“The grain required to fill a 25-gallon sport utility vehicle tank with ethanol
could feed one person for a year.”

– The Word Bank (via article in the Washington Post)

Instead of going to feed the world…corn is being used to fuel it.  It’s happening now, because of Federal incentives for farmers to sell their corn to make ethanol, instead of putting into the global food market.  People are starving.  Do you know that we are in a Global Food Crisis?  Do you know why?

Have you noticed the price of milk, eggs, grain, etc going way up at the grocery store lately?  Are you complaining?  Before you complain too much do some research on what is happening around the world. 

Global Food Crisis special by the Washington Post 

We may be complaining that our grocery bills are getting higher, but at least we can find the food.  We may be inconvenienced, but the World’s poor are suffering the most.  Around the world a domino effect is happening and more and more children are going to school with empty stomachs and going to bed hungry.  As a mother, this is heartbreaking.  As a mother, I want to help. 

Here are some startling quotes from the Washington Post explaining and detailing the current World Food Crisis. 


This year, about a quarter of U.S. corn will go to feeding ethanol plants instead of poultry or livestock. That has helped farmers like Johnson, but it has boosted demand — and prices — for corn at the same time global grain demand is growing. 

 

And it has linked food and fuel prices just as oil is rising to new records, pulling up the price of anything that can be poured into a gasoline tank. “The price of grain is now directly tied to the price of oil,” says Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute, a Washington research group.

 

“While many are worrying about filling their gas tanks, many others around the world are struggling to fill their stomachs, and it is getting more and more difficult every day,” World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick said in a recent speech.

The food price shock now roiling world markets is destabilizing governments, igniting street riots and threatening to send a new wave of hunger rippling through the world’s poorest nations. It is outpacing even the Soviet grain emergency of 1972-75, when world food prices rose 78 percent. By comparison, from the beginning of 2005 to early 2008, prices leapt 80 percent, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

 

The U.N. World Food Program has flagged 30 nations confronting mounting food insecurity this year as a direct result of market forces; 22 of them are in Africa. As prices climb, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal and other net food importers have been racked by civil unrest. Hunger is spiking in parts of the continent in patterns similar to past bouts of drought, floods or civil strife. In Mauritania — a nation of 3 million straddling Arab and black Africa — the number of people not getting enough food is up this year by 30 percent in rural areas despite a relatively good annual harvest, according to the WFP. A food emergency has been declared in broad sections of the country, with the food program rushing to roll out feeding stations.


NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania: Even before he took a butcher knife to the she-goat’s throat, Likbir Ould Mohamed Mahmoud knew it would only make things worse. The goat was a living bounty in this parched city on the Sahara’s edge, providing the sweet milk that filled his family’s stomachs at breakfast time. But as soaring food prices worldwide have hit the poorest nations of Africa the hardest, he has been forced to join many of his neighbors in slaughtering or selling off one of their only sources of wealth — their livestock. By sacrificing the she-goat last month, the 39-year-old day laborer and goatherd traded the family’s morning milk for dinner meat. It lasted a few days. With the family unable to afford skyrocketing prices for basic foods, he said, his two young children now cry in the morning from hunger. One recent morning, he could take it no more. He took the goat’s kid — one of the last two animals in his flock — to the squalid livestock market here in the hopes of selling it to buy food. “Everything — the wheat, rice, sugar and animal feeds — is higher priced than I have ever seen them before,” he said. “What will we do? Soon we will have nothing left to sell.”


I can’t tell you what you should do.  But, I can tell you what we are doing.  We have been giving for sometime to Feed the Children.  We believe in feeding the hungry first, before you try to do anything else to help them or tell them about the love of God, first they need full stomachs. 

We just increased our donation to Feed the Children.  We took it from our grocery budget.  It’s tight in that category, but I feel like we can sacrifice buying fruit snacks, goldfish, and Coke to help another mother in Africa put her children to bed with food in their bellies. 

I encourage you to help other mothers feed their children with me.  Mothers have to stick together.  We have to help each other out.

I’d love to know what you find and how you decide to help.  Please leave your ways to make a difference in the Global Food Crisis by making a comment. 

I love you!

Amanda

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