Grocery bills spark deadly riots globally, trigger inflation


Jenny Díaz pays a mark up for scarce eggs, sugar and cooking oil because she sometimes has to buy them from the back of a truck. Dayra Barreto gave up eating pricey asparagus, palm hearts, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. And Andrea González substitutes baloney for ham.

This snapshot of shoppers at a middle class grocery store in Caracas illustrates how rising food prices are hurting not just the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region where some people spend more than half their income on food.

Many countries rely so heavily on imports -- from rice to cooking oil to beans -- that they are especially slammed when costs rise worldwide. A 34-cent increase for a pound of rice -- like the spike being felt in Haiti -- packs a punch. Read the complete story at