Saturday, January 19, 2008

An oil quandary

Rajkanya Kawle, 11, purchased about eight ounces of palm oil for 16 rupees, or 40 cents. It's all the oil the family could afford for that evening's meal. She shares a one-room home with eight other family members in the Dharavi.

NY Times says:
This is the other oil shock. From India to Indiana, shortages and soaring prices for palm oil, soybean oil and many other types of vegetable oils are the latest, most striking example of a developing global problem: costly food.
In some poor countries, desperation is taking hold.
See Audio Slideshow.