This week on CounterSpin: Recent reporting on food shortages around the world points to rising fuel costs, droughts, a conversion from food crop planting to fuel crop planting, even meat eating, as the reasons for the problem. But is their more to the story? We’ll speak with Eric Holt-Giménez of Food First about coverage of the food shortages.
Also on the show: Many people are no doubt shocked by a new government report saying that a chemical to which virtually every American is exposed may cause cancer and other disorders. Our guest says “there’s an assumption in the united states, because we are a successful economy and a big country, that somebody must be making sure products are safe. That is an illusion.” Is that in part a failure of journalism? We’ll hear from investigative journalist and author Mark Schapiro.
— The New Green Revolution and World Food Prices, by Eric Holt-Giménez & Raj Patel (Food First, 4/11/08)