Dalia Mortada writes for PBS in Did Food Prices Spur the Arab Spring?:
One of the driving forces behind the Arab Spring, some contend, is the high cost of food. A combination of shrinking farmlands, weather and poor water allocation is helping contribute to higher prices and, in turn, anti-government sentiment, according to analysts.
Peter Thiel said in an interview:
I think the Arab Spring, I think the fundamental driver for that was the food prices went up 50 percent and people were going to starve and I think it’s smug and complacent to pretend that it was anything other than that.
Was the Arab Spring caused by rising food prices?