Comments on: Enter the new farmers http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/06/25/enter-the-new-farmers/ Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: ad http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/06/25/enter-the-new-farmers/comment-page-1/#comment-1401 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 20:27:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/06/25/enter-the-new-farmers/#comment-1401 It is interesting that beecee denounces people investing in agriculture at a time of food shortages.

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By: anniyan http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/06/25/enter-the-new-farmers/comment-page-1/#comment-318 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:20:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/06/25/enter-the-new-farmers/#comment-318 FERTILISER COS UP ON CABINET NOD FOR NEW POLICY, TATA CHEMICALS, CHAMBAL FERTILISERS, NAGARJUNA FERTILIZERS AND COROMANDEL FERTILIZERS GAIN 4-13 PCT today

I have to agree with Santosh Menon…

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By: beecee http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/06/25/enter-the-new-farmers/comment-page-1/#comment-312 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 22:06:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/06/25/enter-the-new-farmers/#comment-312 As usual, it comes down to profit and greed. Imagine being a Ukranian farmer under the yoke of Morgan Stanley. One slip up in wheat yield and you’re out on your (wheat) ear.

This horrible world gets even worse day by day, courtesy of fanatics. And not just fanatical terrorists, because there are equally fanatical greed-merchants who are intent on making money out of misery. They have much more of a terrifying, immediate and long-lasting effect on us all than bin Laden or any other murderous loony might have.

Terrorists might kill some of us, and that is awful. But the avaricious barbarians who jiggle and joggle “hedge funds” and the manipulators of “sovereign wealth funds” condemn millions to everlasting poverty and hideous lingering death at the tap of a keyboard when their screens indicate where profit is to be made. The cost of our daily bread is decided at their whim. They make millions. And the poor suffer hikes in the price of rice, onions, bread — the staples on which enormous profits are made — when avaricious speculators decide to cash in.

They are economic terrorists.

* Starvation in Africa? — Let’s get in there and buy agricultural land cheap, say the sleek and sleazy bookmakers in the stock exchanges. And there are as many sleek and sleazy Byzantine operators in Beijing and Delhi as there are in New York and London. These sleazebags play their millions on tables in world-wide casinos just as they play the markets that condemn the poor to remain in destitution.

* Lack of water supply in South America? — let’s get in there and buy water resources and reticulation cheaply say the exploiters of humanity. And it happens in the US, too — just look at California. God help the thirsty poor, because nobody else cares about them.

I have to disagree with Santosh Menon about farming being “slightly romantic.” I’ve lived close to farmers in Malaysia, Australia, Kashmir, Scotland, New Zealand and France, and let me tell you that farming is a damn’ hard slog. There is nothing romantic about it.

Farmers only want a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s product, just like most human beings. But they are now being exploited, just as Santosh Menon indicates, by “financial punting.”

And none of us can do anything about it.

If we’re middle class people, western, southern or eastern, we’re all right. We’ll survive. And you — You who are reading this post — you will never be thirsty or hungry, will you?

But the poor will die — and the exploiters of the poor will always prosper.

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