As Anna Hebel has already described in her blog, rice prices in Asia are on the rise. However, this is not only a crisis about rice. Staple food supplies are on the decline all over the world, it just happens to be rice in Asia this week.
Explore why food prices are rising in this feature article by the BBC. As we discussed in class last week, changing climate, rising energy costs, bad water, and changing food habits all contribute to the rise in prices for staple food products.
Although we can't quantify and qualify the relationships between these contributing factors, it's obvious that they exist. Stay tuned for developments in the food-energy discussion.