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Global food prices are their highest ever

(article, Culinate staff)

As the New York Times recently noted, global food prices have hit record highs in recent months. "Four main factors are seen as driving prices higher: weather, higher demand, smaller yields and crops diverted to biofuels," wrote reporter Neil MacFarquhar. 

Recent political unrest in Tunisia and Egypt is related to food prices, as well as memories of food riots in 2008, the last time global food prices spiked unpleasantly high. And because of the global recession, international food aid just isn't coming through the way it once did, leaving the already-hungry scrounging for crumbs.

Times_ opinionator Paul Krugman also weighed in on the issue, with a column titled '"Droughts, Krugman emphasized the weather aspect of the problem:

bq. What really stands out is the extent to which severe weather events have disrupted agricultural production. And these severe weather events are exactly the kind of thing we’d expect to see as rising concentrations of greenhouse gases change our climate — which means that the current food price surge may be just the beginning.