Argentina Tries to Reconcile Exporting Food With Prices at Home…

Inside a busy church hall early Friday morning, many of the 60 men waiting for a free breakfast tilted their heads upward to watch news flashes periodically scroll across a wall-mounted television. “Government in Crisis . . . Minister of Economy Quits . . . Price of Food Increasing Worldwide . . . ”

This country, in theory, should be protected from the global food crisis. Argentina’s government touts steady economic growth, and in recent years the country has become a top exporter of the same grains, vegetable oils and beef that are now in such high demand.

But instead Argentina is becoming a symbol of the far-reaching effects of global food inflation. Like other developing countries that depend on agricultural exports, Argentina is struggling mightily to figure out how to protect local food sources without breaking the backbone of its economy.

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