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UN warns on food shortage riots.

rising food prices could cause worldwide turmoil and global political instability.

 

 

"A top United Nations official has warned that rising food prices could cause worldwide turmoil and global political instability.

Food price rises of more than 40 per cent in the last 12 months have helped spark riots and unrest in countries like Egypt, Haiti and Uzbekistan.

On Monday there were food riots in Haiti and there have been violent protests in Ivory Coast. Riots after price rises in Cameroon in February left 40 people dead."

 

--go go bio fuels?

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Aldreth, Is this caused by the US dollar in decline? If so how?  Is it because these countries are pegged to the dollar?

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April 09 2008

Heck, states in the US area already fighting about water..........it is just the beginning.  

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April 10 2008
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  Does anyone know what soylent green is???

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April 10 2008
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Akka, in those countries it would be about the insane prices of the oil used in shipping food to them.  The Uzbek som doesn't buy you much to begin with, and when oil costs triple as they have in the past five years, they can't import food as cheaply.

 

Buy your food locally, and conserve gasoline!

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April 10 2008
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"Does anyone know what Soylent Green is?"

 

Old home owners?

 

:-)

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April 10 2008
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I dont know whats better, reading Aldreth or Drudge report

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April 10 2008
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This has nothing to do with housing.  MIXED BAG

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April 10 2008

Soylent green??

Isnt that what they put in the meat you buy at wal-mart??

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April 10 2008

people eat food in their houses...

 

Plus riots could destroy many houses worldwide...

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April 10 2008

this is gay.

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April 10 2008
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Housing is one of the best hedges against inflation.  Talk about inflation fears equals talk about housing.

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April 10 2008
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Yeah, nothing says buying a house like a food riot in Haiti.  Mixed bag all the way.

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April 10 2008
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  "Soylent green is people!"...Charlton Heston movie "Soylent Green" 1973....the people of the future eat processed dead humans.

   Also last movie made by Edgar G Robinson

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April 10 2008
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Jeremy, just because Americans are decent enough not to riot after the ridiculous food price increases of recent years doesn't mean that inflation isn't affecting them.  Maybe they *should* riot.

 

I think that this inflation is part of the Fed's "solution" to the credit crisis.  A $600k house won't seem so expensive if everything else is twice as much as it should be, and it's the diligent savers who'll be left holding the bag.  An empty, worthless bag.

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April 10 2008

Moved

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April 10 2008
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Land that used to be cultivated for food in Latin America, Africa, Indonesia, South East Asia is being converted to growing crops for bio fuels.  In other words, people living in those countries will not be able to afford food so we can have bio-diesel.

 

It's one of the problems with bio-fuels in general.

 

Plus the fact that they remove carbon from the soil that takes thirty years to return.  As opposed to petroleum products which hold carbon that had already been removed from the planetary eco-system.

 

Many scientists are now taking a second look at the bio-fuel concept and saying maybe we ought to back off of this one.

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April 10 2008

You ppl need to grow a brain for crying out loud!!!  who really needs food anyway?  Its not even included in CPI which is proof alone that NOBODY needs that worthless crap anyway!!!!!

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April 10 2008
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As cheapskate said, you CAN live on beer alone..it's a fact.

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April 10 2008

what if you hate beer?

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April 10 2008
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Hate beer!?!?! WTF!

 

That would be a hate crime, dont know what that would intail, but cant be pretty.

 

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April 10 2008

LOL.........beer sucks.......unless it's really hot outside and it's a corona light with a slice of lime

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April 10 2008
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Ok,....chick's point of view.. Standing down...for now..lol

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April 10 2008

Ugh, seriously ppl, the next 5-10 years are NOT going to memorable as the "good times"

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April 10 2008
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Which is why I'd like to find a place with enough sunlight for a garden... can't grow veggies in the shade.  See - it all comes back to housing (though not necessarily buying)... kinda... :)

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April 14 2008

come CheerTard, It's always good times!

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April 14 2008

I'll remember you said that....

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April 14 2008

OK :)

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April 14 2008

See, out of all of that you found something good!  You are a cheertard!!

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