I will be writing about this in greater depth soon in The CAC Review
, concerning the skyrocketing of food prices worldwide, food riots, and the deepening of hunger in places such as Haiti. In Trinidad's case, there have been serious price rises on a range of basic foodstuffs, without the increased ability of large parts of the population to afford the increases. In addition, issues of food security have been revived, as they must be, once again. Relying on imported foods, when it seems cheaper to import than to grow yourself, is constantly proved to be a flawed strategy, something akin to buying your groceries with a credit card, like getting a loan to have a meal. In Trinidad, finally, the government has promised a range of new investments to revitalize local agriculture, maybe not enough, perhaps not too late. Amazingly, in such a situation of diminished local production and previous lack of sufficient state support, the Carib Community continues to be stalled and stonewalled in gaining access to land, primarily so they can grow cassava commercially. I will also refer to published newspaper articles in Trinidad that displayed the reigning bias against cassava, the kind of bias that has landed Trinidadians in the current situation, dependent on expensive, scare imported wheat flour. All of this could have been avoided, instead of tying even the contents of one's stomach to the workings of the global capitalist market. More later. Feel free to post your own thoughts, either here, or on the blog that comes with each member's page.