The System’s Bust: Food Price Hikes

The last couple of days has seen me compose poems about Climate Change and Land Grabs. Today I’ve published my effort on Food Price Hikes, tomorrow I will have something to highlight Intensive Farming and it’s effects.
If by writing these poems I influence just one person to donate just £1, or give up a few hours to volunteer in one of the Oxfam fundraising shops then I will consider my effort worth while.

The System's Bust

Click to visit Oxfam website

After decades of progress, the number of people without enough to eat is actually increasing, and food price spikes are a big part of the problem. That’s because, when you spend up to 75% of your weekly income on food – as many poor families are forced to do – sudden rises have an especially destructive effect. Price spikes have many causes – the changing climate, oil prices, dysfunctional commodities markets, biofuels policies that mean crops end up in cars and not on plates – but what’s clear is that we are facing a whole new challenge. It’s time for governments to work together to deal with food price crises effectively – and to tackle the problems that mean millions of people can’t afford enough to eat. – Source – Oxfam

Food Price Hikes

How is running a car
more important than eating?
This is a question you would ask,
if you were starving!
How can it be right,
that people starve whilst food rots?
Warehouses full of grain,
rats having the time of their lives.

Think about Africa or India,
continents that daily go without.
Start to think of Europe, the Americas.
Look down your street,
who is going hungry tonight?
Children cry themselves to sleep,
through hunger!
Parents foregoing meals!

Now how do you feel about fuelling your car,
with that biofuel you bought today?
Do you even think of the food waste
that ends up in your bin?
Look in your fridge, what will you eat?
What will be thrown away without regard?
It’s time to think differently,
The System’s Bust!

©2011 Trevor Litchfield



  1. so much food wastage, multiply what we throw away by the number of people in this country, then add the throwaway from food store chains, then the restaurants, etc… a waste food mountain. Yet people are starving, doesn’t compute at all Trevor, doesn’t make any sense. I repeat, I pray to God that the system can be mended. somehow. xPenx

    • The amount that is wasted daily is horrifying when you start to think about it. I know going through the process of writing these poems has made me re-evaluate how I purchase food and what ends up in the waste.

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