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Aug. 23rd, 2002 | 12:50 am

This article on ENN makes the claim that the US Agriculture Department's data indicates that there will be a "shortfall of 83 million tons of grain this year." and that "this year will mark the third consecutive year of grain production shortfalls". "What and rice stocks have been depleted, with corn stocks now at the lowest level in the 40 years since record keeping began."

So the authors are expecting higher prices for products based on grain.

What I worry about it the wealthy countries command so much more wealth that the increased costs wouldn't be enough for us to reduce our consumption of grain. For me the difference between a pound of wheat for 70 cents and 1.70 isn't all that significant, but for global poor living on less than $2/day that's a gigantic change.

Reducing our grain consumption in America can be done easily by simply eating less meat. For example according to Eating to save the Earth if just America reduced its meat consumption by 10 percent the grain saved would be sufficient to feed 60 million people.

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from: artemii
date: Aug. 23rd, 2002 04:28 am (UTC)

and that's not to even mention that the imf & its ilk make rules so that to receive aid, places like india have to export the grain they produce at home & then import the same sorts of grain from other countries like the u.s.

the rules are so absurd orwell could've written them himself.

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from: nogbogfrog
date: Aug. 24th, 2002 12:03 am (UTC)

I think that's the problem. Orwell *did* write them. Bush/Cheney read it in college and thought it was a pretty good idea.


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