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Earth Economist: The Food Bubble Is About To Burst

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20927986.400-earth-economist-the-food-bubble-is-about-to-burst.html

We're fast draining the fresh water resources our farms rely on, warns Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute

That's when food production is inflated through the unsustainable use of water and land. It's the water bubble we need to worry about now. The World Bank says that 15 per cent of Indians (175 million people) are fed by grain produced through overpumping - when water is pumped out of aquifers faster than they can be replenished. In China, the figure could be 130 million.

Has this bubble already burst anywhere?

Saudi Arabia made itself self-sufficient in wheat by using water from a fossil aquifer, which doesn't refill. It has harvested close to 3 million tonnes a year, but in 2008 the Saudi authorities said the aquifer was largely depleted. Next year could be the last harvest. This is extreme, but about half the world's people live in ...NS subscription req'd for more

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China's South north water project is coming online, in 2012 the first route comes online. 2013 the next and 2014 the last one. They are throwing even more money at this problem than before (they have already crammed 92bn at it) We'll see if they can make it. Its not rained in Beijing for 147 days apparently.

Otherwise they could always move the capital back to Nanjing (the old capital for a long time) A country like China could do this. Or build gigantic desalination plants in Tiajin and pipe it to Beijing.

Hell Kazakhstan moved its capital Almata to a new purposebuilt city 15 years ago to Astana.

China also has a couple of gambits, they moved to a diet with more meat in it, if the price went up too much they could switch back. Meat has only been cheap and widespread in the Chinese diet for 15-20 years. Thus it is not yet ingrained into the population like in western nations.

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You are mad.

Why waste all that money on sterilisation - surely everything can be sorted out the "natural" way via famine?

They'll just try and save the world again though.

wall to wall ads with starving fly covered babies on.

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Why do you think the elite want water meters on all our houses, and how much do you recon we will be paying when they get us on them.

There are not just water meters, they are Chemical Rapid Application Placements, placed there to pollute our precious bodily fluids..

More seriously, the events in Egypt point to one really serious problem with this particular brand of tinfoilhattery - it you really want to control a population, you make damm well sure that the basics of life (i.e. water, housing, food) are reasonably available.

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There are not just water meters, they are Chemical Rapid Application Placements, placed there to pollute our precious bodily fluids..

More seriously, the events in Egypt point to one really serious problem with this particular brand of tinfoilhattery - it you really want to control a population, you make damm well sure that the basics of life (i.e. water, housing, food) are reasonably available.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTKn17uZRAE

extract from The Corporation documentary about the 2000 Cochabamba water wars. The Bolivian people took to the streets after the water giant, Betchel, took over the public water infrastructure. The privatization of the water in Bolivia was a condition of loan from the World Bank.

Really fluffy, you should be a bit more off a well read person, or at least have a good long term memory, But I wouldn't expect a person who believed in man made global warming to have good long term memory.

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extract from The Corporation documentary about the 2000 Cochabamba water wars. The Bolivian people took to the streets after the water giant, Betchel, took over the public water infrastructure. The privatization of the water in Bolivia was a condition of loan from the World Bank.

Really fluffy, you should be a bit more off a well read person, or at least have a good long term memory,

So, this shows that water privatisation (and making water expensive) is a good way of keeping a population under control.. ?

No. Which is exactly my point; as has just happened in Tunisia and again in Egypt shows how, even when you have a full-on police state in place, if the population cannot afford the basics you lose control.

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