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” Two lorry drivers were killed on picket lines in Spain and Portugal on Tuesday as strikes by thousands of truckers over soaring fuel prices turned deadly. … Spanish police escorted petrol supply tankers into Barcelona on the second day of the stoppage that has caused food and fuel shortages and huge tailbacks on the Spanish-French border. … Tens of thousands of truckers are on strike or joining the protests to demand government help to offset the higher fuel costs.”
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National News: The U.S. Has No Remaining Grain Reserves

Friday, June 06, 2008 – 10:10 AM

AAM Concerned with CCC Inventories

WASHINGTON – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), has raised concerns over the issue of U.S. grain reserves after it was announced that the sale of 18.37 million bushels of wheat from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust.

According to the May 1, 2008 CCC inventory report there are only 24.1 million bushels of wheat in inventory, so after this sale there will be only 2.7 million bushels of wheat left the entire CCC inventory, warned Matlack. “Our concern is not that we are using the remainder of our strategic grain reserves for humanitarian relief. AAM fully supports the action and all humanitarian food relief. Our concern is that the U.S. has nothing else in our emergency food pantry. There is no cheese, no butter, no dry milk powder, no grains or anything else left in reserve. The only thing left in the entire CCC inventory will be 2.7 million bushels of wheat which is about enough wheat to make of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 million people in America.”

The CCC is a federal government-owned and operated entity that was created to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices. CCC is also supposed to maintain balanced and adequate supplies of agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.

“This lack of emergency preparedness is the fault of the 1996 farm bill which eliminated the government’s grain reserves as well as the Farmer Owned Reserve (FOR),” explained Matlack. “We had hoped to reinstate the FOR and a Strategic Energy Grain Reserve in the new farm bill, but the politics of food defeated our efforts. As farmers it is our calling and purpose in life to feed our families, our communities, our nation and a good part of the world, but we need better planning and coordination if we are to meet that purpose. AAM pledges to continue our work for better farm policy which includes an FOR and a Strategic Energy Grain Reserve.”

AAM’s support for the FOR program, which allows the grain to be stored on farms, is a key component to a safe grain reserve in that the supplies will be decentralized in the event of some unforeseen calamity which might befall the large grain storage terminals.

A Strategic Energy Grain Reserve is as crucial for the nation’s domestic energy needs as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. AAM also supports full funding for the replenishment and expansion of Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust.

The May 1, 2008 CCC Inventory report may be reviewed here: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/wid2a.pdf

My 2-Bits: I posted this article in its entirety since the Tristate Observer, where the original article was posted, appears to be down.
” Since 2006, soaring food and fuel prices have combined with lost jobs and stagnant wages to boost the number of Americans needing food aid. More than 41% of those on food stamps came from working families in 2006, up from 30% a decade earlier, according to the latest Agriculture Department data. They are real estate agents and homebuilders hit by the housing slump, seniors on Social Security‚Ķ At food banks, demand is up 15%-20% over last year. Pantries are serving ‘folks who get up and go to work every day,’ says Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “

FreeRice for them, better English for you

FreeRice

” Lee is especially critical of governments for altering the world food supply by investing heavily in the production of corn-based biofuels, including biodiesel and ethanol. …
“It’s got to go down as one of the dumbest decisions ever,” Lee says of creating biofuels from agricultural products that have traditionally been part of the food chain. … The Harper Conservatives have committed $2.2 billion over nine years to developing Canada’s biofuels industry. The United States is spending billions more. “
” I don’t want to alarm anybody, but maybe it’s time for Americans to start stockpiling food. No, this is not a drill. … Stocking up on food may not replace your long-term investments, but it may make a sensible home for some of your shorter-term cash. Do the math. If you keep your standby cash in a money-market fund you’ll be lucky to get a 2.5% interest rate. Even the best one-year certificate of deposit you can find is only going to pay you about 4.1%, according to Bankrate.com. And those yields are before tax. … Meanwhile the most recent government data shows food inflation for the average American household is now running at 4.5% a year. “
” It is the world’s biggest importer of rice. As global prices surge, tight supply has become a very sensitive topic in the Philippines. … [a company that sends balikbayan boxes to the Philippines] has noticed more customers sending one or two large sacks of rice in balikbayan boxes in the past few weeks and has, himself, sent two to family members who live in the Philippines’ central Luzon region. “