OpinionThe current economic crisis shouldn't make governments forget about the still ongoing food crisis
      – BorgClown, 2008-10-14 at 17:41:06   (4 comments)

On 2008-10-14 at 17:45:27, BorgClown wrote...
Saving banks and financial institutions is fine, but they shouldn't forget the basics. The agricultural budget and aid mustn't be neglected.
On 2008-10-14 at 17:55:20, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Don't forget climate change. And overpopulation, of course.
On 2008-10-14 at 21:11:19, BorgClown wrote...
Those are important too, but we were in the middle of a food shortage (in other countries) when this recession stroke. In certain regions of Southamerica people have much less money to survive, and the biofuel initiative made them poorer because grains are scarcer. Here we haven't felt the shortage, but in Spain I've been told that some imported foods are becoming rarer. In Japan happens the same. I suppose the more your economy depends on imported food, the sooner you'll notice it.
On 2008-10-14 at 22:10:41, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Right, imported food is particularly important for those countries with less of their own water - there's that whole virtual water concept. Biofuels are a complete joke - some are okay, but the rest are just money-making schemes that have nothing to do with carbon reduction... indeed, many make it worse.