Sunday, February 6, 2011

Please sir, I want some more? (chart of record global food prices)

Basic human needs. Without them people will fight to survive.

FINO (friend in name only)

Air, water, and .... food. The three B's of basic human sustenance After that, everything else is just gravy. Without access to theses three things the most base instincts will be stirred, with the mechanism of survival of the fittest kicking in.

Herbert Spencer first said that in conjunction with the Charles Darwin theory of evolution and natural selection. Today around the world food prices have soared along with the decline of the U.S. dollar and rise in commodity prices, and people are hungry. And people are angry. And people are desperate. For themselves and for their families.

Without affordable or even accessible food, social systems break down and cries for change both peaceful and violent ensue. We see this in Tunisia, Algeria and in Egypt.

When the United States is dependent on these countries and regions for our national lifeblood, oil, and when current governments are FINO's, the potential for violent change is not a good one. It presents the real prospect for our pure enemies to assume power and cut us off from our access to oil.

As an aside, it also creates a real danger that these enemies assuming power will be radical Islamists. This would create even more far reaching problems and dangers for the world than simply spiking oil prices, but that is a topic for another time.

Where will it all lead?

For those of us that watched the Super Bowl last night while enjoying big, filling meals, we don't know and couldn't possibly understand the feeling of hunger. But for those who do in nations around the world and even here in the United States, social unrest and calls for change rule the day.

The problem stated in simple terms

Here is the problem in terms that the average American can understand. Because we rely on other countries for the lifeblood of American existence, oil, record food prices are a big deal.

Perhaps the Obama administration should lift the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, allow for drilling off of our coasts before other countries do and allow for drilling in Alaska. But that is a topic for another time.

Here is a chart of record global food prices

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