Voedsel oorlog/Food war!!!

November 1, 2012 in RSA politiek

Hierdie is die mening van J Joubert( beleggings spesialis)

Oorspronklike skrywe in Engels daarom plaas ek dit so.

On the 23rd of August 2012, the South African government sealed our fate and closed the final link in the four-point chain of events that’ll see us enter into a global food war of unprecedented scale.

It’s the same chain of events that made the youth of Algiers take to the streets in protest on Thursday the 6th of 2011 and cause millions of rands worth of damage to property…

…The same chain of events that led Indian people from all walks of life to the streets on the 8th of January 2011 in violent protest…

…The same chain of events that caused riots throughout Tunisia in early 2011…

Now most experts believe the world’s leading economy – the United States – could also find itself at the mercy of crippling food riots in 2013.

“We are on the verge of another crisis… And [it’s] likely to be the worst yet, capable of causing new food riots and turmoil on a par with the Arab Spring.”
– Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam, president of the New England Complex

Why should you care?

The coming global food war will grip South Africa in a crippling food shortage that’ll lead to the most violent food riots the country’s ever seen. All within the next 12 months.

Let me explain…

On the 23rd of August 2012, South Africa joined a group of countries creating global food insecurity on a scale never seen on this scale before.

This new political folly threatens to drastically cut down the world’s food reserves.

As it is, this policy has already destroyed 30% of the United States’ maize supply, 50% of Brazil’s sugarcane crop and 60% of Europe’s grape seed oil crop.

In 2009 alone, it stole the food needed to feed 330 million people worldwide…

Vast tracts of land are being bought up or leased by big multi-national companies across Africa and India, displacing locals and impacting food production.

Stan Cox, a senior scientist at the Land Institute, believes this new development threatens to “exacerbate the already massive problem” of food shortages.

What am I talking about?

The insatiable demand for crop-based bio-fuels…

Now, before the ‘green-fanatics’ jump on me, let’s get one thing straight – there’s nothing ‘green’ about bio-fuels.

The UK’s Telegraph said that, according to a European report, bio-fuels cause four times more climate-warming emissions than standard diesel or petrol!

Bio fuels are also a highly inefficient fuel source… In fact, the grain required to fill a single 94 litre SUV tank with the bio-fuel ethanol could feed one person for an entire year!

The recent merging of the food and energy economies creates a double demand. This double demand is leading to an epic competition between cars and industry, on one side and masses of hungry people on the other, over the world’s limited grain supply. This conflict will kick-start a political and moral tug-of-war of unprecedented proportions.

What does this mean?

The little food the world has is going to be cut down even further to supply cars with fuel and factories with energy.

The result?

It’ll drive food prices way up!

And I’m not the only one who thinks it’s a ridiculous situation…

Paul Bulcke, chief executive of Nestlé said at the end of the World Water Week conference in Sweden: “We say no food for fuel. Agricultural food-based biofuel is an aberration.”

The downward spiral begins…

On the 23rd of August this year, South Africa joined this misguided movement when our Government legislated that all fuels should contain 5% bio-fuels.

That means South Africans like you and I will have to sacrifice a significant portion of their primary food supply for fuels.

We’ll be faced with a drastic decrease in food supply in the face of growing demand.

And what happens then?

Food prices will rocket!

This is the final step in a downward spiral towards food riots and chaos!

Food War Catalyst #1
Food vs. Fuel

On the 23rd of August 2012, South Africa joined a group of countries creating global food insecurity on a scale never seen on this scale before.

This new political folly threatens to drastically cut down the world’s food reserves.

As it is, this policy has already destroyed 30% of the United States’ maize supply, 50% of Brazil’s sugarcane crop and 60% of Europe’s grape seed oil crop.

In 2009 alone, it stole the food needed to feed 330 million people worldwide…

Vast tracts of land are being bought up or leased by big multi-national companies across Africa and India, displacing locals and impacting food production.

Stan Cox, a senior scientist at the Land Institute, believes this new development threatens to “exacerbate the already massive problem” of food shortages.

What am I talking about?

The insatiable demand for crop-based bio-fuels…

Bio-fuels aren’t as ‘green’ as you think

Now, before the ‘green-fanatics’ jump on me, let’s get one thing straight – there’s nothing ‘green’ about bio-fuels.

The UK’s Telegraph said that, according to a European report, bio-fuels cause four times more climate-warming emissions than standard diesel or petrol!

Bio fuels are also a highly inefficient fuel source… In fact, the grain required to fill a single 94 litre SUV tank with the bio-fuel ethanol could feed one person for an entire year!

The recent merging of the food and energy economies creates a double demand. This double demand is leading to an epic competition between cars and industry, on one side and masses of hungry people on the other, over the world’s limited grain supply. This conflict will kick-start a political and moral tug-of-war of unprecedented proportions.

What does this mean?

The little food the world has is going to be cut down even further to supply cars with fuel and factories with energy.

The result?

It’ll drive food prices way up!

And I’m not the only one who thinks it’s a ridiculous situation…

Paul Bulcke, chief executive of Nestlé said at the end of the World Water Week conference in Sweden: “We say no food for fuel. Agricultural food-based biofuel is an aberration.”

The downward spiral begins…

On the 23rd of August this year, South Africa joined this misguided movement when our Government legislated that all fuels should contain 5% bio-fuels.

That means South Africans like you and I will have to sacrifice a significant portion of their primary food supply for fuels.

We’ll be faced with a drastic decrease in food supply in the face of growing demand.

And what happens then?

Food prices will rocket!

This is the final step in a downward spiral towards food riots and chaos!

The other three steps are already in place and there’s no turning back now.

Let’s take a quick look at what I mean…

Food War Catalyst #2
There’s not enough for everyone

Diminishing food supplies are hardly a new phenomenon. In six of the past nine years, global grain production has fallen short of consumption.

And, this year the US – the world’s bread-basket – faced its worst drought in 50 years, triggering a chain of events that’ll have devastating consequences for years to come.

Crops such as corn, wheat and soy have been decimated by high temperatures and not enough rain. As a consequence, grain prices have skyrocketed because of the global shortage. And the higher food prices that’ll result will hit the world’s poor the hardest – sparking violent protests around the globe.

And South Africa is right in the middle of all this!

As it is, South Africa’s purchased over 150,000 tonnes of maize, at double the price our maize was sold in order to feed the country, which has negatively affected food inflation. We may need a further half a million tonnes of maize this year meaning we’ll need to take part in the world food market with its uncapped food prices.

You can see how this will drive up food inflation in SA…

Food War Catalyst #3
Too many mouths to feed

Right now, South Africa has a population of 50.5 million people. With an estimated 600,000 people being born every year and the constant (and ill-managed) flow of foreign nationals into the country, food demand isn’t going to decrease anytime soon.

However, the link between population sizes and food scarcities isn’t as simple as comparing numbers.

The rapidly growing middle-class in South Africa and across Africa is having a major impact on food supplies. You see, affluent groups of people consume as much as four times the amount of grain than their poorer counterparts. 90% of which is consumed indirectly through grain-fed animals with products like meat, eggs and milk.

So as the country becomes more and more affluent, even greater demand will be placed on our country’s food supplies.

What does this mean? A lot more grain exports and more exposure to the insanely high costs of the international food market…
Food War Catalyst #4
Water shortages

A May 2012 Mail and Guardian article warned that the impact of water scarcity on crop farming will soon be one of SA’s biggest problems.

Dr Theo de Jager, vice president of AgriSA believes the country will soon face lower rainfall, which is worrying when you consider that South Africa is the third driest country per capita on the continent.

He warns:

“The current government has never had to manage a drought … You think people are angry about e-Tolls, imagine how angry they will be when the costs of their food shoot up as harvests drop.”

And the new policy on bio-fuels is only going to make our water problems worse!

Ethanol production is very water intensive: Each litre of ethanol requires at least three litres of water to make – excluding the water used for growing the crops.

Agriculture already uses over 65% of our water. Diverting more water for fuel production is very dangerous in the South African situation, where around 98% of all of our available water is already allocated.

There is big trouble coming, so start thinking how will you ride out this storm, a storm that will never stop

5 antwoorde op Voedsel oorlog/Food war!!!

  1. Goeie inskrywing….hoewel bietjie ‘alarmist in tone’, stem ek saam met jou t.o.v. hierdie een. Die eerste ding wat die wêreldpopulasie natuurlik kan doen, is om ‘n verbod op alle karre met groter as 1300 enjins te plaas…maar dit gaan seker nie gebeur nie, nê.
    Wag, ek moenie hier sit nie. Ek moet gaan spinasie plant.

  2. celia het gesê op November 6, 2012

    Ek het so vlugtig vanoggend gesien dat ons wetgewing rakende water te ingewikkeld is om toe te pas. Ek hoop ek het dit verkeerd gelees.

  3. Dis ‘n angswekkende situasie waaroor lankal gepraat word,maar daar moet mos eers ‘n krisis wees voordat die regering tot aksie oorgaan en dan is dit ook hopeloos en pateties!Die boodskap wat uitgaan,is teel voort,want jy kry ‘n grant vir elke kind.

    • ..en steel en teel is wat hulle doen, dis nou tussen die tye wat hulle nie blanke boere vermoor, beroof en verkrag of martel nie. Ja, ek blameer elke swarte in die land, want hulle as geheel weet we die etters is wat die dinge aanvang, maar hulle doen niks om hulle uit te wys nie.

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