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The politics of food, precisely - politics

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on April 22, 1999 at 14:58:37:

In Reply to: The politics of food posted by vox on April 22, 1999 at 14:30:42:

: Also, we can look at South America today where US agribusiness interests have farmers growing grapes and such things so they are available in the US marketplace when they are out of season, rather than the farmers being able to grow grain that is sorely needed in their country

I doubt these transactions are entirely mediated by private companies. I suspect a heavy political interest, perhaps from grain lobbyiers -to get rid off their huge surpluses. if it were private then I would consider that selling grapes and buying grain is more financially beneficial to these people than growing and buying grain themselves would be. If you are saying that grape farmers should b using the same land to feed people who wont be paying for grain then its another issue.

: However, the problem of mass famine is usually the result of war. In Ethiopia we can now look back to the worst of the famine and see that there actually was enough food available. The problem wasn't in the lack of food, but in its distribution.

and the 'ditribution' of the population by its statist-marxist govt.

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