There is a lot of media coverage about the food crisis in the United States, and the soaring number of people and families applying for food stamp programs, but this is not the real story. "There is a global food shortage. Not enough food is being produced," said Lyndon LaRouche yesterday, "and the programs like food stamps are only a palliative." Focusing on rising food stamps and soup kitchens in the U.S. is avoiding the real global crisis, which must be addressed, he said. LaRouche has warned that the world financial system is gone, and the planet already has reached the point that it cannot sustain the world's 6.7 billion population. Without implementing the LaRouche Plan for a new world financial system based on a Four Powers agreement—U.S., Russia, China, and India—the world will descend into a new dark age, and population will fall to about 2 billion "within a generation," LaRouche warns.
The New York Times on Sunday plays up the soaring number of Americans on food stamps—about 1 out of 4 children in the U.S. And still only 2/3 of those families that are eligible are receiving the assistance. In Cleveland, Ohio, one large food bank had a 26% increase last year—the largest in 30 years.
But only EIR has been warning of the real looming disaster — a global food shortage. The Nov. 13, 2009 issue of EIR details this crisis. For example, writes EIR, a "snapshot of the world grains shortages is provided by the October monthly report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.... the gross patterns show that the current crop year's grain output (wheat, rice, corn, sorghum, etc.) is significantly down from last year, and about half of what is required for a well-fed world."