(BLOOMBERG) — The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization called a special meeting of policy makers to discuss the global cereal markets as Russia extended a grain-export ban, stoking concern there may be wheat shortages.
“The purpose of holding this meeting is for exporting and importing countries to engage in constructive discussions on appropriate reactions to the current market situation,” the agency said in a statement on its website. The session will be held in Rome on Sept. 24.
(LifeSiteNews.com) – The Population Research Institute (PRI) has just released the third video in its YouTube cartoon series, designed to refute the idea of overpopulation with science — and stick figures. Contrary to claims advanced by population control advocates, the latest video reveals data indicating that world hunger is not caused by a lack of food, but by wars, lack of transportation, and economic factors.
At least two Egyptians killed in riots related to increasing demand for subsidized bread, especially in low-income areas
Mar 18, 2008 (YNET) — Egypt is looking for rapid solutions to a bread crisis that has generated riots in which at least two people have been killed. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appealed to the army on Sunday, asking for help in manufacturing and distributing bread to keep up with the demand. He also asked for help from the government’s defense and social solidarity ministries. Full Report
Mar 12, 2008 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (WASHINGTON POST) — The line for cooking oil was nearly a block long, just a few miles from the Parliament building. Saida Bibi, fistful of rupees in hand, elbowed her way to the front of the angry crowd shoving its way into the government food shop. Full Report
Mar 12, 2008 (BBC NEWS) — Though located in a remote corner of the planet, the fields of Australia’s food bowl are central to the worldwide price of wheat. In this part of rural New South Wales, water-starved farms and cavernous empty grain silos have the potential to create a ripple effect which spreads around the globe. And that is precisely what is happening right now. Full Report
“Quite simply, without phosphorus we cannot produce food,” says Dana Cordell of the Institute of Sustainable Futures, based in Sydney.
Mar 11, 2008 (THE AUSTRALIAN) — The exponential growth in global food production has not only sent the price of fertilisers skyrocketing, but could lead to a world shortage of phosphate within decades.
Beyond a temporary market spike driven by richer developing countries and increased supply of biofuels, researchers are warning that the world could face dwindling supplies of phosphate by 2040 unless steps are taken to use it more efficiently and recover it from human waste. Full Report