posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 10:24 PM
Today the “The Liberal National Party (LNP) has announced plans for an audit of Queensland pasture and mine buffering zones to identify places where
more food could be produced.”
Presumably this is in response to “Queensland farmers are angry the state opposition has failed to mention the protection of prime agricultural land
in its latest position on coal seam gas (CSG) mining”
The Second Source
To say that today’s announcement is worrying would be a monumental understatement and in particular the justification for the announcement appears
to be a scaremongering lie.
“LNP leader Campbell Newman says the state has a responsibility to feed the growing world population. By 2050, the world will need 70 per cent more
food than is currently available.” From the first source.
70% more food than is currently available. This statement to me would indicate 70% more mouths to feed, so let’s look at the numbers.
Currently world population is sitting at a shade below 7 billion give or take a bit.
World Polulation (Lin-Log Scale)
A 70% increase is approximately 5 billion, taking the 2050 total to around 12 billion. Let’s take a look at that shall we.
Projected Rate of Increase
Based on the absolute worst prediction by the UN we would be at approximately 10.5 billion which is only a 50% increase in population and is as I have
stated the absolute worst case scenario. So using grossly inflated numbers of population increase we are to believe that Queensland is to bear the
brunt and pressure of overinflated population growth.
Is it not likely that the policy of pushing into marginal areas where arable land is of lesser quality is in fact a policy to move farmers off their
land to make way for the LNG industry. Is it the reality that large tracts of Queensland are ultimately going to be written off to the benefit of the
LNG industry and ultimately to the loss of the people of Queensland. And does that then open an opportunity there for Monsanto (
) to develop
crops capable of existing in post fracking gaseous conditions.
It sounds to me as though the fracking will continue unabated with no real regard for the future.
P.S. Apologies for no pics, I cannot upload at the moment.