Hungry Political Faith

Posted: 2 May, 2008 in Ponderings
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Hungry Political Faith, Food crisis to cause malnutrition UN

I have read some articles about the global rising food prices and its links with biofuel production, one of the article is here. While I don’t really want to write about politics or current affairs, but I believe God has a heart for the poor and the hungry especially. Although they may not be believers, God loves them very much nevertheless. It is God’s very intention to bring them out of bondage and suppression. Sadly, to move forward and progress, Politics has to do what is best, but Faith requires us to do what is right. Sometimes, they just don’t meet.

In this case, some top international food scientists recommended the halting of the use of food based biofuels, such as ethanol, saying it would cut corn prices by 20 percent during a world food crisis. However, the President of the United States has urged the opposite declaring the US should increase ethanol use because of national energy security and high gas prices.

Political Faith, World Commodity Prices

While the global food prices has been climbing steeply, partly due to low productions and bad weathers, farmers had also turned their crops to biofuels because of much higher returns for energy rather than food sources. This added tremendous pressure to the already high food prices.

With the global wealth gaps worsing, more people are living below the poverty line. More people are getting poor, and more people are getting hungry. Poor people are getting poorer, and hungry people are getting hopeless. Do we care?

While energy security are real concerns, I question our wisdom of feeling secure about our secondary and periperal needs while robbing someone of their primary needs. Our vanity and fancy, our driving of things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, in a world we don’t sustain, to impress other people we don’t know, and by large people who don’t care. Why are we filling food into gas tanks instead of people’s stomach? Where are we heading now? It is one thing to say our lifestyle affects the earth, it is another to say our lifestyle determines whether some of our fellow humans can afford dinner tonight.

Hungry Political Faith, Toga Girl

When was the last time you got really hungry? Do we still remembers how hunger feels like?

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:34-36, 40

  1. hhoffman says:

    We recently had a conference about food prices and it inspired me to calculate what happened when you converted corn to ethanol in terms of how far you could drive on how much “food”. It worked out that for one person’s food for a day you could drive for about a mile. This is just looking at the calories in the corn needed to produce ethanol for a medium efficiency car.

    Ethanol biofuel from corn doesn’t make much sense scientifically or economically (unless you’re benefiting from the subsidies) and with this calculation it is ethically unsustainable.

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