Wednesday, December 19, 2007

World food stocks dwindling rapidly, UN warns

ROME: In an "unforeseen and unprecedented" shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the top food and agriculture official of the United Nations warned Monday.

The changes created "a very serious risk that fewer people will be able to get food," particularly in the developing world, said Jacques Diouf, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization."

Lets see, yadda yadda, yadda mention of global warming yet?

"Diouf blamed a confluence of recent supply and demand factors for the crisis, and he predicted that those factors were here to stay. On the supply side, these include the early effects of global warming, which has decreased crop yields in some crucial places, and a shift away from farming for human consumption toward crops for biofuels and cattle feed. Demand for grain is increasing with the world population, and more is diverted to feed cattle as the population of upwardly mobile meat-eaters grows."

Ah, there we go. Upwardly mobile global warmers. Bad, bad, people who actually eat well. And to save the world all we need do is return to poverty. Then the UN will declare the world poverty stricken and rush to make us all upwardly mobile again.

Job security.

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