerned that we are facing the perfect storm for the world's hungry," said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the World Food Program, in a telephone interview. "High food costs, and high gasoline costs involved in transporting it." Hunger will stalk the world and will affect rich nations and poor nations alike, for men have misplaced their priorities. They have turned from Him to worship at the altars of science, of materialism, of excess, and of selfishness. And common men have turned from the pursuit of godliness to the pursuit of money, from a worship of Him to chasing after money and all that it can do for them. Meanwhile, the cries of the poor and needy, the hungry, destitute and poverty-stricken, rise day by day.
Ted Rudow III,MA