Largest Hunger Crisis since Creation of UN Underway as US Hoards Food to Feed Harmful Addiction

The UN notes the world is “facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN … more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.”

One of the reasons scholars like Gary Francione have said “there is nothing more elitist than the standard Western diet” is (as Obama and many officials have pointed out) the plants used in the US alone to feed the animals US citizens eat (a vice that is not only unnecessary but is causing a major health crisis in the US that includes hundreds of thousands of deaths per year) could feed the starving world several times over.

If US citizens wanted to, they could use their land, resources, and historically unprecedented global military apparatus to stop the global hunger crisis at very little cost to themselves.  For this to occur, oligarchic dictation elements of the US government (“study after study” reveals the US oligarchy ensures the majority of the citizenry has no effect on government policy and prevents US citizens from having, for example, even the single-payer healthcare system they have polled as wanting for decades) would have to be replaced, but this is another choice for US citizens.

Instead, the US is directly contributing to the hunger crisis by expending countless tons of food on producing harmful animal products for US consumption and, for example, by assisting the brutal Saudi dictator Salman Abdulaziz in enforcing a food blockade on Yemen, which imports almost all its food and where the UN notes “millions of children” are on the brink of starvation.

While US citizens are lead to believe (as reflected in polls – see paragraph 1) that US aid to other countries is a large portion of GDP, in fact it is virtually nothing, and the biggest recipient of US aid by far is Israel, a regional, nuclear superpower, a major human rights violator (making the aid illegal), and one of the richest countries in the world.

Robert J. Barsocchini is an independent researcher and reporter whose interest in propaganda and global force dynamics arose from working as a cross-cultural intermediary for large corporations in the film and Television industry.  His work has been cited, published, or followed by numerous professors, economists, lawyers, military and intelligence veterans, and journalists.

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  • kimyo

    the harmful addiction is not meat. the diabetes/obesity epidemic is a result of a nation blindly FOLLOWING the ada advised diet (more grains, less meat, less fat).

    the problem is a supermarket full of low-cholesterol, low-fat, low-salt zero-nutrition ‘food’. in many cases, these products are ‘fortified’ with non-optimal (ie: cheap) vitamin/mineral substitutes which can block the uptake of needed nutrition from real foods.

    Breaking Carbohydrate Addiction

    Carbohydrate addiction is real, according to a study published in 2008 in “Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews,” and more health professionals are now recognizing it as a major obstacle to optimal health. The effects of carbohydrates from grains and sugar in your diet can alter normal body function, promoting weight gain, blood sugar issues and eating disorders. Recognizing that you are addicted to carbohydrates is the first step to breaking your addiction.

    Gluten and Opioid Peptide Release

    Many carbohydrate-containing foods that people become addicted to contain gluten, a special protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Crackers, pizza, pasta, muffins, cookies, cakes and pies all contain gluten. If you find that you are addicted to gluten-containing carbohydrates, you can blame the opioid peptides released in your body when exposed to gluten. Opioids are the same compounds released when people use recreational drugs and they provide a relaxing and calming effect. The amount of opioid peptides released in your body when eating gluten-rich carbohydrates is not as high as with drugs, but the effect can be cumulative if you eat these foods at most meals, day after day.

    • Robert Barsocchini

      Red-meat consumption is already linked
      to higher levels of colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease
      (atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke). Now researchers from
      Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have added an increased risk of
      type 2 (adult onset) diabetes to that list.

      http://harvardmagazine.com/2012/01/a-diabetes-link-to-meat

      That chicken wing you’re eating could be as deadly as a cigarette. In a
      new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades,
      researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during
      middle age makes you four times more likely to die of cancer than
      someone with a low-protein diet — a mortality risk factor comparable to
      smoking.

      https://news.usc.edu/59199/meat-and-cheese-may-be-as-bad-for-you-as-smoking/

      Oxford researchers:

      Moving to diets with fewer animal-sourced foods would have major health
      benefits (Fig. 1A). Compared with the reference scenario, we project
      that adoption of global dietary guidelines (HGD) would result in 5.1
      million avoided deaths per year [95% confidence interval (CI), 4.8–5.5
      million] and 79 million years of life saved (CI, 75–83 million) (Fig.
      1Aand SI Appendix). The equivalent figures for the vegetarian (VGT) diet
      are 7.3 million avoided deaths (CI,
      7.0–7.6 million) and 114 million life years saved (CI, 111–118 million)
      and for the vegan (VGN) diet 8.1 million avoided deaths (CI, 7.8–8.5
      million) and 129 million life years saved (CI, 125–133 million).

      http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/03/oxford-study-the-more-plants-and-fewer-animal-products-we-consume-the-greater-the-health-economic-and-emissions-benefits.html

      Three years ago, I profiled a remarkable series of experiments about
      IGF-1—insulin-like growth factor 1—this cancer-promoting growth hormone,
      released in excess amounts by our liver when we eat animal protein. So,
      men and women who don’t eat meat, egg whites, or dairy proteins have
      significantly lower levels circulating within their bodies.

      Crucially, the same did not apply to plant proteins, like beans. And it
      wasn’t the fat, but the animal protein that appeared to be the culprit.

      http://nutritionfacts.org/video/animal-protein-compared-cigarette-smoking/

      On top of this, you have the ethical consideration: when you eat animal products, which are unnecessary and harmful for you, you are harming and killing sentient beings for reasons of pleasure.

      • kimyo

        your advice, if followed by your readers who are women, will result in more deaths by cvd and ischemic heart disease, assuming the adventist health study 2 is accurate.

        if you actually cared about the health and welfare of the women in your life, you’d be advising them to eat fish regularly.

        Original Investigation: Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2

        1.00 is meat eaters. lower numbers indicate less disease.

        Vegan
        0.97 (0.78-1.20) (all cause)
        1.39 (0.87-2.24) (ischemic heart disease)
        1.18 (0.88-1.60) (cardiovascular disease)
        0.99 (0.69-1.44) (cancer)

        Pesco
        0.88 (0.72-1.07) (all cause)
        0.51 (0.26-0.99) (ischemic heart disease)
        0.90 (0.66-1.23) (cardiovascular disease)
        0.86 (0.61-1.21) (cancer)

        a vegan diet offers no health benefits to women.

        • Robert Barsocchini

          Kimyo, we have talked about this before and every time you
          incorporate a little bit of the scientific information I provide to you and move your goal-posts back from where you started, so I hope this time you will do that, too, for your own sake and that of your loved ones.

          One thing I do appreciate about you is you seem to be committed to finding the bare minimum amount of animal products humans should eat to be healthy (though you don’t yet accept the massive evidence, like the oxford study cited above, that this amount is zero), thereby acknowledging that it is highly unethical to harm sentient beings for reasons of pleasure. The amount of animal products you think we must consume, I am happy to note, has significantly dropped since you began reading the scientific findings I have posted here. That’s great. Here’s some more info (since I can’t cover everything in every post, but I do try to link to sources where all the info can be found):

          The longest living populations eat either zero fish, or it makes up about 0.25 percent of their total caloric intake.

          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-okinawa-diet-living-to-100/

          The way to get the benefits of the oils we need from fish but none of the harmful effects of eating fish (which are many) is to take algal oil:

          just a single serving of fish a week may significantly increase one’s
          risk of diabetes, emphasizing that even levels of these pollutants once
          considered safe may completely counteract the potential benefits of the
          omega-3s and other nutrients present in fish, leading to the type of
          metabolic disturbances that often precede type 2 diabetes.

          Now, one could get their 250mg a day from algae oil, rather than fish
          oil. Algae oil is free of toxic contaminants, because it never comes in
          contact with anything from the ocean.

          Then, one could get the best of both worlds—the beneficial nutrients,
          without the harmful contaminants.

          The health benefits that are believed to be associated with Omega-3 fatty acid intake include: decreased inflammation, help for arthritis, and reduced symptoms of depression. Omega-3 may even boost health and intelligence of unborn babies, though the mercury in fish significantly decreases IQ. While often a recommended source of omega-3, fish and fish-oil supplements may not be harmless due to the presence of dioxins, PCBs, mercury, and other industrial pollutants. These pollutants in fish may increase our risk of type-2 diabetes and cardiac death. Other animal products such as chicken are no longer a bountiful source of omega-3 due to genetic manipulation. Omega-3 enriched eggs can be a source, but eggs contain cholesterol and arachidonic acid. Two plant-based sources sources of omega-3 are flax seeds and algae-based DHA supplements, which are bioequivalent to fish oil but do not have the harmful industrial toxins.

          http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/omega-3-fatty-acids

          And here are some of the harmful effects of fish and why it is healthier to take algal oil:

          Many individuals consider fish a superior source of protein to animal products or poultry. But like meat,
          fish is low in antioxidants and phytonutrients and contains
          cholesterol. It is also high in methionine, an amino acid that appears
          to aid in cancer tumor growth, and may contribute to longevity-related
          oxidation in the body.

          Fish is a leading source of industrial pollutants
          such as mercury, dioxins, neurotoxins, arsenic, DDT, putrescine, AGE’s,
          PCB’s, PDBE’s, alkylphenol endocrine disruptors and even prescription
          drugs that end up in rivers and streams. Smoked food products amplify
          cancer-related dangers, with smoked salmon being the worst of all tested
          smoked foods.

          Medical Conditions Linked to Fish Consumption

          Fish consumption has been linked to a wide range of conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),
          type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, atrial fibrillation, lower IQs among
          children, smaller infant brain size, shortened telomeres, which are a
          sign of aging, lower sperm counts, lower testosterone, more symptoms of
          depression, anxiety and stress, and earlier puberty.

          Fish consumption is also responsible for parasitic fish worm
          allergies, gold dust retinopathy, mad fish disease, food poisoning from
          fish toxins, chemical obesogens that may cause obesity, neurotoxic
          substances that are magnified when farmed fish are fed animal products,
          fish-induced keriorrhea, a form of amnesia, cataracts, ciguatera
          poisoning and the fecal contamination of sushi.

          Is there a safe alternative?

          Eating organic or even wild caught fish may not significantly lower
          industrial pollutant exposure. Analysis of fish oil capsules has
          revealed toxic contaminants, which may counteract the benefit of the omega-3 fatty acids. So advice to eat oily fish or take fish oil capsules to lower risk of heart disease, stroke or mortality is no longer supported by the balance of available evidence.

          Plant-based diets
          that depend on plant-derived omega-3 supplements provide the benefits
          without the contaminants. Long-chain omega 3s, found in golden algae,
          are bioequivalent to fish DHA; they’re also a far more sustainable,
          affordable and environmentally friendly way to get one’s omega 3s.

          http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/fish

          • kimyo

            if you were really a reporter, you’d be ripping the oxford study apart.
            it isn’t a study, it’s a computer model. projecting 50 years into the
            future. based on nonsense inputs. it has no value in this discussion,
            as it merely echoes what it’s been fed. this is wblog, not the guardian.

            do you have any other source than ‘nutritionfacts’ which support the less than 1% fish protein claim? i have at least two other sources which put okinawan fish consumption at 9 – 11%.

            this is as far from settled science as you can get. as a reporter, it is your job to inform rather than preach. we have very little information on the relative health of children raised vegan.

            let’s determine the optimal human diet first, then let’s figure out how to feed the world. the journals are full of nonsense, cholesterol, saturated fat, 60% irreproducible. why? cause money entered the picture.

            How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat

            The documents show that a trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation, known today as the Sugar Association, paid three Harvard scientists the equivalent of about $50,000 in today’s dollars to publish a 1967 review of research on sugar, fat and heart disease. The studies used in the review were handpicked by the sugar group, and the article, which was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, minimized the link between sugar and heart health and cast aspersions on the role of saturated fat.

            if you continue to state that this is settled, you put your credibility at stake. we just don’t know yet is the current state of things. we’ll probably know a lot more in 5 or 10 years.

            i agree that pollution and parasites are good reasons to stay away from fish. however, the actual question is, do people benefit from eating healthy fish? the data is leaning that way, for women.

          • Robert Barsocchini

            See, you are open-minded enough to continue moving your goal-posts. That’s big of you. Here’s some more info (some of which was included above, but I know it’s a lot so I’m reprinting some of the pertinent parts again):

            Eating organic or even wild caught fish may not significantly lower
            industrial pollutant exposure. Analysis of fish oil capsules has
            revealed
            toxic contaminants, which may counteract the benefit of the omega-3
            fatty acids. So advice to eat oily fish or take fish oil capsules to
            lower risk of heart disease, stroke or mortality is no longer supported
            by the balance of available evidence.

            Plant-based diets
            that depend on plant-derived omega-3 supplements provide the benefits
            without the contaminants. Long-chain omega 3s, found in golden algae,
            are bioequivalent to fish DHA; they’re also a far more sustainable,
            affordable and environmentally friendly way to get one’s omega 3s.

            …fish is low in antioxidants and phytonutrients and contains cholesterol.
            It is also high in methionine, an amino acid that appears to aid in
            cancer tumor growth, and may contribute to longevity-related oxidation
            in the body.

            http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/fish

            Eating fish appeared to age people’s DNA six years, and processed
            meat 14 years, in terms of how short the telomeres were of fish- and
            lunch-meat-eaters.

            So, fish and bacon appear to speed aging up.
            But is there any way to slow aging down, or even actually turn back the
            cellular clock, and actually repair and lengthen our telomeres back up?
            Yes, but it appears we have to eat vegan.

            Dr. Dean Ornish wasn’t
            satisfied with just reversing heart disease and cancer, so now he’s
            trying his hand at reversing aging. There’s a tree, called a bristle
            cone pine, which is the oldest living thing on earth. There’s one in
            California that started growing around the time the Egyptian pyramids
            were being built, about 5,000 years ago. And the tree is still going
            strong. Scientists found an enzyme in its roots called telomerase, which
            could actually rebuild the telomeres, and humans have the enzyme, too.

            The
            problem is that no one had ever found a way to boost its activity. But
            that’s because no one had ever tried a whole foods, plant-based diet
            before. In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Ornish
            found that after just three months of a whole foods, plant-based
            diet—along with exercise—one could significantly boost telomerase
            activity.

            http://nutritionfacts.org/video/research-into-reversing-aging/

          • kimyo

            your perception that i am moving the goalposts is incorrect. your position is assailable on many different fronts, and i’m just choosing the easiest and most convincing arguments.

            your wall of text allows you to avoid answering the key question: is there another source than ‘nutritionfacts’ for the okinawan claim of < 1% fish protein. again, others maintain that the number is more like 9-14%.

            this is key because we agree that okinawans have increased longevity. if your claim is correct, then it’s a slam dunk. support it or stop posting nonsense pretending to be science.

          • Robert Barsocchini

            I’ve given you this exact information before and apparently you ignored it. But let’s try again. The numbers, as I’ve told you before, come from the US national archives. Below is the full article and sources, which I’ve given you before. There are many, many other studies that illustrate the same thing. When you add more animal products to peoples’ diet, it hastens mortality.

            Before giving you the full article and sources, here’s something else for you to ignore: “There is nothing you get from an animal-based diet that you can’t get in a healthier form somewhere else.” – Dr. Neal D. Barnard in new documentary, ‘What the Health’. (The doc also addresses some of your questions about processed sugar, which should be avoided, as well.)

            Dr. Michael Greger, MD:

            The dietary guidelines recommend that we try to choose meals or
            snacks that are high in nutrients but lower in calories to reduce the
            risk of chronic disease. By this measure, the healthiest foods on the
            planet, the most nutrient dense, are vegetables, containing the most
            nutrient bang for our caloric buck. So, what would happen if a
            population centered their entire diet around vegetables? They might end
            up having among the longest lives in the world.

            Of course, any time you hear about long-living populations, you have
            to make sure it’s validated, as it may be hard to find birth
            certificates from the 1890s. But validation studies suggest that,
            indeed, they really do live that long.

            The traditional diet in Okinawa is based on vegetables, beans, and
            other plants. I’m used to seeing the Okinawan diet represented like
            this—the base being vegetables, beans, and grains, but a substantial
            contribution from fish and other meat. But a more accurate
            representation would be this, if you look at their actual dietary
            intake. We know what they were eating from the U.S. National Archives,
            because the U.S. military ran Okinawa until it was given back to Japan
            in 1972. And if you look at the traditional diets of more than 2,000
            Okinawans, this is how it breaks down.

            Less than 1% of their diet was fish; less than 1% of their diet was
            meat, and same with dairy and eggs, so it was more than 96% plant-based,
            and more than 90% whole food plant based—very few processed
            foods either. And, not just whole food plant-based, but most of their
            diet was vegetables, and one vegetable in particular—sweet potatoes. The
            Okinawan diet was centered around purple and orange sweet potatoes—how
            delicious is that? Could have been bitter gourd, or soursop—but no,
            sweet potatoes, yum.

            So, 90 plus percent whole food plant-based makes it a highly
            anti-inflammatory diet, makes it a highly antioxidant diet. If you
            measure the level of oxidized fat within their system, there is
            compelling evidence of less free radical damage. Maybe they just
            genetically have better antioxidant enzymes or something? No, their
            antioxidant enzyme activity is the same; it’s all the extra antioxidants
            that they’re getting from their diet that may be making the
            difference—most of their diet is vegetables!

            So, six to twelve times fewer heart disease deaths than the U.S.—you
            can see they ran out of room for the graph for our death rate; two to
            three times fewer colon cancer deaths; seven times fewer prostate cancer
            deaths; and five and a half times lower risk of dying from breast
            cancer.

            Some of this protection may have been because they were eating only
            about 1,800 calories a day. They were actually eating a greater mass of
            food, but the whole plant foods are just calorically dilute. There’s
            also a cultural norm not to stuff oneself.

            The plant-based nature of the diet may trump the caloric restriction,
            though, since the one population that lives even longer than the
            Okinawa Japanese don’t just eat a 98% meat-free diet, they eat 100%
            meat-free. The Adventist vegetarians in California, with perhaps the
            highest life expectancy of any formally described population.

            Adventist vegetarian men and women live to be about 83 and 86,
            comparable to Okinawan women, but better than Okinawan men. The best of
            the best were Adventist vegetarians who had healthy lifestyles too, like
            being exercising nonsmokers, 87 and nearly 90, on average. That’s like
            10 to 14 years longer than the general population. Ten to 14 extra years
            on this Earth from simple lifestyle choices. And, this is happening
            now, in modern times, whereas Okinawan longevity is now a thing of the
            past. Okinawa now hosts more than a dozen KFCs.

            Their saturated fat tripled. They went from eating essentially no
            cholesterol to a few Big Macs’ worth, tripled their sodium, and are now
            just as potassium deficient as Americans, getting less than half of the
            recommended minimum daily intake of 4,700 mg a day. In two generations,
            Okinawans have gone from the leanest Japanese to the fattest. As a
            consequence, there has been a resurgence of interest from public health
            professionals in getting Okinawans to eat the Okinawan diet, too.

            Sources:

            D
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          • kimyo

            your first article is behind a paywall. on the second, wilcox says the traditional okinawan diet is 9% protein.

            is this an accurate statement? to check, consult page 3 of the pdf here

          • Robert Barsocchini

            Plants have protein.

          • kimyo

            why do you keep refusing to answer simple yes/no questions? if veganism is going to save the world, shouldn’t you deliver an a-game instead of misrepresenting the work of wilcox et al?

            another simple, yes/no question: does the adventist health study 2 show that vegan women are more susceptible to cvd than meat eaters?

          • Robert Barsocchini

            A vegan diet can be unhealthy (though still have major benefits over animal products diet; see documentary cited above). You could eat Oreos and chips and be vegan.

            The science suggests a whole foods plant diet, as noted. Eating meat, fish (which is meat) and dairy are associated with higher disease rates and shorter lifespan.

          • kimyo

            settled science?

            These people eat monkeys and piranhas. They also have the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured.

            The Tsimane “have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date,” according to the paper written by a team of doctors and anthropologists.

            By calorie count, about 14 percent of the Tsimane diet is protein, 14 percent is fat and 72 percent is carbohydrate.

          • Robert Barsocchini

            Looks great if you like the idea of exercising about 10 hours a day and living to 70 🙂

            Oh and I almost forgot, here’s a link to where you can download study and view us gov data showing 1% fish (I was 0.75% off from memory – my mistake) in Okinawa diet. And we now know we can get the benefits of fish without the life shortening side effects. See above. Happy reading!

            https://www.google.com/amp/s/fanaticcook.com/2015/03/14/the-diet-of-okinawa-1949-low-fat-high-carb-very-little-meat/amp/

          • kimyo

            so, is the ‘fanatic cook’ site right and okinawans ate <1% protein from fish? or, is the study you posted by willcox, stating 9% right? how do you decide, i'd really like to understand how/why you discard some data and deem others to be correct….

            i'm inclined to believe that a population which has existed on fish for tens of thousands of years didn't suddenly forget how to fish/gather shellfish just cause the americans showed up.

            World’s oldest fish-hooks found on Okinawa, Japan

            The world’s oldest fish-hooks, approximately 23,000 years old, have been found in a cave on Okinawa Island off the coast of Japan.

            It was previously believed resources were too scarce on the island for it to have supported life for long periods of time. But the excavation of the cave found evidence of eels, frogs, fish, birds and small mammals, which had been charred, suggesting consumption by humans, in various layers of rock.

            from willcox et al: the food pyramid which led to the longest lived humans on the planet so far:
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b310788ccb6f542cefff17acd7b62815df29b4ce63b8f6b266a323c4dbc38913.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/97f7556578d1923a50b29851fa9ae925b314faddb6e934ba507f662ea5724ebe.jpg

      • Walt Jeffers

        I guess I missed the part where it says that vegans will live forever.

        Look -every one of our crappy little lives will end in the not so distant future, considering that the planet has been around for 4 billion years. Accept it and don’t try to be the healthiest Alzheimer’s patient in the Memories ward.

        • Robert Barsocchini

          Yes, that’s what scientists are finding, that vegans will live forever. No, they are just finding they live longest and healthiest. Some people might still be interested in that, while others like yourself will react angrily because you have an emotional attachment to consuming helpless sentient beings.

      • Walt Jeffers

        Is the lion eating an antelope immoral? Is it immoral for us to allow the lion to brutally kill and eat the antelope? I would bet that you are an atheist but you speak of morality from an almost religious perspective, which of course, is completely irrational.

        • Robert Barsocchini

          The argument only makes sense if you consider yourself on equal intellectual footing to a lion. Most people don’t, but you are certainly entitled to think of yourself that way.

          Reporting scientific findings is widely considered the opposite of religiosity.

          For example, here’s Oxford researchers:

          Moving to diets with fewer animal-sourced foods would have major health
          benefits (Fig. 1A). Compared with the reference scenario, we project
          that adoption of global dietary guidelines (HGD) would result in 5.1
          million avoided deaths per year [95% confidence interval (CI), 4.8–5.5
          million] and 79 million years of life saved (CI, 75–83 million) (Fig.
          1Aand SI Appendix). The equivalent figures for the vegetarian (VGT) diet
          are 7.3 million avoided deaths (CI,
          7.0–7.6 million) and 114 million life years saved (CI, 111–118 million)
          and for the vegan (VGN) diet 8.1 million avoided deaths (CI, 7.8–8.5
          million) and 129 million life years saved (CI, 125–133 million).

    • Lynn Walker

      Your ignorance is dangerous and mirrors the ignorance of the vast majority of Americans, the most brainwashed people in history. Get this clear so there is no mistake: MEAT EATING WILL BE THE CAUSE OF THE END OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. This is not my opinion, its God’s proclamation. You probably didn’t get the memo because you listen to sources that create fake knowledge, including false religions.

      Let’s break one more myth that relates to this story, one that most brainwashed Americans never understand: there is no such thing as overpopulation or shortage of food. God ensures enough food is available for every living entity that takes birth, the only reason shortages occur is due to the greed of those who consume more than their share or block distribution channels to those in need. All of these problems are due to the choices of our leaders, blame should be placed on their shoulders and they should obviously be removed from their posts.

      Maintaining the status quo means allowing the greedy and controlling to short-change all others, and for this reason alone anything that destroys the status quo gives opportunities to those who would be otherwise deprived, and should be considered a positive step.

      • kimyo

        This is not my opinion, its God’s proclamation.

        link please.

        • Walt Jeffers

          ” its God’s proclamation.” – that’s really all you need to read. Crazy speaks powerfully for itself

      • diogenes

        say it again:

        ELIMINATING THE BILLIONAIRE-CLASS CONTINUES TO BE [ONE OF] THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP[S] TO RESTORING PEACE AND PROSPERITY TO ALL OTHERS.

  • diogenes

    Some years ago a Nobel Prize winning Indian economist demonstrated that famines are not caused by shortages of food but my maldistribution of the means to purchase food in a commodities market operated for the profit of the operators rather than the well-being of humanity OR of the growers. People like the Chicago Board of Trade, for example.

    In America, the growing crisis facing increasing numbers is the degradation of diet induced by growing poverty facing an increasingly predatory monopoly market. The operators of this market will be perfectly pleased to starve Americans if they can get a better profit abroad.

    During the so-called “Potato Famine” in Ireland in the 1840s every single year Irish peasant farmers grew enough grains to feed all the millions who starved four times over, but these grains were “the property” not of the people who grew them but the absentee landlords who owned the land, and exported the crops to Liverpool where they were sold to profit the landlords and the mortgage investors on their properties and to pay the taxes to pay the interest on the national debt accumulated during the Napoleonic wars 40 years earlier. Because the literal fruits of their labors were taken by criminal financial laws from the Irish farm workers, they were forced to depend on the marginal potato crop for their own nourishment, and when a fungal plague wrecked it, the authorities saw to it that they starved sooner than that the landlords and mortgage investors and holders of the national debt forgo their accustomed predatory extractions.

    Something similar happened in America during the Depression and may well happen again. It is an open question whether the UN is acting here as an enforcer for international absentee predator investors.

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  • Southern

    Yes…but growing good crops depends on having a clean potable water supply, one wonders what happened to that after all the fracking that’s been going on.

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      Um, how about nothing. Fracking has had and will continue to have zero impact on potable water supplies.

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        The articles linked to below confirm that fracking pollutes groundwater.

        It took nearly a decade, but former EPA scientist Dominic DiGiulio has proved that fracking has polluted groundwater in Wyoming……. Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water – Scientific American.

        During the fracking process, methane gas and toxic chemicals leach out from the well and contaminate nearby groundwater. The contaminated water is used for drinking water in local communities. There have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination near fracking areas as well as cases of sensory, respiratory and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water.…. 8 Dangerous Side Effects of Fracking That the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Hear About Alternet

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