Potential Food and Energy Shortage Across the World

Mari

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UN posted an article about “BENEFITS OF WORLD HUNGER” but removed it from the portal.

However, it is currently still available on ResearchGate.

On that and more, Cap Allon wrote in his article here.

Here is the "missing" article for the record:

THE BENEFITS OF WORLD HUNGER


George Kent
University of Hawai’i
June 11, 2008


We sometimes talk about hunger in the world as it were a scourge that all of us want to see abolished, viewing it as comparable with the plague or AIDS. But that naïve view prevents us from coming to grips with what causes and sustains hunger. Hunger has great positive value to many people. Indeed, it is fundamental to the working of the world’s economy. Hungry people are highly productive people, especially where there is a need for manual labor.


We in developed countries sometime see poor people by the roadside holding up signs that say “Will Work for Food”. Actually, most people work for food. It is mainly because people need food to survive that they work so hard, either in producing food for themselves in subsistence-level production, or by selling their services to others in exchange for money. How many of us would sell our services if it were not for the threat of hunger?


How many of us would sell our services so cheaply if it were not for the threat of hunger? When we sell our services cheaply, we enrich others, those who own the factories and the machines and the lands and, ultimately, own the people who work for them. For those who depend on the availability of cheap labor, hunger is the foundation of their wealth.


The conventional thinking is that hunger is caused by low-paying jobs. For example, one report tells about “Brazil's ethanol slaves:
200,000 migrant sugar cutters who prop up renewable energy boom (Phillips 2007; also see Simoes 2008).” While it is true that hunger is caused by low-paying jobs, we need to understand that at the same time hunger causes low-paying jobs to be created. Who would have established massive biofuel production operations in Brazil if they did not know there were thousands of hungry people desperate enough to take the awful jobs they would offer? Who would build any sort of factory if they did not know many people would be available to take the jobs at low pay rates?


The hunger literature talks about how it is important to assure that people are well fed so that that they can be more productive. That is a mistake. No one works harder than hungry people. Yes, people who are well nourished have greater capacity for productive physical activity, but well nourished people are far less willing to do that work.


The nongovernmental organization Free the Slaves estimates there are about 27 million slaves in the world (Free the Slaves 2007). They define slaves as people who are not allowed to walk away from their jobs. Their count includes people who are literally locked into workrooms and bonded laborers in south Asia. However, they do not include those who might be described as slaves to hunger, people who are free to walk away from their jobs, but have nothing better to go to. What are their numbers? Maybe most people who work are slaves to hunger?


For those at the high end of the social ladder, ending hunger in the world would be a disaster. If there were no hunger in the world, who would plow the fields? Who would harvest the vegetables? Who would work in the rendering plants and the canneries? There are many things that those at the high end would not want to do themselves. When poor people work cheap, others get inexpensive food and shirts and televisions. Of course the people at the high end are not rushing to solve the hunger problem. For them, hunger is not a problem, but an asset.





BIBLIOGRAPHY​

Free the Slaves (2007). Website. Free the Slaves

Phillips, Tom 2007. “Brazil's ethanol slaves: 
200,000 migrant sugar cutters who prop up renewable energy boom.” The Guardian. March 9. Brazil's ethanol slaves: 200,000 migrant sugar cutters who prop up renewable energy boom

Simoes, Eduardo and Inae Riveras 2008. Amnesty Condemns Forced Cane Labor in Brazil. Reuters. Amnesty condemns forced cane labor in Brazil
 

Chad

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UN posted an article about “BENEFITS OF WORLD HUNGER” but removed it from the portal.

However, it is currently still available on ResearchGate.

On that and more, Cap Allon wrote in his article here.

Here is the "missing" article for the record:

Hey Mari, there's a thread for that article here: The UN Thinks You Starving To Death Is A Good Thing

Also, it's up on SOTT here: UN deletes weird 'satirical' article celebrating benefits of world hunger after backlash -- Sott.net
 

Eboard10

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Now they aren't even hiding it anymore. Italy's government led by former ECB president Mario Draghi has prepared a draft proposal as part of an emergency plan that aims to impose a curfew on electricity ad gas consumption as the country prepares for the eventuality of a stop in the provision of Russian gas which accounts for about 25% of national consumption today.

The plan includes measures such as limiting the use of air conditioners during summer, reducing the temperature of radiators by 2 degree in households during winter and heating in offices to 19 degrees, closing public offices at 5.30pm, shops at 7pm and restaurants at 11pm. A reduction of 40% of streetlights in cities is also outlined as well as reduction of gas and electricity to businesses.

This will all depend on whether gas from Russia stops flowing but it's sad to see that the government would rather continue shooting itself in the foot by imposing such measures at the expense of the population and of its own credibility rather than stop this nonsense.

Below an Italian article translated with DeepL.

Gas: the Italian contingency plan. Austerity and curfew

Nord Stream closed for 10 days, officially for 'maintenance'. Italy and European countries ready with emergency plans. How we might face a blockage of the Russian gas flow​


The second stop of the Nord Stream gas pipeline starts today. For 10 days, officially for maintenance of the Russian company Gazprom's gas import facility, the largest import infrastructure in the European Union, gas flows to Germany have been interrupted. And Italy is preparing its own emergency plan. Because it is not so certain that the cut in supplies will resume on 21 July and if the blockade, in connection with new war scenarios, continues, the gas supplies needed to cope with the coming winter could be compromised.In addition, Eni announced that 'Gazprom will supply gas volumes of about 21 million cubic metres per day today, compared to an average of about 32 million cubic metres in recent days'. A further cut in Italian gas that is worrying. So, better to put your hands ahead and plan for the future even while preparing for the worst.

The emergency plan​

The Italian contingency plan, as reported by news agencies, includes several steps.
It includes cuts in the use of air conditioners in summer, with temperature limits at 27 degrees, and cuts in heating in public offices in winter. But it could also include curfews for shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, 40 per cent cuts in public lighting and museums, and reductions in the activities of energy-hungry companies. All this, with a view to savings. On the supply side, greater use of coal and new drilling for gas on our territory. All this, however, in various steps, depending on the situation.

The emergency in stages​

The emergency plan provides for interventions in air conditioning, heating and lighting.
At the moment, no impact measures are being applied: we are in phase 1, which began with the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the sanctions, which led the government to find alternative sources of gas supply to make our country independent of Russia.
Italy is now stocking up for the coming winter. Should phase 2 be triggered, determined by a blockage of Nord Stream supplies, now stopped for the second time 'for maintenance', the strategies to put in place to set aside for the colder months would, however, have a greater impact on our daily lives.
The first intervention would in fact concern air conditioning, the use of which would have to be reduced. And this is certainly not good news considering the weather forecast for the coming weeks, with the arrival of another African anticyclone that will cause temperatures to rise again, in some regions even above 40 degrees.

Less light on the streets, austerity for businesses and premises​

Another intervention would concern lighting, starting with public lighting.
With a reduction of 40 per cent, in essence, little more than one in two streetlights would remain active along the streets.
Another exceptional measure (but this one envisaged, it seems, for extreme cases) would concern shops and public premises, which could be affected by a curfew for savings.
The hypothesis is that the former might have to close at 7pm and the latter at 11pm.
Then residential savings could take over, with the temperature of radiators reduced by two degrees and switch-on and switch-off times.


Energy-intensive businesses​

Intervention measures could also affect companies defined as 'energy-hungry' because they have cycles that could not be interrupted. Cement works and steel mills, for example, ceramic and glass industries, could face temporary supply interruptions.

A common strategy​

Like Italy, the other European countries have also prepared their own contingency plans to cope with a future that promises to be as uncertain as ever and linked to the fate of the war.
A unified strategy plan, coordinating the various national emergency plans, will be defined by the European Union next week. It is not excluded that it will provide for further energy rationing.
 

KristinLynne

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It's been a while since I've updated on what I've seen at the new grocery store I transferred to at the first of April. The old store was and is plagued with poor management so it was difficult to tell just what was shortages and results of that poor management. The new store has a much better team of managers and we also have a lot of newer products on the shelves when older ones were either discontinued or unavailable.

The canned meat section is dwindling in varieties and quantities and that also seems the case in Walmart too. In the meat department, they have a hard time getting boneless, skinless chicken breast in at times. There was a theory that restaurants were getting the first dibs on those and the rest was shipped out to grocers but I can't verify that. Pork seems to be quite abundant and at reasonable prices given the situation but beef cuts are extremely high. A 2 pound chuck roast is going for about $20 now and we were all out on Monday.

One of the weird shortages to me is the kids juice boxes and capri suns that are very popular. It has continues to be a struggle for quite a few months to get those on the shelf. Some of the cereal and bread items are getting harder to come by but there is some and they stretch those out to fill the shelves. I also notice that a lot of items are few in quantity as I take the first one and see empty space behind that item and many of it's neighbors. Coffey creamers, milk and half and half products have been hit pretty hard in a lot of places too.

It does also seem like the shortages are random items and when they come back then another is affected. But as stated above the curious thing to me is that there are so many new items from newer companies that show up. I am seeing a lot more gluten free, grain free, dairy free items show up and they are expensive! There is a new product called Hu, short for human that has a snickerdoodle cookie and it is approximately 2.25 oz and is $7. The funny thing I see is there are a lot of new products claiming to be KETO such as bread and cereal and they are anything but. It seems that companies are turning it into a fad and capitalizing on it but that is nothing new.

As an aside, I'd like to mention the differences in the old store and the new. The old one has many self proclaimed republicans which seemed to practice more of the woke ideology tactics covertly. It was very weird to experience the disconnect and at first I thought maybe that the managers were going along to get along but as time passed I could see that some of them were really behind the methods if not the whole idea such as playing the victims, catering to the ones who did the least amount of work and then fostering a really toxic environment.

It wasn't until I had been at the new store for a few weeks that I could really see just how toxic the old one was. But the new store is fully woke and it is openly displayed but it also has elements of the older locals which would be described as redneck. There is a real mix of differences there. It is kind of refreshing to see and definitely interesting to watch. It is almost a cliché at this point and an example is one of the younger people up front is a gay, black, vegetarian who would claim another was racist when they would call him out on something. But he was fired last week for poor job attendance and performance. It was the first time I've seen that someone was let go based on that in a very long time.
 

liam1310

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Relistening to this interview from 2015 on The truth perapective. Useful info from Fernando, worth a revisit or if you haven't yet, its worth listening to.

Our guest on the March 28th, 2015, broadcast of The Truth Perspective was Fernando "Ferfal" Aguirre. Fernando was a firsthand witness of the many tumultuous changes that occurred in the early 2000's when Argentina saw a collapse in its economy. Finding a whole new and dangerous set of circumstances under which he was living, he had to find new approaches to the challenges of daily living, providing for his family, and keeping them in safety.

Fernando is the author of The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse, which is an account of his many experiences and the insights he has gleaned from them. He is also well known for his Blog, Survival in Argentina, where he regularly posts information about what he sees in the world today, as well as daily tips and reviews of survival products: http://ferfal.blogspot.com

 

c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Russia is working with the UN Secretariat in that regard, the deputy minister added
UNITED NATIONS, July 15. /TASS/. Being a reliable supplier, Russia is ready to significantly increase its exports of food and fertilizers to the global market, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin has said.

"On the subject of food security, we would like to note that Russia can significantly increase exports of corresponding goods and fertilizers," he told the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.

"At the same time, we are directing supplies to African countries, to the Middle East region, and assist in solving the issue of famine," he added.

Russia is working with the UN Secretariat in that regard, the deputy minister added.

Snip:
The delegations of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Nations met in Istanbul on July 13. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, during the negotiations, Moscow provided a package of suggestions for resolving the grain supply issue as soon as possible. According to the Turkish side, the countries will sign the final document next week. Settling the food crisis could become an incentive for resuming peace talks between Moscow and Kiev, the Russian parliament told Izvestia following the Istanbul meeting on grain exports. However, the success of a possible dialogue depends on the ability of Ukraine to fulfill the conditions of the Russian Federation.

"Russia consistently takes a humanitarian position on the supply of grain. Our international partners know it. We support avoiding crises on the world market. I hope other parties will not toy with ideas and will be able to reach the necessary agreements with us," Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy Artem Kiryanov told Izvestia.

"We have never interfered with the export of grain. Of course, now any agreements can align positions closer. There have been shifts in Kaliningrad. Perhaps, the success of the negotiations on grain will be an incentive for resuming peace talks with Ukraine," Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy Ivan Abramov told the newspaper.

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,
The European Union has warned of a new wave of migration caused by a global food crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.
Aija Kalnaja, the newly appointed interim director, told reporters in Prague that the bloc was already prepared for refugees leaving Ukraine, but that the wider problem would likely be an influx of people from other areas of the world.

“We have to prepare also for refugees coming from other areas because of food security,” said Kalnaja.
“You probably know that grain transport from Ukraine is hampered and that will create waves of migration.”
Her warning follows the release of a 27-page internal EU report last month which highlighted the threat of “a catastrophic famine” facing North Africa.

A global hunger crisis might trigger “new waves of social protest, internal displacement and migration to neighboring regions and possibly towards the EU,” the report said.

A similar warning was sent by Italian League party leader Matteo Salvini, who back in May said that up to 20 million Africans could try to enter Europe if the disruption to grain supplies continues.

Salvini cautioned that, “Significant hunger is expected on the African continent, which will be a humanitarian, then a social, and finally an Italian problem.”

“Without peace there will be famine in the autumn and 20 million Africans will be ready to go,” he added.
British TV presenter and celebrity farmer Jeremy Clarkson was also only half-joking when he quipped that global food shortages caused by the war in Ukraine could eventually lead to cannibalism.

In addition to the food crisis, there is already a massive pull of people wanting to leave Africa, with Europe their favored destination.

A survey of 15 African countries last month revealed that more than half of young people want to leave the continent in the coming years.

As we document in the video below, the food crisis is being exacerbated by globalist technocrats enforcing green agenda cuts that will devastate the agriculture industry.

Farmers in the Netherlands, one of the world’s largest meat exporters, have staged massive protests over a plan to slash nitrogen emissions that would put many of them out of business forever.


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HAMBURG (Reuters) -Germany’s 2022 wheat crop will increase 5.3% on the year to 22.51 million tonnes despite a recent heatwave and dryness, the country’s association of farm cooperatives said in its latest harvest estimate on Thursday.

The association forecast Germany’s 2022 winter rapeseed crop will rise 8.2% from last summer’s crop to 3.77 million tonnes.
In its previous forecast in June, the association had estimated Germany’s 2022 wheat crop at 22.65 million tonnes and the winter rapeseed crop at 3.78 million tonnes.

Dry, hot weather had stressed German grains so the forecast had been cut slightly, the association said. But an average German grains harvest is still expected.

“Can Germany with its harvest this year make a contribution to global grain supplies, which are facing an ever growing supply gap because of the war in Ukraine?” the association said. “According to our forecast this is possible.”

Germany is the European Union’s second largest wheat producer after France and a major grain exporter.
But Germany is facing serious transport and logistics bottlenecks, partly because of the turmoil in energy markets after the Ukraine war, it said.

Germany fears a stop to Russian gas supplies and has decided to use more coal-fired power to help fill the gap.

The need bring coal to power stations is removing large numbers of trucks from grain transport, the association said.

Many inland waterways vessels are also being switched to transporting Ukraine’s grain exports via rivers to east Europe for re-export as Ukrainian seaports remain closed, it said.

Germany’s winter barley crop, mostly used for animal feed, is approaching its end in some areas with harvest volume and quality better than anticipated, it said.

The winter barley crop will fall 0.5% on the year to 8.84 million tonnes following a reduction in sowings, the association said.
(Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by David Evans)
 

thorbiorn

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"Potential Food and Energy Shortages Across the World" could morph into a new thread of "Widespread" instead of "Potential", in fact the image in the previous post showed that close to 900 million already live without sufficient food, so there is an element of situational context in which one finds oneself. While food is being wasted in one place, there is not enough in another, or there is no money to buy the food that is available.

Since nitrogen has become a subject due to protests in the Netherlands, below are some paragraphs that cover the importance of nitrogen in agriculture and the conditions, the farmers in the Netherlands face, as well as other motives the Dutch government may have.

The legislation in the Netherlands is connected to the EU nitrates directive:
The Council Directive 91/676/EEC concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources (the Nitrates Directive) was adopted on 12 December 1991. It aims to protect water quality across Europe by preventing nitrates from agricultural sources polluting ground and surface waters and by promoting the use of good farming practices.

The Nitrates Directive forms an integral part of the Water Framework Directive and is one of the key instruments in the protection of waters against agricultural pressures.

More information on the aims, implementation and impact of the Nitrates Directive can be found in the Factsheet on the Nitrates Directive, in the Questions and Answers document and on the following infographics:
They have this image:
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Why nitrogen is important for plants
Proteins are made of chains of amino acids and for every amino acid, there is an amino group consisting of one nitrogen atom and two hydrogen atoms, see illustrations on this Wiki on proteinogenic amino acids, where you will also find that a few amino acids have two nitrogen atoms in their molecular structure.

Although nitrogen makes up about 78 % of the air as molecules of N2, it is not accessible to plants as it is, because the triple bond between the two nitrogen atoms is very strong. For plants to make absorb nitrogen, the triple nitrogen bond needs to be broken, and nitrogen salts need to be formed, this can happen both naturally or through synthetic processes or a combination of both. Nitrogen fertilizers, typically use anhydrous ammonia, NH3 as a foundation. When anhydrous ammonia is applied directly, there are bacteria that help to convert it to salts.
Nitrogen is the most important crop-yield limiting factor in the world, together with water. - Nitrogen Use (incl. EU NEP) - Fertilizers Europe

Too little or too much nitrogen?
The fertilizer industry association has this chart, which is similar to the previous one from the EU, but is taken more from the perspective of the crop production.
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Another chart shows what happens to the soil and the environment depending on the amount used. [NUE stands for Nitrogen Use Efficiency].
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I don't know where the EU has set the limit in relation to the above model, but one can imagine a situation, where it would be economically viable to use more nitrogen than the regulation would permit due to the alleged concern for the environment.

The EU directive is the same, but the local conditions are not.
There are differences in soil quality, climatic conditions including temperature, and rainfall as well as the distance to the purchasers of the farm produce, and not least the price of the land. Here is a map that shows the average prices of farmland in Europe a few years ago.

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Though the text above is not particularly readable, the Netherlands can boast the highest price, with more than 60,000 Euros for one hectare of land. For a Dutch farmer, high yields are very important, otherwise it is hard to make a profitable business, especially if you had to borrow money to buy your farm.
This image makes the picture even more clear:
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The way the legislation is implemented varies between EU member states
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The above is from Nitrogen Surplus—A Unified Indicator for Water Pollution in Europe The conclusion in their abstract is:
This paper concludes that there is no unified indicator for nutrient management and water quality at the farm level. A comparison of regionally calculated nitrogen budgets across European countries needs to be interpreted carefully, as methods as well as data and emission factors vary across countries. For the implementation of EU nitrogen-related policies—notably, the Nitrates Directive—nutrient budgeting is currently ruled out as an entry point for legal requirements. In contrast, nutrient budgets are highlighted as an environment indicator by the OECD and EU institutions.
The above article is from 2020. There appears to be some variability as to how the measurements of nitrogen are done, and limits set in different EU countries.

The current situation, reducing nitrogen for new reasons
While the old policy push dating back to the 1990ies was argued from the concern for water quality, there is now also a climate change agenda to reduce nitrogen consumption, which may explain why they now speak of "nitrogen emissions", also because a small part of the nitrogen fertilizer applied to the soil decomposes to green house gasses.

In Dutch to cut nitrogen levels by up to 70% in many areas; Tractor protest set for June 22
Cutting nitrogen emissions by half will produce major changes in many areas, confirms the nature analysis from the Ministry of Agriculture. This analysis shows that in the Gelderse Vallei, the valley just west of the Veluwe, nitrogen emissions must be reduced by 58 percent. There is also a huge job ahead for Noord-Brabant, the province with the highest nitrogen emissions.
Nature and Nitrogen Minister Christianne van der Wal sent the "directive objectives" per region to the Tweede Kamer on Friday. They are especially drastic for farmers. According to the RIVM, 45 percent of the nitrogen seepage comes from the agricultural sector. In some areas, many farmers will have to leave or must significantly reduce their emissions in some other way.

A comment from Dr. Mercola
In the following article, there was: Dutch farmers rise up against food system 'reset' -- Sott.net
Prepare for Food Shortages

Everything now points to food shortages and famine becoming a reality in many parts of the world, including the U.S. and Europe.24 As yet, stores are still fairly well stocked with essentials, but that will change come winter and into 2023. This means you may only have another six months or so to stock up.

This past Monday, I published an article with suggestions for how to prepare. That article, "Get Prepared With Shelf-Stable Foods," will be made available for free on Substack, so if you missed it, you can review it now.
While the way the Dutch government goes about their policies does not create immediate food shortage, their policies will help to make sure they will happen.

More comments and opinions on the situation for the farmers in the Netherlands
From the Independent Sentinel, there was this perspective:
The World Economic Forum Wants the Dutch Farmers’ Lands By M Dowling

July 10, 2022
The following clip and summary come from an interview by Ezra Levant of Rebel News with a Dutch activist. She discusses the Nitrogen Policy pushed by the World Economic Forum, and its role in stealing farmland. Don’t underestimate Bill Gates’ role either.

The Netherlands doesn’t need a Nitrogen Policy. It isn’t a crisis and nitrogen isn’t a problem. Holland is a small country surrounded by larger countries that don’t have to abide by a Nitrogen Policy. The real reason for the policy is the Dutch government wants the land.
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Farmers are ungovernable in the sense that they are self-sustaining and own a lot of land.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is very deeply embedded in The Great Reset of the World Economic Forum.
The Dutch minister who has pushed this nitrogen law has a brother-in-law who owns the Dutch online supermarket called PICNIC.

Bill Gates invested 600 million Euros in PICNIC last year. PICNIC is building the most sustainable European supermarket.

The WEF Great Resetters are rushing now because the plan is to have this all done by 2030 – Agenda 2030.

The elite “see a future for us where we are completely dependent on the State, eat bugs, they own your land, you own nothing and you’ll be happy is what they say.”

Possible conflicts of interest and back-room deals being uncovered between Dutch Ministers in conjunction with Bill Gates / Bill & Melinda Foundation, and their €600m stake in delivery service Picnic. This is nothing to do with Nitrogen, it's purely about acquiring the land.
This is the follow-up segment that compares the Dutch situation to Canada’s.


They want the Dutch dependent. They also plan to use some of the lands for asylum seekers. They push open borders. Agenda 2030 is the New World Order.

This was hinted at in the videos earlier, and someone also pointed it out. There's a lot of acreage out here. You could imagine.. Land taken over by the global consortium. Farmers move to city boxes. Use space for high density migrant housing and specific crops Sounds lovely

An Expose News has:
Documents reveal Dutch Government is working with World Economic Forum to implement ‘The Great Reset’
BY THE EXPOSÉ ON JULY 10, 2022 • ( 37 COMMENTS )

Documents released in response to an FOI request submitted by a member of the Dutch House of Representatives show that the Dutch Government is colluding with the World Economic Forum to implement The Great Reset. [...]
‘The Netherlands is the proud host of the Global Co-ordination Secretariat (“GCS”) for the worldwide network of Food Innovation Hubs’, wrote Foodvalley; the leading European innovation hub in this network.

“It was great to have support for the initiative by Foodvalley members Mengniu Dairy, DSM and Unilever this week at the online WEF Davos panel session on the transformation of food systems,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on 26 January.

Foodvalley’s article continued: “More than 20 organisations are already working together as Food Innovation Hubs in Colombia, India, Europe, South-East Asia and several countries in Africa. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided multi-year support for the development of a Food Innovation Hub in India and several public and private sector partners have committed in-kind resources to support the development of hubs in various regions.”

What Foodvalley did not mention is that the Netherlands was host to the GCS because the Dutch government was planning to fund it.

Foodvalley also avoids pointing out that the initiative has “special attention for development and implementation of key enabling technologies e.g., Digitalisation Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, biotechnology and micro and nanotechnology in the Agri-Food sector.”

Pepijn van Houwelingen, a member of the Dutch House of Representatives, asked 42 written questions of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on 21 September 2021. On 17 December, Tom De Bruijn, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, provided answers to questions 10 and 12.

The relevant questions read (Google translate Dutch-English):

Question 2: Can there be a list of the status of cabinet members at the WEF?

Question 10: The answer to question 2 about the previous set of questions on this subject indicates that cabinet members are approached by the WEF,
how are they approached? Is this done at the personal invitation of Schwab itself?

Question 12: Can we get those invites for inspection?

Assuming the Dutch government works in a broadly similar fashion to the UK government, written questions, or questions which require a written answer, allow Members of Parliament (“MPs”) to ask for information on the work, policy and activities of the Government departments, related bodies, and the administration of Parliament. They are used by MPs to extract more detailed information from the Government than would be practical in an oral answer.

The European Parliament has a similar system where questions with a request for a written answer may be put by any Member, political group, or parliamentary committee. Although in mid-November the European Parliament was deeply dissatisfied with the way in which the European Commission answers its written questions. “Those answers often come too late and are deliberately vague, incomplete, evasive or even completely beside the point.,” AD reported.

De Bruijn’s response to van Houwelingen’s questions 10 and 12 included a list and 7 sets of attachments consisting of World Economic Forum (“WEF”) correspondence with:

  • Prime Minister Rutte (2016 – 2021);
  • Foreign Affairs Minister Koenders, Minister Zijlstra and Minister Blok (2017 – 2018);
  • Minister Ploumen, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Kaag and Minister De Bruijn (2016 – 2021);
  • Public Health, Welfare and Sport Minister Schippers and Medical Care and Sport Minister Bruins (2016 – 2021);
  • Economic Affairs and Climate Minister Wiebes and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Minister Schouten (2019 – 2021);
  • Finance Minister Hoekstra (2017 – 2021); and,
  • Infrastructure and Water Management Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen, State Secretary Van Veldhoven and State Secretary Van Weyenberg (2019 – 2021).
Attached below is De Bruijn’s 17 December response listing the correspondence between WEF and Dutch government officials as summarised above (Google translate Dutch-English).
It would not surprise if the WEF has similar connections to government officials in other countries.

More on the history of the Global Coordinating Secretariat (GCS)
Invest in Holland has:
The Netherlands and the World Economic Forum Launch Food Innovation Hubs Initiative The Netherlands and the World Economic Forum Launch Food Innovation Hubs InitiativeThe Netherlands will be the center for global food innovation with the Global Coordinating Secretariat (GCS)
On January 27, 2021, the Government of the Netherlands, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and several public and private sector partners launched Food Innovation Hubs at the Davos Agenda 2021 meeting. The Food Innovation Hubs will be a key multistakeholder platform that will leverage technology and broader innovations to strengthen local innovation ecosystems for food systems transformation. Supported by multi-year funding from the Government of Netherlands, the initiative will feature a Global Coordinating Secretariat (GCS) based in the Netherlands.

“Global food insecurity has been rising again. This stresses the need to redesign how we produce and consume food. The Netherlands is committed to forming partnerships that will catalyze the innovations that are needed to address the food system challenges. I am therefore proud to announce that the Netherlands will host the Global Coordinating Secretariat of the Food Innovation Hubs,” said Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

With the arrival of the GCS, the Netherlands will leverage its innovation-driven economy to help advance global food security. Boasting an extensive ecosystem of companies and knowledge institutions in agrifood, horticulture, breeding, high-tech and ICT, the Dutch are ideally positioned to play a leading role in shaping our planet’s food system.

The Food Innovation Hubs will be a flagship initiative of WEF’s Food Action Alliance leading to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, and beyond. The role of the GCS will be to coordinate the efforts of the regional Hubs as well as align with global processes and initiatives such as the UN Food Systems Summit. [...]
The Netherlands produce food that is also consumed in other EU countries, therefore reduction of the agricultural output in the Netherlands will have knock-on effects elsewhere.
 

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The Force is Strong With This One
Netherlands agriculture problem is multi-fold. Stating the obvious, the country of Netherlands sits on (or even better is) quite literally dried out sea shelf. Which means there is very little natural soil available. What is there is bits of dried sediment at the top of the shelf. There is no comparison with a fertile soil from an onshore land. Think very dark soil in Ukraine for example. Solution? Fertilizer. And lots of it. Way more fertilizer, harder work to have at least something growing and smaller harvests compared to luckier onshore countries.
Now add canals to the equation. Canals are good, right? Sure they are, they bring water where its needed. Hmmm, they also divide the land therefore you will not see large grain fields in lands of Dutch kingdom. Canals won`t allow for it.
One more thing, with soil being closer to a "substrate" it is softer and prevents those really large tractors from the use there. That`s probably good thing, since the small and soft patches would allow for the short runs only.
So the Dutch did the next best thing. They put cows on those small patches between their canals where anything else simply doesn`t make sense. Cows eat grass and produce the gas as a byproduct...guess what? If the grass was left alone, it would dry, then rot and produce the gas anyway! Cows only do it faster, more efficiently.
To summarize, this whole situation there and in the rest of the world makes me sick. The longer I look and ponder on it I keep thinking nobody is that stupid to be purposefully destroying the means of growing food and starving people and themselves. Shaking my head in sheer disbelieve. Yes, they could. It looks like pot of gold has been promised yet again to few individuals, but we all will be paying the price.
 

Mari

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
"Potential Food and Energy Shortages Across the World" could morph into a new thread of "Widespread" instead of "Potential", in fact the image in the previous post showed that close to 900 million already live without sufficient food, so there is an element of situational context in which one finds oneself. While food is being wasted in one place, there is not enough in another, or there is no money to buy the food that is available.
…and additional 71 million are being pushed into extreme poverty due to increased costs of living.




Cost-of-living crisis driving 'breathtaking' surge in extreme poverty -UNDP​


LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) - The global cost-of-living crisis is pushing an additional 71 million people in the world's poorest countries into extreme poverty, a new report published by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday has warned.

Achim Steiner, UNDP administrator, said an analysis of 159 developing countries showed that the surge in key commodity prices this year was already slamming parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, Asia and elsewhere.

The UNDP called for tailored action. It was seeking direct cash handouts to the most vulnerable and wanted richer nations to extend and widen out the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) they set up to help poor countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This cost-of-living crisis is tipping millions of people into poverty and even starvation at breathtaking speed," Steiner said. "With that, the threat of increased social unrest grows by the day."

Institutions like the UN, World Bank and International Monetary Fund have a number of 'poverty lines' - one for the poorest countries were people live on $1.90 or less a day. A $3.20-a-day line for lower middle-income economies and a $5.50-a-day line in upper middle-income countries.

"We project that the current cost-of-living crisis may have pushed over 51 million more people into extreme poverty at $1.90 a day, and an additional 20 million at $3.20 a day," the report said, estimating it would push the total globally to just over 1.7 billion people.

It added that targeted cash transfers by governments would be more "equitable and cost-effective" than blanket subsidies on things like energy and food prices that richer parts of society tend to benefit more from.

"In the longer term they drive inequality, further exacerbate the climate crisis, and do not soften the immediate blow," the UNDP's Head of Strategic Policy Engagement, George Gray Molina, said.

The last two years of the pandemic have also shown that these cash-strapped countries would need support from the global community to fund these schemes.

They could do so, Molina said, by extending the G20-led Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) by two more year and expand it to at least 85 countries from a currently-eligible 73.
 
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