Just a quick hit for now. We have talked before on this blog about the potential for a global food crisis (e.g., posts “A quart of wheat for a denarius?” and “Food, Prophecy, and Shades of Thomas Malthus“), and things these days do look concerning.
A CNN.com article, April 14, 2008, reported on “[r]iots from Haiti to Bangladesh to Egypt” and the pictures don’t look pretty. Comments from World Bank President Robert Zoellick were highlighted:
“In just two months,” Zoellick said in his speech, “rice prices have skyrocketed to near historical levels, rising by around 75 percent globally and more in some markets, with more likely to come. In Bangladesh, a 2-kilogram bag of rice … now consumes about half of the daily income of a poor family.”
The price of wheat has jumped 120 percent in the past year, he said — meaning that the price of a loaf of bread has more than doubled in places where the poor spend as much as 75 percent of their income on food.
Many will certainly use this situation to publicly hammer their favorite “bad guys” — whether those “bad guys” are significant causes of the problem or not. I will simply say that these times reflect worse times prophesied for the future by the Bible — times in which being in a rich, Western nation will provide no insurance.
A Time.com article — “How Hunger Could Topple Regimes” — presenting their analysis of the situation might be worth a read for those interested in the potential implications of all this.