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05/01/2008 02:37 AM ID: 70374 Permalink   

US Secy of State Blames China and India for Food Crisis


US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated: the "growing Indian and Chinese appetite in contributing to the global food crisis." The source article says these countries dominate food consumption so this isn't entirely incorrect.

Rice believes if people in these countries eat less, there will be more food globally. However, its noted that the increase in bio-fuels has lessened how much food there is for consumption.

Also, India blames the US federal reserve and international market for increasing energy and food prices. One Indian government minister states both India and China have increased food production as a response to growing demand.

    WebReporter: JFURY Show Calling Card      
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  bio fuels  
a crisis man made and not needed.there are more poor than rich and greed factor is doing a tap dance again the world by balance not greed.....
  by: flukemol   05/01/2008 05:18 AM     
  Yes, you filthy brown people... some consideration and stop stuffing your
faces with rice so I can drive my biodiesel Hummer.
The nerve of some people. Sheesh!
  by: Mister crank     05/01/2008 07:10 AM     
Yeah, all those greasy fatasses rolling around in their SUVS and stuffing their faces in China should be considerate and leave more for the poor, staving, skin-and-bone folks in America, have they no heart?!?!!? Woe is me!!!
  by: silentrage   05/01/2008 07:59 AM     
how stupid does she think we are? the loss of farmers surely couldn't be a contributing factor could it? No, of course not. indians and chinese are just so wealthy now that they're eating more. see, globalization and free trade are good things. yeah, that's what's happening.
  by: ManilaRyce     05/01/2008 09:58 AM     
How stupid are you Ms Rice? If there were any doubt that you are not George's lickspittle, you have completely dispelled any confusion with your latest gaff. Have a look at the national waistline luv, and for that matter, Britain's and ours (Aust.), and tell me where these other crisis causing countries could start reducing their 'appetite'.
  by: grumpy ray     05/01/2008 10:14 AM     
  Food Crisis Wha..?  
Until I can't a get pizza delivered, or when the dollar menu at McD's disappears, I'm not too worried about a food crisis.

When I'm tending to my garden an hour a day to feed my family, I'll be more concerned. I guess I'm just an arrogant, greedy American.

Lets scrap ethanol fuels, I want my water powered car!
  by: spampeg   05/01/2008 08:19 PM     
  Untrue Story -  
She was remarking on the urbanization and industrilization of these countries. She didn't even say what was in the quote. Here's the transcript:
Context much.

The question was, "Many of us are in countries where the predominant source of food is grain, rice, et cetera. And I’m wondering about your thoughts about the U.S. Government’s thoughts about the skyrocketing prices of grain worldwide."

And Condoleeza Rice's answer that pertained to India was, "We obviously have to look at places where production seems to be declining and declining to the point that people are actually putting export caps on the amount of food. Now, some of that is not so much declining production as apparently improvement in the diets of people, for instance, in China and India, and then pressures to keep food inside the country. So, that’s another element that we have to look at."

Nowhere does she say that "growing Indian and Chinese appetite is contributing to the global food crisis".
  by: aardvark   05/01/2008 08:34 PM     
Read the quote again and you see the context. She is saying diets have improved in those countries and they are keeping more food in those countries than exporting. The topic is lack of food in the world.
  by: JFURY     05/01/2008 11:41 PM     
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