… and when food prices increase, they affect the poor, those who spend a significant portion of their income on food.
However, it is important to note that production of crops is not the only reason behind potential spikes in food prices. Rather, there are the issues of speculation, hoarding, and, most powerfully, the determination of the few, large, substantial US companies that control more than 80% of the food market (from seeds to pesticides to crop production to distribution)…
P.S. While we’re talking about farming, here is a small update on Lebanon: The storm that hit Lebanon at dawn Sunday has caused massive damages to agricultural areas in South Lebanon. High speed winds in the villages of Hassbaya and Aarqoub stripped 50% of lemon trees from their fruit, and rain flooded numerous onion fields.
and here’s another postscript: Continuing the conversation about Lebanon’s agriculture (From Al-Akhbar, Friday Feb 25):
على مسافة مئة متر من الوسط التجاري لمدينة النبطية، لا يزال سكان حيّ السراي يسمعون يومياً طرق معول يضرب في تربة حقل زراعي وحيد، يصبغه اللون الأخضر. هناك، في قلب السوق، لا تزال فاطمة بدير وزوجها يزرعان أرضهما