Re: Falta Mundial de Alimentos
- From: "Erlio" <erlio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:25:45 -0600
"tschmidtundert" <T.Schmidt.Teddy@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:21ddc4a3-0506-4875-a50d-0c8385f69fcc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
La actual falta de alimentos es mundial. Lo que dicen de Venezuela
está ocurriendo en todas partes. Donde yo vivo los alimentos han
subido de precio en mas de 100%. Yo creía que era algo local, porque
aquí importamos de todas partes, desde Chile hasta la China y con le
dólar cayendo, podría ser simple inflación, pero la verdad es
aterradora. Espero que algunos de los que viven en los EE.UU. cuenten
de sus experiencias. Este "cut and paste" viene de Rusia.
**Revolution of the hungry is in store for many countries **
From rice in Ecuador, quark in Germany to croissants in France: food
prices are constantly souring up in the whole world. The poorest
strata of population suffer most of all. The prosperity of the golden
billion is threatened by revolts of the hungry.
Extremities of nature, topmost prices of oil, as well as rapid-growing
demand in China and India are the major reasons for record high leaps
in food prices. The poverty-stricken suffer not only in developing,
but in developed countries as well.
Thirty-year-old Haitian worker Eugene Thermilon can no longer support
his wife and four children. Prices of noodles doubled. Two corn jars
were their only meal for a day. The fact that people like Thermilon
cannot afford food any more oppresses Fabiola Duran Estime. The 31-
year-old woman sells food, but now she has lost her clients. For she
barely earns any money, her daughter can no longer attend the
kindergarten, because she cannot afford the $13 monthly tuition. "This
population has nothing to do but to confine themselves in food," said
Abdolreza Abbassian, economist of the UN Food and Agricultural
organization (FAO). "It is a cruel, but true scenario," he underlined.
Prices are expected to stabilize in the long term, but within the next
decade prices will tend to increase, according to preliminary FAO
projections. Topmost prices of oil will push up prices of everything
from fertilizers to transport to food processing. Besides, in fast-
growing economies like China and India the demand for meat and dairy
In most countries staples are getting more expensive. For example, in
Egypt prices of bread have risen 35 percent and prices of cooking oil
have become four times more expensive.
As a result of strong protests, the government should end food
subsidies and replace them with cash payouts to the needy. "The
revolution of the hungry is in the offing," said Mohammed el-Askalani
of Citizens Against the High Cost of Living protest group.
In China growing prices are both a curse and a blessing. Per capita
meat consumption has increased 150 percent since 1980. The price of
pork has jumped 58 percent in the past year; however there are crowds
of customers in the Zhou Jian every morning.
Products urge inflation
The main problem is imbalance of demand and supply, said Jing Ulrich
of the US JP Morgan bank. "Demand is great, but supply is constrained.
It is as plain as day." Chinese Prime-minister Wen Jiabao called
fighting inflation a high economic and political priority. In January
consumer prices increased 7.1 percent. It is the highest inflation in
11 years. Profiteers boosted prices by 18.2 percent.
High prices of oil sent up not only costs of food production. It also
made most countries switch to biofuel, which means rising prices of
corn, sugar and soy beans for many years to come.
Japanese can feel the stiffening situation when they buy mayonnaise
and miso chiefly made of soy bean paste. Both products are important
culinary ingredients. Mayonnaise has risen about ten percent in two
months, said cook Daishi Inoue. "If prices keep going up, we will have
to raise our prices as well."
Italians eat at least 30 kilograms of pasta per capita annually. In
September middle-class citizens organized a symbolic pasta-boycott to
oppose growing prices. Indeed, in the next two months prices dropped
While in past decades subsidies enabled exporting countries to hold
large corn supplies, liberalization of world trade lowered these
reserves considerably. Moreover, agricultural production became more
responsive to market development. Prices can be also influenced by bad
weather and crop failure. For instance, a drought in Australia and
flooding in Argentina sent the price of butter in France soaring 37
percent from 2006 to 2007. Gourmets can feel that when they order
snail dishes prepared in butter. Prices of croissants and well-known
Pain au Chocolat also went up.
"We need a response on a large scale, either the regional or
international level," argued Brian Halweil of the environmental
research organization Worldwatch Institute. Further still, all
civilized countries are involved in world food trade. "This is a
global crisis," Halweil concluded.
Por lo general, la gente con dinero son los últimos en pasar hambre,
porque tienen con qué pagar los exhorbitantes precios causados por la
escasez. Pero tarde o temprano no importan los precios cuando no hay
dónde comprar. Igual sucedió en Alemania durante la Segunda Guerra
Mundial, aunque fue articial, los gringos preferían botar la comida en
lugar de enviarla a su derrotado enemigo. Un millón de prisoneros
alemanes, muchos de ellos niños, murieron. También en las ciudades los
viejitos mal alimentados morían de cualqueir cosa (así perdí mi
abuelita en Berlín). Cuando los gringos comenzaron a enviar alimentos,
los rusos de Stalin bloquearon a Berlín para que no recibieran
alimentos, solo llegaba por aviones y muchos gringos murieron en
accidentes aéreos tratando de ayudar a us antiguos enemigos. Hay
monumentos a erigidos en honor al "Puente Aéreo".
P.S.  Para cualquier país los alimentos son una prioridad absoluta.
P.S.  La única cosa buena es que junto con los pobres, se van a
morir de hambre los ricos, va a ser una hambruna muy democrática.
Hasta acapardores y ganaderos, terrratenientes y militares, curas y
La carne humana se puede comer, ¿no?
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