Missing Halloween Corpses
Do you remember last spring during the commodities boom all the news reporting on food shortages? Google it. Look at the dates, March, April, May and June of 2008. Panic spread. Without enough food to go around there were food riots and shortages in 37 countries according to news reports. Haiti, Morrocco, Senecal, Cameroon, Mexico, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Phillipines were all reported as facing food shortages last spring. The price of wheat, rice, corn all skyrocketed. The cause? Some said biofuels. The feeding of cars not people. We heard news reports of reduced crop levels due to droughts and floods. Without enough food to go around millions were facing starvation. Governments responded to the threat by curtailing exports to protect their own people from the coming shortage. Argentina, Kazakhstan, China, Vietnam and India all restricted exports.
At the peak of the warnings grain prices reached all-time highs. Fortunes were being made by those with the forsight to invest in grains. Cries went out for donations, but this was a shortage, there was just not enough food. US Farmers planted additional acreage in response, with high prices and shortages assuring them of profit. But people were staving today, and it takes 90 days to grow corn. Then there was a turn for the worse. Midwest flooding in spring delayed planting. Food prices skyrocketed higher. Disaster was imminent. News reporting was all over the crisis, FOX news, CNBC, eventually network news reported on the starvation risks and food price increases. Blogs were full of it too.
Now google “Haiti death toll”, or “Haitian starvation”. Or google those phrases with any of the countries I mentioned. Look at the results, the dates, the causes of deaths.
I did, and now I’m asking myself… Where are all the dead people?