Food prices to rocket by 50% as global hunger epidemic causes riots and famines

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
By Paul Martin

By David Derbyshire

•’Perfect storm’ of issues will bring widespread starvation if nothing is done
•Food prices to rise by 50 per cent over the next decade

•GM crops will be needed to feed the world

•Global population to grow to 9billion by 2050
The cost of food will soar by 50 per cent over the next few decades as the world becomes racked by famine, mass migrations and riots, experts have warned.

The increase will be triggered by the exploding world population, rising cost of fuel and increased competition for water, according to a leading Government think-tank.

Spiralling food prices will push hundreds of millions of people into hunger, trigger mass migration and spark civil unrest, the report warned.

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