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Originally posted by deltaboy
I can imagine the Chinese invade our country to get our food to feed their billion people. Its like our own oil field equivalent.
Originally posted by deessell
I live in Asia and have not heard of any rioting. People are complaining about 'inflation', but there is no rioting.
UN warns on food shortage riots
Food price rises of more than 40 per cent in the last 12 months have helped spark riots and unrest in countries like Egypt, Haiti and Uzbekistan.
On Monday there were food riots in Haiti and there have been violent protests in Ivory Coast. Riots after price rises in Cameroon in February left 40 people dead.
In northern Egypt this week, there have also been riots with people angry about food prices which have doubled in less than a year.
In Africa, landlocked Burkina Faso has been crippled by a general strike over food prices.
Forty people died during price riots in Cameroon in February. There also have been deadly troubles in Ivory Coast and Mauritania and other violent demonstrations in Senegal.
Troops in Manila had to stand guard over rice imports last week, whilst last year's uprising against the military junta in Myanmar was partly blamed on food shortages.
In Pakistan the price of the staple flat bread has doubled, whilst in India opposition parties are threatening anti-inflation demonstrations ahead of local elections.
In Europe, France and Germany have seen "purchasing power" protests by sectors as diverse as civil servants, steelworkers and train drivers, and even a "pasta strike" consumer boycott in Italy last year.
High food prices seen leading to strikes, protests in Asia
Asia's governments face strikes, protests and hoarding in response to the spiralling cost of food and other essentials that threatens to damage them at the polls, observers say.
In China, inflation is of particular concern because it threatens to lead to social unrest and fuel anger at the government, as it did ahead of 1989 democracy protests that the military crushed.
The price of China's staple meat, pork, has risen by more than 60 percent year-on-year.
Farmers sleep with pigs in wake of rampant theft
FARMERS in several villages in Shaanxi Province decided to sleep with their pigs after repeated thefts as thieves sought to capitalize on pork price rises attributed to supply shortages after a disease outbreak last year.
China's consumer price index, the main gauge of inflation, jumped 8.7 percent in February, the biggest monthly jump since the 8.9 percent gain recorded in May 1996, pushed by rocketing pork prices.
Food security woes: Hunger strife
In China, authorities introduced controls on a range of goods from instant noodles to milk, calling it a temporary intervention to battle surging inflation. It was the first time in over a decade that Beijing waded into the food market.
Countries with food-related unrest
* Dominican Republic
* Sierra Leone
* Burkina Faso
* Central African Republic
* DR Congo
* Sri Lanka
* East Timor
"The only way for China to be spared the consequences of global food shortages and food price hikes is to remain firmly self-sufficient," declared an emphatic editorial in the 21st Century Economic Herald last week.
Driven by food price increases, inflation surged in February to 8.7 percent -- the fastest pace in more than 11 years.
Inflationary pressures were partly behind Premier Wen Jiabao’s recent admission that 2008 will be "China’s most difficult year".
As Australia dries, a global shortage of rice: Drought contributes to shortage of food staple
DENILIQUIN, Australia: Lindsay Renwick, the mayor of this dusty southern Australian town, remembers the constant whir of the rice mill. "It was our little heartbeat out there, tickety-tick-tickety," he said, imitating the giant fans that dried the rice, "and now it has stopped."
The Deniliquin mill, the largest rice mill in the Southern Hemisphere, once processed enough grain to satisfy the daily needs of 20 million people. But six long years of drought have taken a toll, reducing Australia's rice crop by 98 percent and leading to the mothballing of the mill last December.
The collapse of Australia's rice production is one of several factors contributing to a doubling of rice prices in the last three months — increases that have led the world's largest exporters to restrict exports severely, spurred panicked hoarding in Hong Kong and the Philippines, and set off violent protests in countries including Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, the Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World
Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing. Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks.
At a Costco Warehouse in Mountain View, Calif., yesterday, shoppers grew frustrated and occasionally uttered expletives as they searched in vain for the large sacks of rice they usually buy.
"Where's the rice?" an engineer from Palo Alto, Calif., Yajun Liu, said. "You should be able to buy something like rice. This is ridiculous."
"It's sporadic. It's not every store, but it's becoming more commonplace," the editor of SurvivalBlog.com, James Rawles, said. "The number of reports I've been getting from readers who have seen signs posted with limits has increased almost exponentially, I'd say in the last three to five weeks."
"I'm surprised the Bush administration hasn't slapped export controls on wheat," Mr. Rawles said. "The Asian countries are here buying every kind of wheat." Mr. Rawles said it is hard to know how much of the shortages are due to lagging supply and how much is caused by consumers hedging against future price hikes or a total lack of product.
"There have been so many stories about worldwide shortages that it encourages people to stock up. What most people don't realize is that supply chains have changed, so inventories are very short," Mr. Rawles, a former Army intelligence officer, said. "Even if people increased their purchasing by 20%, all the store shelves would be wiped out."
Originally posted by Rockpuck
I don't think America is in any danger just yet.. we already produce well over what we need.. a drop would only lower it to what we need..
The global financial and economic crisis has sparked many protests in parts of Europe. Here are some details:
* BOSNIA -- ...
* BRITAIN -- ...
* BULGARIA -- ...
* FRANCE -- ...
* GERMANY -- ...
* ICELAND -- ...
* IRELAND -- ...
* LATVIA -- ...
* LITHUANIA -- ...
* MONTENEGRO -- ...
* RUSSIA -- ...
* UKRAINE - ...
The global economic meltdown has already caused bank failures, bankruptcies, plant closings and foreclosures and will, in the coming year, leave many tens of millions unemployed across the planet. But another perilous consequence of the crash of 2008 has only recently made its appearance: increased civil unrest and ethnic strife. Someday, perhaps, war may follow.
As people lose confidence in the ability of markets and governments to solve the global crisis, they are likely to erupt into violent protests or to assault others they deem responsible for their plight, including government officials, plant managers, landlords, immigrants and ethnic minorities. (The list could, in the future, prove long and unnerving.) If the present economic disaster turns into what President Obama has referred to as a "lost decade," the result could be a global landscape filled with economically fueled upheavals.
Indeed, if you want to be grimly impressed, hang a world map on your wall and start inserting red pins where violent episodes have already occurred. Athens (Greece), Longnan (China), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Riga (Latvia), Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Vladivostok (Russia) would be a start. Many other cities from Reykjavik, Paris, Rome and Zaragoza to Moscow and Dublin have witnessed huge protests over rising unemployment and falling wages that remained orderly thanks in part to the presence of vast numbers of riot police. If you inserted orange pins at these locations -- none as yet in the United States -- your map would already look aflame with activity. And if you're a gambling man or woman, it's a safe bet that this map will soon be far better populated with red and orange pins.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned opposition critics on Friday not to use the economic crisis as an excuse to challenge his government and told them to abide by the law.
Unrest across Russia over economic upheaval has been muted, with the biggest protests so far taking place in the Far East port of Vladivostok where hundreds were arrested in January demonstrations over car tax.
Speaking at a meeting with leaders of Russia's dominant political party, United Russia, ahead of regional elections this weekend, Putin said that criticism of the Russian government during a crisis was allowed, but only within the laws.