With the mad rush towards Bio-Fuels the poor of the world are suffering.
Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt
By JONATHAN M. KATZ – 23 hours ago
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau.
The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening have become a regular meal.
"When my mother does not cook anything, I have to eat them three times a day," Charlene said. Her baby, named Woodson, lay still across her lap, looking even thinner than the slim 6 pounds 3 ounces he weighed at birth.
Though she likes their buttery, salty taste, Charlene said the cookies also give her stomach pains. "When I nurse, the baby sometimes seems colicky too," she said.
Food prices around the world have spiked because of higher oil prices, needed for fertilizer, irrigation and transportation. Prices for basic ingredients such as corn and wheat are also up sharply, and the increasing global demand for biofuels is pressuring food markets as well. Read more.
Let them eat dirt? The price of food commodities are rising every where. Have you noticed the cost of a box of cereal or a loaf of bread? This is not due solely to the price of petroleum. Exacerbating the situation is the amount of land taken out of food production for bio-fuel crops. Mr. President can you stop this madness! Are you dumb, naive or in the pocket of ADM? You must know that energy independence is a myth.
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SpaceShipTwo in sub-orbit. "Oh stewardess, can I get a Vodka Tonic?"
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So I left my surfski on top of my car and grabbed my camera. No doubt about it, I need to get a Nikon so I can capture the action better.
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