You know Chinese account for 20 percent of
the global population. Would you like to poise for a moment
and picture the huge difference to the world between two
scenarios: in one Chinese are well fed and able to feed other
nations; in another Chinese are in starvation and need the
world to feed them?
Fortunately by now we are in the first scenario,
but the situation could reverse in a very short space of
time if the Chinese authority adopts a proposal made by a
private but high profile economic research centre.
The centre is headed by an old man surnamed
Mao who is said to be a professor and has a long track record
of sharing his dreadful
wisdom with the rest of Chinese. A few days ago Professor
Mao held a news conference in Beijing and announced a new
research finding by the centre: there is no direct link between
the size of cultivated land area China has and the amount
of the crop output China can yield each year. Based on this
consumption, he challenged the wisdom of China's policy that
prohibits 120 million hectares of highly productive cropland
to be used for urban development.
"There are enough food produced by other
countries and available for purchase at international market," exclaimed
Professor Mao, earnestly, which makes his news conference
a bit like sales promotion for the largest wheat export country
in the world, namely the United States. (The biggest wheat
export nations: rochedalss.eq.edu.au/wheat.htm)
But is our world really such a wonderful place
where there is abundant food for everyone to share all season
round? If so, why Haitian mothers would make mud pies to
feed their families? Maybe it's because they are too poor,
and according to the Law of the Jungle commonly held in the
West and religiously followed by Professor Mao, they are
the losers in social selection, and losers ought not to expect
too much from life.
But how about those affluent nations with plenty
of hard currency to spend? Will they also be affected by
global food crisis? And after all, does the world still have
a chance to experience global food shortage from time to
time? The following passages, from a news report titled Biggest
Grain Exporters Halt Foreign Sales (by Javier
Blas in London, Isabel Gorst in Moscow and Lindsay Whipp
in Tokyo) published on Financial Time in April
15, 2008 (www.ft.com), may provide some hints to the question:
The global food crisis intensified
on Tuesday as Kazakhstan, one of the world's biggest wheat
exporters, halted foreign sales and rice prices shot to
a record high after Indonesia stopped its farmers from
selling the grain abroad.
In another sign of turmoil, a big food company in Japan,
Nihon Shokuhin Kako, said high corn prices had forced it
to buy cheaper genetically modified corn for the first
time, breaking a social, though not legal, taboo and signalling
that opposition to GM foods could weaken in the face of
record food prices.
Now here is another question: is it possible
that food security researcher, Professor Mao, is totally
ignorant of the facts? If this is the case, he must have
faked his professional qualifications. But if this is not
the case, then why he deliberately misled his fellow countrymen,
as he frequently did in the past, in such an idiotic way?
Many Chinese believe he has no choice, because his research
centre is funded by Ford Foundation, thus there is a direct
link between the level of his income and the amount of the
fund that Ford Foundation is willing to transfer into his
Ford Foundation of the United States is well
known for its special links to CIA,
in fact, many in America and abroad view it as a public face
of the secret
The following are excerpts with Chinese translation
from articles that explore the special relationships between
Ford Foundation and the CIA:
A documented case of philanthropic collaboration
with the Secret Police
The CIA uses philanthropic
foundations as the most effective conduit to channel large
sums of money to Agency projects without alerting the recipients
to their source.
taste, American style:
Ford Foundation, a philanthropic facade
for the CIA
The largest philanthropic organization
in the world was in fact providing a respectful facade for
CIA financial and contact operations. This role was even
more possible by the fact that the same persons designed
and directed both organizations.
Below are some typical responses from online Chinese
viewers to Professor Mao's findings:
It's almost like to say, hi, you don't need to build your
own military equipments; when war comes, you can always buy
them from other countries.
All over the world, millions people have starved to death.
Yet under such circumstances, Mao XX would call for easing
restriction that prohibits new urban development on existing
agricultural land. I just wonder if this guy is too naive
or too creepy.
He said there is no direct link between agricultural land
and food, I would like to ask him if he dares to confirm
there is no link between the total size of the agricultural
land and the total amount of the food produced? How come
someone would be so vicious that he would want to trap his
own countrymen into starvation?
The total size of China's agricultural land area ranks the
forth biggest one after the United State, Russian and Indian
while we have the largest population in the world. When the
per capita stock of agricultural land is concerned, it is
less than 0.1 hectare, barely half of the world average,
5.5 percent of that in Canada and 5 percent of what it is
in India, among 190 countries in the world, China ranks 126th.
We've already have 664 counties with per capita agricultural
area below the critical point of 0.8 according to the standard
set up by the UN, and the size of cultivated land in China
has reduced to only 120 million hectare in total.
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