CARACAS (Reuters) - Soaring food prices are a "massacre" of the world's poor and are creating a global nutritional crisis, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday, calling it a sign that capitalism is in decline.
His comments came only hours after the United Nations' World Food Program called more expensive food a "silent tsunami" that threatens to plunge more than 100 million people on every continent into hunger.
"It is a true massacre what is happening in the world," Chavez said in a televised speech, citing U.N. statistics about deaths caused by hunger and malnourishment.
"The problem is not the production of food ... it is the economic, social and political model of the world. The capitalist model is in crisis."
The self-styled revolutionary and Cuba ally has won popular support by subsidizing food for the OPEC nation's poor majority, although his administration struggled last year to keep products such as milk and sugar on store shelves.
Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage, visiting Caracas to meet with Chavez and other allied leaders on Wednesday, accused developed countries of spurring food prices through biofuels.
"Developed countries want to feed the cars of the rich with food -- this is the irrational world we live in today," Lage said, echoing Chavez's frequent accusations that Washington's promotion of biofuel is boosting prices of staples like corn.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned earlier this week that high food prices could wipe out progress in reducing poverty and hurt global economic growth.
Riots in poor Asian and African countries have followed steep rises in food prices caused by a range of factors including pricier fuel, bad weather and the conversion of land to grow crops for biofuel.
posted 12 years ago
Here is an interesting summary of the global food crisis as it's developed:
The world 'food crisis' is being orchestrated, it isn't just the natural way of things or the cost of fuel. That's mis-direction, pure and simple, like watching a magician manipuplate a coin.
Haiti and Mexico, as two examples: The U.S. limits what our farmers can get for foods (esp grains), less than fair market value. Then our country sells our grain to Haiti and Mexico at artificially low prices. These low prices force the local Haitian and Mexican farmers out of business because they can't compete, creating a larger base of even poorer people. Soon these countries are dependent on our grain. Then the price of our grain starts to go up.
Our government is being manipulated by the people who want to control the world's food supply, and I'm not saying that they are entirely different entities.
Our country is forcing countries all over the world to buy Monsanto's (etc) GM seeds, which are very expensive. Without OP crops where the farmers can save their own seed for replanting, they become dependent on Monsanto's seed. Monsanto's seed (which they swore on a stack of Bibles wouldn't cross-pollinate any similar crop more than 1/8 mile away, was an outright lie) is cross-pollinating (read: contaminating) crops all over the world, including plants growing in countries that have outlawed GM crops, like England), because it's in the wind.
So, countries and becoming dependent on the U.S. to feed their people, either because they're forced to buy expensive one-time-use-only seed from Monsanto, or because they're forced to buy food outright because their farmers can't compete financially.
When you make people anywhere dependent on you (like Welfare), YOU OWN THEM.
Get the picture?
As for foodstuffs being used for biofuel and thus starving the world, please read David Blume's book Alcohol Can Be a Gas!
Did you know that cows, natural herbivores (not "grain-vores") have trouble digesting the starch in corn? If grain corn is processed to make ethanol, the "waste" is the corn without the starch, now turned into a higher-protein, more easily digested cow feed!