By Louis Navellier of InvestorPlaceRENO, Nevada ( InvestorPlace) -- While many in the United States are focusing on economic recovery, much of the rest of the world is concerned about more basic needs like food. In fact, the world is reeling from a food price shock, better known as agricultural commodity inflation, which was exasperated after the U.S. Department Agriculture surprised traders by cutting its forecasts for key crops sending corn and soybean prices to their highest level in 30 months. Specifically, the USDA said corn inventories are expected to decline 5.5% this year to the lowest level in 15 years. Corn is used to make ethanol, which is causing gasoline prices to rise, and is an important ingredient in animal feed so meat prices are rising. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently warned the world could see another food crisis as grain prices rise further. Although rice prices, which spurred the last food crisis in 2008, are stable, high grain prices, especially corn, soybeans and wheat, already have caused riots in Algeria and Mozambique. In emerging economies, food is a larger portion of spending than it is in developed countries, and that is why people in emerging countries feel the pinch the most when prices rise. India reported last week that its wholesale prices rose to an annual rate of 8.43% in December, up from 7.48% in November. Related Article: 5 Global Mutual Funds That Aren't Global After All There is clearly a supply and demand issue at work here. Emerging markets have made great strides in recent years, and it has been shown that as people move up into the middle class their protein intake increases. With higher demand and lower production due to environmental issues, prices are going to rise. So as an investor, how should you play this inflation trend? I say the answer is not to become a commodities trader speculating on the price of pork bellies, corn or orange juice. The way to safely make your money is to play the equipment, fertilizer or seeds that grow the food by buying agriculture stocks. Prices there are rising as well, and are far less volatile.