The Rice Price Spike of 2007-2008 (Optional)
In 2012 another wave of food price spikes has been hitting the world. Here is what happened last time, and why it may well happen again.
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Q. 1. Countries may exacerbate the problems created by a rice shortage:
A. By placing import restrictions on rice
You mean, 'export' restrictions? Placing import restrictions would certainly increase domestic prices even further, but what country would do that...
Actually Japan did engage in import restrictions and the U.S. brought a WTO case against them for it that resulted in them being required to purchase U.S. rice which they refuse to give to their citizens so they created a strategic rice reserve which is how we got out of the global crises that wasn't. Check out Planet Money on NPR for a more in depth report.