posted on May, 2 2010 @ 08:53 PM
There are probably several factors contributing to this.
Higher incomes have people demanding more & higher quality food items, including meats & animal proteins.
Animals take a lot of feed[food] to raise, as well as a huge additional quantity of water.
Meat is more expensive & produces less food than it took to feed the animal in most cases.
In the US some former food crop farmers have now switched to raising government subsidized corn for ethanol, which has caused food prices to rise
China has seen a lot of food price inflation, again with rising incomes & tastes for more expensive/richer diets.
Since world markets are much more global today that tends to cause food prices to rise around the globe.
China's rapidly growing demand for milk has boosted prices for dairy products; the price of a liter of milk [in Germany] is predicted to rise
by 50 percent by the time schools reopen in September.
. . .
Inflation in China has risen to over 4 percent, but food prices, which increased by 7.6 percent, have led the way. The most dramatic price rise has
pork, the price of which has
jumped 60 percent over a year ago
I think an even bigger concern is the amount of fresh drinking water available to people, agriculture & industry.
And with fracking for natural gas in the US poisoning ground water we are looking at problems here on that front.
Anyone else in favor of limiting human population growth until we have much better, more sustainable technologies or places for us to live in outer
space [off planet]?
Anyone else in favor of stopping the insanity of fracking dead in its toxic tracks?