A Global Food Crisis

Food prices are soaring. Increased demand from developing economies, rising fuel prices, poor weather ruining harvests, and a shift to biofuel production leave the consumer paying more for basic staples and is having its hardest impact on poorer nations.

Lonely Furrow
A farmer turns hay in a field outside the town of Hod Hasharon, central Israel. The rising cost of cereals, for both human consumption and animal feed is now a very real problem.

Crushing Needs
Pakistani women struggle as they try to order food outside of a subsidized food store on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Many depend on government subsidies to simply get by.

Fruits de Mer
Indian fish vendors wait for customers at a local fish market in the Eastern Indian city of Calcutta. With a hike of up to 20 percent in staple foods, the government plans to increase the procurement prices of wheat and paddy to encourage farmers to grow more of the food grains.

Yellow and Green?
As the food crisis deepens, more and more cultivable land is being used to grow plants for the production of 'ecological', non-oil based fuels. This German landscape is a patchwork of rapeseed fields between cornfields and other food crops. Measurements of emissions from the burning of biofuels derived from rapeseed and maize have been found to produce more greenhouse gas emissions than they save.

Bean Feast
Soybeans shoot into a truck during harvest in Ferre, Argentina. Farmers recently suspended a 21-day old strike to negotiate with the government over tax hikes on soybean and other export crops.

Subsidized Subsistance
Bangladeshis buy rice from an open market sale at a subsidized price, in Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an 'extraordinary emergency appeal' to donor countries for at least $500 million to meet a $15 million shortage in emergency food aid to cyclone-hit areas in Bangladesh.

Sunny Side Down
A farmer and son collect eggs in Ontario, Cal. The average U.S. retail price for a dozen large eggs has risen 33 cents, or 28%, in just one financial quarter, 43 cents higher than a year ago.

Daily Bread
Protesters share a loaf of bread during a demonstration in front of an ancient mosque to protest high prices and government carelessness, in Cairo, Egypt.

Mountain to Climb
Children rummage through garbage in search of food in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Heavy Burden
A Pakistani worker takes wheat from a central government warehouse. It will be used for distribution to locations around Pakistan.

Meagre Offerings
Women pick out dates in front of their hut in the Nabwal village of Moroto, Uganda.

Peace Meal
A U.N. peacekeeper patrols a street market in the neighborhood of Cite-Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Several people have died during violence in which U.N. troops battled demonstrators rioting over soaring prices.

Scraping a Living
A farmer and his wife work in a corn field near Serdan, Mexico. The spiraling price of corn has brought protests and riots to the streets of the country.

Bed of Rice
A worker rests on sacks of imported rice inside a government warehouse in Manila, The Philippines.

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