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  • Venezuela solves food shortage by making it illegal to buy too much

    09/15/2016 12:08:10 PM PDT · by Laser_Ray · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/15/2016 | Mariana Zuńiga and Nick Miroff
    BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. By the time he arrived, there were already 100 people ahead of him. Camascaro never made it inside. Truckloads of Venezuelan troops arrived in the darkness, arresting him and nearly 30 others seemingly pulled from the queue at random, according to his lawyer. Camascaro, 50, was charged with violating laws against interfering "directly or indirectly" with the production, transportation or sale of food. He has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing. “I went to...
  • Venezuela’s socialist president labels planned opposition protest a coup

    08/30/2016 8:55:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 30, 2016 | John Sexton
    The ongoing crisis in Venezuela could escalate this Thursday. The opposition party is holding a rally designed to pressure the ruling socialist government to allow a referendum which could remove unpopular President Maduro from office. In a sign that his government may be preparing a crack down on the protest, President Maduro said Monday that the planned protest was part of a U.S led coup attempt. UPI reports: “It has become clear the brand and authorship of the coup d’etat planned for this coming Sept. 1, 2016, in Venezuela in complicity with the anti-democratic opposition and the international right,” Maduro’s...
  • Venezuela’s socialist government adopts forced labor law

    07/29/2016 6:28:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 29, 2016 | John Sexton
    Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has a plan to “guarantee food supply, social justice, and democracy.” As with most of Maduro’s plans, it will accomplish none of those things. Vice News reports: “A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor,” Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday. President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order “all workers from...
  • Rise in Starving Children Puts Strain on Venezuela’s Hospitals

    06/08/2016 5:57:45 PM PDT · by fella · 31 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 8 June 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Doctors Now Have to Steal Food From Hospitals to Feed Their Own Families The increasing shortage of food and other basic products in Venezuela, on top of inflation, is now takingits toll on the health of the nation — most notably, on its malnourished children. Children frequently arrive to the San Felipe Central Hospital after having fainted from malnourishment, officials told the PanAm Post, and are given medicine to take three times a day, Mothers tell physicians they don’t have enough food in their homes, even after rationing. “Children under five months of age come in here with diarrhea and...
  • As food grows scarce, Venezuelans turn to dumpster diving

    06/08/2016 4:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2016 | John Sexton
    To the long list of degradations the people of Venezuela have to suffer because of their awful socialist government, you can now add dumpster diving. The Associated Press reports that people desperate for food have now turned to rooting through the garbage for meals: Until recently, Julio Noguera worked at a bakery. Now he spends his evenings searching through the garbage for food. “I come here looking for food because if I didn’t, I’d starve to death,” Noguera said as he sorted through a pile of moldy potatoes. “With things like they are, no one helps anyone and no one...
  • We want food!: Venezuelans cry at protest near presidency

    06/03/2016 10:20:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    DNA India ^ | June 3, 2016 | Reuters
    Venezuela's economic chaos, critics say is the consequence of failed socialist policies for the last 17 years, especially price and currency controls. Venezuelan security forces fired teargas at protesters chanting "We want food!" near Caracas' presidential palace on Thursday, the latest street violence in the crisis-hit OPEC nation. Hundreds of angry Venezuelans heading towards Miraflores palace in downtown Caracas were met by National Guard troops and police who blocked a major road. President Nicolas Maduro, under intense pressure over a worsening economic crisis in the South American nation of 30 million, had been scheduled to address a rally of indigenous...
  • Across Africa, the worst food crisis since 1985 looms for 50 million

    05/22/2016 8:50:55 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 66 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 22 May 2016 | John Vidal
    Harvest should be the time for celebrations, weddings and full bellies in southern Malawi. But Christopher Witimani, Lilian Matafle and their seven children and four grandchildren had nothing to celebrate last week as they picked their meagre maize crop. Last year’s drought, followed by erratic rains, hit the village of Nkhotakota hard. But this year the rains never came and, for a second year running, the family grain store is empty. If they manage their savings carefully and eat just one small meal a day, they may just have enough food for two more months. By August, said Irish charity...
  • Bowl Cut Jr. to his nation: Please gnaw on roots to survive the coming famine

    03/30/2016 11:55:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/16 | Robert Laurie
    Hungry, hungry, hungry. Ahhh North Korea - that glorious land of rice, jungle, James Franco comedies, and possible nuclear weapons. It truly is the kind of paradise that only the twin boogeymen of dictatorship and communism could create. Unless, of course, you get hungry. If you live under the thumb of fearless leader Kim Jong Un, and you’re a human being who requires food to survive, you have a problem. Famine is coming and, while he likes Katy Perry, margaritas, building WMD’s, and threatening the west, Supreme Leader isn’t particularly interested in feeding his people. Special: As the Daily Meal...
  • North Korea warns citizens to prepare for famine

    03/29/2016 10:27:06 AM PDT · by Salgak · 60 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 3/29/2016 | Nash Jenkins
    North Korea instructed the country Monday to brace itself for possible famine and severe economic hardship — but not to despair, because “the road to revolution is long and arduous,” according to an editorial in the state-run newspaper. The article, published in Rodong Sinmun — the print mouthpiece of the North Korean government — comes less than a month after the U.N. Security Council voted in favor of slapping the Hermit Kingdom with tougher sanctions, after the country teased its potential nuclear and military capabilities earlier this year. The editorial stated that hardships to come might evoke another “arduous march”...
  • As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

    02/24/2016 9:03:43 PM PST · by Mr Apple · 56 replies
    YAHOO! News ^ | February 24, 2016 | David McFadden
    ORIANI, Haiti (AP) — Only shriveled carrots and potatoes grow in Carole Joseph's small vegetable plot. The family's chickens are long gone. She sold her only tools to buy food, then the wooden bed she shared with her children. The family now sleeps on the floor of their shack. All that's left to sell are the pots she uses to cook over a fire pit, when there's something to eat.
  • Yellowstone about to blow? Scientists warning over SUPER-VOLCANO that could kill MILLIONS

    01/07/2016 5:06:58 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 131 replies
    EXPRESS ^ | Jan 7, 2016 | JON AUSTIN
    Instances of volcanic eruptions are their highest for 300 years and scientists fear a major one that could kill millions and devastate the planet is a real possibility. Experts at the European Science Foundation said volcanoes - especially super-volcanoes like the one at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, which has a caldera measuring 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km) - pose more threat to Earth and the survival of humans than asteroids, earthquakes, nuclear war and global warming. There are few real contingency plans in place to deal with the ticking time bomb, which they conclude is likely to...
  • Near unanimous UN support for Israel 'an important achievement'

    12/10/2015 4:06:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/15 | Raphael Poch
    In a rare turn of events, Israel received almost unanimous support at the United Nations last week for its proposal to further the dissemination of agricultural and farming technology to developing African nations. Despite of the humanitarian nature of the proposal, it was met with vehement opposition from representatives of Arab nations, including some that will be helped by the proposal. Regardless of the aid the proposal would provide to African countries who are suffering from drought and malnutrition, Arab nations, some of whom sit on the United Nations human rights council, did not vote in favor of the proposal...
  • Maunder Minimum – Petri Dish of Political Change (Climate/Famine/Insurrection)

    07/12/2015 2:23:54 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 14 replies
    Martin Economics ^ | 7-12-15 | Martin Armstrong
    Maunder Minimum – Petri Dish of Political Change Posted on July 12, 2015 by Martin Armstrong Well the Global Warming pretend scientists are desperately trying to keep their funding. Now these con-artists are trying to claim that that it is just the surface water of the oceans that is cooling and the below the water is warming. When they stop driving cars and walk to work or ride a bicycle, then perhaps they are speaking at least what they believe rather than crying the planet is warming and we need to hand them billions of dollars to figure out some...
  • DNA can't explain all inherited biological traits, research shows

    04/03/2015 11:57:35 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4-2-2015 | University of Edinburgh
    Characteristics passed between generations are not decided solely by DNA, but can be brought about by other material in cells, new research shows. Scientists studied proteins found in cells, known as histones, which are not part of the genetic code, but act as spools around which DNA is wound. Histones are known to control whether or not genes are switched on. Researchers found that naturally occurring changes to these proteins, which affect how they control genes, can be sustained from one generation to the next and so influence which traits are passed on. The finding demonstrates for the first time...
  • DNA carries traces of past events meaning poor lifestyle can affect future generations

    06/04/2015 5:37:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 4, 2015 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    Scientists now know that our DNA is being altered all the time by environment, lifestyle and traumatic events. Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle or environmental stress can be passed down to future generations, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered. Previously large studies have shown that devastating events such as famine can scar future generations, making them more prone to obesity and diabetes. However it is the first time that the biological mechanism for the effect has been seen. Although the same genes are passed down through generations, scientists now know that our DNA is being altered...
  • How The Left Undermined America s Security

    06/07/2002 5:34:00 PM PDT · by vannrox · 11 replies · 678+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | February 18, 2002 | By David Horowitz
    www.frontpagemag.com       Return to normal view How The Left Undermined America’s Security By David Horowitz FrontPageMagazine.com | February 18, 2002     While the nation was having a good laugh at the expense of Florida’s hanging chads and butterfly ballots, Mohammed Atta and Marwan al Shehhi were there, in Florida, learning to drive commercial jetliners [and ram them into the World Trade Center towers]. It will take a novelist to paint that broad canvas properly. It will take some deep political thinking to understand how the lackadaisical attitude toward government and the world helped leave the country so unready for...
  • Rationed Food and Purposeful Starvation

    03/25/2014 10:02:17 PM PDT · by No One Special · 76 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 28, 2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I remember our daily food always coming from a long, long line at the end of which was a loaf of bread, a liter of milk, a stick of butter, a bottle of murky cooking oil, or a kilo of bones with traces of meat and fat on them. [...] If we wanted to eat, we learned at a very young age that we had to stand in long lines every day, often in bitter cold at 4 a.m. in hopes that the store would not run out of bread or milk by the time we made it to the...
  • African Leaders: Ebola Could Lead to Food Crisis

    10/16/2014 7:43:58 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 9 replies
    News24 ^ | Oct 16, 2014
    African Leaders: Ebola Could Lead to Food Crisis Des Moines - Financial aid and global co-ordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations at the centre of the Ebola epidemic said on Wednesday. In Sierra Leone, where thousands are infected and more than 900 have died, 40% of the nation's farmers have abandoned their fields, said Joseph Sam Sesay, minister of agriculture, forestry and food security. The region of the country that grows coffee and cocoa beans has been struck hard by Ebola. About 90% of agricultural...
  • The Number Of Volcanic Eruptions Is Increasing And That Could Lead To An Extremely Cold Winter

    09/19/2014 3:51:07 PM PDT · by blam · 71 replies
    TEC ^ | 9-16-2014 | Michael Snyder
    By Michael Snyder, on September 16th, 2014Volcanic Eruption The number of volcanoes that are erupting continues to rise, and scientists cannot seem to explain why this is happening. In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we have ever seen in a single year, and this increased activity has carried over into 2014. In recent months, we have seen major volcanoes roar to life in Russia, Peru, Hawaii, Reunion Island, Indonesia, and all over Alaska. It is highly unusual for so many volcanoes to all be erupting at the same time. According to Volcano Discovery, a whopping 34...
  • JOHNSON: Obesity ‘epidemic’: It’s no big, fat deal

    06/15/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Drew Johnson
    A British medical journal announced a finding last month that might be the best news in the history of the world: Nearly one out of three people in the world is overweight. Members of the media responded to this thrilling discovery by lamenting the globe’s growing waistline. Pundits rushed to condemn widespread access to inexpensive food. Everyone seemed so excited to attack obesity that no one noticed the report’s incredible story of human achievement and hope. Throughout history, malnutrition and hunger-related health issues have killed more people than any other cause. Over the course of the past half-century, however, the...
  • Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food

    02/24/2014 5:59:29 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 2-24-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food Matthew BoeslerFeb. 24, 2014, 8:28 PM Renaissance Macro Research, Congressional Research Service This chart plots the share of household income in a given country spent on food against the level of household income in that country. Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro, warns that rising food prices may serve as an additional economic headwind to some of the emerging markets in the top-left region of the chart (India, China, Indonesia, and Nigeria, to name a few). "Food prices are climbing for a range of items including cattle,...
  • Merry Christmas, Comrades

    12/25/2013 6:58:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2013 | John Ransom
    <p>You are hereby notified that there is an official embargo on your comments in the email and hate mail columns effective with this notice. You recent offerings have been so obtuse, so off-topic, so unintelligible that even Jay Carney, White House Press Jester could only shrug when I asked him to translate.</p>
  • Ukraine’s Genocide by Famine

    11/09/2013 5:53:14 PM PST · by Dqban22 · 29 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ON LINE ^ | 11/9/2013 | ALEC TORRES
    STALIN - UKRAINE'S GENOCIDE BY FAMINE Eighty years later, there’s no denying the Soviet atrocity. By Alec Torres NRO 11/9/2013 ‘We went to a field. We had nothing to eat. Everything was taken from us. So my mother decided we would go to the field, find some half-frozen potatoes, some kind of vegetables, to make a soup. At that time the Soviet Union was teaching people to report on each other, to spy on each other. Somebody saw that we came with some vegetables, half-frozen, and they arrested my mother. That was the last time I saw her.” So Eugenia...
  • History Rhymes: ObamaCare Website and the Ukrainian Wheat Farmers

    10/14/2013 8:25:59 AM PDT · by GraceG · 13 replies
    http://www.barnhardt.biz ^ | 10/11/2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    The fact that the ObamaCare website is a complete clusterbungle that is totally inoperative is 100% INTENTIONAL. It was designed to cause denial of service attacks on ITSELF, people. Come on. Wake up. This isn’t difficult. This reminds me exactly of the Ukraine under Stalin in the early 1930s. The Ukraine is the breadbasket of eastern Europe. Tremendous farming and wheat production was centered in the Ukraine. Under Lenin, and then Stalin, all farms and food production were seized and controlled by the state. The Soviets hated the Ukrainians and wanted them all dead. All of them. So here’s what...
  • Researchers Have Finally Solved The Mystery Of The Irish Potato Famine

    05/24/2013 9:45:13 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    http://www.livescience.com ^ | 5-24-2013 | Denise Chow
    Researchers Have Finally Solved The Mystery Of The Irish Potato Famine Denise Chow, LiveScience May 24, 2013, 12:03 PM The Irish potato famine that caused mass starvation and approximately 1 million deaths in the mid-19th century was triggered by a newly identified strain of potato blight that has been christened "HERB-1," according to a new study. An international team of molecular biologists studied the historical spread of Phytophthora infestans, a funguslike organism that devastated potato crops and led to the famine in Ireland. The precise strain of the pathogen that caused the devastating outbreak, which lasted from 1845 to 1852,...
  • APNewsBreak: Report: 260,000 died in Somali famine

    04/29/2013 12:06:38 PM PDT · by LucyT · 15 replies
    Town Hall News ^ | | Apr 29, 2013 | AP Staff
    The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them age 5 and under, according to a new report to be published this week that more than doubles previous death toll estimates, officials told The Associated Press. The aid community believes that tens of thousands of people died needlessly because the international community was slow to respond to early signs of approaching hunger in East Africa in late 2010 and early 2011. The toll was also exacerbated by extremist militants from al-Shabab who banned food aid deliveries to the areas of south-central Somalia that they controlled. Quicker action...
  • The Scattering - an epic story of Ireland's Great Famine

    02/27/2013 6:57:58 PM PST · by Felis demulcta mitis · 30 replies
    The Scattering Project ^ | March 1, 2002 | patrick monaghan
    The Scattering is based on the book "Because They Never Do" by Patrick Erin Monaghan. This upcoming film will tell the untold, haunting love story of a young Irish couple who endure the horrors of the Great Irish Famine. This Part 1 of a 5 part series to bring to bring to life the true story of the Great Irish Famine through the eyes of a young couple - Michael and Mary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c4IwVV7gufU
  • Yang Jisheng: The man who discovered 36 million dead

    11/26/2012 3:53:26 PM PST · by BlueDragon · 29 replies
    BBC News World ^ | 20 November 2012 | Raul Mason
    In the era whose secret he uncovered, a journalist's office would have looked just like the one where Yang Jisheng works now. The tiled floor, the grimy window panes, the desk piled two feet high with papers, envelopes and books. The Mao-era radiators. The cigarette ash and the dust. Under Mao Zedong, Yang's good fortune was to find a job as a reporter with China's state-run Xinhua news agency. His misfortune had been to see his father die of hunger in 1961, at the height of the famine that killed an estimated 36 million people: "When my dad died, I...
  • Droughts cut Europe's food output, raise fire risks

    08/20/2012 5:48:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 August 2012
    Droughts in southern and eastern Europe are contributing to the global decline in grain production while also elevating concern about the long-term impact on freshwater supplies. The European Commission, which has declared 2012 the Year of Water, is preparing a review some of Europe’s water legislation partly with climate change and extreme weather events in mind.Food security and how the EU safeguards its liquid resources are among the topics due to be discussed during World Water Week events that begin in Stockholm on 26 August. The UN Food and Agricultural Organization reports that food prices rose 6% overall in July,...
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation – a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • World braced for new food crisis

    07/20/2012 7:24:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Financial Times ^ | July 19, 2012 | Jack Farchy and Gregory Meyer
    The world is facing a new food crisis as the worst US drought in more than 50 years pushes agricultural commodity prices to record highs. Corn and soyabean prices surged to record highs on Thursday, surpassing the peaks of the 2007-08 crisis that sparked food riots in more than 30 countries. Wheat prices are not yet at record levels but have rallied more than 50 per cent in five weeks, exceeding prices reached in the wake of Russia’s 2010 export ban. The drought in the US, which supplies nearly half the world’s exports of corn and much of its soyabeans...
  • North Korea facing worst drought in 100 years

    06/27/2012 7:09:27 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 51 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 June 2012 | Staff
    North Korean soldiers have been dispatched to water crops that are withering in the worst drought to affect the country in more than a century, with the United Nations warning that yields for staples such as wheat, barley and potatoes will inevitably be affected. The state-run KCNA news agency said temperatures have been as much as eight degrees higher than usual for May and June and, combined with historically low levels of precipitation, have left rice paddies dried and cracked. The maize crop stands a mere 15 inches tall in many places in North and South Hwanghae provinces, instead of...
  • A Tennessee Fireman's Solution to Climate Change (let's make the deniers pay)

    04/23/2012 10:12:40 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | 19 April 2012 | Steve Zwick
    Let’s take a page from those Tennessee firemen we heard about a few times last year – the ones who stood idly by as houses burned to the ground because their owners had refused to pay a measly $75 fee. We can apply this same logic to climate change. We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn until the innocent are rescued*. Let’s...
  • A Punch To The Mouth – Food Price Volatility Hits The World

    01/05/2012 11:49:48 AM PST · by blam · 1 replies
    Gregor.us ^ | 1-5-2012 | Gregory McDonald
    A Punch To The Mouth – Food Price Volatility Hits The World January 5, 2012Gregory McDonaldPerfect Storms 2011 was an abysmal year for the global insurance industry, which had to cover yet another enormous increase in damages from natural disasters. Unknown to most casual observers is the fact that during the past few decades the frequency of weather-related disasters (floods, fires, storms) has been growing at a much faster pace than geological disasters (such as earthquakes). This spread between the two types of insurable losses has moved so strongly that it prompted Munich Re to note in a late 2010...
  • Food Fight

    12/31/2011 12:12:11 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 4 replies
    World Magazine ^ | December 17, 2011 | Mindy Betz
    Food fight A Korean refrigerator speaks to the falsehoods surrounding famine | Mindy Belz This time of year my refrigerator hums, happily I imagine, with the comings and goings of harvest and feasting—roasts and leftover gravies, cooked squash and potatoes, the summer peppers not eaten by grubs, and the last of the lettuces. How can my family receive such bounty while others go poor and hungry? It's a complex question. Take my refrigerator, a sturdy 22-cubic-foot model made by the LG Corporation of South Korea. The reason I'm able to own an appliance from the Korean Peninsula is that a...
  • Vatican Documents Reveal Stalin's Forced Starvation Plan

    11/18/2011 6:59:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 11/17/11 | Elizabeth Lev
    Book Gives Details of 1932 'Killing by Hunger' in UkraineROME, NOV. 17, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The sober skies and short days of November remind Romans that this is the month to pray for the dead. It seems fitting that this month opened with a presentation of new documents regarding one of the most tragic -- and virtually unacknowledged -- events of the modern age, the Ukrainian Famine. "The Holy See and the Holodomor: Documents from the Vatican Secret Archives on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine" by Father Athanasius McVay and Professor Lubomyr Luciuk was released Oct. 26 with...
  • Farmers already forecasting 2012 losses (Texas)

    11/11/2011 6:31:19 PM PST · by Racehorse · 16 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 11 Nov 2011 | William Pack
    Texas needs rain — and needs it quickly — to keep farmers and ranchers from suffering even bigger losses next year from the drought that already has left them with record-breaking losses this year, producers said Friday while in San Antonio. Corn growers in Texas could encounter even bigger losses in 2012 after seeing output fall by 40 percent this year; and rice plantings, which fell by only 2 percent this year, could be cut nearly in half if more water does not become available soon, officials said. “It could drive us to acreage levels we've probably not seen in...
  • Witnesses to a catastrophe

    10/19/2011 8:52:05 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 20 Oct 2011 | DICK AHLSTROM
    A forgotten Famine burial site inside the grounds of a former workhouse in Kilkenny has yielded the remains of nearly 1,000 people, and a wealth of knowledge about how they lived and how they died. AN GORTA MÓR, the Great Hunger, was a time of terrible human drama as Ireland’s poor struggled to survive the ravages of famine and disease. The chance discovery of a Famine-period burial ground in Kilkenny city now helps to tell their story,... Some one million people died and were buried as conditions and finance allowed, with the poorest ending up in burial grounds used by...
  • Starving thousands forced back into famine (by Islamists)

    09/25/2011 6:11:19 PM PDT · by Righting · 14 replies
    NewsComAu ^ | September 22, 2011
    SOMALIA'S Al-Qaeda linked rebels said today they have begun moving more than 12,000 starving families back into famine zones they had fled, areas where the UN have warned they will die without help.
  • N. Korean claims of famine don’t add up (no surprise)

    09/18/2011 2:30:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    New Strait Times ^ | 09/16/11 | Md Nasrudin Md Akhir and Lee Ee Wern
    N. Korean claims of famine don’t add up 2011/09/16 By Md Nasrudin Md Akhir and Lee Ee Wern Foreign media getting a rare glimpse inside a North Korean marketplace on Friday, where thousands of people were seen exchanging cash for a wide variety of goods. — Reuters picture Foreign media getting a rare glimpse inside a North Korean marketplace on Friday, where thousands of people were seen exchanging cash for a wide variety of goods. — Reuters picture Reports of starvation and food shortages in North Korea are perpetually surfacing with constant appeals for food assistance. MD NASRUDIN MD AKHIR...
  • Islamic Genocide in Somalia (30,000 so far)

    09/06/2011 10:52:34 AM PDT · by Righting · 9 replies
    An Islamist fault famine in Somalia (genocide) - Thousands perished because of Islamists' policies  BBC News - Somali Islamists maintain aid ban and deny famine - Jul 22, 2011 - Somalia's al-Shabab Islamists have denied lifting their ban on some Western aid agencies and say UN reports of famine are "sheer propaganda".The UN on Wednesday said that parts of Somalia were suffering a famine after the worst drought in 60 years.A spokesman for al-Shabab, which has ties to al-Qaeda and controls much of the country, accused the banned groups of being political.But the UN insists famine exists and it will continue...
  • Al-Qaeda Affiliate, not Famine, is Responsible for Somalian Genocide

    09/05/2011 5:08:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2011 | Rachel Alexander
    Somalia is in the midst of a famine, suffering from the worst drought in 60 years. 29,000 Somali children have died within the past three months, and 100,000 Somalis are expected to die in the next few weeks. The al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab has destroyed the country, taking over much of the southern part of the country where it has imposed a strict version of Sharia law. The Taliban-like organization refuses to allow humanitarian organizations associated with the West to provide aid to the starving people. Al-Shabab expelled the U.N.’s World Food Programme, which had provided the bulk of the aid,...
  • White House announces $105 million in Africa aid

    08/08/2011 6:47:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. White House press secretary Jay Carney says the money will help provide food, shelter, water, and sanitation and health services to those in need.
  • El Nino, La Nina, Climate Change and the Horrific Drought in Somalia

    08/06/2011 10:21:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    ecocentric.blogs.time.com ^ | 4 Aug 2011 | Bryan Walsh
    As I write this, Somalia is suffering its worst drought in 60 years. The lack of rain—combined with civil unrest and political interference from the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group—has produced catastrophic results. Yesterday Nancy Linborg, an official with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told a Congressional committee that more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 had died over the past three months in Somalia, thanks to the famine. If conditions worsen—and there's little reason to expected that they won't—upwards to 800,000 children may die of hunger and other causes. The violent political situation on the ground...
  • The shocking reality of the Somalian famine

    08/01/2011 12:11:25 AM PDT · by americanophile · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2011 | Brian Carroll
    They call it Bula Bakti, the Carcass Dump. Here, in 37-degree heat, we help to dig a grave for Osman, a seven-month old boy, who died of starvation in his mother’s arms the previous night. It is 12.45pm on Saturday, and before Osman’s body is committed to the earth, his mother brings us to her home — a hut made from tree branches tied together into a dome and covered with bits of plastic for a roof. Osman’s body lays on the mud floor; his mother, Mumini Ibrahim, sitting beside it, with Osman’s twin sister Kadida nestled against her breast....
  • North Korea faces famine: 'Tell the world we are starving'

    07/16/2011 6:57:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 81 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07/16/11 | Peter Foster
    North Korea faces famine: 'Tell the world we are starving' More than a decade after North Korea was struck by a famine that killed up to a million people, the country's poorest are once again facing starvation, reports Peter Foster in Yanji By Peter Foster, Yanji 7:00PM BST 16 Jul 2011 It was an ice-cold day in the North Korean border town of Musan when a small crowd gathered round what looked like a bundle of rags on the platform of the railway station. "I went up to see what they were looking at," recalled 63-year-old Lee Sun Ok, a...
  • G-20 announces measures to stabilize food prices

    06/23/2011 12:00:21 PM PDT · by EBH · 37 replies
    yahoo/ap ^ | 6/23/11 | PAUL SCHEMM
    World Bank President Robert Zoellick appeared at the ministers' side during the news conference to express his support for the new measures and the seriousness of price swings. "We are not going to be able to stop food prices from going up and down, but we can smooth out the swings and we can protect the poor whether they are small farmers or consumers," he said. One of the key aspects of the new accord is the Agricultural Market Information System that would stave off panic food speculation by making instantly available to all countries the state of world food...
  • Trawling giant shuts down, blames ( Government ) bureaucrats

    04/06/2011 12:58:11 PM PDT · by Leisler · 16 replies
    South Coast Today ( Massachusetts ) ^ | April 06, 201 | DON CUDDY
    A New Bedford fishing company, one of the largest open-sea operations in the U.S., has abruptly closed its doors, claiming it can no longer operate profitably in the face of excessive fishery management regulation. The Northern Pelagic Group, which targets herring and mackerel, has shuttered its well-known plant on Fish Island, laid off all but one of its 120 employees and tied up its two boats, the Northern Explorer and the Dona Martita. "One of the boats is going back to the West Coast, and I don't know what's going to happen to the other one," said Eoin Rochford, NORPEL's...
  • The Real Crisis That Will Soon Hit the US

    02/19/2011 6:13:52 AM PST · by HangnJudge · 183 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2/18/11 | Phoenix Capital Research
    Forget stocks, the real crisis is coming… and it’s coming fast.   Indeed, it first hit in 2008 though it was almost entirely off the radar of the American public. While all eyes were glued to the carnage in the stock market and brokerage account balances, a far more serious crisis began to unfold rocking 30 countries around the globe.   I’m talking about food shortages.   Aside from a few rice shortages that were induced by export restrictions in Asia, food received little or no coverage from the financial media in 2008. Yet, food shortages started riots in over...
  • Food Fight: Will the Federal Government Control Our Food?

    12/30/2010 8:29:09 AM PST · by opentalk · 35 replies · 58+ views
    Big Government ^ | December 30, 2010 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Amidst the hustle and bustle of the “lame duck” Congress, another law was passed that didn’t quite get the same media coverage as the Bush tax extension “package,” the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the new START treaty. The Food Safety Modernization Act was not steeped in the same level of popular controversy as these other pieces of legislation. Nevertheless, its passage may affect our daily lives even more than these, and in a rather stealth manner. Yes, the week before Christmas, the 111th Congress of the United States gave Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services...