Like the dotcom burst and the subprime mortgage crash, Wall Street speculators are driving a food commodities bubble to its breaking point. If it bursts, high food prices could become the new norm, impacting wallets and bellies everywhere
For you and me, it likely means that our favorite breakfast sandwich has a higher price tag. But for the world's poorest people, even the slightest price increase can force families to sell the few assets they have and pull their children out school.
Grain remains the foundation of the world's diet. It's important that we identify and implement more sustainable strategies in grain production, and prioritize grain availability for those who need it most.
Volatility is also affecting global food prices, and with them, millions of people in developing countries. So, just as the world marks the birth of the 7 billionth baby this week, his or her family might be struggling to put food on the table.
I'm writing this from a guesthouse in the Rwandan capital Kigali, watching the last scraps of sunlight drip down onto the city. And as a young journalist on her first big expedition, I can't pretend it doesn't give me a thrill just to write that location down.
The dangers of an increasingly globalized supply chain for food and drugs are already visible. With imports and scandals rising, and government funding decreasing, the FDA will have to focus their limited resources to protect public health.