From the April 2008 Idaho Observer:
World’s economic wizards admit deflated dollars will not feed starving people
Under the headline, "Ministers Emphasize Food Crisis Over Credit Crisis," The New York Times reported April 14, 2008, "The world’s economic ministers declared on Sunday that shortages and skyrocketing prices for food posed a potentially greater threat to economic and political stability than the turmoil in capital markets."
Just as OPEC ministers blamed the soaring cost of oil globally on mismanagement of the U.S. economy last March 6, food shortages in Africa, Asia and Latin America may possibly lead to full-blown famine. Economists claim that the slumping U.S. economy will help weaker, famine-ravaged countries slide into chaos.
"Some ministers from poor countries, for example, are growing impatient with the way the West is addressing global warming by subsidizing and encouraging conversion of corn, sugar cane and other food products into substitutes for oil. The shift is helping to drive up prices, they say," The New York Times reported.
Nations that have been feeding themselves for centuries are finding themselves dependent on foreign imports. Many third-world farmers are either out of business or have been set to growing chemical-dependent GM crops for agribusiness export. The GM crops have contaminated farmland and the genetics of traditional varieties of food crops, further compromising poor countries’ ability to feed themselves.
(Since going to press, Americans have been asked by the corporate media to help facilitate a global rice shortage which is telling our selfish, greedy, food-frightened countrymen that rice rationing has begun and people had better stock up on it. Though wheat is much more of a staple in America, there were no wall-to-wall media alarms going off last month when the price of wheat nearly tripled in just a few days).
Corporate news fanning famine flames
All the major corporate news outlets are reporting crop failures from drought and disease. In Europe, Asia, Africa, India, South America, Australia and even in the Midwest U.S. come reports of widespread food shortages around the world that could result in a global famine. ABC recently reported that Haitians are now eating "dirt cookies" to stave off starvation. The high cost of fuel for harvest and transport, combined with devaluation of currencies in developed nations, is adding to the problem as food supplies decrease and food costs increase.
While we can equate the "dirt cookie" story with sensationalism intended to generate an emotional response to potential food shortages for political purposes, what cannot be denied is that droughts and plant-borne diseases are causing crop failures all over the world, fuel costs are escalating, currencies are devaluing, food is in short supply and more expensive.
What is not being corporately reported is that a global famine, should it materialize this year, is the result of a "perfect storm" of political and economic circumstances that were artificially created so that the architects of this looming disaster (see "Seeds of Destruction") could realize total control over people and populations by controlling the quality, quantity and price of their food.
The corporate news is also not reporting that the U.S. government is manically stockpiling certain commodities for preserving and storing. (see below)
A clue:A recent memo from Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods to its distributors was very revealing. The company commented that its sales in #10 cans have been very high so far this year and that, up to this point, the company that operates the freezer tunnel that dehydrates the food prepared by Mountain House has been able to keep up. However, other food storage companies have also experienced increased sales. So, even though Mountain House has plenty of raw product to meet increased demand, it is having trouble getting freezer tunnel time. The primary reason for this, according to Mountain House, is that, "…the biggest surge [is] in government sales."
In other words, the government is ramping up its food storage acquisitions at this time and is probably madly squirreling food away for government officials and their families with no concern for the rest of us.
It has also been brought to our attention that certain commodities for storage—butter and eggs for freeze drying—have disappeared from the market. Hmmmm...