Aussie drought contributes to food crisis

An expert in science communication says the drought in Australia is one of the reasons world grain prices are increasing.

International prices of some grains, including rice, have reached record levels.

Professor Julian Cribb from Sydney’s University of Technology says a dramatic rise in demand for food in places like China and India is also to blame.

“Over the last eight years the world has eaten more food every year than it has produced, that’s the bottom line, that’s why prices are going up,” he said.

“One of the factors that has come in is that Australia, a significant grain trader, has had a drought and has not produced much grain.”

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