Prof Discusses Food Riots in National, International Media

February 01, 2011 - In the News

Geography professor Evan Fraser is featured in a story in today's Globe and Mail on food riots. In the article, Fraser, co-author of the book Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, discusses the reasons behind food riots, saying they tend to be caused more by a sense of injustice than price volatility.

Fraser also wrote an article on Tunisia's food protests that is featured this week in Foreign Affairs magazine. Published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs magazine is the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs.

Fraser, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security, wrote the piece with Andrew Rimas, co-author of Empires of Food. The article discusses the connection among rising prices, hunger and violent civic unrest. The authors advise that policy-makers today must be mindful of the psychological causes of food riots when discussing trade and protectionism.

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