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Some industry is driven overseas to escape burdensome regulations and taxes, and/or because cheap imports have been allowed to flood the markets.
Beyond the low corn yield, a long-time and worse fact is that the kind of corn grown in the USA could almost starve a person to death. It is mostly carbohydrates with very little protein. Break open a kernel and analyze it. It is genetically engineered types grown for fuel or for taste, not as in the old times for the best nutrition that a human could pretty much live on as the natives did for so long. Growers receive government subsidies for growing certain kinds of corn and crops, and since there is the government big push for alcohol from corn, much less of the really good nutritious kind is grown. Furthermore, it is patented so that the growers have to pay a license fee and also have to spray a chemical on it or it will not grow properly, and unless the chemical is sprayed, it will not reproduce from its kernels at all after a few years. This is not just spraying bug spray on corn, it is a great biological horror and if things get bad enough, not only the corn but all of these engineered grains and foods will come to an end. Then what. Then we are done.
In the end, the cost of growing, making, and delivering alcohol from the corn is much greater than it can be sold for because of its low energy content and poor fuel economy, so they force it on us by using it as an adulterant in gasoline.
It's a nicely done image. haha but I want the elephant back.
I'm trying to think of something in my life, or any situation in business, or anything in anyone's life that I know, that has gotten better in the last 3-4 years. Not one thing has improved for me or my family or neighbors. Things are quite a bit worse now as 2012 comes to a close. I know of many people that have been laid off and several businesses that have closed recently and It can't be blamed on the 'global' economics. An amazingly incompetent performance from 2009-2012 can't be blamed on things that were done before 2009.
I doubt republicans will force anyone to go to church. They also do not want to charge people money for going to church. They will encourage business to grow freely. That is what they like because it benefits the stock market. They don't care what I believe. In their eyes, I can go to any place of worship, or to none, and if they form an opinion about the destination of my soul, they at least leave me alone to pursue it either way, or to ignore it, or to not even believe in it.
Those burgers are not very good but I'd eat it for the nutrition if I was starving.
People have nothing to eat and no there is no food or food production within travel distance. It is a global horror.
We are not far from that Goal date. How about creating sustainability in the hungriest or neediest locations first. Solve two of problems in one effort?
I dunno it sort of made me laugh. I think that guy in the cartoon hates my books, especially the ones with big words in them, and probably almost all the other books ever written. It's good to laugh at haters and be done with it. After all, apologizing to them doesn't work.
That is true..
It is a good one and beautifully done, but it's putting too much blame on the USA, so I have some constructive criticism.
The summary is that the surplus is not anywhere as great as is imagined by the cartoonist, and the 50M working people here, who might have a few dollars left at the end of the month, can not bear the additional cost to generate the true anount of surplus necessary to feed a continent, plus all of the lesser costs like shipment, taxes, fees, and then they have no way to get the food past the corrupt and internally unstable foreign governments to the people in actual need.
People in the USA are some of the most generous, and sure it is because we usually have enough. But if the benefit given away for free to others is not seen as enough, then it is not always our fault in the USA for that. People donate what they can afford, what is left after theor own families have food and shelter. I am not married and have no children, so I have a little extra, and I have given perhaps $5K a year to the poor, some goes out of the USA. - But I am the unusual case. It's very hard for any family in this rotten economy which has been getting worse the last few years. Families have lost thier homes and jobs. There are no open jobs here, except very low-pay ones, and those places will rather hire a 20 year old than a 40 year old with a family. Most families can't just cough up $100 a week to dispose of ($300B is what I have read it would cost to feed and medicine Africa for a year). Nutrition businesses can't afford the real costs of generating so much more produce and not recovering the cost of that.
What others around the world do and how much they in other countries give to prevent African starvation, is completely up to them, but I do not think of them as wasting a giant surplus because such surplusses do not exist anyhwhere. Not today. Others are mistaken to consider the USA in that manner without first looking in the mirror.
If people globally are really serious about ending Africa starvation and want to earn the right to point fingers at others, then it should be a truly global effort, based on per-capita monetary income and GDP, every nation must participate and have a stake in the results. It must be result-oriented. I will say this: just providing food won't fix anything. The place needs to have some kind of industry so the people can begin to generate their own personal or family wealth without oppressive government interference and free from mauraders, or it is doomed.
This is my opinion, I can certainly observe the cartoon and say it without guilt.
If I sit at home in Texas, and do not look too closely, I see Mexico in the plumbing! The truth is sometimes painful.