Flour power

January 23, 2008

Soldiers guarding Karachi flour mill

While the outside world debates who killed Benazir Bhutto and why, inside Pakistan the shortage of flour is beginning to dominate people’s thoughts ahead of the Feb. 18 election. Reuters China Economics Editor Alan Wheatley highlighted quite how important food supplies are becoming with a piece on Sunday saying that across Asia food is the new oil.

The flour shortage has got so bad that Pakistan has had to use paramilitary troops to escort wheat trucks

Metroblogging Islamabad has delved into the history of Pakistan’s wheat shortage in a piece called How to Start an Aata Crisis with interesting comments and links for anyone who wants to find out more about how and why food is becoming as big an issue as oil. Is this going to end up dominating the election? Post a comment, or let us know if there are good debates, analyses and comment out there that we’ve missed and we’ll add them in next time.

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