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Hunger games: World food crisis and G7 hypocrisy

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Last week India banned the export of wheat. Almost predictably, rich nations, branded as G7, “expressed disappointment” and condemned the decision. The response was steeped in factual ignorance, contextual illiteracy and political hypocrisy of the kind which has led to the aggravation of the global food crisis. Facts are eloquent messengers. India runs not one but two of the world’s largest food security programmes. The National Food Security Act, a justiciable law, obliges the government to make available subsidised food grains to 800 million people — the math tells you that is more than the combined population of the G7 countries. India also supplies free food grains to 800 million under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. In effect, it is obliged to provide grains to 800 million persons twice (that is 1.6 billion) every month. What exactly is/was the expectation of the G7 countries — that India must forsake its own?

India certainly doesn’t own the copyright on export bans. And the hypocrisy of G7 is best illustrated by an episode from recent history. In 2021, as the virus raged across the world and countries scampered for vaccines, the US under the ‘America First’ policy banned export of not just vaccines but also raw materials required for their production. The EU was not far behind in denying countries access to vaccines. Worse, it didn’t matter that doses were wasted. Indeed, in March 2022, the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the national rate of wastage and concluded that as of February 2022, around 9.85 per cent of the 687 million doses of vaccines — which would be 65 million doses – were wasted. Compute the cost and the cost of denial for effect.

The ban on vaccines is only one of the chapters in the book on convenient leverage of the phrase ‘national interest’. There are and have been many and have led to historical consequences. In December 1975, the US enacted the Energy Policy and Conservation Act banning export of crude oil. The ban was in place for 40 years — despite increased output and even during price spikes — and was lifted only in December 2015.

The cause of the food crisis and the rising inflation has been pinned on the lapel of Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It is true that Russia and Ukraine are dominant players in the global food grains bazaar. But, more critical is the disruption (and pricing chaos) in energy supplies crucial for industrial scale agriculture, for transport and for inputs such as fertilisers. It is arguable that the leverage which Russia has over Europe could have been limited — if not averted — had the US allowed exports earlier, not shut the pipeline to Canada and cracked down on fracking. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and Europe’s energy vulnerability was apparent. Yet, neither the EU nor the US moved to shift sourcing — imagine a continent dependent on one source for over 40 per cent of its energy.

The consequence of unattended issues is haunting the world. It is true that prices of food grains have shot up. As per World Bank as of May 2022, the Agricultural Price Index is up 41 per cent compared to January 2021. Maize and wheat prices are 54 per cent and 60 per cent higher compared to January 2021. But pinning the blame on India’s ban on wheat exports is simply an exhibition of mindless lazy rhetoric.
Public policy decisions rest on context. India presented the circumstance — the extent of availability, the impact of the heat wave and potential prospects of the next crop. Mind you that India’s stance accommodated the need to help the distressed — Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Afghanistan. While India is the second largest producer of wheat, it is not even on the list of top ten exporters. The situation though is dire. Hunger Games is at play in real life. Every country is struggling with both inflation and the crisis of availability. This week UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres declared that hunger levels around the world are at “a new high” and revealed that the number of “severely food insecure people had doubled in just two years — from 135 million pre-pandemic to 276 million”.

The UN, as this column pointed out earlier, crippled by the archaic structure, has repeatedly failed to stop wars. The least it can do is to seize the humanitarian cause — build a coalition to enable evacuation of stocks lying in war-torn Ukraine, design/create a multilateral mechanism to improve availability of inputs and fix the comatose world food programme to deliver to the poorest by accessing funding from IMF/World Bank. The odds of success, given its track record, are admittedly low.

Finally, it would be useful for those in the G7 grouping to reflect on the humongous wastage of food in high-income countries impacting availability and affordability. The US EPA, citing UN-FAO data, states that globally nearly a billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted annually. Just in the US, “40 per cent of food is lost or wasted, annually costing an estimated $218 billion” — a figure over five times India’s food subsidy for 2021-22. The situation in the EU or UK is not very different. The UNEP estimates that UK households “waste an estimated 6.7 million tonnes of food every year, around one-third of the 21.7 million tonnes purchased”. Those lamenting in chorus may well start showing up and contribute more than just outrage to mitigate the misery of people around the world.

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44 Comments on "Hunger games: World food crisis and G7 hypocrisy"

  1. Duncan Idaho on Sun, 22nd May 2022 9:47 am 

    Some good news:

    People In Counties That Backed Trump Were Twice As Likely To Die From COVID: Study

    Hopefully, getting the IQ of the country back up

  2. Hello on Sun, 22nd May 2022 10:08 am 

    Is there anything as stupid as a stupid libtard? Yes there is. A regular libtard is equally stupid.

    Please support the NBA. Negros Back to Afrika.

  3. Ted Wilson on Sun, 22nd May 2022 1:33 pm 

    Heat wave with temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius in India & Pakistan is the prime reason for India cutting down on exports as it could reduce the harvest.

    As globe warms, many more countries could face the same issue and this is something many in USA will not accept.

  4. Ted Wilson on Sun, 22nd May 2022 1:34 pm 

    Are the French going to cut the champagne exports because of heat wave there.

  5. Hello on Sun, 22nd May 2022 6:37 pm 

    Please excuse my earlier stupidity. I hate having to confront the truth.

  6. Biden's hairplug on Mon, 23rd May 2022 2:54 am 

    Did his handlers approve, or is this another Biden gaffe, with world historic consequences?

    “President Joe Biden says that the United States would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, in one of the most forceful and overt statements in support of Taiwan in decades.”

    As I said earlier, the Ukraine mess is merely the hors d’oeuvre (Chicken Kiev), the main course will be served in the South China Sea (Filet Americain).

    Asia Times is getting nervous:

    “The US Air Force has conducted simulations in cooperation with think tanks that reportedly showed the effectiveness of drone swarms in defending Taiwan against a possible Chinese invasion. David Ochmanek, a defense researcher at the RAND Corporation think tank, highlighted in an online discussion last week the short time window in which US and allied forces must respond in event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. “US and allied forces may have as few as a week to 10 days to either defeat this invasion or accept the fait accompli,” he said.”

  7. ItIsOverForEarthAndTheNoneHumans on Mon, 23rd May 2022 4:37 pm 

    Went outside this morning. It was 8 degree Celsius. The thought that came to my mind was, it is cold and it smell like death. I can feel the death percolating through down to my bones.

    I said many that earth will be destroyed with a everlasting ice age. I also explained numerous time how the insectoid and reptiloid will be tortured to death.

    This was the news this morning just after I went outside. A lot of kings and GODs want earth destroyed and the none humans tortured to death I am just one of them among many others.


  8. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 23rd May 2022 7:47 pm 

    The Secret Service Has Spent $2 Million at Trump Properties, CREW Says

    Credit where it is due– the Fat Boy is good at extracting wealth from the masses.

  9. ReptiloidSlowlyBecomingAReality on Mon, 23rd May 2022 11:09 pm 

    The guy is having a beginning of deadly bloody facial skin cancer. The bitch on the right is still morphing into a reptiloid. You need to move the side of the eyes near the nose forward until it is at same level of the nose ridge. The eyes will be at a 45 degreed angle because the eyes are not flat with the face.

  10. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 24th May 2022 1:13 am 

    “Did his handlers approve, or is this another Biden gaffe, with world historic consequences?”

    The answer to my own question came one day later, from the supreme kike himself, Richard Haass, the unelected foreign policy chieftain and head of the CFR:

    “Richard N. Haass – Support @potus statement that US would defend Taiwan directly if it were attacked by China, embracing strategic clarity over ambiguity. Exactly right given China’s military buildup. Goal must now be to narrow gap between US pledge & US/partner capability.”

    Any fears in Europe or Russia that the US will NOT walk in the East-Asian trap is unfounded, the fools just committed themselves to their own destruction and that of the entire Anglosphere. The South China Sea is going to be the Waterloo of the Anglos, terminating 2 Anglo centuries, not a minute too early, in hindsight a complete disaster for white civilization. Expect Down Under to become for the Chinese, what North-America was for Europe: a dumping place for your underclasses. Perhaps the jews, after their coming demise in America, can do to this coming Chinese colony, what they did with America: mix with the population, interbreed a little and set this colony up against mainland China. But that’s a project for the coming centuries.

    The only left-over from the Anglo civilization will be the English language.

  11. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 24th May 2022 1:42 am 

    Today’s Ukraine links:

  12. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 24th May 2022 2:49 am 

    Klaus Schwab has a bust of Lenin in his study:

    No surprises here.

    All conspiracy theories are true, unless proven otherwise.

  13. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 24th May 2022 5:13 am 

    Kissinger has said in Davos (!) that Ukraine needs to hand over territories to Russia:

    Apparently the war isn’t going too well for the West.

    Kissinger is no neocon, but an old-school realist diplomat, with affinities with “Old Europe”:

  14. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 24th May 2022 9:45 am 

    Siemens-Gamesa “hibernates” wind turbine manufacturing in the US, due to collapsing demand, while fossil fuel prices are soaring.

    But the US does have 53 billion set aside to send weapons to Ukraine.

    Making all the wrong choices.

  15. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 24th May 2022 11:33 am 

    Western media begin to admit that Ukraine is losing the war:

    “Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory”

    Discussion of the situation:

    “UK Media Says Russia ‘Close to Major Victory’ in Donbass, Western Unity Crumbles in Davos”

    Expect Donbas (Lugansk + Donetsk oblasts) to be captured by Russian forces soon.

    It could very well happen that the entire Ukrainian army could collapse in Eastern Ukraine.

  16. makati1 on Tue, 24th May 2022 6:27 pm 

    West Don! East UP! Adjust!

  17. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 24th May 2022 6:39 pm 

    “With the U.S. a one-party state, Republicans will steal (“sunset”) your Social Security. They will strip your Medicare, your Medicaid. They will close your neighborhood public school. They will force your daughter to give birth to her rapist’s baby.

    That shit is as real as it gets.”

    Over half the US population reads at less than a 6th Grade level.
    They are illiterate.
    Repug voters

  18. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 24th May 2022 7:53 pm 

    “Just get your ass to Cancun. You are useless.”

    Cruz is an idiot.
    Popular repug

  19. Mike Pence on Wed, 25th May 2022 4:49 am 

    Abbott and Cruz are paid nra shills

  20. Biden's hairplug on Wed, 25th May 2022 8:12 am 

    The story of the Dutch submarine K-XVII:

    The official lie:

    The real story:

    The Dutch submarine had discovered that an enormous Japanese fleet was heading for Pearl Harbor and the Dutch, naively, wanted to warn the Americans. But the Americans didn’t want to be warned, they already knew the fleet was coming, they WANTED it to come, by “surprise”, to create the pretext for WW2 entry (“Day of Infamy”).

    The British Secret Service did the dirty work for the US and destroyed these unwanted Dutch witnesses. 38 service men died.

  21. Biden's hairplug on Wed, 25th May 2022 11:16 am 

    “2022.05.25 Everyone Is Positioning Themselves For The Incoming Ukrainian Disintegration”

  22. Ted Wilson on Wed, 25th May 2022 12:43 pm 

    Saudis are producing at max capacity. And it will take 5 years to reach 13 million b/d capacity. Most likely oil prices will rise.

    Better buy an EV.

  23. NewWhiteNationsCreation on Wed, 25th May 2022 1:31 pm 

    It is time for Quebec to separate from Canada and start the creation of a White nations only within Quebec. Obviously Trudeau cabinets member will be excluded out of this new nation Quebec.

    People like Lametti will be excluded from my White nations. Jews will be asked to leave Québec, if they refuse they will executed, all of them.

  24. makati1 on Wed, 25th May 2022 4:46 pm 

    Anyone who believes ANY covid number from the US MSM, (or inflation numbers, for that matter) is totally brainwashed and deserves what is coming. It was the common flu blown up to take away your freedoms, not more dangerous than normal flu. Too bad the dumbing down of Amerikans in the pubic school system has been the ONLY successful government program in decades. Many comments on this site prove my point. Sigh!

  25. makati1 on Wed, 25th May 2022 4:50 pm 

    I found ti article to be especially worth while. I suggest you read it, if your reading ability is above the 3rd grade.

    “…The world’s getting harsh by design and only the tough and sharp survive harsh worlds. You can’t sharpen a knife against that soft leisurely country club life of luxury on-demand and excess a-la-carte. Luxuries and leisure will need to be reconsidered for pragmatism and preparation in service of the only relevant question for those concerned with weathering the political and economic engineered storms: What hardships are they planning next?

    High food prices, energy inflation, currency inflation, economic stagnation, fake meat, bug platter TV dinners, and the tiny home “revolution”, among a hundred others like surveillance apps, Central Bank controlled digital currencies, and QR code passports, they’re herding people toward the world they want based on their completely misguided belief in overpopulation and limited resources. The agenda is clearly depopulation and forcing people to live with little to nothing.

    To get there they need to engineer behavioral and consumer changes and none of it involves choice, liberty, or any of the values even moderately free people valued through history. The best time for preparing to meet the hardships they’re creating was over the last decade, the next best time was yesterday and the third-best time is right now…”

  26. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 25th May 2022 7:43 pm 

    Well, to be honest, the US does lead in some things:

  27. makati1 on Fri, 27th May 2022 4:09 pm 

    Duncan, yes the US is leading in many negatives. My friend here in the Philippines cannot believe the number of crimes in the US, considering that most of the “criminals” are in ‘for-profit’ prisons. Over 2 million cheap laborers for the elite.

    Xi and Putin are just sitting back with their popcorn and watching the US implode. Most of the world is also in the audience, watching the Western (not cowboy) show and applauding each step down. If it happens soon enough, maybe we can avoid the nukes. 20 minutes from Moscow to Washington DC these days. Not hours.

  28. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 27th May 2022 5:24 pm 

    Today, several western MSM begin to spread pessimistic stories over the Ukraine war:

    The tide is turning.

  29. KillAllTheJewsFirst on Fri, 27th May 2022 11:13 pm 

    The Canada century Project is an attempt from the brown shit skin to take over Canada before the end of the oil age and install bolshevism communism like they did on Russia. This is why if I was the leader of the new White refuge nation made of maritime provinces, Quebec and Ontario I will immediately kill all the Jews. I want to make sure that they will not start another Bolshevik revolution like they did in Russia.

    The site explain the plan that the brown shit skins have to take over electrical installation of Canada.

    Kill the Federals gourvenment of Canada, and you will stop their invasion plan.

    I am not supposed to know that, the voice said in my head said.

    I also heard a voice in my head that said to me, you are not helping earth reality, we are killing all the none human and destroying earth reality for every

  30. EarthRealityWillBeTotallyDestroyed on Fri, 27th May 2022 11:22 pm 

    Listen to this bullshit coming from the brown shit skin and Bolshevik Jews. The voice in my head said multiples time: you are not helping earth, we will totally destroyed earth.

  31. EarthRealityWillBeTotallyDestroyed on Fri, 27th May 2022 11:28 pm 

    This bullshit below will not happen because me and other GOD’s want earth reality totally destroyed. At the pace at which things are going, everyone on earth could be dead before the end of this year.

  32. EarthRealityWillBeTotallyDestroyed on Fri, 27th May 2022 11:31 pm 

    This is the full report on how they plan to invade Canada and take control of the electrical grid of Canada. It will not happen because me and other GOD’s are now in control of earth reality. Earth reality has been transferred to new Kings and GOD’s. Everyone on earth might be dead before the end of this year.

  33. EarthRealityWillBeTotallyDestroyed on Fri, 27th May 2022 11:41 pm 


    Farmer telling us that the are being schedule for seeding the new crop, 4:28

    If earth population is not all dead by the ends of this year, it will be next year.

    The bullshit below will not happen, because the GOD’s don’t like it.

  34. Cloggie on Sat, 28th May 2022 1:02 am 

    Nearly free energy coming up: Perovskite thin film solar pv, for a price of less than €3/m2, with an efficiency of 25% and higher. The days of silicon are numbered:

  35. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 2:34 am 

    June is Mass Shooter month in the good ole USA.

    Show your patriotism by painting targets on your elementary school children.

    American conservatives are anti abortion because they want those unborn babies for live targets in 6-7 years.

    Abortion lovers will get around any changes by passing out wire coat hangers to teenage girls – DIY Abortion kit.

    Watching Americans self destruct is so much fun, I canceled my Netflix subscription.

    America is a death cult.

  36. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 28th May 2022 2:43 am 

    Watchout for dem ‘cold waves’

    May 23, 2022

    Temperature records broken across the US as UN warns of continued climate disruption

    A heat wave gripping parts of the nation added an exclamation point to a series of announcements this week about the world’s warming climate.

    A city water park in Grand Island, Nebraska, doesn’t open for another two weeks, but residents could have used it Thursday when the temperature reached 96 F, 21 degrees above normal for that date.

    In Shreveport, Louisiana, on Thursday, the high of 94 F tied a 148-year-old record. That was one of more than 110 temperature records broken or tied across 21 states this week. In Texas, Galveston sweltered, setting or tying records three out of four days.

    And it’s not just the U.S.

    High-temperature records were set this week in Spain and France. Heat waves continued in parts of Pakistan and India, where temperatures as high as 113 to 120 degrees F were reported.

    Argentine Antarctica

    Argentine Antarctica is an area of Antarctica claimed by Argentina as part of its national territory. It consists of the Antarctic Peninsula and a triangular section extending to the South Pole, delimited by the 25° West and 74° West meridians and the 60° South parallel.

    Holy fuck are Americans ever dumb.

  37. Biden's hairplug on Sat, 28th May 2022 3:12 am 

    “June is Mass Shooter month in the good ole USA.”

    You ain’t seen nothing yet. Soon it will be shooter month every month of the year:

    And these weapons are going to be used against people like you.

    Meanwhile, Ukraine is disintegrating, militarily and politically:

    America will disintegrate after it has received a beating in the South China Sea.

  38. Biden's hairplug on Sat, 28th May 2022 4:08 am 

    David Paul Goldman of Asia Times (“Spengler”) thinks that Russia is going to win:

    “Cardinal Richelieu foresees Russia’s victory in Ukraine”

    One hears from self-deluding Western pundits that Putin wants to be a new czar presiding over a new Russian empire, and that his attack on Ukraine was motivated by national pride and territorial ambition. If that were true, mon ami, he would not scorch the earth and drive out the people! The damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure alone exceeds $1 trillion, in a country whose national output did not reach $160 billion a year before the war started! Simply repairing the country would require six times the country’s national product, which of course is impossible.

    Even if the money could be found, who would make the repairs? Before the war Ukraine had 45 million people on paper but only 33 million actually in the country, because half the adult population had left to work elsewhere. At least 14 million of those have been driven from their homes, and most of them will not return. After all, the Poles, Hungarians and Germans are short of people and will gladly accept immigrants from Ukraine rather than from the Middle East or Africa.

  39. makati1 on Sat, 28th May 2022 4:10 pm 

    I see Cloggie is still here. The Nederlands is still above water…for now.

  40. Cloggie on Sat, 28th May 2022 5:01 pm 

    The water is already sloshing against my front door.

    I’m off, gotta fill sand bags.


  41. Cloggie on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 11:15 am 

    I need to free a shit so bad, my backside is about to let go bigly and the Netherlands sewerage system is going to be unsafings for a long time.

  42. Cloggie on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 11:17 am 

    Above comment not by me, my major dump was this morning and I still can barely walk!
    The smell! Oh my goodness it is unbelievable! I have been in my tulips for hours trying to escape the fowl stench!

  43. FamousDrScanlon on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 1:13 pm 

    More Climate change Jacked consequences. When your kids start going hungry because of climate change tell them hunger is a hoax.

    Hundreds of barges stalled as record floods hinder Midwest supplies – “Very long duration flooding on the Mississippi River can really start to wear on people”

    “Hundreds of barges are stalled on the Mississippi River, clogging the main circulatory system for a farm-belt economy battered by a relentless, record-setting string of snow, rainstorms and flooding.

    Railways and highways have been closed as well, keeping needed supplies from farmers and others, and limiting the crops sent to market.”

    “The contiguous U.S. had its wettest January to May on records dating back to 1895, according to the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina. Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri had their rainiest May on record, the center’s data shows, while Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois were all in the top 10.”

    It’s just a matter of time until a huge climate change jacked rain event cause mega flooding & busts up that river system causing trillions in damage & breaks the nation.

    Millions will throw up their hands and walk away since they cannot rebuild 150 years worth of trashed hydraulic engineering infrastructure up & down that river system.

    Almost no one mentions how vulnerable it is nor how close the ultimate disaster is to happening. It’s a when not an if.

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