Politics

Governments starve people, not global shortage. 

GoodOldDirk GoodOldDirk
46-50, M
2 Responses Oct 4, 2009

thought-provoking.

An excerpt about Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for promoting the Green Movement. He saved billions of lives by teaching governments how to feed their people. The Organic Movement blocked many of his efforts, in effect starving millions of people. Read below:<br />
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"For before he'd even been buried, the usual suspects were out and about, spouting an environmentalist critique of Borlaug's extraordinary achievement: more or less feeding the world for the last half century. For example, Graham Harvey, who advises on the farming strand on the world's longest-running radio soap, The Archers, felt fit to write in The Times of the "worrying consequences" and "widespread environmental damage" of Borlaug's Green Revolution, which is widely reckoned to have fed billions of people, as well as saving many millions of hectares of wilderness from agricultural use. There are, of course, issues (when are there not?) and Norm never shied from them. But as he repeatedly noted, such hand-wringing does very little for the millions of children "who cry themselves to sleep with hunger each night."<br />
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In a delightfully dry denunciation of those vaguely in favor of a global "organic" solution, on Penn and Teller's Bullshit! series, Norm noted that "Producing food for 6.2 billion people ... is not simple." He added, "[Organic approaches] can only feed four billion--I don't see two billion volunteers to disappear." Indeed, a useful distinction could be made between the green--those concerned with a more or less hypothetical future, but nonetheless adept at whipping up public and media concern (and seeming oceans of public funding courtesy of a cadre of mountebank politicians) and those working at the sharp end, like Norm, who we might call brown. In other words, those working in a world involving the suffering of mainly brown-skinned people who, to paraphrase Neville Chamberlain, live in far-away countries, and of whom we know little."<br />
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src: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/guest/24118/<br />
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So, while it may be governments that allow the people to starve, it is the organic food movement's shortsightedness that continues to promote it, instead of preventing it.