Global Food Crisis: “A Silent Tsunami”

by Hans Bader on April 23, 2008 · 5 comments

“Sharply rising food prices” “have sparked riots around the world and threaten U.N.-backed feeding programs for 20 million children, the top U.N. food official said Tuesday.” The news story that reported this quoted the British Prime Minister as saying that “25,000 people a day are dying of conditions linked to hunger,”"with one child dying every five seconds from hunger-related causes.” Food riots have recently occurred in Haiti, “Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Egypt, Indonesia and Senegal,” as well as Ethiopia, Mauritania, Madagascar, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Mexico.

The story doesn’t explore the role of ethanol subsidies in causing starvation, although it notes that “the diversion of some crops to produce biofuels” is contributing to rising food prices, and that “the increasing use of crops to produce biofuels has been criticized as contributing to food shortages.”

Finance ministers in the Third World are now calling for an end to ethanol subsidies. South Africa’s finance minister calls them “criminal.” India’s finance minister declared that “in a world where there is hunger and poverty, there is no policy justification for diverting food crops towards bio-fuels. Converting food into fuel is neither good policy for the poor nor for the environment.” Ethanol subsidies are terrible for the environment.

Lisa P November 30, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Haiti has become one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. It is one of the dirtiest, sickest countries in the world – and getting worse each day. Haiti’s urban slums swarm with garbage, sewage and people. Starvation is a huge problem. Mothers have no option to choose from as to what to feed their children, but instead must choose which children to feed. This true event makes us feel really fortunate and thankful to be living here in America. I might even say that we are spoiled rotten. We’re lucky to have food, fast payday loans, water, and many other useful resources that are right at our fingertips. We are lucky to have an ample food supply that millions of people around the world are unable to have even the slightest access to. America is a fast food nation. More than ever, the number of children struggling with obesity has skyrocketed, and America is the fattest it has ever been. American families would be better off eating healthier, more nutritious foods found at the grocery store. However, financial problems are another factor that many American families are facing. Not everyone is able to afford the wholesale foods at the grocery store. Medical expenses, however, will cost you a lot more money than healthy food expenses. The health of the world food supply is worth the extra cost. Although sometimes you may be tempted to indulge on fast food on a daily basis – when your budget is tight and the value meal is calling your name – remember to keep your health in mind as well as the health of your family. If you need help to maintain a healthy food supply, you can count on fast payday loans for help to cover those grocery expenses. Click here to learn more about <a title=" Hungry? Skip Fast Food Burgers, Get Fast Payday Loans" href="http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2008/11/18/hungry-skip-fast-food-burgers-get-fast-payday-loans/&quot; rel="nofollow">Fast Payday Loans.

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