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Old 03-29-2008, 09:38   #1
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Rice Crisis daw

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine activists warn about possible riots. Aid agencies across Asia worry how they will feed the hungry. Governments dig deeper every day to fund subsidies.

A sharp rise in the price of rice is hitting consumer pocketbooks and raising fears of public turmoil in the many parts of Asia where rice is a staple.

Part of a surge in global food costs, rice prices on world markets have jumped 50 percent in the past two months and at least doubled since 2004. Experts blame rising fuel and fertilizer expenses as well as crops curtailed by disease, pests and climate change. There are concerns prices could rise a further 40 percent in coming months.

The higher prices have already sparked protests in the Philippines, where a government official has asked the public to save leftover rice. In Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered a ban on rice exports Wednesday to curb rising prices at home. Vietnamese exporters and farmers are stockpiling rice in expectation of further price increases.

Prestoline Suyat of the May One Labor Movement, a left-wing workers group, warned that "hunger and poverty may eventually lead to riots."

The neediest are hit hardest.

Rodolfo de Lima, a 42-year-old parking lot attendant in Manila, said "my family will go hungry" if prices continue to rise.


"If your family misses a meal, you really don't know what you can do, but I won't do anything bad," said de Lima, whose right foot was amputated after he was shot during a 1985 gang war.

Others might not be so restrained, said Domingo Casarte, 41, a street vendor.

"There are people who are hotheaded," he said. "When people get trapped, I can't say what they will do."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts global rice stocks for 2007-08 at 72 million tons, the lowest since 1983-84 and about half of the peak in 2000-01.

The higher prices are stretching the budgets of aid agencies providing rice to North Korea and other countries, particularly with donations already falling.

Jack Dunford, head of a consortium in Thailand helping more than 140,000 refugees from military-ruled Myanmar, said soaring rice prices and a slumping U.S. dollar are forcing cuts in already meager food aid.

"This rice price is just killing us," he said. "This is a very vulnerable group of people under threat."

China is among several countries in the region that subsidize rice prices, an increasingly expensive proposition.

Rice prices have almost doubled in Bangladesh in just a year, sparking resentment but no unrest yet. Repeated floods and a severe cyclone last year have cut production, forcing the government to increase imports.

In Vietnam, a major rice exporter, the crop has been hit by a virus called tungro and infestations of the brown planthopper insect.

Farmers there say they are not benefiting from the higher prices.

"The rice price has gone up 50 percent over the past three months, but I'm not making any more money because I have to pay double for fertilizer, insecticides and labor costs," said Nguyen Thi Thu, 46, a farmer in Ha Tay province, just outside Hanoi.

Another farmer, Cao Thi Thuy, 37, in Nam Dinh province, 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Hanoi, said exporters have actually been paying less for rice over the last week.

"If the world prices are going up still, then Vietnamese rice-exporting companies are benefiting, not us," she said. "They tell us that now weather is better, and rice can grow more easily, so we should not expect higher prices."

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, worried about anything that could spark a "people power" revolt against her, is assuring the public that rice won't run out or skyrocket in price during the traditionally lean months of July to September.

This week, she arranged the purchase of up to 1.5 million tons from Vietnam. She also has ordered a crackdown on price manipulation, hoarding and profiteering on subsidized rice, and will hold a food summit April 4.

Things are so tight that Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has asked people not to throw away leftover rice and urged fast-food restaurants, which normally give customers a cup of rice with meals, to offer a half-cup option to cut waste.

The Philippines is facing "a perfect storm," said Sen. Mar Roxas, president of the Liberal Party. Problems coping with rising rice prices are compounded by higher oil prices and a U.S. economic downturn, which could reduce the money sent home to families by Filipinos working in the United States. Such remittances underpin the economy.

Philippine farmers say the country, which has become the world's largest importer of rice after being an exporter in the early 1970s, has shot itself in the foot by developing some former rice paddies for housing and golf courses and planting more lucrative crops on others.

One Asian country, Japan, is encouraging cuts in rice production. Rice prices there have been falling in recent months as people eat less rice and more bread


Related link: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/BUSINESS....ap/index.html
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Old 03-29-2008, 09:45   #2
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It's getting there. Haven't you noticed that the price of bread and flour has suddenly increased in North America?

One factor in the possible rice shortage is how we waste rice (and food). When I was still living in the Philippines, I was disgusted whenever the waiter/busboy cleans the tables on restaurants with half-finished bowls of rice.

Another is climate change, farms being converted to industrial and residential areas - not considering that we need more land for food to feed an ever growing population. Another is the incompetence of NIA being one of the corrupt agencies of the government. Our rice yield per hectare in the Philippines hasn't really improved.

A lot of wheat farms in the US have been converted to corn for biofuel, and we Visayans wouldn't have a problem with eating corn grits. There are also quite a number of wheat farms in Canada that are being converted to canola farms for bio-diesel.

Shrinking farmlands and a growing population is a very bad equation. Food prices will continue to increase and would only stabilize after 10 years when all the food problems have been adressed.

Fights already have broke out in some impoverished parts of the world.
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Signs of the times . Global warming din plays a part. Basta overdeveloped at overpopulation ang mundo, may breaking point talaga.

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Old 03-29-2008, 11:18   #4
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http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...-2-2004_pg5_15
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Old 03-29-2008, 20:55   #5
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Isn't the news too old for the current event? Wednesday, February 25, 2004
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Old 03-29-2008, 21:39   #6
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coupled with the unimpeded growth of population here in the islands. things will get pretty nasty. so guys watch your six.
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Old 03-29-2008, 22:28   #7
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Global warming my foot, I'm freezing my arse overhere.
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Old 03-29-2008, 23:44   #8
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Global warming my foot, I'm freezing my arse overhere.
We'll have snow tomorrow and a high of only -4 Celsius. It's the worst winter in 15 years, according to meteorologists.

One thing we have to watch out - a large chunk of ice broke off and melted in the Antartica. It was totally unexpected, according to scientists.
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After reading this thread, I was suddenly reminded of the movie "Soylent Green." Scary thought. I better start planting more edible plants in our backyard.
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:04   #10
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We'll have snow tomorrow and a high of only -4 Celsius. It's the worst winter in 15 years, according to meteorologists.

One thing we have to watch out - a large chunk of ice broke off and melted in the Antartica. It was totally unexpected, according to scientists.
my wife is on a weeklong visit to chicago. It snowed daw last thursday, much to her delight (but she'll be on her way back to the Phil in a few hours so she won't be there too long to regret the cold temp )
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:09   #11
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Just another charade to remove the spotlight from Jun Lozada to Rice now, what's next Elvis is still alive and singing at Casino Filipino
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Old 03-30-2008, 05:05   #12
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Pina horde yata ng mga rice dealers, lol
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Old 03-30-2008, 05:11   #13
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the problem in the philippines is that the agri sector has the wrong policy as follows:

1. CARP land reform
2. CARP land reform
3. CARP land reform
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Old 03-30-2008, 07:11   #14
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walang rice crisis, tanungin nyo yung biyenan ni arthur yap, may negosyong bigasan yun eh.
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the problem in the philippines is that the agri sector has the wrong policy as follows:

1. CARP land reform
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3. CARP land reform
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:35   #16
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I hope nga its not true . If its real then the poor masses are the hardest hit. Anyway may alterative naman gaya ng kamote and kamoteng kahoy at corn grits.
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Old 03-30-2008, 17:05   #17
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I hope nga its not true . If its real then the poor masses are the hardest hit. Anyway may alterative naman gaya ng kamote and kamoteng kahoy at corn grits.

No kidding!
Camote is the vihtavuori N310 of carbs , very clean at fast burning!
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Plus you cant overeat it....yuck
It doeant cause me gas though , baka sabi lang ng matanda yun
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Old 03-30-2008, 20:05   #18
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foods

yeah i agree with all of you sir's,

i actualy dont considers other foods like camote an alternative beacuse, eto naman talga ay kinakain natin, kaso naiba ang orientation antin mga pinoy on what food realy to eat.

imagine, how often we saw rotten camote's, saba (banana) other saging in the markets. na dapat ay yun ang kinakain natin.

me nabasa ako, the fruits vegetable na kinakain natin ay yung tumutubo at lumalaki sa paligin natin and not from the other country.. but to our dismay, most filipinos dont want to eat camote , saba, casava. ala na puro apple at kung anu anu junk food kinakain natin..

if well try to eat other varieties other than rice i think there will be no shortgae..

just imagine how many tons of rotten foods in local markets?? while we lack our supply of rice not only rice but other commodites.


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After reading this thread, I was suddenly reminded of the movie "Soylent Green." Scary thought. I better start planting more edible plants in our backyard.
Hey I remember that too! You'd have to get to the end of the film to know what every moviegoer suspected all along- "SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!"

Wow, if it ever comes to that, that would be the end of civilization as we know it. I hope I never get to see that in my lifetime.

BTW, Charlton Heston did another doomsday scenario film- "The Omega Man". I just can't recall which came first.
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Old 03-30-2008, 22:06   #20
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Solyent Green , I remember that movie. Naging biscuits ang patay na mga tao.
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