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No One Wants to Tell The Truth About Famine

posted by Jael Ever @ 13:29 PM
October 21, 2010

Among the things that authorized governments and mainstream media don’t want to talk about is the way that Global Warming has affected the true state of world famine.  As the United States and most First World countries celebrate thanks for abundant harvests, questions about the rising food costs and its affects on world hunger remain muted.  And the response of governments to the looming cries of inadequate international food supplies is also generally one of deafness.

 Lewis Smith, Environmental Reporter for The Sunday Times in London, writes that Nina Fedoroff, chief scientist for the U.S. State Department “is convinced that food shortages will be the biggest challenge facing the world as temperatures and population levels rise.”  Fedoroff predicts that climate change has so damaged world food production that famine will soon strike a billion people.

 Catholic Relief Services documents the causes of global food shortage as: 1) An increased demand that producers, although increasing production, have not been able to fulfill; 2) Richer nations demanding more animal protein, which drains grains from direct human consumption in order to produce more dairy, eggs and meat;  3) Excessively higher fuel prices which increase costs for agricultural growth and food transportation;  4) Drought in countries usually providing food baskets, such as Australia, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union; 5) Mold severely affecting grain production in Asia; 6) A global decline in food reserves such as grains like corn, barley, wheat, rice, etc.; 7) Increasing floods, droughts and natural disasters around the world; 8) Continuing “underdevelopment in agricultural productivity” in poorer nations.

 In the article, “Of Feast and Famine,” Sadhbh Walshe of insists that “droughts and flooding have compromised crop production across the globe and more than 1 billion people are hungry.”  At the same time, he argues, more than 40% of food produced in the United States is wasted each year.  “Food waste is now the second largest waste stream sent to landfills, where it produces methane, a deadly greenhouse gas that further impacts climate change. Climate change, in turn, is having a deadly impact on our food supply,” Walshe adds.

 These comparisons bring the Biblical parable about the Rich Man and Lazarus to mind (Luke 16: 19-31).  As they celebrate Thanksgiving, richer nations would be eternally blessed by increasing help to poorer ones at poverty’s gate.  World hunger today also speaks to the cursed Apocalypse horse of hunger prophesied in the Book of Revelation:  “And lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice . . . . say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” (6: 5 – 6).  More on Global Warming’s famine and end-time judgments in future blogs.

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