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  • Bill Gates vs. the Famine Lobby

    10/30/2009 11:36:30 AM PDT · by fpmadmin · 4 replies · 332+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 10/30/09 | Ben Johnson
    Bill Gates took on the Famine Lobby while addressing a forum on the world food supply in Iowa. Speaking at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Gates took aim at the chorus of environmental leftists and organic food advocates who believe Africans should starve rather than eat genetically modified (GM) foods. “Some voices are instantly hostile to any emphasis on productivity. They act as if there is no emergency, even though in the poorest, hungriest places on earth, population is growing faster than productivity,” he said.
  • N. Korea: Hell on Earth

    10/24/2009 9:44:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1,214+ views
    Economist ^ | 10/22/09
    Hell on Earth Oct 22nd 2009 The West still turns a blind eye to the world's most brutal and systematic abuse of human rights A SPRAWLING encampment of think-tankers, academics, hacks and policymakers earns a living outside North Korea’s walls. They pick over its nuclear intentions and the prospects for the diplomatic dance known as the six-party process, which is meant to persuade North Korea to give up its nukes for cash and security guarantees. The encampment needs something to live on. Since North Korea declared the six-party talks dead in the spring, scraps have been meagre. So the North’s...
  • The New Scientist? (30 years after losing the bet to Julian Simon, Paul Ehrlich is at it again)

    10/04/2009 5:19:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 973+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 10/3/2009 | Allan Nadel
    I enjoy my subscription to The New Scientist in large part for seeing to what lengths they are willing to go to support global warming orthodoxy. This week's issue, for example, describes a hitherto unobserved and completely unexplained phenomenon involving sudden changes in the temperature of the stratosphere associated with agitation of the wind speed and direction of the ionosphere: No process known to atmospheric physics would allow a specific local phenomenon like the stratwarm to propagate all the way from the stratosphere above the North Pole to the ionosphere above the equator...Some speculate that this trend is a product...
  • Hunger in Guatemala

    09/09/2009 9:04:04 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 503+ views
    NotiUno.com (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | September 9, 2009 | News Desk
    (English-language translation) Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a state of "public calamity" as a measure to face the food and nutrition crisis that affects 54,000 families and has claimed the lives of some 25 children. The declaration will allow the Guatemalan government to accept international aid for these cases and to mobilize resources from the national budget more promptly, according to the president's official address to the nation. "I have decided to use the public-order law and declare a state of public calamity throughout the entire national territory, since the consequences of food and nutritional insufficiency will affect not only...
  • HR2749 The Food and Safety Enhancement Act coming up for VOTE in SENATE. BEWARE THE RESULTS!

    09/03/2009 7:09:51 PM PDT · by Kackikat · 131 replies · 3,923+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/04/09 | kackikat
    According to Gunny G Online: “This astounding control will include the elimination of organic farming by eliminating manure, mandating GMO animal feed, imposing animal drugs, and ordering applications of petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides. Farmers, thus, will be locked not only into the industrialization of once normal and organic farms but into the forced purchase of industry’s products.” HR 2749 creates severe criminal and civil penalties, including prison terms of up to 10 years and/or fines of up to $100,000 for each violation. Does it include judicial review, Congressional oversight, a defined and limited set of penalties and punishments for a...
  • India To Go Hungry; Invest In Agricultural Food?

    08/25/2009 10:17:14 AM PDT · by h20skier66 · 5 replies · 418+ views
    Commodity News Center ^ | 8/25/09 | Ned Schmidt
    Years have passed since investors seemed to pay attention to anything other than the latest short-term, but irrelevant, number of the day. Perhaps the ESPN approach being applied to business news is part of the reason for that. What might happen next week or next year seems of little concern. However, next week and next year have a habit of becoming today over time. Sometimes though, short-term events, being largely ignored, unveil longer term developments. One of those might be the drought currently ravaging India’s farmers. Summer monsoons provide more than half of the rainfall in much of India. Indian...
  • Views of the coming collapse?

    08/14/2009 7:21:40 AM PDT · by HogsBreath · 27 replies · 2,434+ views
    The Moderate Voice ^ | 8-2-09 | ROBIN KOERNER
    Anyone with an active interest in economics, or with the kind of bank account and job that causes them to read the Wall Street Journal should by now have a very good sense of what is coming down the pipe in the USA. Most of the rest of the world – especially the Chinese – seem to have a very good sense of it. While it is true that the USA is full of ingenious and enterprising people, and so probably won’t go up in a puff of smoke, it may soon be over in its current incarnation. And here’s...
  • Edible weeds

    02/14/2009 10:03:07 AM PST · by djf · 246 replies · 10,331+ views
    ongoing
    I have decided to start a thread focusing on edible weeds. Many of the common plants we see everyday are edible, and while most are not hugely palatable or nutritious, a few are truly very good. If you would like to post a recipe, please post recipes related to these plants only. As always, an extreme amount of caution is advised. It's probably true that 90 percent or so of plants are actually edible, there is a small percentage that if you eat them, you WON'T have to worry about eating again! Oleander comes to mind, it would take less...
  • Gerald Celente: Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012

    11/14/2008 10:07:38 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 354 replies · 21,518+ views
    Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012...Trend forecaster, renowned for being accurate in the past, saysThe man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012. Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting fut ure world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox...
  • Czar 54, Who Are You?

    07/20/2009 5:38:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,168+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 20, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: Our new science czar, John Holdren, once backed compulsory sterilization and forced abortion as part of a government population-control program. The only thing missing was a Soylent Green recipe.In April, President Obama declared that "the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over." In everything from stem cell research to climate change and energy policy, reason and science would triumph. The problem is that what the Obama administration considers science, as exemplified by the choice of Holdren, is troubling. In a recently rediscovered 1977 book, "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment," co-authored with doomsters Paul and Anne Ehrlich,...
  • Global food supply is a growing problem

    06/08/2008 5:19:22 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 30 replies · 155+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 8, 2008 | James Hall
    Food riots. Scores of panicked people protesting, burning effigies and chanting. Shops being ransacked, supplies running out as soon as they come in, and stricken communities stockpiling rice, bread and water for fear of going without. These have happened in Haiti and Egypt in recent months as the price of scarce food has soared. But what if they happened on the streets of Bromley? Or Newcastle? Or Bath? As bizarre as this might seem, the prospect of UK food shortages has started to be taken seriously by food manufacturers and retailers. The global food shortage has raced to the top...
  • A 'time bomb' for world wheat crop.....

    06/26/2009 11:29:28 AM PDT · by TaraP · 124 replies · 2,424+ views
    L.A Times ^ | June 26th, 2009
    The Ug99 fungus, called stem rust, could wipe out more than 80% of the world's wheat as it spreads from Africa, scientists fear. The race is on to breed resistant plants before it reaches the U.S. The spores arrived from Kenya on dried, infected leaves ensconced in layers of envelopes. Working inside a bio-secure greenhouse outfitted with motion detectors and surveillance cameras, government scientists at the Cereal Disease Laboratory in St. Paul, Minn., suspended the fungal spores in a light mineral oil and sprayed them onto thousands of healthy wheat plants. After two weeks, the stalks were covered with deadly...
  • Fungus threatens wheat around world

    06/15/2009 12:29:12 PM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 28 replies · 742+ views
    UPI ^ | 14 June 2009 | No Byline
    Scientists are trying to develop wheat strains resistant to a fungus that has spread from Africa to Iran and is likely to show up soon in India and Pakistan. The Ug99 fungus, also known as stem rust, is likely to spread worldwide, either through wind-blown spores or carried inadvertently by people, food industry analysts said. "It's a time bomb," Jim Peterson, an expert on wheat genetics at Oregon State University in Corvallis, told the Los Angeles Times. "It moves in the air, it can move in clothing on an airplane. We know it's going to be here. It's a matter...
  • Obama’s Plan To Destroy America’s Farms Moving Full Steam Ahead

    06/13/2009 8:23:19 PM PDT · by blueyon · 42 replies · 1,879+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | June 2009 | Michael Eden
    The goal seems to be nothing short of eradicating American farms and self-sustainability. Even DEMOCRATS are opposing the Obama Energy Bill. Climate change legislation will be utterly devastating for American farmers. Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) of the House Agriculture Committee says that not only will he not vote for it, but no one else on his committee will support it either. The bill would increase the cost of everything that farmers depend on, such as diesel fuel, gasoline, fertilizers, pesticides, and a host of other things. It would raise taxes on energy by $846 billion over the next ten years....
  • World Food Supply Threatened

    05/27/2009 9:51:14 PM PDT · by UncleSamBO=USSA · 26 replies · 1,303+ views
    Research Capital ^ | May 13, 2009 | Research Capital
    Changes in the sun is shortening growing season while credit crunch leaves farmers unable to purchase fertilizer at a time when world food supplies are at all time lows. Crop failures around the world are snowballing into a dangerous climax that may lead to social unrest and famine. Suggest reading entire article and links within it. Very scary... and this is happening... it is not conjecture. A mini ice age may be on the way because of sunspot cycles and already existing empty grain, coffee, et al silos.
  • Global Warming Is Manageable -- if We're Smart (interview of Bjorn Lomborg)

    05/16/2009 5:37:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 1,508+ views
    Barron's ^ | May 18, 2009 | Gene Epstein
    Barron's: Bjorn, what do you think will be the outcome of the negotiations to curb global warming this December? Lomborg: The participating nations will again agree to spend quite a bit of money to cut carbon emissions and again achieve virtually nothing. We already tried that twice -- in Rio in 1992, and in Kyoto in 1997. Both of these treaties failed. We will see a lot of posturing, but presumably this isn't about having a lot of environmental ministries or even presidents and prime ministers come out and claim credit for making costly commitments that we won't be able...
  • Confirmed: The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real

    04/13/2009 10:02:53 PM PDT · by ebiskit · 527 replies · 26,992+ views
    http://michellemalkin.com ^ | April 14, 2009 12:01 AM | Michelle Malkin
    Yesterday, Roger Hedgecock and the Liberty Papers posted an unclassified DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis report titled:Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.The “report” was one of the most embarrassingly shoddy pieces of propaganda I’d ever read out of DHS. I couldn’t believe it was real.I spent the day chasing down DHS spokespeople, who have been tied up preparing for a very important homeland security event later today: The First Lady is coming to visit their Washington office. Priorities, you know.Well, the press office got back to me and verified that the document...
  • Famine & War

    04/07/2009 7:16:33 AM PDT · by MattAMatt · 6 replies · 636+ views
    04/07/2009 | Matthew Council
    If we don't rise up and stop this Joker now, we will be in a depression, close to famine and at war with China, Russia, Syria & Iran by 2012. The Axis of Evil is going to wait for the Cap n Trade to cause our agriculture sector to grow for fuel or not at all and then China (through Venezuela), after it stops importing to the US, will force Brazil (Third Largest Exporter in the World) & Other Central/South American Countries to stop exporting to the US (20% of total distribution). The damage of removing Farm Subsidies coupled with...
  • HR 875 The food police, criminalizing organic farming and the backyard gardener, and violation of th

    03/26/2009 12:30:22 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 65 replies · 2,984+ views
    HR 875 The food police, criminalizing organic farming and the backyard gardener, and violation of the 10th amendment This bill is sitting in committee and I am not sure when it is going to hit the floor.  One thing I do know is that very few of the Representatives have read it.  As usual they will vote on this based on what someone else is saying.  Urge your members to read the legislation and ask for opposition to this devastating legislation.  Devastating for everyday folks but great for factory farming ops like Monsanto, ADM, Sodexo and Tyson to name a...
  • N. Korea disputes military recruit claims(unfit recruits brain-damaged by famine)

    02/11/2009 8:19:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 583+ views
    UPI ^ | 01/25/09
    N. Korea disputes military recruit claims Published: Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:01 AM PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- North Korea says U.S. claims that many of its potential military recruits are unfit for service is a "cock-and-bull story." A recent U.S. National Intelligence Commission report claiming that 1990s famines in the North have rendered many potential soldiers born during the period with "cognitive deficiencies" drew an angry official response from Pyongyang Saturday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. "They floated the cock-and-bull story," said an official statement broadcast by the official Korean Central News Agency. "It is an...
  • Crunch time for carrots as EU bans pesticides

    01/13/2009 10:00:14 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 824+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/14/2008 | David Charter
    Brussels A ban on pesticides agreed by the European Parliament could make vegetable production impossible and result in a dramatic drop of wheat yields, farmers have said. The National Farmers’ Union said growing carrots, parsnips and onions would be more difficult because the herbicides that MEPs voted to phase out killed weeds that affect these crops. A total of 22 substances will be banned over the next decade as part of an EU plan to remove chemicals that are thought to pose risks to human health and damage water quality. Fears have been raised of a 20 per cent reduction...
  • The Famine Of 2009

    12/10/2008 8:37:36 PM PST · by B-Chan · 29 replies · 1,594+ views
    The Silver Bear Cafe ^ | 2008.12.08 | Johnny Silver Bear
    Last week I received a very concerned call from South Dakota farmer and agronomist Bryan Lutter. "Neal, we're out of propane!" I figured this was personal distress – he and his family farm over three square miles of land and I know this has been a tough year for many people. He promptly corrected my misconception when I tried to console him. "No, everybody is out, all three grain elevators, we can't get fuel for the bins, and we're coming in real wet this year." There are equally dramatic issues due to the bankruptcy of Verasun and the apparent insolvency...
  • Vanity: American famine in during Depression (supposedly)

    12/10/2008 3:50:37 PM PST · by djsherin · 44 replies · 1,489+ views
    10 December 2008 | Me
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFJGr1qYiww For anyone who cares to sit through this video I would be extremely grateful for intelligent responses to the allegations it presents. I've never heard about this supposed Holocaust until I saw this and coming from this guy, I'm not sure I give it much credibility. Still if I would like to be able to refute if it's just garbage but I don't have any information about this subject and preliminary searching isn't coming up with much. If anyone has census statistics, explanations, or general myth debunking of this, it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Somalia nearing a 'total famine' (pirates off the coast get all the coverage, situation dire)

    12/04/2008 11:32:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 909+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12/4/08
    Somalia is in danger of descending into famine while the world's attention is focused on the problem of piracy off its coast, the Red Cross has warned. BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut says agencies like the International Committee of the Red Cross are very wary about using words like famine. The ICRC's Alexandre Liebeskind said the violence had made it almost impossible for aid agencies to operate. About half of Somalia's population is dependent on food aid. Drought, floods and nearly two decades of conflict have driven many into destitution. Alexandre Liebeskind, head of the ICRC in East Africa, says...
  • Pope prays for victims of 1932-33 Ukrainian famine (graphic images)

    11/24/2008 1:53:52 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 690+ views
    CNS ^ | November 24, 2008 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the victims of the 1932-33 "Great Famine" that left millions dead in Ukraine and other parts of the Soviet Union. In an apparent reference to the Soviet policies of collectivization and food confiscation that provoked the famine, the pope condemned ideologically based governmental actions that violate basic human rights. He made the remarks at a noon blessing at the Vatican Nov. 23, at a time when many Ukrainians were commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor, or "death by hunger," the name given to the famine that occurred in the Soviet...
  • Kyiv disappointed by Medvedev's position on Stalin-era famine

    11/23/2008 7:14:21 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 20 replies · 696+ views
    Unian ^ | 19.11.2008
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev`s statement on the Stalin-era famine provoked disappointment in Ukraine, the country`s ambassador to Russia said on Tuesday, RIA Novosti reported. In a letter to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko released by the Kremlin on Friday, the Russian president accused Kyiv of using the Stalin-era famine, known as the Holodomor, to drive a wedge between Ukraine and Russia, and urged efforts to forge a common position on the tragedy. In the letter, Medvedev said Ukraine`s attempts to declare the Holodomor an act of genocide by the Soviet authorities meant he could not attend commemoration events in Kyiv. "Of...
  • Ukraine Remembers Victims of Famine 75 Years Later

    11/22/2008 2:21:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 589+ views
    voanews.com ^ | 22 November 2008 | Emma Stickgold
    Leaders from around the world Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of the famine that the ripped through the Ukraine in the early 1930s, as Ukrainian leaders seek to bring more attention to the plight of the millions who died from hunger. But conspicuously missing from the honoring of Holodomor , or "death by hunger," were leaders from Moscow, who have objected to recent calls for the deaths to be labeled as genocide. Emma Stickgold has this report for VOA in Moscow. The anniversary of Holodomor is traditionally marked in late November, when the food shortages began resulting in the death...
  • NYCLU: Why was Stalin banner removed from school?

    11/14/2008 8:48:43 PM PST · by Nick Thimmesch · 22 replies · 778+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 11-14-08 | MARCUS FRANKLIN
    NEW YORK -- The New York Civil Liberties Union has demanded that city officials explain why they ordered a private art school to remove a banner displaying an image of Josef Stalin. In a letter Thursday to the Department of Buildings, NYCLU executive director Donna Lieberman expressed concern that the banner was taken down from The Cooper Union after some residents of the local Ukrainian community complained that it "seemed to promote" the Soviet dictator on the 75th anniversary of a famine he imposed. The famine, called the Holodomor, killed millions of Ukrainians. The banner was part of an art...
  • Severe famine overtaking Zimbabwe

    10/14/2008 9:23:09 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 94 replies · 1,703+ views
    upi via email no link | 10/14/8
    MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Famine on a scale never before seen in Zimbabwe is quickly and quietly overtaking the country, aid workers said. Emaciated children are dying a rate that is overwhelming rural hospitals and is even spreading to sections of the urban middle classes as a result of an economic catastrophe brought about by President Robert Mugabe's policies, The Times of London reported Tuesday. The newspaper said that an undercover 600-mile journey through Zimababwe's Manicaland province revealed exhausted food reserves and widespread instances of kwashiorkor, marasmus and pellagra -- diseases brought about by hunger. About 5 million...
  • Financial Analyst Warns Gov't Inaction on Economic Crisis Will Lead to 'Mass Starvation'

    10/06/2008 3:53:54 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 101 replies · 1,543+ views
    businessandmedia.org ^ | October 6, 2008 | Lauren O'Reilly
    Despite the “populist uprising” to block the economic bailout, President Bush signed a $700 billion rescue plan Oct. 3. The bailout spurred much debate, including a second dispute between financial analysts Peter Schiff and Stephen Leeb on CNN. CNN’s “Your $$$$$” hosted the heated discussion on Oct. 4. In it, Schiff and Leeb argued about the need for a bailout – which Schiff termed a choice “between freedom and socialism.” In contrast, Leeb referred to it as a choice between inflation and starvation. Delaying a bailout would cause “mass starvation, not just in this country, all over the globe,” according...
  • Would You Pay $190 for a Burger? ($190 Hamburger Makes Its Debut...at Burger King)

    06/18/2008 8:28:59 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 37 replies · 1,144+ views
    ABC News ^ | 06-18-08 | Eliza Browning
    The world's unofficially most-expensive burger made its debut in London today, costing nearly $200 for patrons with enough money to visit the fast food chain that makes it. That's right, the bourgeois burger is made by Burger King. After six months in development, Burger King today launched "The Burger," a limited edition hamburger selling for $190. Chef Mark Dowding, the director of new product development and innovation for the fast food chain, says his creation targets a certain type of consumer. "I call them burger aficionados," said Dowding. But this is Burger King. Are these "aficionados" really frequenting London's fast...
  • UN Official Decries Global Maldistribution of Food

    06/09/2008 3:59:15 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies · 484+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 7 June 2008 | John Semmens
    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Jacques Diouf charged that “Americans grow fat while the world starves” and demanded a “redistribution of food.” The problem stems from capitalism, Diouf said. “Under capitalism, pure greed runs rampant,” he asserted. “Food that should be going to the undernourished poor in the Third World is being sold to obese Americans for profit.” Diouf suggested that world hunger could be ended if food were parceled out based on need. “Everyone should get the food he needs, whether he is able to pay for it or not,” Diouf declared. “Those who are able to...
  • Ethiopia Facing New Famine With 4.5 Million Children In Danger Of Starvation

    06/06/2008 3:15:21 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 167+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-6-2008 | Caroline Gammell
    Ethiopia facing new famine with 4.5 million children in danger of starvation By Caroline Gammell Last Updated: 1:33PM BST 06/06/2008 Ethiopia is facing a new famine as drought and rising food prices threaten starvation for 4.5 million children, aid agencies warned. Children under five are worst affected with more than 75,000 suffering from severe malnutrition and in need of urgent care, according to Unicef. An estimated 3.4 million Ethiopians will need emergency food aid over the next three months while nearly double that figure are at risk of malnutrition. The World Food Programme estimates that £75 million is needed to...
  • The Four Horsemen Approach

    05/08/2008 12:24:04 PM PDT · by sfimom · 32 replies · 259+ views
    News With Views via Millenium Ark ^ | 5/4/2008 | Greg Evensen
    May 4, 2008 By Greg Evensen NewsWithViews.com Hyperbole is not something I engage in for shock value alone and it is definitely not something I enjoy contemplating while discussing our national state of affairs. However, it is becoming more and more commonplace in discussions that deal with the United States and its immediate future. If, as casual readers of current events, you have become aware of the escalating sense of urgency, with the impending multiple world crises, then you are most likely comprehending the current history making events as they unfold. Wars and rumors of war, pestilence, mysterious shakings in...
  • Load Up The Pantry

    05/08/2008 9:59:05 AM PDT · by sfimom · 65 replies · 54+ views
    April 22, 2008 Wall Street Journal I don't want to alarm anybody, but maybe it's time for Americans to start stockpiling food. No, this is not a drill. You've seen the TV footage of food riots in parts of the developing world. Yes, they're a long way away from the U.S. But most foodstuffs operate in a global market. When the cost of wheat soars in Asia, it will do the same here. Reality: Food prices are already rising here much faster than the returns you are likely to get from keeping your money in a bank or money-market fund....
  • Aftermath of a Soviet Famine

    04/26/2008 11:27:15 PM PDT · by Aristotelian · 30 replies · 453+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2008 | Peter Finn
    Ukraine's Pursuit of Genocide Designation Upsets Russians Who Say Others Died, Too MOSCOW -- Relations between Russia and Ukraine, bedeviled by disputes over natural gas supplies and NATO expansion, have lately been roiled by one of the great tragedies of Soviet history: the famine of 1932-33, which left millions dead from starvation and related diseases. Ukraine is seeking international recognition of the famine, which Ukrainians call Holodomor -- or death by hunger -- as an act of genocide. When Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin forced peasants off their homesteads and into collective farms, special military units requisitioned grain and other food...
  • Behind the Run on Rice [Gubmint interference]

    04/25/2008 1:15:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies · 385+ views
    www.businessweek.com ^ | 04/25/2008 | by Pallavi Gogoi
    Despite bumper crops in Vietnam and India, export limits and bans have created a global shortage and driven up prices. At the Costco in San Francisco, rice is all the rage. Not long after the 10 a.m. opening on Apr. 24, the warehouse club was well on its way to selling out the day's supply of Thai jasmine rice. Within an hour, customers cleared three pallets loaded with 50-lb. bags of Super Lucky Elephant brand jasmine rice from Thailand. Real estate broker Mary Jane Galviso snapped up two bags—the limit imposed by this particular store. "This is very frightening," says...
  • Earth Daze, Courtesy Of Al Gore

    04/21/2008 6:32:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 120+ views
    IBD ^ | April 21, 2008
    Shortage: Al Gore sees no climate improvement since he made "An Inconvenient Truth." Actually, things have gotten worse. As the environmentalists celebrate Earth Day, the rush to replace fossil fuels threatens global famine.A week after Tax Day, April 15, we are forced to endure another indignity, Earth Day, April 22. This Earth Day finds the world threatened not by rising sea levels, but by rising food prices. Many on the planet are more likely to starve than drown, and we have only Gore's disciples to blame. In an interview with the British paper The Sun, the jolly green giant whined:...
  • The Fungus That Conquered Europe

    03/19/2008 11:33:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies · 1,617+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 17, 2008 | JOHN READER
    THE feast of Ireland’s patron saint has always been an occasion for saluting the beautiful land “where the praties grow,” but it’s also a time to look again at the disaster that established around the world the Irish communities that today celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: the Great Potato Famine of 1845-6. In its wake, the Irish left the old country, with more than half a million settling in United States. The famine and the migrations changed Irish and American history, of course, but they drastically changed Britain too. Americans may think of the disease that destroyed Ireland’s potato crops, late...
  • 1 million face famine: Plague of rats eats Indian region's entire paddy crop

    03/17/2008 9:52:40 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 79 replies · 3,055+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/17/2008
    SATEEK, India - About a million people in an Indian state are facing famine after a plague of rats ate the region's entire paddy crop, officials and aid agencies said on Monday. Hordes of rats have swept through the forests of Mizoram, feasting on the fruits of wild bamboo, which flower every 48 years. Experts say that the rich protein content of the bamboo fruits increases the rats' reproductive power, and, when they finished off the fruits, the rats turned their attention to farmers' crops. The last time the bamboo flowered was in 1959 -- and the armies of rats...
  • Forget biofuels — we need to concentrate on our daily bread

    03/05/2008 1:20:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 73+ views
    Times of London ^ | 03/05/08 | Steve Hawkes
    March 5, 2008 Forget biofuels — we need to concentrate on our daily bread Steve Hawkes Britain's biggest food producer has called on the Government to free more farmland for growing wheat in an effort to combat spiralling raw material prices. Premier Foods said that further price rises on Hovis, its leading bread brand, and other everyday products were almost inevitable as food companies struggle with unprecedented cost pressures. The warning came yesterday as Premier reported a £73.5 million pre-tax loss for 2007 and almost halved its shareholder dividend. It also revealed a deal with banks that would raise its...
  • A modest proposal for curing a whiny nation (we need a famine)

    02/14/2008 8:24:57 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies · 47+ views
    National Post ^ | February 14, 2008 | Catherine McMillan
    Buried in the community history book of my home town is a quietly remarkable entry for the family of Robert and Margaret Cann. The Cann family moved to southeastern Saskatchewan from Ontario to homestead in 1891. Among the 11 children listed are William Henry (born 1880, died 1898), Iva Louise (born 1890, died 1898), and Dora Alice (born 1894, died 1898). What happened in 1898? As was the custom in previous years, the Canns had sought the relative comfort of "winter camp" in the wooded range of hills north of their farm to wait out the long months of cold...
  • Honor The Ten Million Ukrainians Murdered By The Communists

    11/04/2007 12:41:09 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 70 replies · 196+ views
    Red State ^ | November 4, 2007
    On Saturday November 17th, people from New York and surrounding communities will join in honor of the Ten Million people killed by Joseph Stalin in Ukraine. In 1932-33, Stalin engineered a famine in Ukraine, "Europe's breadbasket." Men, women, and children starved to death. And the New York Times reporter - Walter Durante - announced to the world that a famine was not in full swing though he knew better. British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge played a key role in summugling out reports of the truth , for which he was expelled from the Soviet Union. Robert Conquest has written a sad...
  • North Korea on brink of famine after floods: study(unholy trifecta: Chia Head, flood, famine)

    10/21/2007 7:04:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 60+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/18/07
    North Korea on brink of famine after floods: study Thu Oct 18, 10:23 AM ET Destitute North Korea will likely be pushed into famine due to devastating floods this year that wiped out crops and ruined farm land, a South Korean state-run think-tank said on Thursday. "The North's food inventory has almost hit the bottom, so unless there's an extraordinary measure to stabilize supply, there may be a situation next year similar to the late 1990s," a study by the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) said. Famine in the late 1990s brought about by flooding, drought and years of mismanagement...
  • I escaped North Korea After Famine, Violence

    08/04/2007 7:47:28 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 817+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-5-2007 | Sergey Soukhorukov
    I escaped North Korea after famine, violence By Sergey Soukhorukov in Dandong, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:04am BST 05/08/2007 Like most of her fellow "massage girls" at her brothel in the Chinese city of Dandong, Ban Yong Mee has a smile that is purely for business. On the days it becomes difficult to maintain, she need only remember why she fled here from neighbouring North Korea. "Most of us had absolutely nothing to eat," she said, recalling the famines in the communist state that killed an estimated 300,000 people between 1995 and 1998. "We went to the hills to look...
  • Feasting On Famine

    05/16/2007 10:29:37 AM PDT · by Wuli · 11 replies · 505+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2007 | IBD Editors
    Foreign Aid: The U.S. ships $2 billion in food aid each year to poor countries. Does that make us generous? Well, yes, but not exactly to the poor. In one ravenous boondoggle, most of the aid goes to overhead. President Bush is right to push Congress to reform U.S. aid ahead of this year's Farm Bill. The changes he seeks are few and small, but they'll mean many more people will get fed. The U.S. is the world's largest food donor, handing out 4 million metric tons, or more than half the world's total. Whenever and wherever there's famine, we...
  • The Other Archipelago

    04/21/2007 2:48:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 532+ views
    nysun.com ^ | April 20, 2007 | MARTHA MERCER
    Tens of millions were swept up in the gulag, shipped off to exile, forced labor, and often death. The victims included ethnic minorities and the intelligentsia, but also, less well known, the so-called kulaks. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who documented the Soviet penal system in "The Gulag Archipelago," wrote of the nearly 2 million kulaks deported between 1930 and 1931: "This wave poured forth, sank down into the permafrost, and even our most active minds recall hardly a thing about it." ... As the "resettlement" of the kulaks continued, millions of other "undesirables" joined them in internal exile. Yagoda's "grandiose plan" to...
  • Millions Face Famine As Crop Disease Rages

    04/22/2007 7:10:26 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 732+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-22-2007 | Robin McKie - Xan Rice
    Millions face famine as crop disease rages Scientists say wheat blight that ravaged Africa is set on a course for Asia Robin McKie and Xan Rice Sunday April 22, 2007 The Observer (UK) Scientists say millions of people face starvation following an outbreak of a deadly new strain of crop disease which is spreading across the wheat fields of Africa and Asia. The disease, known as black stem rust, has already destroyed harvests in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Now researchers report that stem rust spores have blown across the Red Sea into the Arabian peninsula and infected wheat fields in...
  • Mugabe's Mess (Africa is a mess and it's not the West's fault)

    03/31/2007 1:04:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 670+ views
    Famine, disease, crumbling infrastructure, poor education, shrinking incomes — these are just a few of Africa's afflictions. And, as Zimbabwe shows, many are self-inflicted. African leaders often point fingers at the West for "not doing enough." But last week's meeting of the Southern African Development Community shows why sensible wealthy nations are reluctant to give aid. For at that meeting, some of Africa's so-called leaders disgraced themselves by endorsing the brutal, murderous regime of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. Mugabe's 27 years of misrule have taken a country that was once prosperous — the breadbasket of Africa, it was called — and...
  • Harvest Of Sorrow

    03/23/2007 1:49:54 PM PDT · by murdoog · 1 replies · 165+ views
    My Blog ^ | March 22,2007 | Me
    I recently finished Robert Conquest's Harvest Of Sorrow. It was not a fun book to read, but it was very informative and hard to put down. The descriptions of the Ukrainian Famine were horrifying and heartrending.One that sticks with me as I write this is of a mother burying her child who had just died of starvation. Russian soldiers accused her of digging a grain pit, so they dug the child up to satisfy their suspicions, and left her to bury him again.