Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 12:49pm.

"At present the population of the world is increasing at about 58,000 per diem. War, so far, has had no very great effect on this increase, which continued throughout each of the world wars … War … has hitherto been disappointing in this respect … but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could spread throughout the world once in every generation, survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full … The state of affairs might be somewhat unpleasant, but what of it?" Quote from the book, The Impact Of Science On Society - written in 1952 by Bertrand Russell

Russell is expressing a view, long held by many who might be considered "oligarchs", and who, for many generations, have held themselves to be superior to the vast majority of the population of this planet.

The simple fact is that the world is not "too full." It might feel like it is, sometimes, as our basic economic infrastructure crumbles round our ears, and as poverty forces the people of large parts of the planet into having large families.

Today's hikes in oil and food prices are not the result of population fuelled demand, unavailability, or as a lack of capability to produce. They are purely artificial, as the result of Policy.

And what is that Policy?

In a word: GENOCIDE.

The population of this planet is staring a dark age in the face. Culturally, we are already there. But in terms of human suffering, the period we are entering now will put all historical genocides in the shade. The policy has been stated many times: reduce the population of the planet from its present levels.

At April's G7 meeting of finance ministers in Washington, the World Bank issued statements warning of the impoverishment of entire regions of the world as the result of the food crisis, a situation they believe will not change in the coming year.

Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank, issued a statement at the same meeting, stating that the rise in food prices would be likely to nullify the fight against poverty.

As the saying goes, "no shit, Sherlock!"

These guys can make their statements with confidence, because they know of the activities of speculative kingpin, George Soros, and people like him. For those unaware, Soros was behind the near collapse of the British Pound in 1992.

Georgie has moved on from currency speculation. That form of profiteering only caused economic hardship. Today, he is aiming fairly and squarely at human death. On the 18th June, Goergie told a Budapest newspaper: "Rather than expecting energy prices to go down somehow, we should accept that it must go further up first, for us to be able to solve the [long-term] problem. Prices must go up first so as to encourage people to consume less."

So Georgie wants us to consume less, which might be fine for you or I, who probably don't struggle too much for our three meals a day. What happens if you are one of the several billions who only eat once per day? Do they need encouragement to consume less?

Georgie's mechanism for pushing prices up is typified by his recent aquisition of all the commodities trading and merchandising business of the giant multi-national ConAgra Foods. This aquisition was made by a private investment fund managed by Soros Fund Management LLC, acting as part of a consortium with New York hedge fund Ospraie Management and New York asset manager General Atlantic. The $2.8 billion deal is estimated as the largest acquisition ever by a hedge fund.

The agreement includes 144 ConAgra facilities, located primarily in North America. Renamed Gavilon, the new company provides physical distribution and merchandising of grains, feed ingredients, fertilizer, and energy products; as well as agriculture, energy, and other commodity trading activities, and "risk management services" — i.e., commodity futures derivatives speculation.

It doesn't stop there. It goes without saying that Georgie is right in there pushing biofuels. Another string to the bow, the biofuels insanity is a strategy that even the greenies don't want. The ConAgra operations provide "procurement and marketing services" for ethanol and bio-diesel producers, supply chain infrastructure, as well as financial hedging.

Georgie's not alone of course. Politicians and scientists have all been pushing the insanity that biofuels are the answer to the non-existent Global Warming problem.

And if Biofoolery is not enough, GM is being pushed harder than ever. GM crops are designed to reduce diversity of plant species through cross-pollenation, and more importantly, guarantee control of the food supply chain. The decades long destruction globally of small farming, to be replaced with huge factory farms planting seeds only ever purchased from Monsanto adds to that effect. We even have these two insanities of GM and biofoolery getting it together, with scientists at Michigan State University messing with the genetic makeup of corn to develop a strain that can break down its own cellulose, thus making fermentation easier, and biofuel production more efficient.

The problem for the corporations, at least in the short term, is that the risk of cross-pollenation makes GM unpopular. So until the use of GM is universally accpepted, they need to do something about that. Just another of the "conincidences" in the world, is Colony Collapse Syndrome. Bees, the little stinging insects that we depend upon to pollenate our food supply, are dying out in unprecedented numbers. Is it really a coincidence that this happens within a few years of the development of GM crops, or that certain GM crop manufacturers also happen to belong to a cartel of pharmasutical/chemical/insecticide manufacturers and have had their products banned because they are harmful to bees?

Unfortunately, they're never too far away from releasing another product.

It can't get much better for them, can it? Kill the bees which cause cross-pollenation, but that are also needed for the pollenation of the regular food supply. Result: global food supply crisis, and calls for GM crops which don't need pesticides.

Increasingly now, politicians are coming out and openly pushing the Policy. For example, the heads of the World Bank and IMF met with the finance ministers of the Americas (or, at least, those that turned up) on the 23rd and 24th June. Finance ministers listened to lectures from the IMF's Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the World Bank's Robert Zoellick, on the dangers of giving in to the "temptation" of subsidising food and fuel and restoring protectionism, because such policies might fuel "expections of inflation."

Delegates at the meeting were greeted with a World Bank report on the impact of rising food prices on the Americas. The report asserted that:

  • food prices are "relatively low," by historical standards
  • "high food prices are here to stay"
  • the cause of the high price of food is rising consumption in developing countries.

Recommended measures included "food for work" programs, and targetted cash hand-outs for extremely poor families who meet specified conditions. Any general national subsidy program, however, would be dangerous, because "it could spur inefficient consumption of these foods by non-poor households."

The IMF's Dominique Strauss-Kahn endorsed the World Bank report, and added a warning that governments must stop policies which are encouraging "domestic demand growth … Social protection should not be used to justify a retreat into protectionism, or a delay in measures to cool domestic demand."

In the film "The Third Man," by Greame Greene, there's a classic piece of dialogue spoken by Orson Wells which Greene claimed he didn't write, but that Wells had added. It fairly well sums up the attitude of global leaders these days. Wells' character, Harry Lime, was a black marketeer selling corrupted stolen drugs, resulting in many deaths. The scene has Lime and his friend, Holly Martens, at the top of a Vienese ferris wheel, as he attempts to justify his activities.

"Look down there," he said, "Would you feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand for every dot that stopped - would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money? Or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man? free of income tax. it's the only way to save money nowadays."

June 26, 2008 - source

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 12:49pm.


David Phillips (not verified) | Thu, 07/03/2008 - 5:34pm

This is a very complex subject and not one that can be answered in a single blog post or indeed a comment. I would say that it is generally accepted that food inventories are at 60 year lows and that there is a growing affluent class in many of the dynamic Asian economies, most notably India and China. This small but growing proportion of the population is driving the demand for more high value items and diets are changing, becoming closer to those in the developed world, for example, more meat is being eaten. Given that grains are needed for livestock it is not surprising that prices for corn, wheat, soybeans and rice have been reaching historic highs. And as you pointed out in your post, there has been a surge in demand for bioethanol, which means there is competition for the grains from both the food industry and transport. Net result, prices will remain strong until alternative biofuels are encouraged, such as from cellulosic sources. Meanwhile, the world continues to face a food commodity crisis as the World Bank President, Paul Zoellick, has pointed out.