By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: November 11, Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in Milwaukee on November 10, Following the Republican Presidential debate in Milwaukee last evening, Senator Elizabeth Warren issued a blistering statement to supporters. It said, in part:
With billions of people at risk of hunger, the current food crisis is certainly massive and destructive. The food crisis is anything but silent, and—as long as we are aware of its true causes—we are not helpless. For this reason, thus far, there has been little official leadership in the face of the crisis.
Nor has there been any informed public debate about the real reasons the numbers of hungry people are growing, or what we can do about it. The future of our food—and fuel—systems are being decided de facto by unregulated global markets, financial speculators, and global monopolies.
For decades, family farmers and communities around the world have resisted the destruction of their native seeds. They have worked hard to diversify their crops, protect their soil, conserve their water and forests, and establish local gardens, markets, businesses, and community-based food systems.
What is missing is the political will on the part of government, industry, and finance to support these alternatives. The trigger for the present crisis was food price inflation.
While grain prices have come down slightly, food prices are still high, and because low-income and poor families are faced with higher fuel and housing costs, they are still unable to buy sufficient food.
The crisis of food price inflation is simply the most recent tip of a slow-moving iceberg. While food rebellions across the globe have only recently made headlines, governments have been promising to end hunger for over 30 years: The World Food Conference pledges to eradicate child hunger in 10 years.
The World Food Summit pledges to reduce the number of hungry people by half by Farm Bill increases food nutrition programs Food Stamps, Women and Children in need, and food banks augment donations of government surplus with local and industry-donated food. The World Bank re-calculates its projections for extreme poverty upward from one billion to 1.
The food crisis appeared to explode overnight, reinforcing fears that there are just too many people in the world. But according to the FAO, there were record grain harvests in There is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone. Population is not outstripping food supply. People are too poor to buy the food that is available.
Development institutions promised that eventually, as the promised benefits from globalization trickled down, the poor would be able to buy the food they lacked. Not until the dramatic displacement of food crops by fuel crops began in did the FAO begin to warn of impending food shortages.
As a result, the number of hungry people jumped dramatically to million in just one year. The rebellions that quickly spread across the globe took place not in areas where war or displacement made food unavailable, but where available food was too expensive for the poor. Poor weather—back-to-back droughts in major wheat-producing countries in Climate change will continue to impact food production in unpredictable ways Low grain reserves—national grain reserve systems were dismantled in the late s.
Because nations now depend on the global market for their grains, global reserves are down from to 54 days worldwide. This provokes price volatility High oil prices—increasing twofold over the last year pushes up prices of fertilizers 3Xtransport 2X in the food system Increasing meat consumption worldwide—the result of explosive growth in industrial feedlots.
Apart from high consumption in the industrial North, there has been a doubling of meat production and consumption in developing countries—mostly from grain-fed feedlots that displace small producers and consume seven lbs.
Speculation—deregulation and poor oversight have contributed to the speculative bubbles in the futures markets. Following the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, investors searched for places to put their money.
When they saw food prices going up, they poured investments into commodities futures, pumping up the price of grains and worsening food price inflation. The root causes The food crisis is a symptom of a food system in crisis.
Bad weather, high oil prices, agrofuels, and speculation are only the proximate causes of a deeper, systemic problem.
The root cause of the crisis is a global food system that is highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shock. This vulnerability springs from the risks, inequities, and externalities inherent in food systems that are dominated by a global industrial agri-foods complex. Built over the past half-century—largely with public funds for grain subsidies, foreign aid, and international agricultural development—the industrial agri-foods complex is made up of multinational grain traders, giant seed, chemical, and fertilizer corporations, processors, and global supermarket chains.A new report finds that the Justice Department's failure to criminally charge any top Wall Street bankers is likely a result of cronyism and political donations made to Obama's campaign.
Political and Legal Systems Currently ranked 7 th in the CIA world factbook France is among the top destination in the world for FDI (1). France has one of the world’s most powerful economies, a highly skilled workforce and is advantageously positioned in the centre of Europe (2).
Feb 21, · " 'The world will be moving to a low-carbon future, therefore companies that take the lead will meet with success in both business and in the . Sep 26, · Re-Computing Your Presidential Choices Back in February, I devoted a post here to comparing the positions of the major Democratic and Republican presidential candidates on tech-policy issues that can affect the goods and services available to .
Mar 30, · Twenty years ago few people outside of the organization were familiar with the term,“New World Order”. In today’s world, I would venture to say that there are very few people who are not familiar with the term “New World Order”. In fact, it has gotten to the point where those who claim the NWO is a “conspiracy theory” are the ones who look foolish.
Herman Cain (born December 13, ) is an American politician and author, business executive, radio host, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist from Georgia.
He was a candidate for the U.S. Republican Party presidential nomination.. Cain grew up in Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College in with a Bachelor of Science in .