Saturday, 12 April, 2008, 03:45 PMRating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)
Staple food prices have risen steeply over the last few years. There have already been food riots in Haiti, India, Mexico and Egypt. Amazingly, in a world were people are starving, we here in the UK throw away about one third of all the food we buy. This is a situation which really must be taken very seriously indeed. All those who have been making fun of starving people should stop it at once. Clearly, when we have a world population of over 6 billion and a highly industrialised worlwide agricultural sector that depends on cheap oil, the natural thing to do is to turn to the bible for advice. The Old Testament makes it clear that famine is caused when we don't stick to the invisible magic friend's plan, perhaps by not multiplying as fruitfully as instructed. In the words of Isaiah, "Oh shit!"