Monday, April 14, 2008

Food Prices Hit the News

Perhaps I spoke two days too soon when I suggested that the news media ought to start paying attention to food prices and shortages. The story seems to have broken through. Take a look at these headlines, for example, each one a top story somewhere today:

Food costs rising fastest in 17 years

Riots, instability spread as food prices skyrocket

High Food Prices Spur Violence, Hunger Fears; World Bank President Asks Nations for $500M for the U.N. Food Program

Events of the weekend — the attention of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the ouster of the Prime Minister of Haiti — may have helped persuade reporters and editors that food had become news.