Wall Street, BP, Bio-Ethanol and the Death of Millions
Our planet has everything we need to produce nutritious natural food to feed the entire world population many times over. Yet, we face a decade or more of famine on a global scale because key forces and interest groups have decided to artificially create a scarcity of nutritious food, writes F. William Engdahl.
By F. William Engdahl
My late grandfather, a man of sturdy Norwegian-American farm stock, who later became a newspaper editor and political activist during the First World War, used to say, ‘A man can get used to pretty much anything with time, except dying…and even that with some practice.’ Well, as fate has it, it seems we, the vast majority of the human race, are about to test that adage in regard to the availability of our daily bread itself.
Posted in Biotechnology, CorpoGov
Tagged ADM, banksters, Barclays, bunge, cargill, CFTC, Chase Manhattan, Citibank, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Commodity Modernization Act of 2000, Common Agriculture Policy, Continental Grain, derivatives, famine, food bubble, GATT, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, globalization, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, industrialization, JP Morgan, lehman bros, manufactured food scarcity, subprime scam, Uruguay Round, wall street
By Rady Ananda
Plutocrats aimed another weapon at the nation’s poor and at small and midsized farmers, this time thru the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, H.R. 2112, which the House passed on June 16. The 82-page bill returns some federal spending to 2006 levels and others to 2008 levels.
Now being reviewed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, the final version of HR 2112 will lay the terrain on which the 2012 Farm Bill will be crafted. The House Agriculture Committee began preparatory hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill this week, reports NSAC.
Key sections provide deep cuts to domestic food programs, threatening food banks, low-income seniors, women and children, and farmers markets supported by WIC vouchers issued thru the Women, Infants and Children program.
Posted in Biotechnology, CorpoGov, Economics, Factory Farms, FDA, Food Legislation, Genetically Engineered Food, Monopolies, Peasants, Farmers, Ranchers, USDA
Tagged antitrust rules, banksters, CFTC, commodity futures, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Dodd-Frank Act, Farmers Markets, federal food aid, food sovereignty, futures speculation, GE salmon, gipsa, HR 2112, local food system, meat industry concentration, USDA, wall street, WIC