A union member, a Tea Party member, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle is a plate with a dozen cookies. The CEO reaches out and takes 11 cookies then says to the Tea Party member:But it fits a thought I had this morning as I read the Economist's survey on feeding the world (including two billion MORE people by 2050!).
"Look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie."
At a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) industrial countries in 2009 the assembled leaders put food alongside the global financial crisis on their list of top priorities, promising to find $20 billion for agriculture over three years.That's about $6 billion per year, or $1 per person, on food research. That's not much money, especially when you consider:
- If all the American maize that goes into ethanol were instead used as food, global edible maize supplies would increase by 14%.
- The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now over $1 trillion (not including future costs).
- Goldman Sachs paid $16 billion in bonuses and wages last year -- to employees that robbed the public and were then bailed out by politicians.
- Obama and the Republicans recently "cooperated" to add $848 billion to the deficit (via tax cuts and unemployment benefits).
Bottom Line: There will be nine billion people on Earth in 40 years and we can't even manage with seven billion. Governments are making the situation worse. Better to fire the politicians, shrink the government by 90%, and let citizens figure out how to solve these problems, with their money.