High food prices

‘High food prices are the biggest challenge the world food programme has faced in it’s 45 year history, a silent tsunami threatening to plunge more than 100 million people on every continent into hunger’

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran

World food prices have risen significantly in a single year and look as though they will continue to do so. From March 2007 to March 2008 the increases have been calculated as follows:

Corn 31% Soya 87%
Rice 74% Wheat 130%

The reasons for this are

  • Population growth
  • Climate Change
  • Competition for agricultural land from bio chemicals
  • Growing affluence in emerging economies

The catering industry has huge challenges ahead with balancing the demand for good, wholesome, healthy menu choices, providing value for money and still making a profit. Focusing on reducing the carbon footprint of your catering establishment will help to achieve this.