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Scarce food supplies and increasing populations to cause strife

Increasingly, food and natural resources will simply not be available to many if not most peoples and nations. Basic necessities of life will be more and more scarce.

For many reasons there are increasing food shortages around the world. Consequently the price of food is also increasing.

With less resources because of climate change, particularly where droughts are more severe, and also financial and political instability, food will become even more scarce and prices will increasingly be out of reach of many people.

We are going to present some facets of this world wide dilemma.

(Internet Links are provided for authenticity, but there is little need to read them because what you need to know is provided in summary)

1 Recent food availability and prices.

Food shortages around the world are not new. They have always been there. However, these shortages are taking on a new and drastic form where high prices make it almost impossible for some to survive - and not just in poorer countries. The United Nations recently said it expects to register a 'dangerous and unprecedented' shortfall in budgetary allocations for its World Food Programme and as a result of which food aid to millions of hungry poor in many countries may be affected.

Note this! Nearly 60% of humans in the world are currently malnourished, so the need for grains and other basic foods is critical. Growing crops for fuel squanders land, water and energy resources vital for the production of food for human consumption. Using corn for ethanol increases the price of U.S. beef, chicken, pork, eggs, breads, cereals, and milk between 10% and 30%.

Look ahead from these current reports to times when climate may deteriorate further and if it does, the effect on food supplies, not to just those in extreme need, as in many African countries, but the many more that will be caught out by drought and lack of water, even in countries like Australia. More below.

2 Availability world food supply

● Case study of India

India is a country where, despite its increasing wealth, is facing a food crisis. An inflation rate of 7% is one of the issues, which has resulted in riots over food prices. Milk has risen in price by 11% in a year, edible oil 40% and staples like rice by 20% and lentils by 18%.

Economists are seeing the inflation as a tax on the poor, who have no availability in their already low incomes. Seventy five percent of the people earn less than $2 a day. One report we viewed said that approximately one out of four Indians live on less than $1 a day, a rate which is also spoken of in many African countries, particularly those who suffer continual bouts of drought. The Indian Government blames the rise in food prices on international influences, a point which we believe has some substance.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7327858.stm

● Case study of Egypt

In 2008, Egypt too, plunged into a food crisis due to rising food prices. For Egyptians, each day has become a daily struggle for food. Although we do not have 2009 reports, those of 2008 indicated the desperate struggle many of the e 80 million Egyptians had to feed their families and took to the streets in violent unrest. How else could they be in their desperation to provide food for family members? Those reports said that people were eating only half the meat from normal times. Generally, meat has become too expensive even at wholesale prices. Business is slow for butchers. Supplies are low and prices are high. Even staples like corn and maize have become scarce and prices are high. Forty percent of Egyptians have to live on $1 a day, which isn't even enough to purchase their bread of life, Eesch.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,548300,00.html

● Other places. Some examples only. Rising food prices have also hit Zimbabwe and Argentina, among many other countries. Australia too has production and supply problems with rice. Australia is an exporter of rice but has not produced a crop for the last two years and probably will not in 2009 due to the unavailability of irrigation water and of course, rain. Even in Australia, there are an increasing number of people who simply cannot afford to buy good food.

http://www.fpa.org/topics_info2414/topics_info_show.htm?doc_id=858686

These case studies given here are just examples of what is going on around the world with food availability and food prices. Furthermore, world instability or deterioration of climate resources for cropping in any area of the world, increases the strain on others, and right now the numbers of countries with a lesser production is increasing. To complicate things further population in many countries is skyrocketing.

3 Food and population increase

MDPI.com is a platform for open access journals published by Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI). On this subject they write the following. The rapidly growing world population and rising consumption of biofuels are increasing demand for both food and bio-fuels. This exaggerates both food and fuel shortages. Using food crops such as corn grain to produce ethanol raises major nutritional and ethical concerns. Nearly 60% of humans in the world are currently malnourished, so the need for grains and other basic foods is critical. Growing crops for fuel squanders land, water and energy resources vital for the production of food for human consumption. Using corn for ethanol increases the price of U.S. beef, chicken, pork, eggs, breads, cereals, and milk more between 10% to 30%.

http://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/1/2/41

With regard to population growth, world population is 6.7 billion and counting. World population has doubled (100% increase) in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion). The annual growth rate is currently declining, but from a far greater base number than before. It is now estimated that it will take a further 42 years to increase by another 50%, to become 9 billion by 2042.

http://www.worldometers.info/population/

Given the dramatic population increase in our day, and the lack of sufficient food to be available in the right places, this will increasingly put great pressure on populations to avoid malnutrition, these factors blending with all other factors in this presentation to a state of relative hopelessness without the intervention of God. Furthermore, speculation is going to cause still higher prices. Consider this.

Global food markets must be regulated to avoid speculators creating panic with artificial price rises, says the head of the International Food Policy Research Institute. China, Japan, South Korea and several Middle Eastern nations have begun buying up farmland in Africa and South America as a hedge against food shortage risks.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/aug/19/food-supply-risk-speculators 

http://business.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/aug/04/slide-show-1-global-food-crisis-how-serious-is-it.htm

4 Hidden Agendas????

This where it can get murky! People have hidden agendas to suit their own purposes, that they do not announce openly. Some of these agendas affect the masses without their knowledge.

Amy Goodman writes in Democracy Now! in April 19, 2008 that "food riots are breaking out across the planet and that we must re-examine corporate control of the food supply".

The rise in global food prices has sparked a number of protests in recent weeks, highlighting the worsening epidemic of global hunger. The World Bank estimates world food prices have risen 80 percent over the last three years and that at least thirty-three countries face social unrest as a result. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned the growing global food crisis has reached emergency proportions.

In recent weeks, food riots have also erupted in Haiti, Niger, Senegal, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. Protests have also flared in Morocco, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Mexico and Yemen. In most of West Africa, the price of food has risen by 50 percent -- in Sierra Leone, 300 percent. The World Food Programme has issued a rare $500 million emergency appeal to deal with the growing crisis.

Several causes factor into the global food price hike, many linked to human activity. These include human-driven climate change, the soaring cost of oil and a Western-led focus on bio-fuels that critics say turns food into fuel.

http://www.alternet.org/story/82632

Al Krebe and Karen Lehman in their article Control of the world's food supplies say that the global economy threatens food security. Moreover, the global economy is causing the death of the family farm which for example, has decreased the number of USA farms by two thirds over the last 50 years.

http://www.converge.org.nz/pirm/ctrlfood.htm

We know from the experience of Australia that this is so. Citrus growers for many years have been uprooting their groves because they cannot compete with cheap imports and dumping. These cause incredible personal, family and country town disruptions. Our question is, "what do we do for citrus and many other foods when for some reason they cannot be imported"?

5 Summary remarks

Consider this! Population has doubled in the 40 years up to 1999. Many poor nations, or those with geographic locational disaadvantage, are not now able to supply sufficient food and water to their peoples. Prices have escalated, limiting availability and distribution. There are powerful forces, through their hidden agendas, that operate to bring about personal or corporate benefit to the detriment of most people. The United Nations is unable to supply food according to need, only according to availability and financing.

All these factors working together, particularly in the light of further economic disaster, will mean death to many of the world's peoples. It does so right now.

Perhaps this is why, God, who is so rich in mercy, is going to again establish His rule over the earth through the coming again of Jesus Christ