Have to love the way mainstream news gets our attention with headlines, like "Food shortages in the U.S.?"
Then of course the article goes on to say that there really aren't any food shortages to speak of here, only rising prices due to the same things we've been blogging about the past few weeks: Speculation, money moving from sub-prime real estate to investing in food and grain futures; Ethanol - the greatest redirecting of food into non-efficient fuel supplements every created; Australian drought; Global warming; and most of all fear and panic.
It's amazing how this all happened so quickly. One hypothesis (if you happen to lean toward larger conspiracy theories) is that it's the next big trend in duping independent, family farmers who are borrowing more money now to obtain more farm land, seed and fertilizer - and once the bubble bursts on them, those who have a vested interest in consolidating their farms can then do that with pennies on the dollar (not unlike what happened during the farm crisis of the 1980's).
Everyone should see the movie "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" by the way (www.AngelicOrganics.com)- because Farmer John Peterson and Taggart Siegel (the Director of this award winning film) do a great job in depicting what happened to family farms across the U.S. - after big agriculture moved in. They also show a wonderful and heartwarming turn around after the farm goes 100% organic, bio-dynamic and gets involved with a local CSA (community supported agriculture).
Ever play the game of Monopoly? It's so much fun, especially when you're the one who owns all the property and can build multiple hotels on each parcel...not as much fun when you round the bend with only $200 in your pocket from passing "GO" and you happen to and on a spot where you have to go broke, or start selling off your assets just to stay in the game.
So as we watch the cost of a loaf of bread surpass $3.00, and others less fortunate around the world are eating their one meal a day of soupy sorghum grain, maybe it's time we shift our priorities and perceptions?
Funny story: Tried calling into "Talk of the Nation" today (a great talk show on NPR hosted by Neil Conan) - as the topic was everything we've been discussing here, high cost of food, increased demand and panic...etc. One of the producers actually answered my call and asked me what my comment or question was, and I said: "There is a solution to ending world hunger and solving the global food crisis". She asked 'how is that?' and I said, "Industrial Hemp..." she put me on hold and then a minute later came back and apologized that they didn't have time to take my call. Problems they have all day to talk about, solutions?...time's up!
Anyway, that's a great, informative radio show and I can't recommend it enough.
Peace, Love & Organics!
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