With the mushroom festival over, as noted, reality has come crashing down or in. That’s right, international food prices for the month of September have been posted and the global news is dire.
From The Guardian: “World food prices rose in September and are moving nearer to levels reached during the 2008 food crisis.”
More specifically: “The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) price index, which measures monthly price changes for a food basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, rose 1.4% in September, mainly due to higher dairy and meat prices.”
Now what this means is that concomitant or subsequent social changes will take place. The last time the FAO price index went up, food riots took place throughout the Arab world.
I wish that the mushroom festival went on all week so that I didn’t have to think about crises. But it doesn’t, it’s over, and I must.
I mean, serious? Look at these figures posted by the BBC:
“Cereal prices rose 1% from August, as gains in wheat and rice offset a decline in maize.”
“Meat prices were up 2.1%.”
“Dairy prices rose 7%.”
It’s this last item that ought to trigger concern as you mull the nonfat, low fat, whole milk, organic, sustainable, grass fed, locally grazed yogurt and other dairy driven products you place in your cloth bag that you use to save the planet from more plastic or paper bags. (Thus putting people out of work in the paper and plastic industries.)