In what could be the lead up to a repeat of the food riots that shook the world four years ago
and contributed to the collapse of governments in North Africa and the Middle East, the global food price index shot up 6 percent in the single month of July
, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, partly because of high temperatures and droughts in some grain-growing regions of the United States and Russia. Corn prices rose 23 percent, wheat 19 percent, and sugar 12 percent.
The consequence? Many of the world’s poorest people, who teeter on the verge of starvation, will be pushed over the edge
As if on cue, environmentalists are up in arms
. They claim the heat and drought result from manmade global warming and so blame the problem on carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels that provide energy for industrial civilization, which they insist means we must make drastic cuts in CO2 emissions—despite the fact that doing so will cause energy prices to skyrocket, raising the cost of living for everyone while killing millions of jobs.
The truth is that heat waves and droughts occur from time to time naturally; this year’s are no worse than many over the millennia; and anything that, like them, shrinks grain harvests will raise food prices around the world.
, because of federal mandates supported by environmentalists and agro-industry lobbyists, artificially restricts world grain supply, thus pushing up the price.
How much harm does that do? Economist Indur Goklany estimates
that American biofuel policy from 2004 onward has resulted in an average of 192,000 excess premature deaths among the poor every year in the developing world.
It’s policies like these—not burning fossil fuels to provide abundant, affordable, reliable energy—that threaten people around the world. And such policies get the support of radical environmentalists, who not only put nature above human beings but also promote bad and sometimes fraudulent science to scare people into embracing such destructive policies.
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