Daca papa nu e nimic nu e!

Moshe crede ca citatul din titlu suna altfel. Mordechai crede si el la fel. International Herald Tribune crede altfel. De sursa noastra nici nu  mai spunem.

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Ia sa vedem despre ce e vorba.

ROME: In an “unforeseen and unprecedented” shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the top food and agriculture official of the United Nations warned Monday.

The changes created “a very serious risk that fewer people will be able to get food,” particularly in the developing world, said Jacques Diouf, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The agency’s food price index rose by more than 40 percent this year, compared with 9 percent the year before – a rate that was already unacceptable, he said. New figures show that the total cost of foodstuffs imported by the neediest countries rose 25 percent, to $107 million, in the last year.

At the same time, reserves of cereals are severely depleted, FAO records show. World wheat stores declined 11 percent this year, to the lowest level since 1980. That corresponds to 12 weeks of the world’s total consumption – much less than the average of 18 weeks consumption in storage during the period 2000-2005. There are only 8 weeks of corn left, down from 11 weeks in the earlier period.

Prices of wheat and oilseeds are at record highs, Diouf said Monday. Wheat prices have risen by $130 per ton, or 52 percent, since a year ago. U.S. wheat futures broke $10 a bushel for the first time Monday, the agricultural equivalent of $100 a barrel oil.

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Part of the current problem is an outgrowth of prosperity. More people in the world now eat meat, diverting grain from humans to livestock. A more complicated issue is the use of crops to make biofuels, which are often heavily subsidized. A major factor in rising corn prices globally is that many farmers in the United States are now selling their corn to make subsidized ethanol.

Mann said the European Union had intentionally set low targets for biofuel use – 10 per cent by 2020 – to limit food price rises and that it plans to import some biofuel. “We don’t want all our farmers switching from food to biofuel,” he said.

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Mordechai spune:

Stirea e simpla si clara: rezerva mondiala de alimente scade vazand cu ochii iar preturile la alimente au tendinta de a o lua razna. Penultimul paragraf citat explica multe.

Parte a problemei este cresterea prosperitatii. Tot mai multi oameni mananca acum carne, deturnand granele de la consumul uman catre hranirea animalelor. O problema si mai complicata o reprezinta culturile de plante folosite pentru producerea de biodiesel. etc.

Frumos! Foarte frumos! Uite asa ne aducem aminte cum promiteau apostolii capitalismului prosperitatea pentru “toate popoarele”. Ce vorbesti, bre? Chiar toate? Si ce mandru indemnau ei la democratizarea si capitalizarea Chinei. Stai ca vine si India.

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