Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The priority was, is, and will be food

If the wars of the day after tomorrow will be fought for water, the wars of tomorrow will be for food.
Wheat, rice, corn, soya. Revolts and attacks on bakers have already happened in many countries, from Egypt to Indonesia, from the Philippines to India.
The harvests are becoming more important than oil.
It’s better to die while you are still, than to die of hunger while you are moving.
The over-populated states are moving on the world chess board and buying up cultivatable land.
China in Brazil, Laos, Kazakhstan and Tanzania.
India in Uruguay and Paraguay.
South Korea in Sudan and in Siberia. Egypt in Ukraine.
At the same time they created a new protectionism: the starving hungry.
The States that don’t produce enough food resources for their own population are blocking exports or are increasing the customs duties.
It’s just human nature. The price of food is going up at a mad speed in the whole world, thanks also to financial speculators. It’s the economy.
The mechanism is hell.
One State, for example, China, is increasing the number of mouths to be fed while it is destroying cultivatable land. In China in 2005 the expropriation of land from the farmers has grown up 15 times in relation to 10 years earlier. Land that has been transformed into residential and industrial zones. Less land, less food, more Chineses.
The solution seems to be buying more land for food elsewhere.
In the countries where, for now, they allow exporting of agricultural produce.
But even in these countries, the population is increasing, the land for food production is decreasing, because of the building speculation and the producing of bio fuels, and water for irrigation is scarce.
What will happen when the Brazilians will see their corn disappear and no more daily bread?
Any government wouldn't last more than a week and the lands sold to foreigners would be nationalized.
The match would be in the hands of China and its armaments.
China is the prime world producer of cereals and rice. Once upon a time it was exporting. In 2007, China produced 501.5 million tons of wheat and the Chinese consumed 510 million. According to the FAO, in 1985 the Chinese ate 20 Kilo of meat each, in 2018 that’ll go up to 70 Kilo. To produce meat you need cereal and land. China imports already today, 60% of the soya that they need.
If the top world producer has to import, the others, like Italy, what will they have to do? Seen from above, our country seems like a building nightmare.
It is disappearing swallowed by concrete.
The priority should be self-sufficiency in food, not parking lots and incinerators.

PS. A word of advice: create your own kitchen garden on your balcony or in a tiny piece of land.

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