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Hungry Planet: Food Prices Rise to Record


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Cal
- 1243 days ago - globalpost.com
A key factor in political unrest is getting worse.



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Barbara Erdman (63)
Friday March 4, 2011, 12:07 am
Disturbing facts but noted Cal :0
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Friday March 4, 2011, 12:55 am
thanks
 

Cristina M. (130)
Friday March 4, 2011, 1:35 am
Maybe now people start to think very carefully before having children. The world doesn't need more strains.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:00 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Ian Donelson (149)
Friday March 4, 2011, 11:19 am
Over these next decades it will be more important then ever for people to push for reforms of all kinds. As well as regional sustainable food groups focusing on poly-phase community farming to help each region create its own local recylical trade commodities with a focus on increasing organic farm production and city farming technologies to move away from destroying developing countries food markets through over saturation of aid. And once again there is enough land on Australia alone to give every family in the WORLD a one acre plot that's 2200 sq ft. So overpopulation is a cop out for the ignorant and a malevolent device for sick people to press inhumane "solutions" based on their own insecurities, fears, and selfish agenda.
Knowledge is Power. Truth is Love. Don't Be Afraid.
 

Liev Black (4)
Friday March 4, 2011, 12:52 pm
So, basically, don't eat meat or soon you pretty much won't eat anything at all.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 12:59 pm
Meanwhile, millions of tons of grain is turned into alcohol to add to gasoline, millions of acres of land are turned over to growing oil rich plants for bio-diesel and the affluent society is supersizing it's take-aways and tipping 25% of it's food purchases in the trash.
It is not just about population.
I like the sentiment Ian, but have you ever seen central Australia, and do you know how much water you would need to feed a family off 2200 sq ft of land. The answer is, one hell of a lot more than is available. Frankly, the current food shortages are just a consequence of unreliable weather patterns, a predatory commodities market and the above mentioned misuse of resources. Water is going to be the ever growing problem. You can't produce food without it.
 

Lis T. (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 1:11 pm
Sad situation..
 

John S. (297)
Friday March 4, 2011, 2:17 pm
Roughly 50% of U.S. corn production goes to feed pigs, cows and chickens on factory farm-feedlot operations. That's estimated to be enough food for 800 million human beings (on a yearly basis).

Another 20% or so is shipped overseas and dumped on Third World markets, where it has the effect of driving small local farmers out of business, since they can't match the low prices. This allows large agribusiness concerns to set themselves up as the sole suppliers to these markets - after which, as in Mexico, they can jack up prices.

As during the run-up to the 2008 economic collapse, this allows speculators on futures exchanges to bid up prices to astronomical levels - leading countries lie India to impose bans on all futures trading in key food commodities (rice, wheat, potatoes, chickpeas, etc.).

This situation is thus largely human-created, although the impact of global warming and unstable weather patterns is now beginning to wreak havoc on a larger scale, what with droughts and floods destroying a larger percentage of food production than ever before.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 4, 2011, 3:07 pm
Prices go up and more people end up starving. :(
 

Marti Williams (170)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:21 pm
Sadly noted...
 

Liev Black (4)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:37 pm
And even with all of the climate-changed crop failures and gas prices and biofuels and population overload, we would STILL have enough to eat if you people would just STOP EATING MEAT. GAH! How hard is it? Hmmm....don't eat meat...or don't eat pretty much anything, in the near future. HMMMMMM..... Tough choice? Really?!!
 

Liev Black (4)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:42 pm
I'm sorry. I'm just frustrated.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:57 pm
Disgusting. Just plain disgusting. I've said it once, I'll say it again; Big Business is out to kill us, and will probably be successful since we don't move our arses to combat them. Another American revolution might be in the offing if we get hungry enough.
 

Stefano Vescovini (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:00 pm
thanks
 

Eternal Gardener (703)
Friday March 4, 2011, 6:56 pm
Yes, these are the facts of life in this day and age!
And what does humanity do?
Yep, collectively stick their heads in the sand!
Being in denial sure as hell isn't gonna change anything!!!
Wake up, acknowledge the major shit humanity has created for themselves and the rest of life on this planet and take bloody responsibility for it, get informed and make sure you act for change!
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:45 pm
Disturbing and very inaccurate, ah hell just plain wrong article. Lets just start with the 'unrest in the middle east' bull, for all the media hype there has been absolutely no significant drop in oil production or delivery, aside from the fact that the Saudis have promised to increase production to make up for any shortages immediately. The price of oil skyrockets because the Commodities and Futures traders profit by raising the prices through their gambling. Second cut the crap about 50% of corn going to feed food animals when there is an American company that uses food grade corn for cats to shit in. Second there is no food shortage causing either starvation or spikes in the cost of food, 50-60% of every dollar that is spent on food any where in the world is the direct result of manipulation of the price by Commodities and Futures speculation, greed, plain simple human greed, kills with starvation and price hikes. Remember that a single Commodities trader or Futures trader can quite literally make more than $1 Million per day at the expense and lives of the worlds poor or force seniors on fixed incomes to have to choose between food or medications. Yes there are always weather related fluctuations in the supply seasonal food, and those in grains, intentionally ignore the stored surplus, that are used by the C & F traders to jack prices on the future crop and all the stored surplus, and by the by the farmers that actually produce the grain never see a single penny of any of the increases because their share does not get addressed until the crop of the next years crop and even then their cut of the pie is still the smallest.
 

Ruth R. (215)
Friday March 4, 2011, 9:06 pm
noted with interest
 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 12:24 am
If your governments do nothing against this-

- it means that it is OK. for them -

Ask them - and they will tell you many excuses why they cannot do anything.
 

Julie W. (20)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 12:35 am
The countries that are experiencing high food costs might eventually take a leaf out of Cuba's book. Cuba grows food on every available space, including rooftops, and is now close to self-sufficient in basic food needs.
 

Petra Haisam (132)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1:43 am
Again the same argument, "maybe some people begin to think before having children." Hm, maybe some people should think before tossing away whole banana with small brown dot on the cover or buying insanely before Holidays and filling garbage bins with it after Holidays :-/
 

Sarah Z. (10)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 9:23 am
Thank you
 

Stan Joseph (8)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 9:35 am
"Some" people can afford food at a ridiculous cost..."Most" people can't, and that's when it will get really "ugly".
 

Hartson Doak (32)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:42 am
Today's food supply is base on oil. Oil is used as fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and for packaging and transportation. All this is to support a monoculture agriculture that is artificial and does not work. It promotes disease, insect infestations and depletes the soil. This is a vicious cycle of petroleum consumption. The world has to go back to an agrarian culture. Small communities of 100,00 people or less, a small town surrounded by farm land. All these towns interconnected by the internet , high speed rail and smart roads. By using water efficiently combined with crop rotation, organic farming methods and aquaculture there will be no food shortages.
 

Stefano Vescovini (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:03 pm
thanks
 

Marilyn K. (51)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 3:59 am
One of the problems is that "Developers" offer huge sums of money for the farm lands that are still remaining and government does nothing to encourage the farms to stay in business. I am in an area tht was all farms and slowly they disappeared and were replaced by homes, increased population and having to import food from everywhere else in the world.
 

Marie Therese H. (10)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 2:53 pm
I am glad I won't be around for the crunch.
 

Veronika Sadilkova (10)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 8:09 pm
Thanks.
 
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