Would it be all about money again? To find out, let's follow Alice down the
(countdown: time to choose Love over Fear)
The UN is quite a paradox onto itself as its reports continue to deliver
excellent mathematical clues as why the system 'is clearly designed to fail'.
Yes, you read well and instead of trying to patch its cracks getting larger and
deeper it is about time to admit that Global Oligarchy is a 'cabal' whose
century-long timeline has undeniable track records. Finally, the secret is more
obvious than never. The flaws and evidence have become too huge to be concealed.
Up to these days, not that many are aware that the UN (the ultimate aim of the
cabal) was engineered by the very same club of elitist financiers that plotted
the rise and downfall of the Soviets in order to replace Communism with its
sugarcoated version, renamed Socialism. Isn't the 'Communist Manifesto'
in favor of almighty elites ruling over the means of production (7th Plank),
progressive taxation (2nd Plank) and centralization of credit (5th Plank) after
all? As we shall see, Karl Marx must be laughing in his grave as you read this.
This column isn't meant to take side but demonstrate that the system is utterly
broken - beyond repair - and that we have to let it go in order to rebuild a new
one from scratch. What kind of a system do we have left but Capitalism, would
you ask? It is about time to quit thinking in these terms. The Right vs Left
paradigm is a diversion preventing from seeing what is really going on while
truth is hidden in plain sight. However, this being said, genuine Capitalism has
never existed for long periods of time over the course of human history and thus
remains above all a theory for scholars and economists to fight over. Moreover,
our current system has nothing to do with Capitalism at all, in a way a movement
such as 'Occupy Wall Street', against Capitalism, is mis/disinformed. This being
said and let's face it: what we now globally have is a 'Fascistic Triumvira'
composed of corporations, central banks and governments that have caged the
human race in a prison that is so vast that bars and fences are invisible.
Although this investigation aims at delving into the deception that is 'food waste', it is useful to mention that 'water waste' too is a highly disturbing topic that will be thoroughly investigated in a future column. For the moment, just remember that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization report (FAO) indicates that we currently extract less than 10% of the 43,750 cubic kilometers of fresh water (see 1st link next paragraph) returned each year to the Earth's rivers, lakes and aquifers. One inevitable question pops into mind: is this just plain carelessness or eco-terrorism? How does it come that despite the so many technological advances, the so-called rich West hasn't been more efficient at redistributing our 'blue gold', which life depends upon, but can spend trillions on standing armies? Is taxation a scheme for collateral destruction? As a matter of fact, aquifers can be found almost everywhere. It is more about how deep one is willing to drill to reach them. The climate change argument stands no chance here. The most cynical perhaps is that the 'sodas industry' unscrupulously exploits aquifers to manufacture their drinks (poisoned with high-fructose corn syrup and hazardous dyes) and which are bottled in plastic containing some 24,000 chemicals wrecking our bodies havoc . So much for our world CEOs and lawmakers who are supposed to have graduated in the most prestigious colleges . Could education itself turn out being a massive hoax?
Now back to our
'food waste' issue. The same FAO, along with the Stockholm International Water
Institute and the International Water Management Institute, concluded that
close to half of all foods produced worldwide -- are wasted after production.
mentions that some 54 percent of the world's food wastage occurs during
production, post-harvest handling and storage, while 46 percent occurs at the
processing, distribution, and consumption stages. And of course, these large
quantities of wasted food go along with an equal amount of wasted water. What is
truly interesting and appalling at once here is that while the waste happens at
the consumer level in industrialized countries, developing countries are
dominated by high losses at the post-harvest and processing stage. The absurdity
here is that Western organizations probing food waste in poor countries accuse a
lack of efficient technology and modern infrastructure. Exactly what do enjoy
high-income countries. Additionally, another FAO report claims that 1/3 of the
food (representing 470bn economic loss and 3.3bn tonnes of CO2 emissions
globally every year) produced never
reaches our plates and we'd need 50% more food to feed world populations by
2030. Do you see the aberration and hypocrisy at play here? We do not have
an overpopulation problem but a failure of leadership... though we must start
wondering: if it has gone that bad, do we actually need 'people to tell us what
to do, organize and control our food chain? It is time to take a deep breath in
and carefully analyze this because the answer is very crucial, the latter will
eventually determine the fate of mankind. We stand at crossroads and they are
only two directions possible. One of which is headed toward self-extinction, and
the other, reclaiming our sovereignty.
Produce and die anyway! While many, who do not grasp the ill-effects linked to our food chain, might think that it would be easier to sue corporations all together to resolve the outrageous conundrum, it doesn't work that way as multinationals operate for profits. Food retailers have the habit to shift their losses on to the consumers, all of which in the form of inflation. Additionally, retailers also contribute to waste as a result of their contractual arrangements with suppliers. Failure to supply agreed quantities renders farmers or processors liable to have their contracts canceled. As a consequence, they plan to produce more than actually required to meet the contract, to have a margin of error. Surplus production is often simply disposed. Under such coercive business attitudes, it is easy to figure out why farmers and retailers too cause food spikes. They too have commitments to meet. Sure, there are other deceiving and irrational factors behind price hikes -such as unnecessary strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free and the demand for cosmetically perfect food - but if supermarkets throw out food or donate it to food banks, at the end of the day, it really wouldn't make any difference: they must keep Wall Street Shareholders happy. Reporting honestly such staggering losses would cause a global stock market crash overnight. The fear factor helps evil prosper. Lawmakers as well as the consumers want to keep their jobs. So, until this unsustainable framework collapses under its own weight, lies and food inflation are here to stay, it is just too bad for consumers. Those who don't have a garden or access to a local farm will be the first to starve when 'reality' sets in. But don't you worry, meanwhile Queen Elizabeth and Obama have their own gardens since 2009.
With 47 million on food stamps, American is literally becoming a Food Stamp Nation. CBS reported last September that the House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5% reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans: this will force 47.7m people to live on less than one meal a day. The cost of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -SNAP- has more than doubled since 2008, coming to nearly $78 billion last year. (washingtonpost/2013/09/23). While this clearly shows that the SNAP doesn't address the food waste and is thus a mere scheme to waste taxpayers' money, a pertinent question surfaces: why aren't food stamp recipients allowed to get their groceries directly from their local food banks instead? Don't worry, it will simply never happen as long as profit-ponzi economics is being implemented. Meanwhile, doctors lobby against food-stamp reductions.
Obesity becoming a plague in the so-called rich nations. As a response, the British grocery giant Tesco vowed on 21.10.2013 to reduce the nearly 60,000 tons of food wasted by its suppliers and shoppers each year. As part of the measures, Tesco said it would end a range of multiple-buy offers, which encourage consumers to over-buy. Simultaneously, studies show that western countries consume every day a surplus of 1400 calories per person for a total of 150 trillion calories a year. The article continues: 'Times have changed, overabundance times are over and the costs of this irresponsible and inefficient behavior are increasing. The world population has grown tenfold and hunger is still persistent and growing --also in Europe--, the EU has constant and unsustainable yearly deficit of 75 million tons of biomass with the rest of the world, the costs of disposal for waste continue to increase and EU legislation pushes in prevention'. We should all shake our heads in disbelief here.
Same gloomy picture in the UK and EU. One-fifth of what households buy ends up as waste, and around 60% of that could have been eaten, according to a report from the government's waste advisory group, Wrap. (theguardian.com/environment/2013). In Britain every year 18 million tonnes of food still perfectly edible are thrown away by households alone for an annual retail value cost of 14 billion pounds: at the same time 4 million people in the UK do not have access to a healthy diet (zerowasteeurope.eu/2010/12). Wasting food and hunger side by side is scandalous. In France only, each citizen throws away every year 7kgs of food still in the original package when in the same country, 8 million people are at risk of poverty.
In March 2013, according to a study by the European Commission, 89 million tonnes or 179 Kg per capita of food are wasted every year in the European Union. By 2020 this could increase by over 40%. Well, cynically we should rejoice at the prospect that if the IMF 10% Supertax Bail-in Proposal on all Eurozone household savings, is passed, such an increase will most likely not come true... but let's not fool ourselves: in this economic environment, less buying will too result in more food price inflation. However, inflation cannot go on forever. At some point, hyperinflation sets in and completely destroys the purchasing power.
In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, up to 150kgs of food produced is lost per person every year, according to FAO research.(guardian.uk). In the region, there are at least 265 million people hungry, heightening the travesty of the food waste problem. More than a quarter of the food produced in Africa spoils before it is eaten.
As China has enjoyed a boom over the past two decades, food waste has too become a major concern. According to WorldWatch Institute, more than $32 billion of food is thrown away in China annually, although 128 million Chinese live below the poverty line and often lack sufficient food. (usa.chinadaily.com). But that's China only. An estimated 42 percent of the fruit and vegetables and 20 percent of the grain produced in the Asia Pacific region are lost or wasted. In short: 1.3 billion ton of food, enough to feed 3 billion people - are lost annually.
More banking data. While the West gets fatter and sicker, The World Bank Food Price Index rose by 60 percent in the course of just a few months of 2008, and international prices of maize, rice, and wheat increased by 70 percent, 180 percent, and 120 percent, respectively, compared to the mid-2007. Between 2000 and 2012, the World Bank global food price index increased 104.5 percent, at an average annual rate of 6.5 percent. But the spikes affect everything. For example: The wholesale price index (WPI), India's main inflation measure, climbed to 6.46 percent last month - its fastest rate since February - pushed up by food prices such as a 322 percent jump in onion prices, government data showed (Reuters: 10.14.13). Here the inflation index just follows the supply and demand, though it is outrageously misleading as we throw out food like never before. As you can see, inflation also causes scarcity since everything becomes more expensive. It should be obvious to all by now that The World Bank pretends to address a distress that it helps sustain in the first place. The squeeze can only worsen and there is a brick wall forming on the horizon.