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March 01, 2008


It's true that I don't have to cook for picky eaters and that I don't eat much pasta, but I can't see making a fuss either. How about eating rice noodles or buckwheat noodles for a change? I loved having a vegetable garden as a kid. The whole transformation of seeds into plants and then into food seemed like magic then, and still does now. Nonetheless, the idea that we are about to enter a period of food insecurity strikes me as silly. Various items have always fluctuated in price. Now if strawberries went way up, I'd be more upset!

Relevant recent books:
1. Michael Pollan on the Nixon Administration's reaction to rising wheat prices in _Omnivore's Dilemma_
2. Recent book about the possible extinction of bananas, heard on NPR's _Fresh Air_

Relevant research from Sharon Astyk:



and her wrap-up with lots of caveats that she could be wrong but why not hedge your bets:


Rami Zurayk (agronomist, American U. Beirut) on global food crisis:


Reprint of Mideast Business Intelligence report on wheat/food crisis:


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