By a David Rieff. Arguing that since food prices have spiraled since 2000 then the global food system is a disaster and must be reformed.
So, I have a quick gander at the introduction. And there’s already one problem. He seems not to realise that the poor are actually net producers of food, not net consumers. Because that real absolute poverty out there is the poverty of peasants.
And then I think to check food prices. And it looks like he filed his copy some time ago. Because grain prices aren’t hugely, notably, up since 2000. Wheats about flat, soy up a bit, riice has doubled but that’s hugely down from 2008.
Sounds like pretty thin evidence to base a whole demand for global change on, doesn’t it?