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CAIRO, Egypt - Thousands of demonstrators fought with police after a protest over flour rations in a town on Egypt's Mediterranean coast, a security official and state media said Sunday.
The state-owned daily Al-Ahram said some 8,000 protesters sealed off the main Cairo-Mediterranean highway for seven hours Saturday and burnt tires to stop traffic. Police fired tear gas and arrested dozens to disperse the crowd
Originally posted by LDragonFire
reply to post by bodrul
The story is about flour not about corn. Do they make bio diesel out of wheat?
I think we will be seeing more of this type of stuff happen.
Originally posted by Illahee
Sorry folks, this is strictly related to crop failures in Africa and the Indian sub due to the wheat rust disease. The wheat is dying from it and it spread between continents due to a cyclone, they expect it to come across the pacific with the winter storms.
Better study up on this one. Its looking like a pretty nasty situation so far.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The global food prices outlook darkened on March 7 after the Food and Agricultural Organisation revealed that a contagious wheat disease that was previously found only in Kenya has spread to key producing markets in the Middle East.
The latest FAO survey of the wheat market showed the virulent fungi that spread in the entire East Africa region has attacked crops in the main wheat producing countries of Yemen and Iran.
Agriculture experts warned that the situation could worsen if the disease spreads East of Iran to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhastan — the world’s leading wheat producers.
Wheat stem rust disease spreads to Middle East
The cost of living has risen drastically around the world from increasing real-estate, gasoline, education and now food. But its not fillet mignon or sauteed lobster tail that have risen in cost, it’s the basic essentials of developing nations. Take Egypt for example and the increase in simple staples of nourishment, rice, bread, beans, onions even vegetable oil. Foods such as these have increased more than double since 2004 and some cases quadrupled in only a few months. We’ve all heard of the massive bread shortages in Egypt due to the increased cost of wheat but now what used to cost 2 EGP for vegetable oil now costs 15 EGP. Fava beans, the most basic food, afforded by the poorest of the poor costs 8 EGP per Kg, something that cost a quarter of that a year ago.
Egypt is not alone in rising food costs, its an epidemic affecting millions of people across the third world and the cause of the increase will amaze you. Though rising gas prices and the corresponding increase in transporting food is part of the problem it only accounts for 15% of the increase. Ironically the increase in the cost of beans, grains and oil’s have come from developed nations and their response to increased oil costs. Governmental policies within the U.S. and E.U. have caused an increased demand on beans and grains to be used for bio-fuel, a supplement of petroleum. The programs designed to fulfill specific quotas are operating with an inefficiency not seen since the peak of the Soviet Union. Farmers, corporations and scientists are milking the government for extremely high and wasteful subsidies, robbing taxpayers and wasting enough grain to make Stalin proud, resulting in the worldwide cost of farmed goods to sky rocket.
Bio-Fuel Causes Egyptian Starvation