The New York Times: Russia and China are to blame for the global food shortage


Another article about a possible global food crisis is published by The New York Times (USA).


The publication claims that many countries have begun to impose bans on the sale of food and other goods abroad. For example, it is indicated that Turkey has stopped the export of vegetable and butter, beef, lamb, goat's milk, and corn. And grocery stores in Spain, Greece and the UK are already imposing restrictions on the sale of corn flakes and butter.

Since the beginning of the year, governments around the world have imposed a total of 47 export restrictions on food and fertilizer. Faced with the risk of supply interruption, policy quickly abandoned "discourse about open markets" and began to advocate a more protectionist approach to the topic.

Governments, desperate to provide their citizens with food and other commodities amid shortages and rising prices, are building new barriers at their borders to stop exports.

- says the publication of the daily newspaper.

She acknowledges that "these measures are introduced with good intentions." But like panic buying by the public at various points in the pandemic, the current wave of protectionism will only exacerbate the problems that governments are trying to mitigate.

Although the American publication lays most of the blame on Russia, it unexpectedly found a reason to criticize China as well.
Experts interviewed by the newspaper recalled that “last summer, China ordered its firms to stop selling fertilizers to other countries” in order to maintain stocks to ensure their own food security. Now, and Russia has also stopped the export of fertilizers.

Brazilian resident Jair Bolsonaro is said to have expressed concern about his country's ability to continue receiving fertilizer, which usually comes from Black Sea ports.

The governments that impose these restrictions often argue that it is their duty to put the needs of their citizens first, and WTO rules allow states to impose temporary measures of this kind. But these measures could easily backfire, fueling further soaring global prices. The high cost of food is especially noticeable in the poorest countries in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, which are heavily dependent on food imports.

The New York Times pointed out that the crisis was not limited to food alone. So a number of powers began to look for alternative sources of raw materials, for example, to buy coal in Colombia and the United States, although it is more expensive than supplies from the Russian Federation.
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  1. Bakht Online Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 10 May 2022 13: 42
    +6
    Don't care and forget.
    The rise in food prices did not begin yesterday or even three months ago. The rise in prices began at least two years ago. A year ago for sure.
    The reason is the sanctions policy of the West. Against Belarus and Russia. Now the West wants to win back. That is, drive the toothpaste back into the tube.
    The solution is simple. Lifting of ALL sanctions against Russia and Belarus. Russian Security Guarantees. Respect for the rights of Russians in Ukraine and around the world. Return of all frozen and confiscated assets. Including the oligarchs (this is also quite important). And the West will be happy.

    If the West has officially declared that its goal is to destroy the Russian economy, then it is not entirely clear (or rather, it is completely incomprehensible) why Russia should take care of the West's economy.

    PS There is nothing to blame on the mirror, since the face is crooked.
    1. YES UZH Offline YES UZH
      YES UZH (YES) 10 May 2022 18: 16
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      Quote: Bakht
      Don't care and forget.
      The rise in food prices did not begin yesterday or even three months ago. The rise in prices began at least two years ago. A year ago for sure.
      The reason is the sanctions policy of the West. Against Belarus and Russia. Now the West wants to win back. That is, drive the toothpaste back into the tube.
      The solution is simple. Lifting of ALL sanctions against Russia and Belarus. Russian Security Guarantees. Respect for the rights of Russians in Ukraine and around the world. Return of all frozen and confiscated assets. Including the oligarchs (this is also quite important). And the West will be happy.

      If the West has officially declared that its goal is to destroy the Russian economy, then it is not entirely clear (or rather, it is completely incomprehensible) why Russia should take care of the West's economy.
      May he not be happy, they do not care about hunger and lack of food and the price of it. As they wrote in the Soviet newspapers: "they need world domination." And this happiness will bring them if there is no Russia. And for this they will do anything, if it is not unacceptable for them, fatal.
  2. Alexander Betonkin 10 May 2022 14: 10
    +2
    So far, there is more talk in the West. Let's wait for autumn ... (if we don't wait before lol ).
  3. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 10 May 2022 16: 52
    0
    And we are also to blame for the spots in the sun, because they greatly affect the grain yields in Greenland. They messed it up themselves, and now they’re blaming everything on us, they just need to blurt out, and there at least grass doesn’t grow, at least corn.
  4. Enoch Offline Enoch
    Enoch (Enoch) 10 May 2022 21: 01
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    There is a popular proverb "If there is no water in the tap, then they drank ...".
    And this is not a joke, not to mention the global bondage.