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Food Prices by cslota
September 3, 2008, 7:05 pm
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The price of food has increased dramatically withing the past few years wordwide, some food items doubling in price within the past two years. One of the main reasons is the price of oil which affects the cost of bot international and national trasport of food. Average meals travel 1,500 miles to your plate. It also affects the cost of fertilizer which is a petrolium-based product. Climate change has spurred inconsistent and radical weather that has caused droughts and floods, ruining crops. Many riots have broken out worldwide against the price of food, and global security is at risk.

Another reason is the United States offers subsidies to farmers for the production of biofuels such as ethanol. This has motivated farmers to switch their focus from a food-based crop to a fuel crop. In 2007, biofuels took up one-third of the US’s maize harvest. Higher grain prices have also forced farmers to clear more forests to be able to grow more maize. Pork products have increased in price because the grain needed to feed them has increased in price.

The higher cost of food and oil is instigating new ways for people worldwide to think about how to obtain food, such as growing their own food privately to reduce dependence on commericial food and to reduce the amount of oil used to transport their food. Other ideas include Vertical Farming which would harvest crops in a sort of high-rise fashion in a controlled environment year-round, reducing dependence on nature’s rain and soil. This project could be also adapted into urban environments.

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