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Originally posted by Maslo
I fully agree with mopusvindictus that the only place where birth control is needed is third world countries. Developed countries have opposite problem.
I also agree that bad resource utilisation is caused by human greed, but i dont have faith in those alternative economy systems (resource based etc). You have to force people to work, or they won't.
The bottom line is, we need to somehow achieve slow growth or stagnation. Quick growth or reduction leads to poverty and problems.
Originally posted by mopusvindictus
I go out my door...
There are 300 plus miles of national forest one way and another 300 miles the other way 95% uninhabited by human life, this is in the Continental USA
is it so bad to say straight up that Americans not having babies is not the answer to the problems in AFRICA
the full toll—surely among the largest sustained waves of suicides in human history—is becoming apparent. And as Sainath emphasizes, these numbers still underestimate the disaster, since women farmers are excluded from the official statistics... It is important that the figure of 150,000 farm suicides is a bottom line estimate.... As Professor Nagaraj puts it: "There is likely to be a serious underestimation of suicides...what has driven the huge increase in farm suicides, particularly in the Big Four or ’Suicide SEZ’ States? "Overall," says Professor Nagaraj, "there exists since the mid-90s, an acute agrarian crisis. That’s across the country. In the Big Four and some other states, specific factors compound the problem.... Cultivation costs have shot up in these high input zones, with some inputs seeing cost hikes of several hundred per cent... Meanwhile, prices have crashed, as in the case of cotton, due to massive U.S.-EU subsidies to their growers. All due to price rigging with the tightening grip of large corporations over the trade in agricultural commodities." alternatives-international.net...
“We must grow GMO crops to feed the starving millions” is a barefaced lie. Charitable instincts are not manifested by these people. They are driven by profit. If existing food production doesn’t get to those in desperate need, why would genetically engineered food get there? This ‘feed the starving millions’ mantra is like all the industry mantras - diametrically opposed to reality. Designed to obscure the truth. The real biotech agenda is total control over the global food supply.
Which is why the Pentagon has contributed vast sums to the industry.
You don’t need to be Einstein to figure out how to target certain countries, certain regions - to turn off the food. This is happening, right now! And the humanitarian organisations that use a lot of money to feed hungry people - they are facing a crisis. Soaring prices mean they are able to buy much less food.
This whole dreadful situation is the inevitable end game of a process begun when global corporations and compliant governments set about converting agriculture from a biodiverse family affair, into vast broad acre chemically dependent monocultures. Hundreds of millions family farmers since WWII have been dispossessed. The ‘Green Revolution’ was a most appalling fraud on our planet! As is today’s biotech ‘revolution’.
Structural Adjustment Policies are economic policies which countries must follow in order to qualify for new World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans and help them make debt repayments on the older debts owed to commercial banks, governments and the World Bank. Although SAPs are designed for individual countries but have common guiding principles
Balancing national budgets can be done by raising taxes, which the IMF frowns upon, or by cutting government spending, which it definitely recommends. As a result, SAPs often result in deep cuts in programmes like education, health and social care, and the removal of subsidies designed to control the price of basics such as food and milk. So SAPs hurt the poor most, because they depend heavily on these services and subsidies.
By devaluing the currency and simultaneously removing price controls, the immediate effect of a SAP is generally to hike prices up three or four times, increasing poverty to such an extent that riots are a frequent result.