Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Spiralling Food Prices Are A Threat To Many

The latest round of price hike in raw foods serves a big blow to Sibuians at the start of 2008. On the pipeline is naturally going to be a wide spectrum of consumer product pricing.

Sibuians are not alone hard-hit by this global phenomenon. This wind of increase sweeps across all nations, giving strain to worldwide consumers.

Price surge is primarily a reaction to fundamental shift in crop usage - from that of human consumption to that of biofuel production. Last year (2007) biofuels took a third of America's (record) maize harvest. That affected food markets directly: fill up an SUV's fuel tank with ethanol and you have used enough maize to feed a person for a year. And it affected them indirectly, as farmers switched to maize from other crops.

The 30m tonnes of extra maize going to ethanol in 2007 amounts to half of the fall in the world's overall grain stocks. That squarely explains the hike as market forces work to force it up.

This world phenomenon is just not yet over. In 2008, my dear Sibuians, you are going to get more nips!


Anonymous said...

Big money. Big ang pow.

Tony Hii said...

Anonymous, we hope so.

traveller said...

I think price hike in food is not a bad idea. We will try to eat less and hopefully all of us will become more healthy. Too many fat people is now a problem in our society, a burden for every one.

oldie but goodie said...

I agree with traveller. The coffee shops and restaurants here are always packed with people eating like there's no tomorrow. For one thing, if we eat at home more instead of eating out, we can save a lot. If we boil, steam or roast instead of fry, we will not need cooking oil. If we eat at cheaper places instead of high class joints, we will need to spend much less (at least 50%, I'm sure)...but Tony may not be in favour of this! Right, Tony? LOL!

Bengbeng said...

i think this will be a bleak CNY for many this year

Tony Hii said...

Traveller, I am all for healthy diet. Good try!

Oldie but goodie, pamper yourself for a change of taste on occasions, if the pricing is within your budget.

Bengbeng, let's all be optimistic!

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