Rising prices tip another 75 million towards starvation: UN

The number of people suffering from malnutrition, before the worst effects of global price rises, “rose just in 2007 by 75 million,” Jacques Diouf, director-general of the Rome-based agency, told an Italian parliament committee, according to ANSA news agency

Rising food prices have pushed 100 million people below the poverty line, the World Bank has estimated, and have sparked protests and even riots in some parts of the world, while also threatening world economic growth.

Experts have blamed a number of factors such as oil prices, growing use of biofuels and increased consumption of high-calorie food, particularly meat, in emerging economies. >>>>>

While the Western consumers rightly complain about rising gas prices based on speculations and outright gouging of the public; the affect of contributing to the starving hundreds of millions of people seems to go unnoticed in the mainstream media.

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