Recessions and Food Articles

 ‘Why Recessions Are Good For Freedom’ by Charles Kenny.

States the average per capita GDP growth of the Middle East over the last 30 years has raised just over 1 %.

College enrollment for Egypt has increased from 14-28% in the last 20 years. In Tunisia, college enrollment has seen an 8-34 percent increase.

Though, the unemployment for people ages 15-24 in the Middle East and North Africa averages more than 25%.

Economist Daron Acemoglu and colleagues concluded from a 2009 study that: ‘high levels of income per capita do not promote transitions to democracy from non-democracy, nor do they forestall transitions to non-democracy from democracy’.

Author Charles Kenny refers to the debate of the overall link between economic shock and political instability.

It is obvious common sense to me that when a large group of people do not have jobs, have low incomes, no food, have extremely limited business opportunities- these people are going to start standing up and demanding a change because the system isn’t working for them.

Debates like these are attention diversions, because instead if looking at reality, we are given a polarity between two opinions and we fight for which one is right. In reality, we all need the basic necessities to survive, if not conflict exist due the lack of money/unequal distribution of wealth.

The Foreign Policy magazine conducted a survey of our ‘leading researchers’, on The Future of Food which includes statistics on the current and future projections of the situation we all face.

If climate change is not mitigated, 50% of crop yields that rely on rain for water are projected to decrease in Africa by 2020. 

The average number of undernourished people worldwide between 1990 and 2006 was 850 million. In 2008, the high point of the food crisis, 1.023 billion people went hungry. That is 173 million more people from 2006-2008. In 2008, rice and wheat more than doubled its price, and riots broke out from Haiti to Bangladesh, to Cameroon to Egypt.

Inflation in the developing world is pushing up food prices. Floods and fires destroyed last years crops, and the price of oil is going up again, along with fertilizer and shipping.

Worlds population is set to hit 9 billion by 2050.

For every 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature above the optimum, farmers can expect a 10 percent decline in grain yields

If hunger, unemployment and poverty are not corrected within the next 10-20 years we risk compounding of the worst human rights atrocities. Current:

The king of Bahrain sent military to lash out against peaceful demonstrators killing and leaving many injured, woman and children included. While America has an estimated 2300 troops in Bahrain.

Allegations of Gaddafi issuing viagra to his military to terrorize the people is not investigated yet Ban Ki-moon Security General of the UN appointed special envoys last year on sexual violence during armed conflict. The diplomats who shares the story of a woman raped by the military is accused of attempting to persuade doubters that the conflict is worse than it is.

Migrants from North Africa trying to flee the violence are turned away, exploited, and left for dead.

Recessions are not good for freedom

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