2011 empire religion - global warming starvation

2011 - Exploring the Inevitable Truth

Food-Policy


destination hunger

Genocide

 

Crop Destruction (Frost) 
High Food Prices 
Threaten Mexico (the sunshine country)
 with Social Upheaval

February 17, 2011 • 10:03AM (source: LPAC)

Lyndon and Helga LaRouche have recently demanded a global approach to controls on food prices, emphasizing that much of the world's hyperinflation in food prices is due not to the food, but to Wall Street and related speculators, speculating up the food prices. What is necessary today is emergency price caps on food internationally, and a long-term reversion in food policy, eliminating the failed free trade system, and re-instituting food security measures like reserve stores that prevent the situations where nations must go hungry. In this context look at where Mexico stands, caught in the failed global system of monetarism and free trade.

Frosts in Mexico's northern, and most agriculturally-productive states, have had catastrophic effects on crops, leading farm and peasant leaders, as well as legislators, to warn that resulting food shortages and high prices could cause a social explosion. Senators from several parties are calling on the Calderon government to act immediately to control food prices, to guarantee that people will be able to eat.

Hit particularly hard were the states of Sinaloa and Sonora, and to a lesser degree Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila, and Leon. Keep in mind that these states of Northern Mexico would be the immediate beneficiaries of NAWAPA's construction in the U.S.

Most severely affected were the major irrigated land areas with crops planted for the 2010-2011 Fall-Winter season. In Sinaloa, an estimated 500,000 hectares sown with white corn, the key ingredient for tortillas, the main staple of the Mexican diet, were destroyed. In total, 600,000 hectares, out of a total of 800,000 irrigated hectares of crops, were wiped out. Any way you look at it, this is a national calamity, said PRI Sen. Cruz Lopez Aguilar, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The damage translates into a reduction of 4.5 million tons of white corn, not to mention the loss of income, and higher prices of tortillas and other vegetables that are the mainstays of the Mexican diet.

In Sonora, frost destroyed 113,000 hectares—500,000 tons—of wheat, and 50,000 hectares of produce. Sen. Lopez Aguilar sadly reported that the two states that are major exporters of produce—Sinaloa and Sonora—will not be this year. Mauro Jimenez, president of the Jalisco Agriculture Council, reported that just in the last week, prices of foods such as tomatoes and chiles have almost doubled, as a result of damage to these crops, as well as of speculation and hoarding. He predicted that in the next three weeks, the prices of tomatoes, chiles, potatoes, peppers, beans and corn will rise dramatically; crops that weren't damaged will quickly be consumed, resulting in shortages. Prices will hit "historic" levels, said Rafael Barrios, president of the Businessmen's Market Supply Union (UCMA).

They already have. According to the Independent Agriculture Workers and Peasants Union (CIOAC), between June of 2010 and Feb. 14, 2011, the price of a kilo of garlic rose by 19%, squash by 4%, onion by 25%, carrots by 113%, eggs by more than 4%, papaya by 47%, bananas by 37%, and tomatoes by 80%. CIOAC Secretary Federico Ovalle Vaquera pointed to the 56% increase in the price of a liter of milk, the 100% increase in the tortilla price, and 79% increase in the price of beans during the same timeframe—all products that are part of the daily Mexican diet.


a nearly 110-degree shift in the weather in one week

Residents in the Northern Oklahoma town of Nowata experienced a cold front brought temperatures down to a record-setting -31 degrees. On Feb. 10, it was slightly colder in the region than it was on the South Pole, Today Fri Feb 18, 2011, it's a balmy 72 degrees in Nowata. Yesterday, it reached 79


At G20 Indonesia Demands, 'No Food Speculation'; Cargill Demands, 'Markets Have Right to Kill!'

February 18, 2011 • 10:21AM (source: LPAC)

The two-day ministerial meeting of the G-20 nations beginning tomorrow in Paris, now has coming to the table the topic of the deadly menace of food-commodity hyperinflation, not previously on the agenda. Indonesia, for one, is demanding action against speculation. In opposition, comes a chorus of defenders of "markets," including even Cargill and the Chicago Merc directly.

All measures show food speculation volume going off the charts. According to European Union data, non-food "investor" players in commodities increased their involvement in markets from $15 billion in 2003, up to $300 billion in 2008, and now that figure is soaring to the sky.


 

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