Food, food, food - we're finally waking up to how critical the food supply is to global stability.
As predicted, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization food price index for January set an all time record and the future looks worse:
Global food prices hit a record high in January, the U.N Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Thursday, adding that prices, already above the 2008 levels which sparked riots, were likely to rise further.
Up for the seventh month in a row, the closely watched FAO Food Price Index touched its highest since records began in 1990, in nominal terms, and topped the high of 224.1 in June 2008, during the food crisis of 2007/08.
The index, which measures monthly price changes for a food basket composed of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 230.7 points in January, up from 223.1 points in December.
Surging food prices have come back into the spotlight after they helped fuelled protests that toppled Tunisia's president in January. Food inflation has also been among the root causes of protests in Egypt and Jordan, raising speculation other nations in the region would secure grain stocks to reassure their populations.
Severe drought in the Black Sea last year, heavy rains in Australia and dry weather in Argentina and anticipation of a spike in demand after unrest in north Africa and the Middle East has helped power grain prices to multi-year highs.
We need to get it through our heads that this is a serious problem, with serious and wide-reaching consequences and it's not going away anytime soon, if at all.
This video report from Reuters gives an idea of what we can expect to face in the coming decade.