By MADGE June 5, 2009
The Global Food Crisis is being compared to the Global Financial Crisis. Like the financial system the food system has:
- Dramatically globalised in the past generation
- Has become increasingly concentrated
- Sent ripples across the world – the increasing use of food for biofuels in Europe and the US pushed hundreds of millions of people into hunger
The global food system is also:
- Based on industrial corn and soy: livestock feed, cooking oil, sweeteners and a huge array of processed additives
- Industrial corn and soy contribute massively to climate change by both the heavy use of fossil fuel based inputs and by massive deforestation in the Amazon to grow soy
- Uses 70% of the antibiotics made in the US. They keep the animals crammed into feedlots alive. 20,000 Americans a year die from MRSA, an antibiotic resistant infection linked to intensive pig farming.
- Fragile – as industrial fruit and vegetable growing depends on bee pollination. Bees are dying from a mysterious ailment that is believed to be linked to pesticide use.
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