Hunger Games: Global Food Crisis and G7 Hypocrisy

India also supplies free food grains to 800 million under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. In effect, it is obliged to provide grains to 800 million persons twice (that is 1.6 billion) every month. What exactly is/was the expectation of the G7 countries — that India must forsake its own?

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The ban on vaccines is only one of the chapters in the book on convenient leverage of the phrase ‘national interest’. There are and have been many and have led to historical consequences. In December 1975, the US enacted the Energy Policy and Conservation Act banning export of crude oil. The ban was in place for 40 years — despite increased output and even during price spikes — and was lifted only in December 2015.

The consequence of unattended issues is haunting the world. It is true that prices of food grains have shot up. As per World Bank as of May 2022, the Agricultural Price Index is up 41 per cent compared to January 2021. Maize and wheat prices are 54 per cent and 60 per cent higher compared to January 2021. But pinning the blame on India’s ban on wheat exports is simply an exhibition of mindless lazy rhetoric.

Just in the US, “40 per cent of food is lost or wasted, annually costing an estimated $218 billion” — a figure over five times India’s food subsidy for 2021–22. The situation in the EU or UK is not very different. The UNEP estimates that UK households “waste an estimated 6.7 million tonnes of food every year, around one-third of the 21.7 million tonnes purchased”.

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