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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Food: A Solution To The Problem

The problem:

The price of rice in India has rocketed and the potential for profiteering is exemplified by the cost of importing rice and the price it sells for. Basmati rice is now sold for between 80-100 rupees (£1-1.25) a kilo. The cost of buying the commodity from Vietnam is $708 (£360) for 1000kg. This corresponds to about £1250 per tonne. The selling price is almost x4 the original purchase price. A markup of 400%. It's inflationary and highly profitable for a trader, but very expensive for the end user. The consumer of an essential product.


The growth of the biofuel trade will disadvantage the consumer again as more farmers grow corn instead of rice. Cars fed on fuel does not promote a logical thought process, unless profit is the driving force. Factors like drought conditions and crop-pest infestations should pave the way for GM and Monsanto and this is another RAND-type scenario, especially when taken in context with other factors. Harvest yield of the one will be reduced in favour of the other. That's inevitable as a trade-off between the two must happen.

Create the problem and provide the solution

  • Riots in Senegal, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso
  • Protests in Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Morocco
  • "Tortilla riots" in Mexico
  • Marches by children in Yemen
  • Global prices of wheat up by 130%, soya (87%), rice (74%), corn (31%).
  • Food crises in 36 countries according to the UN Food And Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • More expensive pasta and bread in Italy
  • Price of miso (fermented rice and barley mix) up in Japan
  • France and Australia launch inquiries into rising food prices
  • In Britain, bread and wheat prices rise in proportion
  • Governments begin to negotiate secretive barter arrangements: Ukraine and Libya close to a deal on wheat
  • Egypt and Syria have signed a rice-for-wheat swap
  • Philippines fails in a rice deal with Vietnam and massive queues to buy rice
  • Cereals, meat, eggs and dairy products become more expensive
  • Prices expected to remain high for at least 10 years (FAO)
  • World Food Programme cutting food handout rations to 73 million people in 78 countries
Economic growth in China, India, Brazil and Russia has seen meat consumption increase by 150% since 1980 as economic growth continues. And 40% in India over the last 15 years. The problem is made worse since chickens and cattle are fed on corn so there are the signs of a war on the horizon between the human for food and the animals that need the food to grow so to produce eggs and milk and ultimately their meat after slaughter. It takes 8kg of grain to yield 1kg meat. The competition is heightened yet more since biofuels enter the equation and helped to raise grain prices. Biofuels and the UK Biofuels, Tax Revenue And GM George Bush wants 15% of American cars to run on these products by 2017 and trebling maize production would be essential. In Europe, transport fuels should be 5.75% from an ethanol:petrol or ethanol:diesel mixture by 2010 and oil and corn prices are already effectively moving together. Upwards. The potential for manipulating the outcomes is enormous. These figures must be taken with great caution and are probably reflect gross underestimation since the population grows at an exponential rate.
   The younger generation gets older and adds to the number of cars on the road. The demand for fuels will also grow at an exponential rate. The increase in fertiliser prices has been a result of oil price increases. The common factor is the global population growth. It's out of control and getting worse as the race for economic growth continues at an exponential rate. The global population gets larger at an alarming rate without any sign of attempts to slow it. The reverse is apparent with programmes such as heavily discounted IVF In Africa. This will only make the problem worse. The global population cannot be sustained now so projections of 9.5bn in 2050 from the current 6.2bn (2008) are extremely worrying. The global demand for food is expected to double by 2030. Climate change with both droughts and floods are affecting harvests and government policies have their impact. Deforestation has its part to play too. The rich world subsidises agriculture to enrich the farmers and not feed the world. Self-protectionism comes into the game as the industrial world notices that the effective monopoly of food production is threatened. The rush to produce biofuels is starting to receive comment.

At last

Britain's new chief scientist, Professor John Beddington, has said that cutting down rainforest to produce biofuel crops was "profoundly stupid" and "very hard to imagine how we can see a world growing enough crops to produce renewable energy and, at the same time, meet the enormous increase in the demand for food". Sense.

At last

The old Chief Scientist, Sir David King and the non-science establishment attitude that simply accepts dogma and promotes the climate change issue as accepted and completely understood. It promotes conditioning and complete acceptance.

Madness and very confused thinking

RAND Corporation What is the reason for letting the global population increase? The more people the more money that can be extracted from governments through aid schemes. It all gets reduced to money in the end. The race to make more money will cause the existing population ultimately to suffer. Massive problems are being stacked up to be dealt with in the future and it's cowardly by ignoring the problems now. It's buck-passing on a grand scale that shows inept and weak governance. It's absolutely contemptible. The rout of mankind is well underway, unless...

The solution:

Monsanto comes to the rescue with GM

GM now actually being mentioned and the president of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development , Lennart Båge, suggested that those opposed to GM crops should take another look at the productivity gains they can unleash and bring change as massive as the "green revolution" of the 1960s, when crop yields in India and other developing nations jumped because of better seeds, fertilisers and improved irrigation. The GM scenario is highly predictable, but only if the exploitation of the situation itself has been engineered. Climate change is a cyclical problem never before faced by such a large global population. Exploitation hides the engineering and engineering conceals the exploitation. To misdirect, Nobel Peace awards are used as a persuasion (of the masses) tactic. The concept of the conspiracy theory always meets with unwarranted and quite pathetic and non-thinking ridicule and derision as that has been the conditioned response. This shapes up as a classic "create the problem and provide the solution" scenario, the problem being the result of a cyclical, and therefore predictable, phenomenon.

This prediction is no more implausible than the Big Bang 13.7bn years ago. That's only speculative theory and nothing more.