Middle East Drought Threatens Food Prices

Per a U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization environmental economist, the last 5 year span of dryness is the worst in the last 100 years. The winter drought could pose a threat to global food prices by depleting local crops. Varying degrees of drought are hitting almost 2/3 of the limited arable land across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Iraq. “When governments that are responsible for importing basic foodstuffs have shortages in production, they will go to outside markets, where the extra demand will no doubt push global food prices higher.”

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