The New York Times has been running an amazing series about a food crisis in the developing world. The price of commodity foods has been going through the roof, thanks to a number of factors, including the rising cost of fuel, the conversion of food-growing land to biofuel production, and the increasing use of agricultural land for animal feed as the demand for meat rises worldwide.
Today’s story, "Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger," by Marc Lacey is just heartbreaking. Read it. It will ruin your day.
It occurs to me that the metaphorical sin we Americans commit in huge numbers by wasting our yards has just become a literal sin. I’m not saying that any one backyard vegetable garden is going to lower the price of cooking oil in India or feed Haiti–but enough of them might ease the pressure on the world’s agricultural land a little bit.