What constitutes a food crisis? That was the first question that came to mind as I continued to read daily reports on looming rises in prices, even in regions where it is deemed that there is enough of everything for most consumers. But what about the others? That was my next question. It has to do with those who simply never have enough to spare to put a decent and healthy meal on the table for their usually large and extended families. And I’m not yet even talking about the poorest of the poor, those who simply have absolutely nothing and are living on the streets.
In India, they have been unjustifiably referred to as the untouchables. In America, folks walking along busy sidewalks may mutter to themselves; just don’t go there. The general lack of concern for the poorest of the poor is appalling. It is even more disgraceful when large retailers dominate and control the demand and supply of food so that they can realize even greater profits for themselves and their greedy shareholders, year in and year out. While the so-called Oracle of Omaha continues to be admired for his ability to remain the world’s third richest man, he continues to invest heavily in junk food.
The multinationals, among which Buffet will have some of his podgy fingers in their pies, have field days every month by flogging their processed foodstuffs which cause men, women and children to grow ill the more they buy and eat the products. Good farmers who inherently produce healthy, organic produce to which all, especially the poor, should have access to, suffer as well. Their peers quite literally, get away with murder through mass production and cruel and inhumane slaughter of battery-reared animals.
Traditionally, as has been the case for many years now, junk food and processed foodstuffs are a lot cheaper than organic and healthy produce that is good for everyone. So, as a result, cash-strapped consumers have had little alternative but to risk their lives and those of their children by buying what is not good for them, mainly because it is cheaper. There are those who look down on these people for all the wrong reasons, tut-tutting that they are unhealthy and irresponsible. Shame on those who choose to judge for no other reason than because they can. Shame on them for sitting on their hands and not lifting a finger to help out.
As far as I can see, the real food crisis extends way beyond the driest and most drought-stricken areas of the world where there are people who wait desperately for food aid to be dropped from the sky. It is a global crisis of apocalyptic proportions. Because not only are the mass-producers harming the health of most of the world’s citizens, they are harming the world’s natural environments too. All in the interest of making more and more money, year in and year out. There’s also the propagation that speaks volumes in promoting the case for scientifically altering the crops.
The devious lie that is told about this is so that more and more people, especially the poor, have affordable access to food. From where I’m sitting, unless governments and NGOs actively join hands to wipe out this blight once and for all, there’s not a snowball’s chance of this major food crisis ever being reversed. I have to tell you something interesting I discovered just today before I forget. In some parts of the world, governments are already implementing hefty taxes on foodstuffs that have excessively high processed/refined white sugar contents. Your favorite soda would be a good example of this.
But in Denmark, something new and radical is being proposed. Now, the background to this proposal is also quite interesting. Historically, the Danes are renowned for their fondness of certain unmentionable meat products which they have been consuming in large quantities for years. This radical suggestion is not just out of concern for those who cannot afford what is wholesome and healthy for them. There is growing awareness of the disproportionately high contribution mass producing meat makes to the carbon footprint. This genius of an idea proposes to do this. Raise taxes.
Raise taxes on all mass-produced meat from multi-nationally owned abattoirs and raise taxes on Mr. Buffet’s favorite burger takeouts which are all quite bad for us anyway. We have a long way to go before we can begin to level the playing fields on the side of fairness and equality and especially for making life more bearable for those much lower down the food chain. But, here’s what really gets me. No-one needs to be short of healthy produce. Simply do this. Grow your own vegetables and keep your own chicken coop. Problems solved, no?