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Global Food Crisis Expands: Project Censored

  censoredProject Censored has identified the dramatic expansion of the global food crisis as one of the Top 25 ‘censored’ stories of 2011.  The food crisis was ranked #4 on the list in terms of its importance and low degree of media coverage 

For over 30 years, Project Censored has examined the coverage of news and information, define ‘modern censorship’ as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in mass media outlets. One way of manipulating reality is to ignore it. That is where Project Censored places its focus. And this year, one story given scant media attention is the global food crisis, something of critical importance to everyone. 

“A new worldwide spike in agricultural commodity and food prices is generating both predictable and extraordinary fallouts,” Project Censored reports. 

“Over the past year, food prices around the world shot sharply upward, surpassing the previous price surge in 2007-2008 to set a new record, as measured by UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization… 

“…The search for causes once again leads to a conjuncture of flawed policies in trade, environment, finance and agriculture that is likely to produce more dangerous volatility in years to come.” 

The land is calling loudly, urgently. Time to respond creatively and intelligently. 

t brandt
12/18/2011 12:44:47 AM

As a precocious kid growing up in the 50s, I'd watch the WWII documentaries on TV and see the people fleeing their villages ahead of the advancing invaders. I asked my Ma how they fed themselves? "Oh, they'd head for the hills," she'd say as if that explained it. That worried me. We lived in Chicago. We had no hills. Where would we go if invaded? Those worries were reinforced as we experienced The Great Snow Storm of 1967. Delivery trucks were unable to replenish supplies for four days as roads were impassable. Sent to the store for bread, I grabbed the last loaf off the shelf as two adults let it sit as they duked it out over rights to it. You don't think a paralyzing chaos could ever develope here? Have you seen the riots over austerity in Europe or by the "Occuppy Mob" here?.....BTW- rising food prices lately are not due to supply/demand problems, but are due to stupid monetary policy. We're printing money we don't have, making each dollar less valuable, meaning one needs more dollars to pay for the same commodities.


nebraska dave
12/16/2011 2:34:50 AM

Steven, I just finished reading "This Organic Life" Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader. It's a book about the way we have become a food consumer people instead of a food grower people. The author is Joan Dye Gussow and she explains the heartbreaks of being a suburban gardener and comes to the conclusion that a high percentage of folks can now grow enough food to sustain their food existence. She spent most of her life just north of New York city in the suburbs. It's sad to think that we as a society have become dependent on large commercial growers to feed us. She also exposes the fact that these growers can not continue to consume the fossil fuels it takes to continue this life extravagant life dance with food that we have. There's no such thing as seasonal eating and any food we want is available any time of the year. Even I can remember a time when we waited for the first strawberry, or the first peach off the tree, or the first watermelon to hit the store. In just a few short years fossil fuel brought us food from all over the world any time we want it. As we continue to follow this path it will hit the tipping point. Of course you already know all this and are a voice of influence trying to turn the focus back on the earth and her provision. Have a great day.