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Raj Patel: Global South Faces Brunt of Soaring Food Prices Amid War in Ukraine, World’s “Breadbasket”

The United Nations is warning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may result in a “hurricane of hunger and a meltdown of the global food system” that will be particularly devastating for the Global South. Wheat and fertilizer costs have soared for the reason that conflict started three weeks in the past. Global meals costs may bounce by as a lot as 22% this yr as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrupts exports from two of the world’s largest producers of wheat and fertilizer.


Rising gasoline costs can even contribute to greater meals costs. To discuss extra about how Russia’s conflict in Ukraine is resulting in a worldwide meals disaster, we’re joined by Raj Patel, creator of “Stuffed and Starved” and a analysis professor on the University of Texas at Austin, who explains how farmers and working-class individuals around the globe will face the brunt of the affect of rising meals costs. He notes the coronavirus, local weather change, battle, and capitalism are working to compound each other and underscore the need to transition to sustainable, agroecological farming.


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Amy Goodman
Global meals costs
Global South
Juan Gonzalez
Raj Patel
United Nations
University of Texas at Austin

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