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World Food Crisis

Food shortages grow while prices rise, as global warming, biofuel production, environmental degradation, commodities speculation, oil depletion, rising energy costs, over-consumption, hording and waste drive the crisis to deepening levels.

Common sense, cooperation and basic human traits such as solidarity and sharing will be needed to resolve this growing disaster.

However, as much as this is the case, soon we will hear the cries of the giant agro-chemical-biotech corporations (which are all now merged)- the same corporations that bear a large portion of the responsibility for undermining ecosystems, world food security and equitable food distribution, helping to cause the crisis they will claim to solve - claiming again that genetically modified foods will be the salvation of the world.

As most people now are aware, genetically modified (GM) foods pose far too great a risk to humanity and the earth, as their effects are unknown. The popular film I Am Legend speaks eloquently of the more dire possibilities arising from unleashing technology we do not understand. But we should be ready for the PR campaign, as it will unfold shortly.

Half a dozen giant corporations dominate the world food system. It is these same giants that have been deeply involved in the food crisis which has unfolded and worsened over many decades, and who will shortly present their highly deceitful plans to "save the world" from hunger, through biotechnology and genetic engineering - a move that will only increase the risks to humanity, while further increasing the already great control over world food production and distribution which is held by the world's financial elite. Watch for this.

While the biotech and agrochemical giants are storing the world's seeds in a Doomsday Vault in Norway, they are simulataneously preparing to push genetically modified food crops on Africa. Something truly nefarious is in the works. I shudder to think what the robber barons have in mind this time. Probably they plan to use a global food crisis, which they have consciously helped to create, to bring about the wide-spread implementation of bio-tech foods, which will give them even greater profits and even greater control over the world's food system - which means greater power over the world's population, and which will effectively consolidate their position as the Lords of the Earth. At least, This seems to be the general outline of what the world's business elite have in mind. Thankfully, such power games always fail - eventually.

While the corporate players work their dark schemes, back here in the world of basic sanity and simple human decency, we can see pretty clearly what needs to be done, if we are willing to look.

A number of actions must be taken collectively, including a rapid shift to organic farming, green energy - and not biofuels, the protection of forests, wetlands and farmland, reduction of meat and dairy consumption, a dramatic reduction in consumption and waste, a re-orientation of the economy, production, distribution and purchasing toward re-localization and bioregionalism, and perhaps above all, the elimination of poverty, which in turn requires a radical restructuring of the global economy, away from its present drive for accumulation of massive wealth and power in the hands of a few, and towards an economic system which benefits all.

The most pointed part of the question concerns resource allocation, including access to land, food and water. While we must address the environmental causes of the food crisis, as well as biofuel usage, the current problem is not one of supply but of distribution.

The world currently produces enough food to feed all. The problem, presently, is not production but distribution. *** If we cut waste and over-consumption, learn to share equitably, as kindergarten was supposed to teach us, we will have a future of mutual abundance. Population must be addressed, but population is not the primary issue: 20% of the world's population consumes 80% of the world's resources. Further, experience has shown that the best way to halt population growth is to end poverty. When poor people know that their only security in later years of life comes from their children, and half their children will die before adulthood, they will continue to have large families. End poverty, and children become an expense, rather than an insurance policy, and population growth halts.

Therefore the choice we face is clear: war and greed, or peace and solidarity with sharing and dignity for all.

We cannot understand nor realistically address the growing world food crisis if we do not understand its causes. Basic common sense and human decency are all that is required. But we will have to act quickly and decisively.
Food shortages grow while prices rise, as global warming, biofuel production, environmental degradation, commodities speculation, oil depletion, rising energy costs, over-consumption, hording and waste drive the crisis to deepening levels.

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