Friday, April 25, 2008

Global Stravation: The imminent global food crisis

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The United Nations Food Agency said that rising food prices threatened to plunge 100 million people across the world into hunger.-- Steve Hawkes, Greg Hurst and Valerie Elliott
“This is the new face of hunger — the millions of people who were not in the urgent hunger category six months ago but now are.” -- Josette Sheeran, head of the UN’s World Food Programme, Timesonline
Global Starvation as I've previously discussed is a man-made phenomenon. Unlike the crisis of Global warming/Climate change which may or may not be man-made and even so man can do little to nothing about we can do something about man’s world markets and globalization policies which are what is causing the recent rationing of rice and other world food staples.

Speaking at the 2002 World Congress on the Peaceful Reunification of China and World Peace in Sydney, Mr Clinton said this "brief moment in history" when the US had pre-eminent military, economic and political power, would not last.

"This is just a period, a few decades this will last, and I think that all of us who are Americans should think about this and ask ourselves how do we wish this moment to be judged 50 years from now," he said.
The Canberra Times
It’s finally here, the day that Bill Clinton predicted six years ago while speaking at the 2002 World Congress on the Peaceful Reunification of China and World Peace in Sydney Australia. His comments escaped many Americans at that time but nobody is going miss the results of his words as they are coming true right before our eyes.

Clinton forecasted America’s decline. A military, economic and political meltdown that sounds an awful lot like what we’re just beginning to experience in America today.

One has to wonder what he knew exactly. Nevertheless it is becoming painfully obvious that he did know something. The fact is America is in an economic decline. The Euro is replacing the dollar in strength and value, six years of war has placed a crippling toll on the U.S. military, oil and gas prices are the highest that they’ve ever been, the U.S. economy is in recession , banks have caused a world-wide credit crisis and now there is a food shortage.

By and large the one threat that is more imminent than the war on terrorism, Global warming/Climate Change, rising gas prices, the sinking dollar, and the credit/mortgage crisis is Globalization in general and specifically attempting to control food supplies by world markets.

In 1996 the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization was already calling for globalization of world food supplies when it cited that 40 countries faced food shortages since then world food supplies are governed by global commodity markets.

Commodity markets Investors buy sell and trade the food that is produced by farmers and according to this trading the price and availability of food is determined.
Farmers and food executives appealed fruitlessly to federal officials yesterday for regulatory steps to limit speculative buying that is helping to drive food prices higher.

Meanwhile, some Americans are stocking up on staples such as rice, flour and oil in anticipation of high prices and shortages spreading from overseas.
—Patrice Hill
There are all sorts of markets on which anything from gasoline to carbon credits can be traded, bought and sold. These markets affect supply and cost and can artificially drive the cost up or create an artificial shortage.

However because of World Trade Organization treaties no country any longer has the authority to keep it’s own food supply all food supplies must be available for the world markets according to Canadian Wayne Roberts’ 2006 article, “Grain Drain” found in the Energy Bulletin.
Turns out that if massive disaster strikes, there's enough in the global cupboard to keep people alive on basic grains for 57 days. Two months of survival food is all that separates us from mass starvation due to drought, plagues of locusts and other pests, or the wars and violence that disrupt farming, all of which are more plentiful than food.

And since the World Trade Organization prohibits government intervention that keeps any items off the free trade ledger, there's no law that says Canadians, or any other people, get first dibs on their own food production.
--Wanye Roberts
The best known example of this market manipulation was The Enron Corporation that manipulated market prices on electricity by creating artificial shortages thus putting many businesses out of business by artificially driving the price of electricity up thus making it impossible for many small businesses to operate. Enron destroyed many lives through its market exploitation.

Market forces that are similar are at work in everything from Global warming/Climate Change to Business and Banking and are now at work governing your food supply. As more and more countries become less self reliant, not growing their own food supplies, they become more susceptible to supply and demand forces that create shortages as in the Enron example just cited. This Americans is Free Trade!

This is a warning to Americans of what’s in store for us all if we allow our government to give in to the proponents of Kyoto 2 and Global warming profiteers such as Albert Arnold Gore Jr. these entities intend to consolidate power over our economy by cap and trade markets that are meant to regulate CO2 emissions however the reality is if they are allowed the power to levy any kind of tax on the United States they become a de facto unelected governing body over the United States.

Experts told The Times yesterday that prices of rice, wheat and vegetable oil would rise further. They also forecast that high prices and shortages — which have caused riots in developing countries such as Bangladesh and Haiti — were here to stay, and that the days of cheap produce would not return.

Food-price inflation has already pushed up a typical family’s weekly shopping bill by 15 per cent in a year.
—Steve Hawkes, Greg Hurst and Valerie Elliott
The rice, grain and food shortages are a result the Globalization of world markets combined with using food supplies to create alternative renewable fuel solutions as an answer to Global warming. Both of these practices, Globalization and growing food to burn for energy, are detrimental to humanity and most be stopped.

If there isn’t enough food the very least of our worries is Global warming/Climate Change!


  1. This is a much exagerated and overblown "crisis"..... manufactured as most are, by the UN itself!

    There is no world-wide food crisis, merely a glitch in supply. Presently, many countries are experiencing increased food demand, particularly in the grain areas, because of the "rush to alternate fuels".... brought about by the Gore "global warming" fairy tale!

    When the speculators step out of the picture, after getting their collective asses handed to them by increased supply, things will settle down to where they should be.

    In the meantime, don't rush to the supermarket to stock up on rice and corn.

  2. I agree brook that this is a manufactured crisis however it is real and it's severity can be manipulated as oil and gasoline prices are being artificially overblown.

    Food supply is nothing to play with and if free trade means that speculators are involved at all then we are in serious trouble.

    People will panic when commodity traders halt delivery of rice and corn so that prices will go up.

    That's what is happening with oil and I don't see that we well see 1.99 gas ever again no matter what the supply is.

    This system is base on increasing the price and profit not lowering them.

    So I'm advising people to do whatever that can to hedge themselves against speculators who have shown that they are willing to game the system to create artificially inflated profits.

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