Saturday, June 7, 2008

Is Famine Inevitable?

Is Famine Inevitable? | AlterNet:
Much of our current recessionary intrigue has been aided and abetted by market speculation, from the oil and food sector all the way to the White House itself. For the last seven years, the Bush administration has placed climate crisis on the back burner in existential pursuit of resource wars and an 'American way of life' that has turned from a dream of Hummers, housing and bling into a nightmare of price hikes, foreclosures and layoffs. Mission accomplished.

But someone will have to pick up the pieces, which are going viral fast. In that chaos, food has stopped being our other energy problem and become a chief terror of the future. And considering increasing prices, decreasing dollars and a world that will soon house many more people but feed even less of them, we're probably in for a famine or two before all is said and done.

Though that piece was written with North America in mind, I don't think it will be much different in Southern Africa.

From lightning and tempest; from plague, pestilence and famine; from locusts, murrain and drought; from battle and murder, and from dying suddenly and unprepared, Good Lord deliver us

as Anglicans used to pray.

In the last few years there has been good rainfall in Southern Africa, and still food prices have risen. But in our climate droughts are inevitable, and what then?

1 comment:

Rory Short said...

Once people exist the possibility of famine exists. Consequently the more people that there are on earth the greater the possibility of famine occurring. Famine is one of nature's means of controlling populations that get out of balance with respect to the rest of creation. Humanity has consciousness which it could use to mantain its balance within creation. Unfortunately up until now humanity has not done so. Instead it has used its consciousness to thwart some of nature's own checks on human population growth, such as diseases, without replacing nature's check with one of its own. The result is that in the end nature will have to use drastic checks of its own on the human population such as famine.

If we do not want nature to clean up our act for us we have got expand our consciousness and be prepared to take full responsibilty for our lives. Modern medicine is great but if we use it to save lives then we have to take responsibility for controlling our numbers which we have not done, so nature will do it for us.

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