Needless to say, world food prices have not improved since I last wrote about them. In fact, in many ways things have gotten worse. Check out this New York Times article written today, “Plea for Aid to Avert Starvation” and this one written yesterday “Hoarding Nations Drive Food Costs Even Higher” to read more. I also recommend taking a look at the International Monetary Fund (IMF ), World Bank, and UN World Food Program (WFP) websites. They all have links to good information directly on their homepages directly addressing the world food crisis. Each of these global organizations’ leaders are speaking out, pleading for countries to do their part to alleviate this disaster. The IMF in particular, just released one of the best studies yet on the causes and characteristics of the crisis. The IMF study noted that several countries are very near what it called a “tipping point” at which they would face serious threats to their hard-toiled-for economic stability. I would add that political stability appears threatened in this type of environment, especially if the status quo is a loosing game that becomes unbearable. Continuing with the bad news, the study noted that, while food prices may ease a bit with the removal of distribution barriers, changes in consumption, and discontinuance of harmful practices, food prices will likely not fall to their pre-crisis levels in the foreseeable future. Without relief in the form of food aid and in changes to the current system, many of the world’s poor will starve, and political tension will increase both domestically and internationally as dissatisfied groups push for change. Hopefully we don’t have to see that happen.