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Your Views: Food shortages can’t be met by increasing farm production

POSTED: July 28, 2012 1:00 a.m.

Is Michael Wheeler’s July 19, column, “Food prices forecast to rise worldwide” a modern day prophesy?
According to information in the column, we earthlings should be more concerned about famine than war or pestilence. The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control will save us from disease and pestilence and the United Nations will eventually stop all war and maintain peace among us earthlings.

The problem of war and disease being solved leaves the centuries old bugaboo of famine. History records the fact that people moved from one area to another in search of food during times of famine. So-called advanced civilizations have disappeared off the face of the earth because of famine. Famine, with its associated hunger, makes people do strange things.

The last two paragraphs in the column appear to contain information that the ignorant and unawares think will solve the impending global food shortage.

“The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) said farms should aim to boost productivity in a sustainable way to help contain food prices and reduce the insecurity of global food supplies. It said this could be achieved through more efficient use of irrigated water, fertilizer and crop protection products, investing in agriculture research and innovation and introducing policies that encourage these changes.”

Lack of rainfall and/or overpopulation is, has and will always be the main cause of food shortages. King Solomon hit the nail on the head when he penned, “When good increase, they are increased that eat them.” So is increased crop production as advocated in Mr. Wheeler’s column a practical solution to prevent a global food shortage?

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus,” will prove to be the only workable solution for some folks.

William P. Clark
Flowery Branch


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