Canada warned of food crisis
Sunday, 27 April 2008

The food crisis that is sweeping quickly in parts of the world could also hit Canada at some time in the future, head of the Consumers’ Association of Canada Mel Fruitman warned here yesterday, reports Xinhua.

Although Canada’s food costs are currently among the lowest in the world, the situation may change, especially at a time when oil prices keep rising, Fruitman told Canadian Television.

Canada’s low food prices result largely from the fierce competition between the retailers, but it also puts increasing pressure on the farmers, which cannot continue for long. “

Somewhere along the way the dam is going to burst,” he said. Meanwhile, the cost of fuel affects that of the production of food, as well as the cost of feed for the various animals, leading to a rising curve, he noted.

For Canadians, the rising cost of fuel will have even particular impact on the cost of food, particularly when consumers have come to expect a year-round supply of fresh fruits and vegetables in their grocery stores, Fruitman said.

Anything that is transported from far away is going to cost much more, he warned. The worldwide food shortage is continually growing and threatens the health of millions of people, including some 20 million of the poorest children.

The cost of rice has more than doubled in the last five weeks, and the World Bank estimates food prices have increased 83 percent in three years, said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Program, during a speech at a London summit Wednesday.

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