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Tue Jan 31, 2012, 07:55 AM

World lacks enough food, fuel as population soars: U.N.

(I am borrowing this story - first posted in Late Breaking News but locked there - it may also be in Good Reads) I found it interesting because I'm sure the markets are salivating over the opportunity to raise prices on all commodities described herein. But to me the article simply points out how unsustainable capitalism is and why we must transform to socialism as quickly as we can to save our planet.


By Nina Chestney

LONDON | Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:07pm EST

(Reuters) - The world is running out of time to make sure there is enough food, water and energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and to avoid sending up to 3 billion people into poverty, a U.N. report warned on Monday.

As the world's population looks set to grow to nearly 9 billion by 2040 from 7 billion now, and the number of middle-class consumers increases by 3 billion over the next 20 years, the demand for resources will rise exponentially.

Even by 2030, the world will need at least 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water, according to U.N. estimates, at a time when a changing environment is creating new limits to supply.

And if the world fails to tackle these problems, it risks condemning up to 3 billion people into poverty, the report said.

Efforts towards sustainable development are neither fast enough nor deep enough, as well as suffering from a lack of political will, the United Nations' high-level panel on global sustainability said.

"The current global development model is unsustainable. To achieve sustainability, a transformation of the global economy is required," the report said.

"Tinkering on the margins will not do the job. The current global economic crisis ... offers an opportunity for significant reforms." ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/30/us-un-development-idUSTRE80T10520120130

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Tue Jan 31, 2012, 08:03 AM

1. Du rec. Nt

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Tue Jan 31, 2012, 09:11 AM

2. Right. Are we really running out of those things?

Or is it a matter of distribution being choked off for profit? I remember reading last year that there are places in Africa where people can only obtain water with a pre-loaded ATM card at the pump. If the card runs out of cash, people can't get water. The problem isn't lack of water.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 10:08 AM

3. Bingo. I expect water to be something that starts getting rationed here as well.

The whole fracking issue has convinced me even more that we are heading in that direction.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 11:12 AM

4. It's not totally a matter of distribution, IMO.......

But that the majority part of it.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 01:23 PM

5. Yeah, I agree.

It just that articles like this often make me queasy. There are usually Maltusian overtones of "let's start getting rid of people", instead of "hey, lots of things could be distributed better".

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Tue Jan 31, 2012, 03:54 PM

6. Other folks are seeing through this BS as well -

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101611036#post3Food scarcity is a dangerous myth - Frances Moore Lappé (Good Reads Forum)

Food scarcity is a dangerous myth
Sunday, January 22, 2012
By Frances Moore Lappé

More than 40 years ago, Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb
proclaimed that "the battle to feed humanity is already
lost," and today almost a billion people go hungry. In 2011,
a second food-price spike within only five years, along with
heart-wrenching images of famine in parched East Africa,
continued to keep the scarcity scare alive.

There's just not enough, right? ...

More here: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/mobile/story.html?id=6033424

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Sun Feb 12, 2012, 05:18 PM

7. I read somewhere that what the world spends on war

 

in EIGHT DAYS could feed all the hungry on the planet.

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Sun Feb 12, 2012, 06:05 PM

8. Don't blame me. I didn't have kids.

 

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