Poor Countries and Rising Food Prices

The Wall Street Journal published an article today discussing the impact of rising food prices on what they euphemistically call “emerging nations”.  I bristle at the use of a collective euphemism in a story about rising food prices that endanger poor people who face malnutrition and starvation when they can’t afford enough food.   To the Wall Street Journal, the important issue appears to be that people who are starving can revolt and destabilize their government and society.   That smells.

However, in spite of its coldly rational and self-interested orientation, the article is well written.   I hope that it encourages action by people who wouldn’t act just to save lives. :/

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