Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wheat: "Oh no, Ug99"

Following up on yesterday's "Add Soft Wheat To Your Hard Asset List" (JJG)".
From Foreign Policy's Passport blog:

The newest Wired magazine has a great, terrifying article on Ug99, a fungus that is imperiling wheat crops, auguring possible famines and rising food prices. The story focuses on the damage Ug99 has already caused from southern Africa north to Iran, the USDA's race to genetically engineer resistant plants, and the fungus' possible implications for the United States, where wheat is the third-biggest cash crop.

But I wondered about Ug99's possible implications for Afghanistan -- on the fungus' frontline, and where wheat is the chief legal cash crop. On one hand, this is clearly terrible news....MORE