The rise in the prices of food grains is a major concern for not just a common man-rich or poor but to the whole world as such.
My recent visit to an Indian grocery store here in US just opened my eyes,I was shocked to see the prices of rice,pulses,flour rise more than double the original; somehow I mustered some courage to buy the items on my shopping list,but I wondered where are we heading?! Will there be any stability in food prices,How is an ordinary man to cope up with such things? Don’t they have any right to get access to the so called luxurious food?……these and so many questions arose in my mind.
Later that day I read about the same news on a popular news channel in which World bank makes a statement that ‘The days of cheap food are over’ 😦 the same holds true to the rising of prices of gasoline in the US which is believed to shoot up from current $ 3 to $7! this is shocking indeed.
Now coming back to the rise in food prices;the world bank blames the gov’t of all the countries that they didn’t do much to prevent the speculation of raw materials when they knew investors would turn to these markets when the stock markets were bullish This is very true, sadly today all governments of different nations have vested political interests and their motive is to make profits, today free economy too is needed to be regulated and controlled Alas!! global associations like UN do not have much control over these issues or rather these are also controlled by the rich and powerful nations 😦
The experts blame soaring of prices to various factors like increased demand from a changing diet in Asia – the improvement in lifestyle and economy of developing countries have made them demand for better nutrition, similar statement made by Prez Bush was misunderstood *ahem* . Rising in use of biofuels which rely on Corn. Billions are invested on making Corn,Soybean into biodiesel in the Europe and USA. The world bank blames Europe and US respectively as their ‘addiction to such fossil fuels’ which is also one of the causes for shortages in production of food.
There was a similar situation in the 1970s when international food prices nearly doubled. The far sighted planning of policy makers and the resulting Green Revolution had helped take control of the situation that time. Today we need another revolution ‘greener’ one than before.
The poor countries specially the countries in African continents and some of the Asian ones cannot even afford even one square meal for its citizens, with such a situation existing we the people who can afford the luxury of casting left-over into trash! Can we afford to this in anytime?? A question to ponder…..