Food crisis still simmering, says researcher

A year ago, University of Guelph professor Alfons Weersink's phone was ringing off its cradle. People everywhere wanted him to help make sense of the sudden global food crisis, which was marked by predictions of dire shortages and skyrocketing prices. Questions about corporate greed were raging, as the debate intensified over grain use for ethanol production and animal feed, rather than food. Weersink, with 20-plus years of agricultural economics under his belt, rose to the occasion. He did a bang-up job of describing what some called the perfect storm that led to the food crisis. Read the rest of the story here.


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Owen Roberts is a faculty member in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program at the University of Illinois. As an agricultural journalist, he is the past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Association for Communications Excellence, and others.