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Global Wheat Crop In Peril
By Leland Waldrip   
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Last edited: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2008

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As world food becomes scarce: Excerpts from an article titled, “Stem Rust Never Sleeps.”

  

In the last decade, global wheat production has not kept pace with rising population, or the increasing per capita demand for wheat products in newly industrializing countries. At the same time, international support for wheat research has declined significantly. And as a consequence, in 2007-08, world wheat stocks (as a percentage of demand) dropped to their lowest level since 1947-48. And prices have steadily climbed to the highest level in 25 years.

The State Department is recommending ending American support for the international agricultural research centers that helped start the Green Revolution, including all money for wheat research. And significant financial cuts have been proposed for important research centers, including the Department of Agriculture’s essential rust research laboratory in St. Paul.

This shocking short-sightedness goes against the interests not only of American wheat farmers and consumers but of all humanity. It is tantamount to the United States abandoning its pledge to help halve world hunger by 2015.

 

The full article is available at the following link:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/26/opinion/26borlaug.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

 

Signs of the times

Each day, the headlines indicate more and more the disparity between needs for food and water and availability of these and other resources. My essay, “Choking On Numbers” (previously posted on Authorsden) becomes increasingly relevant. We will reduce global population or face starving masses. It’s happening now. Here’s a link to Choking On Numbers :  

http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?id=35927

 

 

© 2008 R. Leland Wald.rip

 

 

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/27/2008
I remember rust ruining the green bean crop in my youth. I'm with you. We are in for tough times if we don't address population immediately.

Ron
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/27/2008
Gotta pay for the "terrorist" war some way. After all, isn't OIL much more important that human life? (read the sarcasm!) World leaders are going to H*ll in a bread-less basket...enlightening article, Leland.
Blessing ~~ Micke
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 4/27/2008
A very sobering article. Just reread your excellent Choking on Numbers. So tragically true, and getting more so every day. You sure make an impact with your writing - very few humans do.
CJ
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/26/2008
interesting article--much to think about and much truth

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