By Luise Light, M.S., Ed.D.
"The biggest enemy of health in the developing world is poverty."
The world’s greatest hunger crisis in modern history is ravaging the world, pitting poor nations against rich ones, and poor people against financial elites in an epic battle for survival, based on who controls the global food supply. In just three years, global food prices have climbed 83 percent, according to the World Bank, placing a life-sustaining diet beyond the reach of the poorest and most vulnerable groups. Staple foods that poor people depend on as their basic sources of nourishment are the most inflated in price, with rice, the grain of choice for half the world, at a 19 year high, and wheat, the staple for another third of the world, at a 28-year high. Other foods essential for a basic nutritional diet in poor countries, cooking oil, eggs, and dairy, have been equally hard hit by price inflation, affecting the working and middle classes, not just the poor.