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Cuba’s Fidel Castro warned of food crisis a year ago

HAVANA (Reuters) – As global fears about food security mount with riots in Africa and panic buying elsewhere, one world figure can sit back and say he warned a year ago of a coming food crisis — Fidel Castro.


Cuba’s ailing revolutionary has not appeared in public since he underwent intestinal surgery in July 2006 from which he has never fully recovered.


He finally retired as president in February but from his sickbed he has been writing columns on world affairs since March 2007, when he launched an attack on the biofuels policy of his ideological enemy, the United States, saying it was pushing up food prices and threatening global famine.


“More than three billion people in the world are being condemned to a premature death from hunger and thirst,” Castro wrote in his first column.


“It is not an exaggeration; this is rather a conservative figure,” he wrote, criticizing plans to turn food crops into fuel as a “sinister idea” hatched by the Bush administration and the U.S. auto industry.


Reuters



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