Why no big stink in the media ? Our media especially in the US is controlled by basically 5 Corporations. Big Business has a huge hand in global
starvation and food insecurity. Shareholder value and CEO pay comes first.Africa despite what most people think has about half the population density
than Asia and Europe.
We in the Industrialized Nations can help, buy local grown food, grow our own food, this will loosen the stanglehold of Agribusiness on the Southern
Hemisphere and then hopefully the people will once again be able to regain their ability to feed themselves. Full people also tend to be far more
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, enough food is produced in the world to provide over 2800 calories a day to
everyone — substantially more than the minimum required for good health, and about 18% more calories per person than in the 1960s, despite a
significant increase in total population.
The global food industry is not organized to feed the hungry; it is organized to generate profits for corporate agribusiness.
This year, agribusiness profits are soaring above last year’s levels, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, Monsanto,Dupont Agriculture and
Nutrition, Potash Corporation plus a few more, are the monopoly or near-monopoly buyers and sellers of agricultural products around the world. Six
companies control 85% of the world trade in grain; three control 83% of cocoa; three control 80% of the banana trade.  ADM, Cargill and Bunge
effectively control the world’s corn, which means that they alone decide how much of each year’s crop goes to make ethanol, sweeteners, animal
feed or human food.
As the editors of Hungry for Profit write, “The enormous power exerted by the largest agribusiness/food corporations allows them essentially to
control the cost of their raw materials purchased from farmers while at the same time keeping prices of food to the general public at high enough
levels to ensure large profits.”
Over the past three decades, transnational agribusiness companies have engineered a massive restructuring of global agriculture. Directly through
their own market power and indirectly through governments and the World Bank, IMF and World Trade Organization, they have changed the way food is
grown and distributed around the world. The changes have had wonderful effects on their profits, while simultaneously making global hunger worse and
food crises inevitable.(When countries were given independence they were also given the debt incurred by their previous colonial overseers), the IMF &
World Bank also dictate to these countries how much they can spend on public health and education, educated women with access to contraception do a
wonderful job of family planning.
Today’s food crisis doesn’t stand alone: it is a manifestation of a farm crisis that has been building for decades.
Over the past three decades the rich countries of the north have forced poor countries to open their markets, and then flooded those markets with
subsidized food, with devastating results for Third World farming.
But the restructuring of global agriculture to the advantage of agribusiness giants didn’t stop there. In the same period, southern countries were
convinced, cajoled and bullied into adopting agricultural policies that promote export crops rather than food for domestic consumption, and favor
large-scale industrial agriculture that requires single-crop (monoculture) production, heavy use of water (in Africa this is terrible due to being
drought prone), and massive quantities of fertilizer and pesticides. Increasingly, traditional farming, organized by and for communities and families,
has been pushed aside by industrial farming organized by and for agribusinesses.
The focus on export agriculture has produced the absurd and tragic result that millions of people are starving in countries that export food. In
India, for example, over one-fifth of the population is chronically hungry and 48% of children under five years old are malnourished. Nevertheless,
India exported US$1.5 billion worth of milled rice and $322 million worth of wheat in 2004. In other countries, farmland that used to grow food for
domestic consumption now grows luxuries for the north. Colombia, where 13% of the population is malnourished, produces and exports 62% of all cut
flowers sold in the United States.
In many cases the result of switching to export crops has produced results that would be laughable if they weren’t so damaging. Kenya was
self-sufficient in food until about 25 years ago. Today it imports 80% of its food — and 80% of its exports are other agricultural products.
The shift to industrial agriculture has driven millions of people off the land and into unemployment and poverty in the immense slums that now
surround many of the world’s cities.
Industrial farming continues not because it is more productive, but because it has been able, until now, to deliver uniform products in predictable
quantities, bred specifically to resist damage during shipment to distant markets. That’s where the profit is, and profit is what counts, no matter
what the effect may be on earth, air, and water — or even on hungry people.
The average American buys 53 times as many products as someone in China and one American's consumption of resources is equal valent to that of 35
Indians. Over a lifetime, the typical American will create 13 times as much environmental damage as the average Brazilian. Sierra Club via CNN