Eating is a Political Act

April 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm 1 comment

Rice Farmer in Cambodia from WikiCommonsI’ve been out of touch with Bamboo Dispatch the past two weeks, sorry! I’ve been busy, though and some posts soon should reflect what I’ve been up to. In the meantime, here are a couple articles that crossed my inbox which are worth a read:

Do you drive a biodiesel or hybrid car, or better yet, bike to work? Do you recycle, reuse and buy green products? But what about the food you eat? As the article, “Eat Locally, Survive Globally” at The Toronto Star points out:

It takes 35 gallons of oil, or the equivalent of a barrel, to raise a steer to go to market. Twenty per cent of American petroleum is consumed in the producing and moving of food.

And there continues to be a lot of talk about the food crisis. Here’s an article, “Neglect of Farming Led to Rice Crisis” discussing where the rice shortage originated:

‘’The agriculture sector has been neglected for a long time, nearly four decades, and the Asia-Pacific regions would have run into a food shortage problem and rising food prices sooner or later,” says Shamika Sirimanne, chief of the socioeconomic section in the poverty and development division of ESCAP. ‘’Governments used to provide much more public services to the agriculture sector earlier.” …
‘’This shift has become marked since the 1980s,” Sirimanne explained in an interview. ‘’Everybody began to think of economic growth in that decade and what could be achieved through manufacturing, industry and services. The idea of growth through agriculture was sidelined.”

It’s important to note that the case of rice is not special, corn, wheat and all other types of food are in shortage due to similar global conditions such as trade agreements and government priorities.

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