who is to blame for the rising price of food?

@advokatku (4039)
Indonesia
January 11, 2011 9:07pm CST
When the need for the price of basic commodities increased sharply, you can bet people will face difficulties in their life. In economic theory, the price increase occurred because the number of requests not accompanied adequate supplies. But in fact, trader said the price increase happen because of several factors, especially the changing seasons. Meanwhile, farmers blamed the rising price of fertilizer. Expensive fertilizer resulted in increased selling prices of basic commodities. While the government as the regulator has not or did not do anything to reduce the inconvenience at this time. Friends, based your opinion, who is to blame for the rising price of food?
2 people like this
18 responses
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
20 Jan 11
Hi Advokatku!. I think fertilizer price is raising know but I think they can got government subsidy. The new subsidy system force farmer to make group than they made plant how much fertilizer they need than buy the fertilizer at market price. After than they can claim the subsidy price than the government will pay price difference. They say this system made to reduce lost of subsidy fertilizer and teach farmer to made planning. Maybe the socialization not working really good. I think this day our farmer really depend to chemical fertilizer and half heart government program go organic not really work because the farmer not support it. Even I think thats was really good program and hope its will work so I can consume organic food at low price. I think this climate change really affecting in price especially vegetable because I see many of vegetable I grew can not grow well because they rain make blossom drop as result less fruit to harvest. I think thats happen to any farmer who not used green house. Weather is really one factor thats really important in farming.
• India
18 Jan 11
Well when there is more demand, less supply, price will rise, i am sure of this, but there are other factors like weather, rain etc, but in india, i can tell it is due to greedy traders, wrong policy of the govt, if our production is less, why supply abroad and earn foreign exchange, this is absurd in my opinion.. Thanks for sharing. Cheers. Professor. .
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
16 Jan 11
hi, there are two reasons why the price of the food is rising, the first is those ingredients and needs for that production is rising, so the food will arise too, the second is the government who control the hiking of the price, if they control it from the producer it will hike too.
@syoti20 (5296)
• Philippines
13 Jan 11
Rising price of the food should be blame to the government. If they able to lower the price of the stuff needed by farmers they will able to give the lower price of the food too. The lower the stuff the more commodities will follow.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
13 Jan 11
I don't know who to blame at this point. Because the producer also need to make money, and the level below it also need to make profit from sales too. So, it is no one to blame. So, it is the need to encourage competition at this point. To compete with efficiency.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
13 Jan 11
this is a very hard question... at the moment, the price of the food rise significantly here because we are experiencing flood in some parts of our country... this is a natural disaster and can't be help because it is nobody's fault... rather than trying to find who is to be blame for this problem, i always prefer to find a solution to solve the problem... take care and have a nice day...
@stealthy (8189)
• United States
12 Jan 11
There are many reasons. Some are the seasonal variations with harsher weather some years but such things happen periodically. A big one that started a few years ago was the use of corn as bio fuel(ethanol) and that is still having a lasting affect since corn is in so many food products in addition to just being eaten as corn.
@SIMPLYD (75854)
• Philippines
12 Jan 11
Primarily, the unforeseen calamities such as storms are to be blamed for the rising cost of food. Basically when a storm comes, it brings havoc to the plants. Those to be harvested are destroyed that it would again take how many months to plant and have it grown and harvested. So no raw foods are being sold in the market because of that. The livestocks are also affected because they get drenched in the rain and die. Thus, their unavailability would make the prices soar high. Hence in my opinion, calamities such as the storms gives rise to the prices of foods.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
12 Jan 11
Yes,there are too many reasons of rising prices. Here in china,the government raised the prices of farm products,which they claim a good thing done for increase the farmer's income.But actually,the farmers don't benefit too much.Because it is eaten up by the rising price of fertilizer and other things. And the soaring price of the house is the pain of ordinary chinese now.Who is to blame?The government,because they sell the land on higher and higher prices,of course,the real estate put the cost onto the buyers.
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
12 Jan 11
I think there's a lot of factors to put into consideration. First the supplies. If there's a lack of it, then the price will soar up. Then the demand, if more are needed, then surely price will increase. The calamities that are beyond our control can also be a factor. Then lastly, the businessmen, who wants to increase profits and to pay the burden of taxes is surely one of the reasons why food prices get high.
@yogeshdhusa (2212)
• India
12 Jan 11
demand is high and supply is less. I blame it to human, on us. We have done lot of other thing to make money and never thought to live life we need food and to have proper food we need land and good environment. So once we stop hurting mother earth she will start giving better life to us.
• China
12 Jan 11
The food prices is a matter of our vital interests.I think that the rising price of food results from natural disasters which bring about imbalance between supply and demand,the rise in the cost of production,speculation,in addition,lack of macro-economic regulation.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
12 Jan 11
It's just the law of supply and demand at work. which means that, If demand increases and supply remains unchanged then higher equilibrium price and quantity. If demand decreases and supply remains the same then lower equilibrium price and quantity. If supply increases and demand remains unchanged then lower equilibrium price and higher quantity. If supply decreases and demand remains the same then higher price and lower quantity. So in reality, we have to expect that prices to get higher since there are more and more people getting a slice of the finite and limited resources of this world.
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
12 Jan 11
Dear friend, There would be lots of reasons, it varies in each places and situations. I feel to put blame is easy, but to make it out success is real task in such situations. May it is unity in facing disaster makes that disaster solved withing time.
• United States
12 Jan 11
Sadly there is not one sole reason. Many types of meat are on the rise because the feed for the animals is rising because many items used in feed are being used for other things like alternative fuels. So then the farmer cuts down the amount of animals they raise or just cut their losses and sell the farm. The other year there was a group I want to say in Asia who was hoarding their rice crops to force higher prices. That is truly not fair as that is a staple in most diets world wide. So the price of rice has gone up here. When gas prices skyrocketed here in the US up tward the $4 mark so did all the groceries. But you know when the price of fuel to ship the food went down the prices at the store did not. They say it's not rising but I want to know who these people are? Probably people who don't have to live on a budget and live paycheck to paycheck because they don't notice the things that most of us do.
@Hatley (161854)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Jan 11
start over lost my response. a number of things are to blame as we have to have so many middlemen in getting a lot of our foods and each step raises the cost and human greed is in there too as no one seems happy with just a reasonable profit they all want to be multi millionaires on our backs as we have to buy food to feed our families. used to be food was raised on a farm and trucked to nearest cities now we have this layered thing where some foods are raised clear across the US and trucked to a middleman who ups the cost to the grocers who then have to up it to make any profit then we get it and its gone way up in price.Also sometimes farmers deliberately get rid of excess crops so they can get more money by saying they have a shortage so have to charge more. so greed and too many steps in getting food from the start to our stores and to our kitchens factor in to the causes of rising prices of food.
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
12 Jan 11
We are. Blame yourself & not anyone else. Don't blame the government, don't blame the farmers, don't blame others, blame yourself. Most governments are trying hard to do a good job or the right thing in trying circumstances. Instead of blaming them, try & get a job there & then report back to us all here just how "easy" it is. If farmers blame expensive fertilizers, soil analyses, etc, then buy only organic produce which don't use these expensive fertilizers nor require regular soil analysis. Farmers & traders respond to demand. If consumers only want top quality produce grown using ethical, traditional farming techniques from farmers who have been working their land for generations, then that will force out cheats trying to make a fast dollar. If the weather is unfavourable in a certain place at a certain time, then buy only produce which is in season or that which you can grow yourself. We should be growing our own food, as much as we are able to & because we are negligent in this area, we find there is so much demand, forcing prices up.
@rberon1985 (5394)
• Philippines
12 Jan 11
Thank you for posting this quality discussion.this situation is observed not only in one country but around the globe.we are all suffering from poverty and calamity.With my own opinion,the people can be blame on this because they are not taking good care of the environment.most of them cut the trees and when there's a typhoon,there will be a big flood because no trees can sip the water.and because of heavy typhoon,plants and fruits are destroyed.and because of this,there are only limited supplies,and that makes the rising of price of food.so we should do something about this.the government should act on this problem.they should implement a law in cutting trees.