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Effect of Prairie Floods Ripples Into Grocery Aisles of World

“Bartley Kives, Winnipeg Free Press – “WINNIPEG – The flood of 2011 is having disparate effects on urban and rural Manitoba, as cities and towns remain largely dry while agricultural producers are bracing for another year of losses.

But these two solitudes are more connected than many city dwellers realize. The fate of farms in southern Manitoba, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, has implications far beyond the province’s borders.

Not only can a major flood affect the price of such staples as bread and cooking oil in Canada, it can exacerbate food-security concerns for people already struggling to feed themselves halfway around the world.

‘It’s amazing when you think about it,’ said Kreesta Doucette, executive director of Food Matters Manitoba, a non-profit organization that tries to raise awareness about food security.

‘We tend to feel we’re insulated from the food riots,’ she said, referring to recent events in India, Haiti and several African nations. ‘Most of the food we grow is exported around the world. We eat very little of what we produce.'”  Read more.

  1. 11/17/2011 at 8:54 AM

    That is why we have to make long term plan for food generation.


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