Silent Tsunami: Global Food Crisis

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World food prices are soaring. The world's poor are hurting. And the price hikes may pinch in a supermarket near you.

In Cameroon and Burkina Faso and Egypt and Indonesia, they've rallied and rioted over hunger and the high price of food. In Haiti, they've turned out a government.

The U.N. calls it a "silent tsunami," but it's loud out there now. Between global warming, high oil and fertilizer prices, rising demand, and food crops poured into ethanol, we've got a hungry, angry world out there. And don't imagine you're immune.

This hour, On Point: the food crisis, and what to do about it.Guests:

John McArthur, executive director of Millennium Promise, an organization assisting the U.N.'s anti-poverty goals, and a research associate at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Raj Patel, visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, he is author of "Stuffed and Starved."

Joia Mukherjee, medical director for Partners in Health, an organization with initiatives in countries such as Haiti and Rwanda, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital

This program aired on May 5, 2008.


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