"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
  May 2008 FOOD

FAO report on Soaring Food Prices denies murderous effects of food speculation

FAO staff experts produced a report for the Rome "high-level" conference, released May 28, "Soaring Food Prices: Facts, Perspectives, Impacts, and Actions Required." The 50-page carries out a facts-and-figures expose of biofuels production and the havoc it is wreaking on food prices worldwide. It identifies 22 countries, almost all in Africa other than Haiti and North Korea, which are vulnerable to devastation by combined {import} needs for hyperinflated oil products, fertilizers, and hyperinflated food products. But the report overall is market- and price-obsessed, seeing the inflated food prices as a "long-term opportunity for agricultural expansion." It does not take the urgently necessary approach of Helga Zepp-LaRouche's Schiller Institute call, and of a few world leaders going into the Rome conference -- of doubling food production and meeting the sufficiency needs of each nation.