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RenseCom Lowest Food Supplies In 50-100 Years
  1. USDA predicts supplies will plunge to a 53-day equivalent- their lowest level in the 47-year period for which data exists
  2. This consistent shortfall has cut supplies in half-down from a 115-day supply in 1999/00 to the current level of 53 days
  3. 1/3 of ocean fisheries are in collapse, 2/3 will be in collapse by 2025, and our ocean fisheries may be virtually gone by 2048
  4. There is a worldwide push to proliferate a North American- style meat-based diet based on intensive livestock production -turning feedgrains into meat in this way means exchanging 3 to 7 kilos of grain protein for one kilo of meat protein.
2 080501 htm USAToday Surplus U.S. food supplies dry up
  1. , "Our cupboard is bare."
  2. Worldwide, food prices have risen 45% in the past nine months
  3. John Block who, as President Reagan's Agriculture secretary during the 1980s, went to enormous lengths to get rid of extra food: giving commodities to farmers as payment for idling land, offering surplus grain as a subsidy to exporters and holding cheese giveaways for the poor.
  4. 24 million bushels of wheat
  5. original 147-million-bushel level
  6. Total U.S. wheat stocks are down from 777 million bushels in 2001
  7. he American Bakers Association estimates the country has a 24-day supply of wheat compared with the previous three-month level on hand.
  8. The U.S. in the last year provided more than $2 billion in foreign food aid.
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TriStateObs C C Cinventories Depleting
  1. oncerns over the issue of U.S. grain reserves after it was announced that the sale of 18.37 million bushels of wheat from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC
  2. o­nly 5.73 million bushels of wheat left the entire CCC inventory
  3. U.S. has nothing else in our emergency food pantry
  4. There is no cheese, no butter, no dry milk powder, no grains or anything else left in reserve.
  5. The o­nly thing left in the entire CCC inventory will be 5.73 million bushels of wheat which is about enough wheat to make about 1/2 of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 million people in America.”
  6. “This lack of emergency preparedness is the fault of the 1996 farm bill which eliminated the government’s grain reserves as well as the Farmer Owned Reserve (FOR),”
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GeoWashCom Speculators Buying Up Food System
  1. hedge funds and other investors are buying up farms, farmland, fertilizer, grain elevators, shipping equipment and other necessities for producing food.
  2. "By 'owning structure,' they mean centralizing control of food in the hands of financial manipulators who have only one crop in mind: fat profits.
  3. Price? Aha! That’s what consolidation of farms and storage facilities is all about. If you can lock down production and stockpile the supply – you can control price. If corn prices are lower than what investors want them to be, simply store the corn and force prices up.
  4. Hedge funds bring nothing but greed and grief to the farm economy and our food supply, and they should be banned from 'owning structure.'
  5. we should demand that Congress prevent speculators from buying up one of the main necessities.
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WashPost Financial Meltdown Worsens Food Crisis
  1. s shock waves from the credit crisis began to spread around the world last month, scrambled to protect itself. Among the most extreme measures it took was to impose new export taxes to keep critical supplies such as grains and fertilizer from leaving the country.
  2. The estimates that 923 million people were seriously undernourished in 2007.
  3. 36 countries still need emergency assistance for food
  4. China -- the world's biggest grain and rice producer and the biggest exporter of certain types of fertilizer -- could see its moves having ripple effects on vulnerable countries.
  5. China's new taxes on fertilizer exports, which went into effect Sept. 1, range from 150 to 185 percent.
  6. It is unclear whether the export taxes are legal under the . Technically, the WTO bans all export taxes as barriers to free trade but allows for exceptions in emergency situations.
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WashPost The ultimate crop rotation: Wealthy nations outsource crops to Ethiopia's farmlands
  1. Lured by a new business model, wealthy nations flock to farmland in Ethiopia, locking in food supplies grown half a world away
  2. "Why Attractive?" reads one glossy poster with photos of green fields and a map outlining swaths of the country available at bargain-basement prices. "Vast, fertile, irrigable land at low rent. Abundant water resources. Cheap labor. Warmest hospitality.
  3. This impoverished and chronically food-insecure Horn of Africa nation is rapidly becoming one of the world's leading destinations for the booming business of land leasing, by which relatively rich countries and investment firms are securing 40-to-99-year contracts to farm vast tracts of land.
  4. In Africa alone, experts estimate that about 50 million acres -- roughly the size of Nebraska -- have been leased in the past two years.
  5. The desert kingdom of , for instance, is shifting wheat production to Africa. The government of , where land is crowded and overfarmed, is offering incentives to companies to carve out mega farms across the continent.
  6. As one Saudi-backed businessman here put it, "The population of the world is increasing dramatically, so land and food supplies will be short, demand will be higher and prices will rise."
  7. From there -- a farm just west of Addis Ababa -- it was possible to see a river designated for irrigating cornfields and rice paddies; it is no longer open for locals to water their cows. Several shiny green tractors bounced across the six-mile-long field where teff, the local grain, once grew. Hundreds of Ethiopian workers, overseen by Indian supervisors, were bent over rows of corn stalks, cutting weeds tangled around them with small blades
  8. As a worker spoke to one of his supervisors, he whispered that the company had refused to sign a wage contract and had failed to deliver promised water and power to nearby villages.
  9. Most said they were struggling just to buy government-subsidized fertilizer, much less tractors. In any case, Ethiopians cannot own land, instead holding "use certificates" for their tiny plots, making it difficult to get loans, or to sell or increase holdings.
  10. "We think they might be beneficial to us in the future," said Yadeta Fininsa, referring to the new companies coming to town. "But so far we have not benefited anything."

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