In Haiti U.N. peacekeepers fired on protesters demonstrating against
the rising cost of rice.1 Over 70,000 people took to the streets in Mexico City
to protest the price of tortillas.2 Even the Italians rioted over the price of
pasta.3 The global food crisis of 2007 and 2008 once again thrust hunger
into the international spotlight. According to the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO) chief Jacques Diouf, food prices
spiked 45% in just nine months , setting off a rash of riots around the
world. When the protests settled, at least one government was left
teetering6 and an additional 200 million people were driven into the ranks
of the hungry.
Shattuck, Annie and Holt-Giménez, Eric
"Moving from Food Crisis to Food Sovereignty,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal: Vol. 13
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol13/iss2/2