Here's a question about the Mideast turmoil for future historians: How much did food inflation contribute?
The global food squeeze is a great uncovered story. For now, high prices and short supplies have enriched American farmers, with exports and incomes soaring. But bad harvests this year could overwhelm tight markets and cause panic buying. If nature and technology don't restore a better balance between supply and demand, the consequences for human suffering and political conflict could be fearsome.