Blog about the upcoming food shortage crisis

Everybody throws stones at the prophet, but when the crisis comes they yell: “Why nobody warned us?”

Grain prices soar globally. World food crisis. Axis of Logic asks, “Why?”

 By Daniel Ten Kate; commentary by Les Blough, Editor
Mar 29, 2008, 20:51

Editor’s Comment: It’s interesting to note how “analysts” quoted in this Christian Science Monitor article, attempt to blunt the crisis by telling us that food shortages aren’t as bad as they seem – not as bad as they have been in the past. Moreover, they provide a 3-fold explanation for the current food crisis:
“These factors, combined with a falling US dollar, steadily rising demand from developing countries, and biofuel policies that mop up excess cereal production, have all helped boost world prices.”
Biofuel policies that “mop up excess cereal production”? If only “excess” grains are used to make fuel for cars, how are they contributing to a food shortage? CSM also blames “Surging oil prices (in turn, boosting fertilizer and transport costs) combined with a drop in production due to droughts in Australia and the Ukraine have helped to drain global food stocks.”
This corporate media rendition bears part of the truth, but without context. We must ask, “Why is the dollar falling? … Why are oil prices surging? They also throw in honorable mention for blame to “droughts in Australia and the Ukraine”, but we won’t go there and begin talking about global warming.
Who are “those who want to make an easy buck” in CSM’s vague suggestion that local officials in various countries are culpable for the shortages as they profit when their fellow countrymen go hungry. Nowhere in this corporate media article is the blame laid at the feet of the capitalist speculators on the price of grain and the price of oil who bear utmost responsibility for food prices and shortages around the world. The time has long passed for a hard look at the system: Capitalism.
“Capitalism is an inherently distorted system that will always foster hunger, poverty and deprivation. The general structure of capitalism perpetually reproduces misery, and this is particularly the case with the current neo-liberal phase of capitalism.”
– José Vicente Rangel, former
Venezuelan Vice-President
“[Under capitalism], poverty, hunger, the destruction of the peoples of the land and the destruction of the environment have increased in the world.”
– Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
And as President Hugo Chavez Frias stated of Venezuela:
“within the limits of capitalism, the problems of misery, poverty and inequality that Venezuelans face, cannot be solved.”
– Les Blough, Editor



March 30, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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