More from the “Welcome to our future” files:
James Hamilton picks up on another big factor affecting food prices at the moment: diversion of food crops, especially corn in the United States, in order to produce biofuels. He notes that people in the U.S.
could have more food for the Haitians, more fuel for us, and still have something left over for your other favorite cause, if we were simply to use our existing resources more wisely.
(Thanks to Frogblog for pointing me to the Monbiot article)