Rising food costs are a key reason behind rioting.
There’s no doubt that rising food prices in a specific area can lead to rioting. We have plenty of current and historic examples of that. But some interesting new research highlighted in Technology Review shows that once average global food prices cross a certain threshold a tipping point is reached after which “almost anything can trigger a riot, like a lighted match in a dry forest.”
Check out this graph which plots the UN Food Price Index against the dates of riots around the world…
At least one company is happy about rising food prices: SPAM sales are soaring as consumers are turning more to the much maligned meat to extend their already stretched food budget!