Friday, April 25, 2008

Our Industrial Famine Culture

I thought the impetus for killing the living to burn for energy was based on the idea that burning rocks doesn’t turn carbon directly back into rocks. I was also under the impression that the MANDATE to use corn derived ethanol was a government dictate. I guess there are other interpretations of the reasons food prices are rising.

John Nichols on The World Food Crisis: The current global food system, which was designed by US-based agribusiness conglomerates like Cargill, Monsanto and ADM and forced into place by the US government and its allies at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization, has planted the seeds of disaster by pressuring farmers here and abroad to produce cash crops for export and alternative fuels rather than grow healthy food for local consumption and regional stability.

“as the Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal observes, that it is time to "stop worshiping the golden calf of the so-called free market and embrace, instead, the principle [that] every country and every people have a right to food that is affordable." As Mittal says, "When the market deprives them of this, it is the market that has to give."

I also did not realize that genetically modified seeds “reduce food production”. If only we could return to the pre-industrial age when all food was locally produced by eco-friendly happy peasants, then hunger would be abolished. Is it true the word famine does not even exist in aboriginal languages?