The Skyrocketing Price of Feeding the Poor

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Food prices are reaching levels never seen before at the same time the number of needy people is rising. Food riots have already occurred around the world, and the World Bank predicts political and social unrest over food in 30 to 40 countries. The United Nations World Food Program spends $3 billion, but needs $500 million more just to keep up.  With food prices increasing as demand goes up, we look at the "new face" of hunger—worldwide and what the drive for bio-fuels has to do with it.

Credits

Guests:
Tracy Wilkinson - Los Angeles Times - @TracyKWilkinson, Nancy Roman - Director of Public Policy, United Nations World Food Program, Brian Halweil - Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute, Tim Searchinger - Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal