February 9, 2011

Reality Check on the Global Food Crisis

Veronique de Rugy

George Gibbs Chair in Political Economy

Veronique de Rugy says the number of people dying from starvation is still unacceptably high.  Nevertheless, deaths are down 25 percent from the beginning of the nineties.  “It’s still too many people, but it’s getting better.  A lot of the improvement in the global market of food is why we’re seeing improvement.” 

De Rugy also explains that rather than helping, farm subsidies are part of the problem.  “The farm subsidies are artificially keeping food prices high.”