No surprises here....if you have a clue. Got seed? Open pollinated?
Got a place to put seed? Got hope?
Dr. Kissenger's ideals are in play......
Charlie, tryin' to be relatively quiet
"What do you do? You can keep on pounding on the door to the bridge,
trying to convince the crew of the approaching danger. You can join the
prayer group down in the galley; they're convinced that if they pray
fervently enough, God will save them from shipwreck. You can decide
that everyone's doomed and go get roaring drunk. Or you can go around
quietly to the other passengers, and encourage those people who have
noticed the situation (or are willing to notice it) to break out the
life jackets, assemble near the lifeboats, take care of people who need
help, and otherwise deal with the approaching wreck in a way that will
salvage as much as possible."
"Me, I suggest the latter. Life jackets, anyone? "
~~John Michael Greer
Speculative Surge in Grain Prices
The media has casually misled public opinion on the causes of these
price hikes, focusing almost exclusively on issues of costs of
production, climate and other factors which result in reduced supply
and which might contribute to boosting the price of food staples. While
these factors may come into play, they are of limited relevance in
explaining the impressive and dramatic surge in commodity prices.
Spiraling food prices are in large part the result of market
manipulation. They are largely attributable to speculative trade on the
commodity markets. Grain prices are boosted artificially by large scale
speculative operations on the New York and Chicago mercantile
exchanges. It is worth noting that in 2007, the Chicago Board of Trade
(CBOT), merged with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), forming the
largest Worldwide entity dealing in commodity trade including a wide
range of speculative instruments (options, options on futures, index
Speculative trade in wheat, rice or corn, can occur without the
occurrence of real commodity transactions. The institutions speculating
in the grain market are not necessarily involved in the actual selling
or delivery of grain.
The transactions may use commodity index funds which are bets on the
general upward or downward movement of commodity prices. A "put option"
is a bet that the price will go down, a "call option" is a bet that
the price will go up. Through concerted manipulation, institutional
traders and financial institutions make the price go up and then place
their bets on an upward movement in the price of a particular
Speculation generates market volatility. In turn, the resulting
instability encourages further speculative activity.
Profits are made when the price goes up. Conversely, if the speculator
is short-selling the market, money will be made when the price
This recent speculative surge in food prices has been conducive to a
Worldwide process of famine formation on an unprecedented scale.
Breaking The Agricultural Cycle
With the widespread adoption of GMO seeds, a major transition has
occurred in the structure and history of settled agriculture since its
inception 10,000 years ago.
The reproduction of seeds at the village level in local nurseries has
been disrupted by the use of genetically modified seeds. The
agricultural cycle, which enables farmers to store their organic seeds
and plant them to reap the next harvest has been broken. This
destructive pattern – invariably resulting in famine – is replicated in
country after country leading to the Worldwide demise of the peasant