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Global food crisis: what's happened to the figs?

Robin Lustig | 13:55 UK time, Monday, 21 April 2008

There's nothing funny about the global food crisis: rocketing prices of such staples as rice and wheat have already caused serious unrest in several countries, and the UN is warning of millions of people facing the risk of severe malnutrition or worse.

Indeed, we devoted a whole programme to the issue last December, well before most people had woken up to the threat (You can listen to it again here). But now, on an admittedly much less serious note, comes news that will affect thousands of fig-roll lovers around the UK and elsewhere; there's a global fig shortage. No figs, no fig-rolls. You can read the whole sad story as reported in The Guardian here.

Maybe now you'll take it seriously?

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