Food Riots

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Food Inflation, Riots Spark Worries for World Leaders, IMF, World Bank Push for Solutions
By BOB DAVIS and DOUGLAS BELKIN April 14, 2008; Page A1
WASHINGTON -- Finance ministers gathered this weekend to grapple with the global financial crisis also struggled with a problem that has plagued the world periodically since before the time of the Pharaohs: food shortages.
Surging commodity prices have pushed up global food prices 83% in the past three years, according to the World Bank -- putting huge stress on some of the world's poorest nations. Even as the ministers met, Haiti's Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis was resigning after a week in which that tiny country's capital was racked by rioting over higher prices for staples like rice and beans. [photo] As food prices soar, protests are breaking out around the world, including this riot Saturday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Rioting in response to soaring food prices recently has broken out in Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Ethiopia. In Pakistan and Thailand, army troops have been deployed to deter food theft from fields and warehouses. World Bank President Robert Zoellick warned in a recent speech that 33 countries are at risk of social upheaval because of rising food prices. Those could include Indonesia, Yemen, Ghana, Uzbekistan and the Philippines. In countries where buying food requires half to three-quarters of a poor person's income, "there is no margin for survival," he said.
Many policy makers at the weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank agreed that the problem is severe. Among other targets, they singled out U.S. policies pushing corn-based ethanol and other biofuels as deepening the woes. . . (continued)
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Note Vegies up 15%
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120826232835216061.html?mod=hps_us_whats _news>
Edited for brevity.
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............ In the 12 months ending in March, producer prices climbed 6.9% on an unadjusted basis. In the 12 months ending in February, prices were up 6.4%. The producer-price data showed energy prices in the wholesale sector increased 2.9% last month, after rising 0.8% in February. Gasoline last month rose 1.3%. Residential natural gas was up 4.2%. Diesel fuel jumped 15.3% and home heating oil climbed 13.1%. Food prices advanced 1.2% in March, after falling 0.5% in February. Vegetables leaped 15.4%. Milled rice shot up 8.7%. Beef and veal rose 4.0%. Prices of passenger cars fell 0.2%, after rising 0.8% in February. Prices of pet food rose 1.3%. Pharmaceutical preparations increased 0.4%. Light motor trucks slipped 0.3%. Toys dipped 0.1%. Tobacco products were unchanged.
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Factor in this......scary stuff.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_marti_oa_080410_water_resoration_act.htm
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The Water Restoration Act of 2007, brought to you by Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, along with others, gives the federal government complete control over every waterway, river, stream, lake, aquifer, creek, slew, swamp, underground spring and even the rain that runs off your roof. Why? Well to better protect you from polluters and to ensure water safety, and of course national security.
Heres the real deal. Oil which has been deemed the worlds most valuable commodity (remember that word) is quickly being replaced by water. Water is the new gold. Under the Public Trust doctrine, the government is prohibited from converting something such as water (a human rightwe cant live without it) to a commodity. It must remain in a public trust, meaning that it is so important to our survival that it should never be subjected to markets, trading or private interests. In other words, it should never be reclassified as a commodity. But this Act lays the groundwork for removing from the Public Trust this basic human right which is a necessity, and will facilitate it being reclassified a needed commodity. Enter the multi-national corporations.
What is under way is the effort to classify water as a commodity and not a right. All of this actually started with NAFTA and then CAFTA. Both agreements, which are not enforceable as they are both unconstitutional have been parts of a puzzle that until recently seemed not to make any sense at all. Both are focused on giving multinational corporations the right to lay claim to food production whether it is agriculture or animal ranching, to force out family farms, to patent their new frankenseeds and put the resulting GMO food on our grocery shelves without labeling the foods as altered.
Grrrr Charlie
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Gives me a headache.
My dad thought he would be able to drive well's about our local area. Na seems you must have a permit. We drove our own 35 years ago which is still OK. But if I line up a replacement my old well MUST BE DESTROYED . I thought a old well would be a great source for garden only water only.
Bill giving only the min to the man who shows up in a pretty dress..
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Bechtel tried this commodification of water in Bolivia. Thet were supposed to make the water cheaper, cleaner and more dependable. They made it more expensive and it was even against the law to collect rain water. If you see the movie "Corporation", you'll see them run out of Bolivia on a rail.
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The federal government does not have complete control over the Great Lakes around Michigan. The Great Lakes borders Canada and the Canadians also have say on how the Great Lakes are handled. Unless Mr. Bush violates Canadians sovereignties. If water is the new Gold, Michigan is extremely wealthy.
The article about food riots was in the "Detroit Free Press" as well, Section A, Page 12, Sunday 4-13-08.
Thanks to Billy for the great book recommendations "Omnivores Dilemma" and "Teaming with Microbes". "Omnivores Dilemma" has become a top ten personal favorite book. I have not gotten to "Teaming with Microbes", but looks just as good. "Omnivores Dilemma" is an eye opener.
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4 horseman of the Apocalypse, famine. Overpopulation. Drought, flooding, et al - global warming. Self-induced/self-created problem by mankind.
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"Dioclese" <NONE> wrote:

Self-induced/self-created problem by the species homo sapiens but driven by the avarice and lies of only a few of them. Does seem to be the "season of the witch", though. When people wake up and listen to the words of I. F. Stone,"Rich people march on Washington every day.", then, maybe, we'll have a chance.
In America, we have been waiting for the 4 horseman for so long, that their reality is in doubt. The "Third World", where a third of the planet's population lives on $2/day or less, knows better and have seen these cowboys all too often.
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You of course are correct (sic). Famine does not exist in a world-wide scale. $2 a month is applicable in some areas of the world, that being half their income.
Yes, avarice (corporations/futures), and lies (politicians) continue to corrupt and fleece the corruptible and take from meek of heart.
As usual, like most, you skipped overpopulation. Can't/won't address it. See meek of heart above.
I'll skip the denial (by silence) of global warming causing drought and flooding.
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"Dioclese" <NONE> wrote:

hand out condoms, raises the third worlds standard of living while reducing ours to the level of the Europeans all should be well:-( Really wish I believed that.

The really scary part is that Pakistan has stationed troops at food depots and agricultural areas to protect the food supply. The population of density Pakistan is higher than Manhattan, 544/sq. mi., and they are nuclear armed with long range missiles.
The Democrats aren't the solution (Clinon:4 more years of war, Obama: a health plan that only an insurance company could love) and the Republicans offer 95 more years of war, with no funding, and tax cuts for the rich. What party can we vote for? No, I don't like Nader either, because he doesn't have a party base. Dang!
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Found this which deals with water.
<http://www.worldwater.org/data.html
Country Annual Renewable Water Resourcesa (km^3/yr) Year of Estimate Israel 1.7 2001 Iran 137.5 1997 Russia 4498.0 1997 Saudi Arabia 2.4 1997 Brazil 8233.0 2000 United States of America 3069.0 1985 Canada 3300.0 1985
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Don't mean squat to the individual. in any country you mentioned. That is, the water is usable if substantial for instance. On the other side of the coin, watershed is much less in one part of the country than the other.
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More headaches.
http://www.alternet.org/water/81301 /
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Listen up Canadians. We don't know how this happened, but our water is on your land, and we want it back. Our advice is to grab your ankles and brace yourselves.
The article also said Hoover (a.k.a. Boulder) Dam would be dry by 2021. Boulder Dam's 2.1 Gigawatts provides the following percentages of hydro-electric energy to the following communities. Arizona 18.9527 percent Nevada 23.3706 percent Metropolitan Water Dist of Southern California 28.5393 percent Burbank, CA 0.5876 percent Glendale, CA 1.5874 percent Pasadena, CA 1.3629 percent Los Angeles, CA 15.4229 percent Southern California Edison Co. 5.5377 percent
This is clean energy that will need to be replaced by . . . ?
We better get someone who can lead this country, and soon. Not just some winner of a popularity contest.
I guess I'm just morbid but the movie "Perfect Storm" keeps coming to mind.
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Moribund comes to mind as well, but only applying to you in the general sense. ;-)
For a related water thought, check out Monbiot:
This, mind you, from 2002.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2002/dec/24/christmas.famine
"The impending crisis will be accelerated by the depletion of both phosphate fertiliser and the water used to grow crops. Every kilogram of beef we consume, according to research by the agronomists David Pimental and Robert Goodland, requires around 100,000 litres of water. Aquifers are beginning the run dry all over the world, largely because of abstraction by farmers."
Moribund indeed Charlie, who is going to tie in his water tank and barrels to the gutters tomorrow.
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