Global hunger - the Minnesota connection

  • Article by: ALLEN LEVINE
  • Updated: August 20, 2011 - 10:06 PM
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patrickjdAug. 21, 11 4:58 AM

1. Develop better distribtion systems once the food shipments have reached their designated countries. 2. Halt the burning of food for fuel as long as there are starving children in Africa. 3. Ignore global warming fearmongers and build self sustaining power plants and irrigation systems in Africa.

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nomedsAug. 21, 11 7:42 AM

Using corn for biofuels is better than using corn as a food product for many reasons: 1. Corn or the products produced from corn such as corn syrup is the culprit causing obesity because corn syrup creates food cravings. 2. As has been studied and proven, corn is an excellent incubator for E-coli as is shown and documented in corn fed cattle as compared to grass fed cattle.

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jsens3Aug. 21, 11 7:47 AM

Seems a little Pollyannish to me. The current problems are largely political ones both for starving people in Africa and couch potatoes here in Minnesota. Assuming the climate and demographic changes the writer anticipates, we need to be prepared to protect our agricultural benefits for our own use first, otherwise Americans will find themselves starving.

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talktalkAug. 21, 11 8:04 AM

I can't help wondering how much grain and other food for export the nations of the former USSR are producing, after decades of disastrous collectivized farming pushed their productivity to astoundingly low levels. Southern Russia and Ukraine contain an area of rich land comparable to the American Midwest. Has there been significant agricultural reform there, Mr. Levine?

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gbill7Aug. 21, 11 8:15 AM

NO mention of population control in this article? Sure, it's a thorny issue - but if we don't find a way to slow population growth, nature will do it for us, as horrific famines! The April, 2011 issue of Wired magazine has a great article about an Indian scientist who has come up with a male birth control method. It's an inexpensive, easily reversible, safe kind of vasectomy, with zero side effects. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given this scientist a small grant to pursue this potentially huge solution, so please go to www.wired.com and read about this exciting development!

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bigbadbeanAug. 21, 11 8:37 AM

"Forty years from now, our world will be hotter," That line causes the writer to lose all credibility. Forty years ago the radical liberals were telling us a new ice age was imminent. The majority of us are fed up with liberal scare tactics.

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elind56Aug. 21, 11 9:25 AM

Famines are NOT the result of droughts or any other weather phenomena. They are the direct result of dictatorial regimes that, by design, keep their people uneducated, poor, and living hand to mouth. Foreign aid in times of need (actually, all the time) is regularly sucked up by the regime and used to fund the political machine and opulent lifestyles of the 'party'.

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bigbadbeanAug. 21, 11 9:32 AM

"if we don't find a way to slow population growth, nature will do it for us" Starvation in Africa is an example that it is already occurring.

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patrickjdAug. 21, 1110:06 AM

I agree with bigbadbean. "Forty years from now, our world will be hotter," The writter, Allen Levine, lost all credibility by blaming poverty in Africa on pseudo climate change theory.

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davehougAug. 21, 1110:49 AM

"This year, for the first time, more corn will be needed for making fuel than for feeding animals, according to the USDA's forecasting agency." - - The unspoken problem with converting to non-food sources such as switchgrass is that even more acres will be needed to create X gallons than corn and vastly more truck traffic. Way more BTU's in a semi-load of dried corn kernals than a flat-bed of switch-grass bales.

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