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  •  What's going on here is not over population (0+ / 0-)

    That is the simple western way of looking at it. There are geopolitical issues involved.  Look to Egypt.  How is it that a population similar in size to Ethiopia's, smack in the middle of the worlds largest dessert never has these problems?  Ethiopia has tons of fertile land and tons of rivers and lakes that could be used for irrigation. Meanwhile, Egypt grows cotton (for export to English markets) and rice.  These are two water intensive crops and they do it with water coming from Ethiopia.

    Please spare me the overpopulation bit.

    •  Civil wars and bad government (1+ / 0-)
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      is at the root of this particular region's set of problems.  Of course, the US is aiding and abetting both.  Sorry, not interested in addressing the symptoms and leaving the problem in place.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Tue Jul 12, 2011 at 08:02:39 PM PDT

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      •  sorry (0+ / 0-)

        you are mistaken.  there have been worse wars in the congo and the government there is ten times worse the governments of Ethiopia or Kenya. Yet, no famines there.

        In addition to symptoms, you are not interested in reality?

        •  Overpopulation is not the cause of starvation (0+ / 0-)

          It is a myth that world hunger is the unavoidable result of food scarcity due to population explosion aggravated by weather changes. This belief prevents decision makers from taking appropriate actions.

          The world does not have a food production problem, it has a food distribution problem.

          "The true source of world hunger is not scarcity but policy; not inevitability but politics"...."The real culprits are economies that fail to offer everyone opportunities, and societies that place economic efficiency over compassion."
          Peter Rosset, director of Institute for Food and Development Policy

          An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. -Benjamin Franklin

          by martinjedlicka on Tue Jul 12, 2011 at 11:17:43 PM PDT

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