Monday, July 07, 2008

MP's mistake, our fault

I often joke with my team when something has gone wrong that its my mistake, their fault. It seems that Gordon is taking this literally:

Britons must stop wasting food in an effort to help combat rising living costs, Gordon Brown has said as he travelled to the G8 summit in Japan.

The PM said "unnecessary" purchases were contributing to price rises, and urged people to plan meals in advance and store food properly.

Something is going on and it isn't our fault. People didn't wake up last year and think that it would be a good idea to use their hard earned cash, well the bit that's left after confiscatory levels of taxes imposed on us,to buy more food and then throw it down the drain. That we waste food I don't dispute, but it isn't new.

Furthermore, we haven't suddenly found a couple of extra billion human beings to feed, let alone start to divert extra food to the poor and starving in the third world.

No, this problem is the direct consequence of the feeble minded thinking of our elected politicians*. They are the ones who set unproven biofuel targets without thinking about the consequences:

An internal report put together by the World Bank and leaked to the Guardian claims that biofuels may be responsible for up to 75 percent of recent rises in food prices.

We pay these people a lot of money and they spend even more on expensive consultants and they still can't work out that switching land from production from food production to fuel will cause a shortage in food.

And their response to this problem:

The EU says it will stick with proposals to expand the use of biofuels despite claims that the switch to green fuels is contributing to escalating world food prices and social unrest.
And of course we all know the reason for this Ostrich response - the great God, Global Warming. I won't there with this post, suffice to say that the scientific consensus is less than solid.

*I suppose the fact we elected them does imply some responsibility

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