In this Monday, May 13, 2013 photo, Rida Ibrahim, a 62-year-old Egyptian farmer, harvests wheat on his farm, in Qalubiyah, North Cairo, Egypt. The US Department of Agriculture estimates

 

              In this Monday, May 13, 2013 photo, Rida Ibrahim, a 62-year-old Egyptian farmer, harvests wheat on his farm, in Qalubiyah, North Cairo, Egypt. The US Department of Agriculture estimates
In this Monday, May 13, 2013 photo, Rida Ibrahim, a 62-year-old Egyptian farmer, harvests wheat on his farm, in Qalubiyah, North Cairo, Egypt. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that production will reach 8.7 million tons, up 2.3 percent compared to previous year. Bread is perhaps the most volatile issue amid mounting economic concerns as Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi nears the end of the first year in office. In recent months, Egypt has faced fuel shortages, water and electricity cuts and rising food prices, at a time of intense political polarization between Morsi and his Islamist supporters and the mainly secular and liberal opposition. In a country where at least 40 percent of the population of 90 million lives near or below the poverty line, millions rely on cheap bread subsidized by the government. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)