Geo Food Politics

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    It's not a coincidence that there is growing civil unrest in areas where: 1) local food production is insufficient to feed the population; 2) inflation is making the scarcity very expensive.

    World Food Import Export Ratio

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    Above is a chart dealing with food self-sufficiency. It is measuring, in calories, (exports-imports)/consumption. Green marks countries with high food self-sufficiency and the scale moves to red, which marks countries poorly able to feed themselves, much less export food (original Net Trade in Food chart).

    Anybody following the current unrest in North Africa and the Middle East will immediately note that the area is bathed in red. Add in the percentage of a person's income spent on food and the picture looks even worse. For example, both Spain and Algeria are dark red, yet the Spanish spend only 14.6% of their incomes on food, while Algerians spend a whopping 44% on food.

    That means that if World food prices go up they'll cut into the discretionary spending of the Spanish, while they'll cut to the bone in places like Algeria.

    The Chinese are having a crop failure, but they have money to buy food imports. That, and the increasing transport costs due to rising oil prices, means that the price of food will go up. This does not bode well for stability of any post demonstration/revolution Middle Eastern and North African governments. I think it will almost certainly extend the instability of an already unstable region. ...


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    And check out the photos here (and note the horrifying packaged and prepared (predigested) food of Westernized diets):

    Fresh Pics: What People Eat Around The World


    So what does this all mean. For starters:

    1. The world is going to be a turbulent place due to scarcity and inflation (finally Paul Ehrlich can be happy).

    2. The USA is indebted to China. China needs more food. Watch for increased exports from the USA to China, and an acceleration in USA food inflation.

    3. The Obamanoids and the Feds will continue to ignore food inflation while the lower and middle classes are squeezed.

    4. The ongoing federal deficit spending will not resonate well in 2012 as people see their own grocery bills ballooning and are faced with painful decisions (gas for car vs. food).
     
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    Kinda odd it affecting mainly Muslim countries...
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    Wheat Rust Threatening Crops in Africa, Asia and Mideast
    April 21, 2011 - Scientists met this week to discuss an aggressive new strain of wheat rust disease that has the potential to devastate crops in many parts of the world.
     
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    Just a few points of my pondering:

    1- We'll go down in history as the morons who burned their own food. Thanks left wingers for the "bio fuel" disaster. That really worked out.

    2- Speaking of higher food prices...if there is a country that might benefit from that, it's the US of A. We have the fattest fucking people around. Our "poor" have an obesity problem for Christ's sake.

    3- We have plenty of room to grow food, hunt, fish. Exporting too much might hurt us thought.
     
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    SHIT !
    I better plant some corn...................
     
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    Gee what a surprise/

    As the masters squeeze our economies, the cost of food becomes too high for billions of people to buy
    Who'da thunk THAT would happen?

    What a surprise.

    Gee, I am shocked.

    Why, it's almost as though this was THE PLAN all along.

    It just coincidently happens to work out very badly for everybody else and for everybody elses's governments, too, but it just happens to be SO DAMNED GOOD for the uberwealthy and their international corporations.

    How odd, eh?
     
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    Yes completely explains why the left thinks its a great Idea to burn our food for Fuel :clap2::clap2::clap2:
     
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    Oh?

    We;re dragging that lie out again, are we?

    Who was the ADM spokeman touting the benefits of enthanol?

    Do you even remember?

    ROBERT DOLE.

    Was HE well known liberal?

    Wake up and smell the big lie, sport
     
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    Yes and who continues to promote it? It sure as hell isn't the right despite the fact it has been proven to be a very bad idea up and down the chain. Still here we are burning food for fuel and burning even greater amounts then ever with the current idiot in the wh calling for ever higher percentages to be mixed in to the equation. Ya the canard this is an idea from the right is absolutely debunked.
     
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    Ever feel like it's a giant set up?

    Who benefits from what reeks of a coming crash?

    The very rich? Maybe. The very rich can't be crushed, since their money is spread out. So they will gain what? More money and power? pfft, they have plenty, not sure what more they could get.

    The government? Sure thing. force more and more people to need the gov just to get buy, the more and more they will demand someone pay for it, dragging more and more people onto the government dole.

    Just like socialist and communist countries run, except in America it will be people fighting for freedom and democracy, again. B/c the dictators will win w/o firing a shot.
     
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    So, then in your opinion, burning our food for fuel IS a good idea? Since we don't have enough fuel, and we obviously have more then enough food, I would tend to agree.
     

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