What many thought was only a temporary local hike in food prices is fast turning out to be a sustained crisis that is affecting virtually every nation of the world. According to UN figures, global food prices have risen 65% since 2002, with a sharp increase of 35% last year. World Bank data of 80% increase in the price of staple foods in the past 3 years is even more grim.
In Nigeria, after the clearing of the haze of the usual price hikes attributable to the religious-season and instabilities in fuel prices; citizens are faced with the reality of skyrocketing food prices. Despite government’s reported release of the nations strategic grains reserve to the public, prices have remained at the ceiling and currently a bag of rice is going for around N10,000! But things are still better in Nigeria, it would seem. The government of Haiti was sacked on April 12 when senators fired the prime minister after more than a week of riots over food prices, in which 7* people, including a Nigerian UN peacekeeper, had died. In Egypt, four people were reported killed in riots over subsidized flour that was being sold for profit on the black market. Similarly Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Morocco and Senegal have witnessed food riots. In Indonesia, the media are reporting deaths by starvation. In Thailand, farmers are sleeping in their fields because thieves are stealing rice, now worth $600 a ton, right out of the paddies!
Although a number of factors – including bad weather (floods in the rice paddies), rising demands, and even rodent attacks in India have been identified as responsible for this situation, the general concession is that by far, the greatest contributing factor is the diversion of agricultural products into production of fuel ethanol in the desperate paranoia-fed efforts to reduce carbon-dioxide production on earth, by all means.
Reporting on the Progressive Governance Summit held in Watford (4-5 April), the Telegraphs wrote that “Many at the meeting blamed the price hikes on US and European Union moves to use biofuels such as ethanol to curb greenhouse gas emissions.” Even Bill Clinton, who had joined Al Gore in his campaign to the Baptist churches to push for radical steps to fight his imagined carbon-dioxide based global warming (see Vol 11 No 1), concurred with the other attendees at the Watford summit. According to Clinton, “What's really hurting the food markets is America moving into ethanol. People there are moving into corn and you have pasta riots in Italy related to what some people are doing in farming in America.” Gwynne Dyer, a London-based independent journalist gives an apt summary: “A huge amount of the world's farmland is being diverted to feed cars, not people.”
In the last edition, we commented on the insistence of the New World Order advocates, with spurious scientific support, that carbon-dioxide being produced by man is the cause for global warming; and their requirement that the world be fundamentally re-structured to reduce carbon-dioxide emission. Like we had mentioned, such restructuring is only to pave way for the one world government agenda, as the current situation with the food situation is clearly showing. To us, one of the most significant developments in the on-going food crisis is the willingness of many countries such as Mexico to soften their opposition to genetically-modified (GM) foods . See for instance the article
As we show in the article Global Famine, GM foods and the End-time Famine available on our blog (http://churcharise.blogspot.com, GM foods, which often come sterile or sterilized and therefore can not be re-planted will form the very basis for the great famine predicted in the Bible for the end times.
And finally, why are the Rockefeller and Gates foundations teaming up to push a GMO-style Green Revolution in Africa while quietly financing at the same time, a ‘doomsday seed vault’ on Svalbard, near the remote Arctic Circle ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future’? Check www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7529 for answers to this intriguing question.