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The impending Food Crisis didn’t start in 2008, 2002 or even 2000 but in 1973. One year after the “Week That Changed The World.”
In 1973, President Richard Nixon and the rest of the U.S. government, did not promote environmental alternatives to our dependence on fossil fuels but instead came up with Biofuels and a plan to pay Archer Daniels Midland Corporation to turn 450 pounds of corn into the fuel for the 25-gallon tank in our SUV.
The small LCD at the gas pump should show an emaciated person starving to death because the food he needed to survive is being burned up so you can drive your car to the mall.
“It is a crime against humanity to convert agricultural productive soil into soil which produces food stuff that will be turned into Biofuels,” says Jean Ziegler, the U.N. special Rapporteur. - www.daily.pk...
The only surprising thing about the global food crisis to Jim Goodman is the notion that anyone finds it surprising. "So," says the Wisconsin dairy farmer, "they finally figured out, after all these years of pushing globalization and genetically modified [GM] seeds, that instead of feeding the world we've created a food system that leaves more people hungry. If they'd listened to farmers instead of corporations, they would've known this was going to happen."
The current global food system, which was designed by US-based agribusiness conglomerates like Cargill, Monsanto and ADM and forced into place by the US government and its allies at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization, has planted the seeds of disaster by pressuring farmers here and abroad to produce cash crops for export and alternative fuels rather than grow healthy food for local consumption and regional stability. - www.thenation.com...
NIA's six-minute video released today goes into detail about an event that took place just outside of Boston, Massachusetts in May of this year. This story was widely ignored by the nationwide mainstream media, but NIA believes it was one of the most important news events of the first half of 2010. Although this particular crisis in Boston was due to decaying infrastructure, NIA believes a currency crisis will lead to the same type of panic on a nationwide basis. - inflation.us... - inflation.us...
The USDA has declared half the counties in the Midwest to be primary disaster areas, including 274 counties in the last 30 days alone. These designations are based on the criteria of a minimum of 30 percent loss in the value of at least one crop in the county. The chart below shows counties declared primary disaster areas by the secretary of Agriculture and the president of the United States.
Brown = Secretarial Disaster Area
Light Green = Presidential Disaster Area
Dark Green = Sec/Pres Disaster Area
The same USDA that is predicting record harvests is also declaring disaster areas across half the Midwest because of catastrophic crop losses! To eliminate any doubt that this might be an innocent mistake, the USDA is even predicting record soybean harvests in the same states (Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama) where it has declared virtually all counties to have experienced 30 percent production losses. It isn’t rocket scientist to realize something is horribly wrong.
… some experts and governments, in full cognizance of the facts, want us not to create panic and paint a picture of parched crops and a looming food crisis. This, they say, would push up food prices unnaturally, lead to hoarding and ultimately result in a situation where many more millions across the world would go hungry. And whether it is the developing world or the developed, it is those at the bottom of the pyramid who are the most affected in such scenarios.
This leads to a confusing divide between reality and government pronouncements, or even between the perspectives of government departments. - www.atimes.com...