The revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan may signal a new wave of food crisis, British paper Guardian says in an editorial.
Food security is at the heart of the ongoing uprising in various parts of the Arab world, where protesters decry rising food prices and unemployment, the paper notes. In 2008, food price hikes triggered violence in 30 countries.
Sustainable food production “is arguably the single greatest collective challenge the world faces,” the paper says, citing a study on food sustainability by John Beddington, the U.K. government’s chief scientific adviser.
With the global population predicted to reach 9 billion in 40 years and threats of climate change, finding ways to feed the world in a sustainable way is “a mammoth task,” the paper says.