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In a New York Times editorial, John Foley warns that too much money (i.e. governments printing more of it to help their economies recover) has the potential to cause a food crisis in 2011. Rising food prices make it even harder on those who already spend as much as half their income for meals.

He writes in the first paragraph:
Food prices globally are rising to dangerous levels. There is talk of a coming crisis, like the ones that produced riots around the world in 2008 and 1974. Many of the ingredients of a disaster are present, but governments can stop the problem before it causes too much damage.
For a look at how countries' economic and trade policies can affect the poor, read the rest of the article here.

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Donna Stokes

Donna Stokes is the managing editor of World Ark magazine. She has worked for Heifer International since September 2008 when she leaped over to the nonprofit world from a two-decade career in newspaper journalism.