Holt-Gimenez talks about the globalized food crisis, stating that last year record numbers of world hunger were at its highest and also highest record harvests and profits for the world’s argifood corporations. Many countries, including Mexico, Indonesia, and Egypt have “food riots” because of this. Even though the United States is not part of this riot, I can still see where the people of the U.S. are highly affected also. Food is so expensive, especially the more healthy food such as meats, vegetables, and fruits. I find this contradicting to America saying they want people to have healthier diets, but when comparing the prices it is cheaper to eat not healthy, especially if there are many mouths to feed in a household. The World Bank reported in 2008 that food prices have increased 83 percent from the previous three years and 45 percent in the world food price index in just 9 months. I understand that farmers have to make a living also and take care of their families, but I would think that a main reason of being a farmer would be to help people and being able to grow food for them to eat. In this case it seems like they are only willing to help the wealthy and the poor that cannot afford the over-priced food will starve to death? The World Bank called for a “New Deal” for Agriculture and trotted out a portfolio of $1.2 million in emergency loans. FAO appealed to OECD governments to finance a $30 billion a year revival to developing country agriculture. It’s nice to see that organizations are seeing the harm that increasing prices so much on food is causing the world. Do you think there should be a certain fixed max. rate of what you can sell your food for?
Inglis and Gimlin talk about how just as a person must eat, so too does any form of social order have to organize the production, distribution, and consumption of foodstuffs. The globalization of human affairs entails many fundamental changes as to how and why food is produced, and in what way it is distributed, and the manners in which it is, variously, prepared, eaten, shared, thought about, imagine, discussed, and fought over in different parts of the world in the present day. One example of how food has globalized: American fast-foods have expanded all over the world such as the McDonalds chain. Its pretty amazing to see how food can spread and how you have to adapt to that culture when moving foods to other cultures. Have you ever been to a McDonalds or a fast food chain in another country and was the food different?
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