Thursday, December 22, 2011

Egypt: Food and Revolution

"When Mubarak fell, Hussein was on his way to Tahrir Square, part of a rotation of Al Fayoum farmers fighting the corruption they say was helping force them off their land. Eighty per cent of his generation has already left, he says, helping create a massive urban class that increasingly depends on imported food. Egypt - once self-sufficient in food production - now imports more than half of its staples, including the source of Egyptian baladi: its daily bread. Some say Egypt is now vulnerable to international price spikes or the political agendas of wheat-growing countries."

Excellent article on food and farming in Egypt.

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