Sunday, March 9, 2008

Diet Globalization.

It's not necessarily business as usual as "food commodities" like corn, soy, and wheat become "market worthies", according to a recent New York Times article by David Streitfeld.

“Everyone wants to eat like an American on this globe,” said Daniel W. Basse of the AgResource Company, a Chicago consultancy. “But if they do, we’re going to need another two or three globes to grow it all.”

Coined "diet globalization", I can't come to terms with a McDonald's in the middle of the Sahara, let alone bread now seen in Nigeria.

"If all this suggests a golden age for American growers, it could well be brief, said Bruce Babcock, an economist at Iowa State University. He predicted that farmers would do their best to ramp up production, possibly to the point of pulling land out of conservation programs so they could plant more. 'Give farmers a price incentive, and they’ll produce,' he said."

In the name of sustainability, if not conservation, what else will go? Yes, the only thing that will prevail will be complacent humans. A ubiquitous human-filled, non-biodiverse Earth. How complacent will we be, though, when all that was given to us since the beginning of humankind, simply...vanishes?

"The Agriculture Department forecasts that world wheat production will increase 8 percent this year. In the United States, spring and durum wheat plantings are expected to rise by two million acres, helping to drive prices down to $7 a bushel, the government said."

A bit draconian, if you tell me.

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