Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hunger in the offing

The drought-stricken area spreading across more and more of the US has engulfed virtually the entire corn belt. World carryover stocks of grain will fall further at the end of this crop year, making the food situation even more precarious, warns Lester Brown. Food prices, already elevated, will follow the price of corn upward, quite possibly to record highs. As we have seen in India, the weak monsoon has sent farmers into a panic. It has upset sowing plans across the nation.

The world may be much closer to an unmanageable food shortage – soaring food prices, spreading food unrest, and riots. Why is there no political vision? Why are there no proactive steps taken by governments in the farm sector? Besides announcing drought relief! Why are our water resources so badly managed – polluted and wasted. It belies common sense that our policy makers fail to realise how the belly needs to be full before one goes to buy cars or phones and television sets. Why are more people leaving farming like never before? Simply because it just does not pay to grow food!

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