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The Land of Plenty [of hungry people]

Posted by feww on November 24, 2008

Could When Will Food Riots Break Out Across the U.S.?

40,000 hungry people in 11,000 vehicles harvest 300 tons of free crops at Platteville, Colorado

Joe and Chris Miller were in for a big surprise when they allowed people to pick up free vegetables left over after the harvest —40,000 people showed up.

“Overwhelmed is putting it mildly … People obviously need food.” Chris Miller said.

The couple had expected up to 10,000 people to show up Saturday to pick free crops including carrots, leeks and potatoes. Instead, 40,000 people arrived in an estimated 11,000 vehicles turning some 30 acres of the 600-acre farm 37 miles north of Denver into a parking lot.

“Everybody is so depressed about the economy … This was a pure party. Everybody having a great time getting something for free.” Said Sandra Justice of Greeley who works at a technology company. She, her mother and son picked 10 bags of vegetables. Denver Post reported.

The hungry guests picked an estimated some 300 tons of produce Saturday. “Joe and Chris Miller’s fields were picked so clean Saturday that a second day of gleaning—the old practice of picking up leftover food in farm fields—was canceled Sunday.” The Post said.

Whereas the Millers had previously allowed schoolchildren and some church groups to harvest their own food, they opened the farm to the free public harvest this year after learning that food was stolen from churches.

Let’s hope the party spirit doesn’t deteriorate too quickly into pitch battles between competing crowds as the harvests start shrinking!

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2009: The year of steep food price rises

Posted by msrb on November 7, 2008

Expect at least a 10-12 percent rise on your groceries bills in 2009!

Poultry, hog and cattle producers are thought to cut production in 2009 because of the rising feed costs. Less meat on the retail market would dictate higher prices.

Further loss of topsoil and erosion of crop acreage, weather-related production factors, higher global demands for food, rising commodity prices, production of biofuel and inflation will cause additional price rises in 2009.

Food inflation in 2007 rose to 4%, up from 2.4% in 2006, the highest annual increase since 1990. In 2008 the rise will have surpassed the 9% mark.

In 2006, world nations spent on average about 10% of their income on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. consumers spent the lowest proportion of about 5.8%.

MSRB projections show that the US shoppers proportion of income spent on food could rise to 7.6% (possibly to as much as 8.5%) in 2009.

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