"Nichts mehr davon, ich bitt euch. Zu essen gebt ihm, zu wohnen.
Habt ihr die Blöße bedeckt, gibt sich die Würde von selbst."
Friedrich Schiller
  June 2008 FOOD

Memorandum of the Agricultural Commission of the Schiller Institute to the FAO Conference Meeting in Rome on June 3-5, 2008

When the book on the {Limits to Growth} was publicized in 1972, this was the beginning of a planned development, which can correctly be characterized today as global genocide. The oil crisis was the first step, to bring the population of the world into economic dependence. With the debt trap and the high interest rate policy at the end of the 1970s the nations of the Third World were condemned to sell their food at dumping prices on the markets of the industrial nations, in order to thus meet their obligations to pay interest. At the same time, the imports designated as animal feed (substitute) were used up as feedstuffs in the processing operations (feedstuff, dairy and poultry farming). In this period, the well-known milk lakes, meat and butter mountains were created, sold again on the world markets with subsidies and export grants, and at the same time ruined the national traditional markets. With this grandiose redistribution, gigantic streams of goods have emerged, which were only controlled by a few agricultural companies (Cargill, Bunge, ADM, Toepfer, etc.). That this development did not occur by accident but rather was consciously manipulated, can be gleaned in the position paper NSSM-200, during the period Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State.

The world again needs the independent self-employed farmer, who finds his recognition in the small and medium-sized businesses (Mittelstand) of the rest of the economy. This can only be achieved, by bringing back the following points as rights and as law:

1. Continuous agricultural production is to be guaranteed in all areas of production through the respective parity prices, and to be stabilized in periods of inflation through a corresponding timely value equalization.

2. Supply-regulating measures like milk quantity regulation, sugar market regulations and starch quotas, etc. are to be adhered to again, and be ensured by functioning external protection.

3. Agricultural production is to be reformed in the nutritional tradition of the local conditons of the individual nations of this world, primarily for national populations and not for the large agricultural business groups.

4. Market demand is to be guaranteed by the appropriate stockpiling on the part of the state, and can not be transferred on one's own initiative to private enterprises.

5. The body of rules and regulations of the WTO, as it was practiced in recent years, is not appropriate to ensure feeding the world's population. Quite the contrary, the irreproducible measures are aimed at a global population reduction.

The right to adequate food is a basic right of man and applies to the entire world. Therefore, food production worldwide must be increased. For this purpose, dry areas which have been unusable up to now, must also be redeveloped through irrigation.

Foodstuffs are not a substitute for unavailable raw materials in the energy area; and in no case can be an object for financial speculation, which at present bears the primary blame for the increase in the costs in the area of food.

In order to grant the starving population of this world the necessary aid {now}, it is necessary to locate the stocks of the large agricultural business groups, and to grant them accordingly at low prices to the needy nations.

For the Agricultural Commission

Josef Kremmeter
Helmut Eichinger
Josef Lebmaier
Alois Krumbachner
Josef Perschl
Walther vom Stein

For further information: Georg Neudecker, c/o Schiller Institute Agricultural Commission, telephone number 0611-2052065, www.schiller-institut.de