Sunday, April 20, 2008

Al Gore's Utopian Vision is Killing People

The price of rice has increased 74% in a year, 130% for wheat, soy is up 87%, and corn prices have doubled, according to the International Monetary Fund. Reported by The Age yesterday, the World Bank says 33 countries are at risk of political destabilization and internal unrest. While Al Gore and his Fried Earthers worry about carbon footprints in the sands of time, time is running out, not just for the Earth's poorest nations, but everyone. Food stockpiles are dwindling and people are beginning the slow process of starvation.

Mexicans by the thousands took part in the tortilla riots last year blaming diversion of their staple food crop, maize or corn, into biofuel production. The Pakistani administration defeated in recent elections pointed to the rising flour prices and the resultant anger in part as to why they lost in February. Near riots caused the government of Haiti to fall last weekend over rising costs of food.

Bangladeshi garment workers went on strike and fought with police because of the sudden high cost of food. The urban middle-class in Dhaka are being squeezed and using what little savings they have to buy food that is becoming increasingly scarce. Rural villagers and farmers are holding back crops they may need to feed their own families, rather than sell the foodstuffs to the middle-class urban dwellers.

The blogger, Sandmonkey, covered the rioting in Mhalla, Egypt two weeks ago. The local textile workers went on strike protesting government food prices. The workers demanded wage increases to compensate for inflation. Eventually, some 50,000 people were on the streets in full riot mode. After several days of violence and arrests of strike leaders and bloggers, strikers "reached some kind of compromise over 'food allowance' that prompted them to cancel the strike."

Indonesia has banned almost all private rice exports last week, despite the bumper crop harvest in hopes of stemming domestic food price inflation. The government increased the price of subsidized rice to the poor by 60% and expanded eligibility to millions more Indonesians to head off social unrest. VietNam and India have imposed export restrictions, too.

The world's largest rice importer, the Philippines, is desperately trying to find suppliers to fill its staple rice shortfall. The government in Manila is saying they will charge with economic sabotage anyone who hordes rice, a charge carrying a life prison term. With a daily wage of 100-200 pesos ($2-5 American), most of Manila's poor spend their entire days pay on rice that will last only one meal for a family of four.

Last year, the United States produced 81 million tons of grain - 20% of the total US grain crop - to make ethanol. In Paris last Thursday, the Bush administration said, "We are looking at a five-fold increase in renewable fuel." Greater than half of that five-fold increase will come from Congressionally mandated "second-generation" biofuel non-foodstuffs, like switchgrass and wood byproducts. The wood byproducts are easy to come by through the lumber industry, but switchgrass in a wild weed plant that must be grown domestically for large production use. That means food grain growing land must be given over to switchgrass, again depleting food stocks in favor of biofuel supplies.

Biiofuel defenders tell us there are multiple reasons for food shortages. The growing demand in China and India for dietary meats and growing milk and dairy product consumption. Eight pounds of grain are required to produce two pounds of pork, and four pounds of grain to get two pounds of beef.

Iowa Beef Center Director Dr. John Lawrence, says, "While the drought does have some impact, the demand for corn and crop acres is also contributing to the pressure on beef-cow herds... Corn acreage in the Cornbelt and four bordering states increased by more than 10 million acres in 2007, while soybean acreage decreased by less than 9 million acres."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports a small decrease in the number of cattle fed grain feed in Iowa compared to the year before. Because of the increasing corn prices, more grazing pastures are turning to plow acreage as more Iowa farmers choose selling corn for biofuel than using it as feed for livestock or human consumption.

Any way one tries to see the picture, diverting foodstuffs from feeding people to biofuels to feed out vehicles and industries will leave very few people to purchase and use whatever is produced. Al Gores Utopian vision that is making him very wealthy is rapidly turning deadly serious and shortly, just plain deadly.

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Todd/aka anonymous earthquake guy said...

I thought that a nuclear exchange or WWi could lead to this boy how I was wrong. All it's going to take is agor and the demoncrats doing what they do best, screwing up anything they look at let alone touch. I caught a show on super volcanoes and these days I listen very carefully to what is said, anyway did you know that supervols blow tons and tons of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere? The Toba eruption some 7 or 8 thousand years ago spewed a two meter layer of ash globally. The Earths temp dropped an average 5 degrees in the year that followed. That was fast eh? Have you noticed that the areas directly surrounding supervols are some of the most beautiful in the world? Take Yellowstone for instance and the more I think about it I will wager that Yosemite has an ancient history of volcanic activity as well. Curious isn’t it?

Indigo Red said...

It is indeed curious, Todd. My brother lives in West Yellowstone, which is the western entrance to the national park. He and the park live in a megavol caldera that is far overdue (like a library book?!) for an eruption. If and when it blows, millions of tons if earth debris will be blasted into the atmosphere, temps around the world will drop within a week, hundreds of thousands of people will die from the blast and resultant expelled gasses within hours, and hundreds of millions will die from starvation and conflict in the following years. It's not pretty.

My brother? He'll be vaporized. If he's lucky, the caldera will blow without warning in the middle of the night.

You mentioned a nuclear exchange and that is just as curious. We've been told that even a Hiroshima-sized nuke woud make the blast vicinity uninhabitable for hundreds of years. But right in front of us are Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only two cities ever destroyed in nuclear explosions. The two cities have been continuously inhabited since August 1945 and are doing well. I fully believe we humans can survive a large scale nuclear exchange, but a series of megavolcanic eruptions dwarf any death deal cooked up by mankind and will devastate humans to a point that continued existence would have no meaning.

Todd said...

Morning Indigo Red.Completely agree with you on the Nuke issue. I was only thinking about the resultant diminishing or halting of our global food relief programs and the devastation that would cause. Many people these days have been deceived into believing that we don’t help the world. The world may get a rude awakening and they are not going to be happy with the deceivers. Regarding your brother, Toba is actually small in comparison to Yellowstone and through DNA testing scientists have determined that Humans were almost wiped out by Toba. Took us down to perhaps a few thousand worldwide. Your brother will be a lucky one who is vaporized immediately at least he wont have to endure the aftermath, you know when we all become wandering zombie cannibals. So he has that to be thankful for.

Indigo Red said...

"when we all become wandering zombie cannibals."

You mean like Democrats?!

The diminishing food relief is the subject of todays A.M. post, Rationing in the Land of Plenty. If the trend holds, we will all know what real hunger is soon enoufg.

Todd said...

Yeah I refreshed and that post came up. Right on target but Americans are not going to put up with this. Food to those that want to wipe us out must stop, way past enough. Bob Hope, what a classic.

Todd said...

Heres a theory I will throw at you. Volcanic activity and Ice ages directly related. Think about the Earths orbit around the Sun. Now think about the differences that might occur depending on where the Earth is in its orbit at the time that coincides with a particular eruption. I would have to guess that the amount and composition of the material ejected has a lot to do with it as well.That might explain why large eruptions don't always produce Ice Ages. The conditions must be just right. Just an average guy wonderin.

Indigo Red said...

Good wonder, Todd. I do know that natural catastrophic extinction events do happen in cycles related to Earth/Sol orbits, but no one knows exactly how. The Age of Smart Man isn't old enough. Smart Man appearred well after the last cataclysmic event.

We do know that as well as the Earth orbiting Sol, Sol orbits a newly determined Black Hole that orbits the center of the Milky Way. The forces involved and how they interact can't be all good news for life on Earth, but that's just an Age of Smart Man guess.

I would like it to something akin to squeezing a ketchup packet - at some point in a big squeeze, it will erupt making a mess out of everything.

Todd said...

Might as well face it life on earth for the last 7 to 8 thousand years has been like a July day at the beach. By the way on your Hiroshima point, have you heard that Bikini atoll's coral reef has sprung back to life? With each day and each new discovery Al has more and more questions to answer.

Indigo Red said...

I read about Bikini Atoll yesterday and was going to call it up this morning to write a post. I had stuff to do today - errands and stuff that get in the way.

I was born in July. All my childhood, my family missed the B-day because everyday was as beautiful and pleasant as yesterday and tomorrow. In the mid-80s, it all started to change. I never know if there will be sun and warmth or rain and cold. Now my family remembers.

Somedays, Todd, there is just too much gooing on in the world that filtering becomes a taunting task. I'm in awe of the editors of news programs that have to tell the world's story in 22 minutes. How do they choose?

Todd said...

The age of a person reading us their news is going the way of the dinosaurs. The countries and peoples that will rise to the top of this modern enlightenment will be the ones who can exchange info between its peoples best. Knowing and sharing the truth is going to be a big part of that so the Constitution and the First Amendment give us a head start. The Founding Fathers, man were those guys smart.