The Population

Since 1961, the world cereal production has tripled, while the population has doubled. It is true that stocks are at level lowest in 30 years. But, in short, produces sufficient quantity of food in the world. However, it does not reach those who need them. People directly consumes less than half of the world production of grains. Most of this production is used for animal consumption and increasingly to biofuels through industrial chains in large scale. Indeed, once crossed the cold statistics curtain, it is possible to realize that something is fundamentally wrong with our food system. We have allowed that food be transformed from something that feeds people and guarantees them the sustenance, into a mere commodity for speculation and business.

The perverse logic of this system has reached a critical point. Jump to view the way in which benefits investors above the nutritional needs of the people. Faced with this reality critics have been protests, complaints, manifestations opinions involving to take seriously the marketing of foods, their behavior in the market, considering the views expressed by Grain, the promoters of the policies that have given shape to the current global food system and that are supposedly responsible for avoiding such disasters have offered a number of explanations for the current crisis which everyone has already heard over and over again: drought and other problems affecting harvests, increased demand in China and India where people apparently is fueling more and better crops and land which convert en masse towards the production of agrofuels, and other explanations. Add to this the actions of speculators who inflate prices, which is also the subject of greater investigation. All these matters, obviously, contributing to the current food crisis.

But they are not totally responsible for its depth. There is something more important behind. Something that unites all these issues and that the You popes of the world of finance and development is keeping out of the public discussion.

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