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.