World Food Crisis – Multimedia Presentation

The Age newspaper has launched a great multimedia presentation which explains the worsening World Food Crisis. The presentation is available here.

It is becoming starker by the day that unless we act fast…the social unrest induced by food prices in several countries will conflagrate into a global contagion, leaving no country – developed or otherwise unscathed. Indian Finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaran

  • Wheat prices have increased 120% in the past year.
  • Rice prices around the world have increased 75% in two months.
  • Wheat price increases have more than doubled the cost of bread in most poor countries.
  • The World Bank warns food prices are likely to stay above 2004 levels until 2015.
  • The global food bill has risen 57% in the past year.
  • It takes 232 kilograms of corn to fill a 50-litre car tank with ethanol. That is enough to feed a child for a year. (Source: The Age)

Also worth reading is the article A world of hunger by David Blair and Ambrose Evans Pritchard, published in today’s issue of The Age.

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  1. Did you know that the drought in Australia is having a tremendous impact on the world food situation? So many people in other parts of the world rely on our rice, wheat & other cereal crops. I can’t even begin to imagine how terrible it must be for people in places like Egypt and Haiti who are struggling to pay for basic food like rice and bread. I’m ashamed to think about the food that I waste.

    Thanks to the library staff for making us aware of this terrible situation.

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