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The world is sliding into an entirely preventable global mosaic of food famines in which many millions of men, women and children will perish in anguish and in agony.

It is likely that at least a billion will die in the next few years, and many children become brain-damaged, if the United Nations is not immediately democratised; and if the domination by a few imperial powers, a situation mandated by the UN, is not ended.

With grisly irony, the United Nations has launched an investigation into the food crisis to find answers that don't implicate itself; an impossible task because the UN has facilitated this destruction through World Bank and World Trade Organisation policies; as will become evident in the following analysis.

Rather than one or two causes of the food crisis, there are twelve; eleven of which are addressed here:

Fuel crisis The most immediate and tangible is the ethanol programme, in which food crops are being converted to fuel. Quite apart from the reality that the conversions are neither cost-effective nor energy-efficient , corn, rice, wheat and other crops; the staple diet of four billion human beings, are being used to fuel cars for the arrogant wealthy elite.

What is worse is that the inevitable starvation this will cause has always been known to those who administer this programme. They proceed because they consider the genocide to be commendable. Language experts must now coin a new word for these sociopathic administrations; or will eugenics still suffice?

The United Nations must immediately declare food for fuel programmes a Crime Against Humanity, and ban these under threat of expulsion from the UN, and the conjoint imposition of immediate global trade and currency sanctions.

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Urban sprawl Governments and UN support for giant agribusiness to replace family farming, has created massive unemployment and forced many millions of regional and rural people into towns; which has promoted urban sprawl, which in turn has swallowed up the arable lands that were the genesis of the towns in the first place. Developers have bribed politicians to maintain the status quo. This urban population

explosion has also created a desperate shortage of water, particularly in dry continents such as Australia; a situation exploited by the ruthless water privateers such as Bechtel and Vivendi. The single simple step required to reverse urban sprawl is immediate tariff restoration.

Tariff removal Incremental tariff removal has destroyed the food production diversity of nations like Australia and America, who must now consume reduced nutrition mass-marketed hybrids, contributing to obesity; or import food from third world nations; food that the people of developing countries themselves should be eating.

This has had severe rolling impacts on these globalised nations, and Australia is the classic example. Over a period of two and a half decades, two thirds of family farms have been destroyed, and between one third and a half of the national manufacturing sector has been forced into bankruptcy by subsidised imported third world product. Because of urban population-flooding, (and in Australia, combined with high mortgage rates and oil/groceries-led inflation) in some cities rents have almost doubled and 21% of the nation is now unemployed; although a cynical government fudges figures down to below 4%. It has been conservatively estimated that, in the next year or so, 300,000 Australian families will be living on the streets; which, arguably, is around one in fifteen.

54% of Australians now barely survive on incomes below $15,000, and cannot afford adequate nutrition, medical or dental care; which means they are dying in slow motion (figures from August 2006 interactive questionnaire by AIA; copies available).

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This is the direct result of the Australian Government's slavish ideological compliance with WTO and White House's free trade policies. Tariffs must be immediately restored and all free trade policies declared illegal by the UN, and continued impositions prosecuted by the International Criminal Court. The WTO is not God, and if a majority of a nation's electorate want agreements revoked, then revoked they must be.

Drought An objective perusal of non-selective evidence suggests that, far from experiencing global warming, we may now be moving into a phase of solargenic cyclical global cooling. The Antarctic ice sheet is the most extensive it has been since measuring began, and much of this is water that probably should have fallen on Australia and parts of Africa, West India and South America. Greater scientific funding independence, and absolutely objective research; are needed to gather all evidence until at least tentative conclusions can be drawn. It must be presumed that drought will worsen and that new food production policies must emerge. Population dispersal to regional and rural areas is essential, as is encouragement for family vegetable gardens.

GM Genetically manipulated crops and animals Taking advantage of an ethic-less legal industry, especially in the provision of patents on life itself, Monsanto/Bayer and other corporations have bribed governments, manipulated research and the employment of scientists, and have trapped farmers into signing contracts to plant and harvest crops that quickly under-perform. In only a decade, 110,000 farmers in India have committed suicide, in irresolvable despair over the debts subsequently incurred. Elsewhere, farmers have been imprisoned for refusing to pay royalties on wind-drift-effected GM crops. Independent research has showed that rats fed GM corn produce young with undersized testicles, brain and liver; organs that then deteriorate with age. Considering the risks of this impinging on food productivity, not to mention human health, there must be a global moratorium on GM foods.

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Tony Ryan is a demographer, political researcher and environmentalist; who also organises the Australian Independent's Alliance, the Australian Small Business Forum and the Tariff Restoration Bloc; and is editor of the micro tabloid the Australian (more...)

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