A Student of History

March 1, 2008

Fuel, not food!

Filed under: Simple Living,The world today — John Maass @ 4:25 pm

It is a sad state of affairs when, as we learn from the Washington Post, that the U.S. government’s humanitarian relief agency will significantly scale back emergency food aid to some of the world’s poorest countries this year because of soaring global food prices, but there seems to be no limit on how many billions we can spend on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.  When we stand before the final judgment of God or history or something else one might believe in, how is that going to go over? 

“Sorry, God, I know we humans allowed hundreds of thousands of people to die of famine, malnutrition, and disease, but we had to use the money for warfare.”  God (or future generations studying our era) will be sympathetic, right?

The Post article says that “USAID officials said that a 41 percent surge in prices for wheat, corn, rice and other cereals over the past six months has generated a $120 million budget shortfall that will force the agency to reduce emergency operations. That deficit is projected to rise to $200 million by year’s end. Prices have skyrocketed as more grains go to biofuel production or are consumed by such fast-emerging markets,” such as China.  In 2007, USAID gave about 2.5 million tons of food, accounting for more than 50 percent of the emergency aid in a number of nations.

Thus, to save us from too much foreign oil dependence, we take our food to make fuel, which means we all pay more for the food and millions get nothing to eat.  Is that fair/Christian/charitable/moral, or any of them? 



  1. So, if we won’t be buying so many of these food staples, could it also mean we no longer need to subsidize the US farmers who produce them? Woah! Let’s not go there!

    We already give US farmers incredible tax breaks and subsidies, but also buy food from them with U.S. tax dollars to send to countries that we provide aid… Hmmm not so efficient. Maybe better to cut out the U.S. farm subsidies and send those accruals to USAID, to buy food from foreign productions lines in countries needing economic stimulus to which we also provide aid, and redistribute those products to other countries needing food aide. That will cut out the middlemen. And we should do that real soon before the U.S. needs economic stimulus to save us all from the incredible cost of the war which is sucking us down a vortex of incurable debt.

    Comment by DC Citizen — March 2, 2008 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  2. At least one celeb is putting her wealth into the fight against hunger, and should be widely recognized for it. Drew Barrymore just donated $1,000,000 the UN’s World Food Program to feed kids in Kenya. More details are at http://www.wfp.org/index.htm.

    Comment by John Maass — March 4, 2008 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  3. […] putting her wealth into the fight against hunger, and should be widely recognized for it.  [See my prior post on March 1st] Drew Barrymore just donated $1,000,000 the UN’s World Food Program to feed kids […]

    Pingback by Hats off to Drew Barrymore « A Student of History — March 4, 2008 @ 10:52 am | Reply

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