Raj Patel: Global South faces soaring food prices amid war in Ukraine

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March 18, 2022

The United Nations is warning Russia's invasion of Ukraine could lead to a "hurricane of hunger and a meltdown of the global food system" that would be especially devastating for the Global South. Wheat and fertilizer prices have soared since the war began three weeks ago. Global food prices could jump by as much as 22% this year as Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupts exports from two of the world's largest producers of wheat and fertilizer. Rising fuel prices will also contribute to higher food prices. To talk more about how Russia's war in Ukraine is leading to a global food crisis, we are joined by Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and a research professor at The University of Texas at Austin, who explains how farmers and working-class people around the world will face the brunt of the impact of growing food prices. He notes the coronavirus, climate change, conflict and capitalism are working to compound one another and underscore the necessity to transition to sustainable, agroecological farming.


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