Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Food Prices Spark Riots in Africa

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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Food riots in Mozambique have killed 10 people and led to 142 arrests. Reuters Africa reports that because of a 30 percent increase in bread prices, angry citizens have organized bloody, fiery protests via text messages. Wheat prices have soared because of drought in Russia.

Farmers markets are perfect, right? Salon says not so much. They talk to Linda Aleci, a historian and co-founder of the Local Economy Center at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, about her three-year study of farmers markets. Problems include hiking prices and too many markets in urban areas, and dwindling supplies in rural areas.

A group of New York City attorneys have filed lawsuits against restaurateurs for unfair employment practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that the suits accuse restaurants of not giving low-level employees their share of tips, and not paying the legally-required amount of pay for work days exceeding ten hours. Chefs being sued include Masaharu Morimoto, Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, among 20 others.

Homeless advocates accuse a San Francisco area McDonalds of raising prices to rid the store of homeless customers. ABC-7 in San Francisco reports that the store, located across the street from Golden Gate Park, has increased their Dollar Menu items to $1.50, making it more difficult for homeless park residents to make purchases. The store's owner says homeless customers didn't play a part in the decision to increase prices.

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