Global Food

The protesters in Egypt have given many reasons for taking to the streets. One of them is the rising cost of food. Egyptians aren't the only ones facing that particular frustration. And that has some people worried about the threat of global food riots.


Cairo Market - Heba Aly

We started this segment with some sound from a food market in Cairo. And The Current's Heba Aly brought us here for a look at one of the forces behind the protests in Egypt -- the soaring cost of food.

Global Food Panel

Egyptians aren't the only ones facing increased food costs. In its latest price index, the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization says food prices around the world have surged to levels they haven't reached in 20 years.

In just 6 months, the price of soy beans is up 46 per cent. The price of sugar is up 34 per cent. There are fears that if nothing changes on that front, we could see widespread food riots around the world.

For their thoughts on food, finance and fallout, we were joined by two people. Evan Fraser holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security and specializes in food security issues at the University of Guelph. He's also the co-author of Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. He was in Guelph, Ontario. And Frederick Kaufman is a contributing editor with Harpers' Magazine. He's also the author of A Short History of the American Stomach. He was in New York City.

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