"The connection between instability in the Middle East and the cost of feeding a family in the Americas isn’t direct, of course. But as with all international trade, power tilts the balance. A leading goal of US foreign policy has long been to create a global order in which US corporations have free access to markets, resources and investment opportunities. The objective is commonly called “free trade,” a posture that collapses quickly on examination. "
Excellent article by Noam Chomsky in which he links instability in the Middle East, Free Trade Agreements and the corporate drive for more biofuels. Must read.