Food prices are going up. Since the green revolution in the 1940s-1960s food prices have been going down, but now they are on an upward trend. There are two reasons for this, the first is grain-based ethanol and the second is that prosperity is catching up with more people in India and China.
Grain-based ethanol is a bad idea, combined with subsidy programs; prices of corn have soared to new heights. We should stop that insanity.
Increased prosperity in India and China is good, but now we have to follow up with an increase in food production. Molecular plant breeding techniques will create that increase. Europe cannot opt out of the international river of grains to go it alone, it’s time to get with the program.
Greg Conko and Ron Bailey have prophesized that it’s just a matter of time before China and India figure out that molecular plant breeding will save the day and that these two countries will ignore Europe’s insistence that this technique should not be used. This is happening now.
The increase in food prices is something we can and ought to stop. We can play around with scary scenarios of global warming, but nothing will kill people as efficiently as higher food prices. The global community ought to pay attention to this trend.