The Price of Food is at the Heart of This Wave of Revolutions

Revolution is breaking out all over North Africa and the Middle East. There have also been protests in China, North Korea and other countries worldwide.

The reason that nowhere is immune to this wave of rebellion is because globalization is a fact -- all the world's markets are intricately interlinked, and problems are quickly transmitted worldwide.  The real cause of these revolutions is a problem that is likely to get worse in coming years rather than better -- rising problems with world food security.

The Independent reports:

“There is emerging consensus that the global food system is becoming more vulnerable and susceptible to episodes of extreme price volatility ... For the poor of the Middle East, the price shocks at the start of this year were like experiencing a second killer earthquake in three years -- but unlike with an earthquake, there was someone you could blame.”

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