North America helps feed the world, supplying about half of global grain exports. People in developing countries spend up to 80 percent of their money on food. So when food prices rise sharply, partially a result of supply changes in North America and other grain-producing countries, the world's poor feel it most - and right in the gut.
Graphics by Karen Yourish and Todd Lindeman, The Washington Post - April 27, 2008
The New Economics of Hunger Article | The globe's worst food crisis in a generation emerged as a blip on the big boards and computer screens of America's great grain exchanges. At first, it seemed like little more than a bout of bad weather.