Filed under: Food, Poverty | Tags: Australia, Drought, Herald Sun, Rice, Silent Tsunami
The global food crisis cannot be blamed solely on ethanol. There have also been massive droughts, in places like Australia. Of course, unlike investment in ethanol, droughts cannot be reversed and in fact, it seems that they are becoming more pronounced as global climate change accelerates.
Australia’s Herald Sun has a very informative article about what exactly the drought means, not only for Australian farmers but perhaps more importantly, the world.
THE effects of Australia’s drought are being felt around the world as a global food shortage is partly blamed on low crop yields.
Record grain prices and a downturn in production yesterday prompted the United Nations World Food Program to describe the crisis as a “silent tsunami” that could affect more than 100 million.
Australia is among the top five rice exporters in the world, providing the food staple to millions of people.
Farmers in NSW and Victoria are in the final stages of harvesting the smallest rice crop in 80 years.
In a good year Australia exports more than 600,000 tonnes of rice, but since 2002 exports have been lower.
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