When food prices skyrocketed in 2008, people paid attention. It made news headlines, journalists started to learn about food security and governments were forced to respond to the protests of the hunger and poor. But that is old news now. An Oxfam survey in 17 countries tracks changes in diets. People are eating less food and poorer quality food. They are probably also stocking up on relatively less expensive carbohydrates, at the cost of protein and micronutrients. Children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are likely to be particularly badly affected.
Today (June 16) is the Day of the African Child. African children are just some of the many victims who will suffer disease, hunger and reduced capacity to work, learn and play as healthy eating becomes, increasingly, an unaffordable luxury.