#98 global rice grain crisis

I’m boggled at the escalating increase in the price of grains, especially rice. The poor in countries like Haiti, Philippines, Bangladesh and others took to the streets in protests and violence…

Due to climate change, for instance, drought in Australia but what about other rice growing countries?

An assumption that the rise of India and China economically, people will consume more rice.

I believe the more wealthy a country, the more meat consumed and less rice.

It’s the poor that will consume more rice. Is this a case when the poor can afford to eat a little more that has excerbated the present condition…certainly not!

I can understand the reason for grains like corn due to biofuels…but rice?

I grew up wondering about excess grains produced in the US being dumped rather than feed the poor in parts of the world — and told this was one way to stabilise the price of grain internationally!  

Is this the result of hoarding in some countries that produce such and many nationals hoping for commodity price to increase to make their millions? Will the bubble burst eventually as suggested by some pundits?

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One Response

  1. The bank crisis and rampant inflation, recession, inflated oil prices, the grain and rice shortage….
    contrived shortages, that will increase the power of the wealthy few who control much of what takes place in the world.

    We often look to world leaders and blame them for wars and situations like Iraq but in truth there are far more influential people behind the scenes.

    Nothing is what it seems on the outside, but merely illusions to deceive and control the masses.

    We must remember that we do not wrestle with flesh and blood but spiritual wickedness in high places, with spiritual powers of darkness and principalities in the unseen realm.
    We must have discernment in the Lord Jesus Christ if we are to understand the times in which we live.

    It will only get worse before His return, but we must have hope and not lose heart! Jesus is our hope, our Life, our reason for living.
    May we have His eyes to see, His ears to hear and His heart for the poor, and the lost, regardless of their background and social status.

    May you be blessed in His love and joy today!

    Susan

    *****
    Thank you Susan for your thoughtful and thot-provoking comment and a reminder to have the mind of Christ in viewing that’s happening around us.

    My mind wonders to those rice producing countries where good governance might prevent such. Unfortunately there’s much manipulation by those in the market and related fields that exacerbate the human problem today.

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