Food: The Hidden Driver Behind Global Politics

Food: The Hidden Driver Behind Global Politics

Stephanie Barlow
May 20, 2011

Rising food prices are a reality you've likely seen for yourself on supermarket shelves. But in the US, we're sheltered from many of the wildly swinging food prices and food shortages. More than political fodder for reelection campaigns, NPR suggests that food issues run much deeper and influence seemingly unrelated problems around the world.

NPR's Terry Gross interviewed environmentalist Lester Brown who wrote an article on the impact of food on global politics. He explained,

"If you're in Pakistan, and you go to the local market to buy wheat to hand-grind into flour to make chapati, and the price of wheat doubles, the price of your chapati basically doubles," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "They're not insulated from the doubling or tripling of world grain prices the way that we [in the United States] are. ... And this is one of the factors feeding the unrest in the Arab world, North Africa and the Middle East."

Read more: Food: The Hidden Driver of Global Politics at NPR

Related: USDA Expects Food Prices to Rise

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