100-Word Fiction: ‘The Era of Cheap Food May Be Over’

I got a plate full I can tell you, a plate full of hungry mouths to fill, emerging markets in China, India and Brazil. I got 7 kilos of grain making 1 kilo of beef, corn turned into biofuels never nibbled by my teeth. I got poor harvests and lousy weather, farmers’ profit and loss, maize field failures and low wheat stocks. I got herds going to slaughter ’cause they cost too much to feed, blizzards, tornadoes, wildfires, torturous heat, floods, tropical storms and full-on hurricanes, and my plate is full of food and I’ll eat it all the same.

Published by MW Bewick

Writer of poetry and place; editor and journalist. Co-founder of Dunlin Press. Books including Pomes Flixus, The Orphaned Spaces and Scarecrow are available from http://dunlinpress.bigcartel.com

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