Saturday, April 12, 2008
A crisis of food and conscience
This morning, the Globe & Mail ran Eric Reguly's report on the escalating world-wide food crisis, "How the Cupboards Went Bare".
As prices surge, starvation looms for millions.
"The causes include the turning of food into fuel (biofuels), climate change, high oil and natural gas prices, greater consumption of meat and dairy products as incomes rise, and global investment funds' strategies, which have driven up prices of corn, soybeans, wheat and rice to new highs."
Suddenly the consideration of which white shirt to buy seemed far less appealing than: what can I do?
I'm not likely to resist the siren call of more and redirect all discretionary income to reducing malnutrition, disease and famine, whether in Africa or my country... but I can give more.
I have no answers, just a question for you: how do you reconcile having and giving?