As the recent Rome
summit of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) fades
from the headlines (as few as they were in the U.S.), the workers and peasants
of the world, and particularly those of the so-called Third World, are once
again left to fend for themselves.
There are about 1 billion people in the world subsisting on
$1 a day or less. These people typically spend 80% of their income on food. For
them the present food price rises mean catastrophe. Why are so many going hungry? Why are food prices going up
all the time? These are the questions the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organisation has been asking at its meeting this June. So far it hasn’t come up
with any solutions.