Foreign Policy: The New Geopolitics of Food

Foreign Policy: The New Geopolitics of Food
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Climate changes, conflicts in Oil supplying countries and the search for new investments are teaming up to increase world food prices. What seems to become an invariable trend is already reshaping geopolitical balances. As a reminder, the first troubles in Tunisia started last year with the increase of food supplies. All around the world and at different scales, countries are struggling to mitigate these raises to avoid social tensions that may lead to greater revolts. This article of the Foreing Policy provides a panorama of so called the New Geopolitics of Food.


“Welcome to the new food economics of 2011: Prices are climbing, but the impact is not at all being felt equally. For Americans, who spend less than one-tenth of their income in the supermarket, the soaring food prices we’ve seen so far this year are an annoyance, not a calamity. But for the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, who spend 50 to 70 percent of their income on food, these soaring prices may mean going from two meals a day to one. Those who are barely hanging on to the lower rungs of the global economic ladder risk losing their grip entirely. This can contribute — and it has — to revolutions and upheaval.”


Photo Credit: Food crisis in the Horn of Africa by By IFRC / FlickR