OK, Greenpa has a post up talking about how we need action to bring about some political change to stop the starving that is occurring around the world. It’s not just happening in isolated cases, but also in a lot of places that weren’t having problems before. Great compilation of news stories so go over and read it.
When I read all these stories I wonder to myself how these people get into these situations. If they are so hungry why don’t they get some plants and plant them? I don’t understand why the people are looking to their government to help them instead of making a solution themselves. Why is that? I can’t figure it out.
We have the same thing going on here in America. People are hungry but the idea to grow some of their own food never crosses their mind. Why is that?
All these news stories talk and talk and talk about all the reasons that we’re having all this mass hysteria about food and shortages and riots. Why is that? They say it’s because people are eating too much meat (true) or because food is being used to make fuel for cars instead of people (true). It’s because there are droughts (true) and because the prices have gone up and some of the more poor groups can’t afford to buy it (true).
Why isn’t there any mention of overpopulation? Why is there never any mention of how these local economies have sold themselves out for the export money (at our behest) and thus have lost the ability to be self sufficient with their agriculture? Why doesn’t anyone mention that Bangladesh is the same size as Wisconsin or Arkansas but they have either 30 times or 75 times as many people as those two states? Is that sustainable? There never seems to be an mention of how badly the politicians in those countries have managed their countries. There’s never any blame on the people themselves for allowing their food security to become so compromised.
Greenpa speculates in his blog post that financial traders could be the cause of some of the price increases. He’s right, people speculate and “invest” in the food markets all the time, and have for a long time. Do we need to get rid of it? I don’t know. It would seem like the prudent thing to do would be to keep food supplies out of the arena of speculators. Of course, without the commodity exchanges and these “speculators” our food supplies would be completely local and we wouldn’t ever see food being exchanged around the world.
I think the repercussions from that would be much, much worse than what the world is seeing now.