As reported on Uprising Radio, President Obama met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon earlier this week to discuss the global food crisis and the “potential threat” to food supplies if the economic crisis worsens.
Last year there was much discussion about escalating food prices that left millions more people hungry. Now, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, warned of the perverse effect of falling prices of wheat, corn, and rice resulting in lower rates of investment in agriculture, which also leaves millions more hungry.
The fact the food prices are dominated by the volatility of financial markets is a problem that many critics have pointed to. One such critic is internationally renowned physicist, environmental activist and author Vandana Shiva, who recently gave a talk to an audience of students and professors at the University of Southern California. To listen to the talk online, follow this link.