Think about this while you’re feasting on Kraft Mac n’ Cheese tonight: the G8 summit in Hokkaido kicked off discussions of a global food shortage with a sumptuous banquet for world leaders.
No, that link doesn’t go to The Onion.
World leaders were treated to a six-course lunch followed by an eight-course dinner, enjoying a total of 24 different dishes with five wines over the course of the day.
Oh, except Africa. The leaders of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Senegal, who had taken part in talks earlier in the day, were not invited to the meals. Presumably because the sight of people who are actually hungry would ruin well-fed white people’s appetites for braised duck medallions and seared Kobe beef filet mignon.
The lavish dining arrangements – disclosed by the Japanese Government which is hosting the summit in Hokkaido – come amid growing concern over rising food prices triggered by a shortage of many basic necessities.
On the flight to the summit, [British Prime Minister Gordon] Brown urged Britons to cut food waste as part of a global drive to help avert the food crisis.
Well, he obviously only meant the plebes need to cut back. Aristocrats, like himself and the royal family, will continue to wash down roasted panda rump and whooping crane egg omelettes with magnums of unicorn blood.