On its face it should be in Current Events, but let's be honest - we know where this is going to end up belonging. Anyway, it appears that rice has now joined corn, wheat, and vegetable oil in reaching record highs and putting staples further out of the reach of those who most rely on them. After reading the stories of the mild unrest in Mexico as corn skyrocketed and watching news stories on the small shopkeeps losing their businesses when veg oil hit highs, I expect that this will have the broadest global impact. I wonder if we might be better served by a three pronged attack: 1) Reducing ethanol production in favor of other alternative fuels. This major contributor to the rising cost of corn has pushed more people to rice. 2) Introducing tapioca as a cost effective staple (even though the flavor is not as delicious). This may be the most difficult as cultural identities and cuisines are so ingrained with rice, it would take generations (and we don't have that much time) to make a cost-effective transition. 3) Get the developed world to stop crying about GMO. Having seen firsthand the several tons of rice crops lost to rain or simply a dike failure, developing more water resistant rice strains or other variations that could benefit thousands seems like an obvious idea. That there are so many opposed to development of those strains seem no different than who refuse to take their children to the doctor because they want to rely on ancient tradition to heal them.