Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
July It, THI UTHMIPOI HWAlO 17 Possible crop failures threaten world with famine THE AAOUNTIES Concluded from 33 varieties of rice depend on plentiful water aad fertilizer and there is still a lack of con- trolled irrigation and a abort- age of fertilizer in India. The Indian government's na- tionalization of the wholesale grain trade has also been of doubtful value at the present time, observers in Rome be- lieve. But so far India has sounded no alarm bells and it is not up to FAO to start taking action unless requested by member governments. In fact F'AO has always been hampered by the obstructionism of governments. China, toe most populous country in the world with an ancient history of fa- mine disaster, has only just joined the United Nations agen- cy and has hitherto been exclud- ed from its statistical analyses, which must have considerably distorted the total world ture. China used to be treated by the food experts rather as if it were on another planet. Hie Soviet Union is still not a memfjer of FAO and is also cagey on statistical informa- tion, although contacts do take place with the Russians through the Committee on Agricultural Problems of the United Na- tions Economic Commission for Europe, of which they are members, i.ussian grain -pur- chased during-the past year to make up for the failure of their last year's crop have been largely responsible for the up- sets in the world's agricultural commodity markets and rising world prices. (China, India, and the Soviet Union in that order are the three most populous countries in the world. Consequently when they have food shortages at the same time, or when accurate statis- tics and forecasts are not forthcoming from them, deal- ing with the world food problem as a whole is made enormous- ly more difficult.) Wheat exportTprlceg general- ly are now 75 per cent above last year's figure. Indeed, it is difficult to find a commodity in which prices have not shot up similarly. It is partly a question of ris- ing demand, increasing living standards and incomes, but also partly due to the increasing un- certainty In the world food markets over the opening up of trade with China and the So- viet Union. Because of the clos- ed nature of their economies and the lack of available sta- tistics you can never guess what types of purchases the two Communist giants will make nor how large they will be. Hie recent Soviet purchase of a huge quantity of surplus butter from the European Com- mon Market, for example, was totally unexpected, as the Rus- sian an traditionally butter exporters. Another factor that has ag- gravated the international agri- cultural commodity market is the world currency crisis. When speculators, and indeed gov- ernments, buy food as a cur- rency protection measure, get- ting out of money and into commodities, this' is bound to disturb the traditional pirture of supply and demand. And the losers always tend to be those countries that are least well adapted to new situations. The recent boycott of meat purchases 6y housewives in the United States due to rising prices drew attention to the in- creasing world demand for this staple food. The long term de- mand for meat is rising faster than production people want meat and are prepared to pay what they have to for it. De- mand is elastic and expand- ing in proportion to living stan- dards. In Italy, for example, meat consumption has approximate- ly doubled from 26 to 50 per person per annum in a little more than a decade. Even in big meat-eatine countries like France and West Germany, consumption is increasing. In- creased demand coupled with inflation has meant higher prices even in the big meat- exporting areas such as Latin America and Australia. The rising demand for beef led to greater production of lamb, pork, and poultry. But then too, grew short. the world's beef eaters face a deficit of tons in 1975 and nearly two million tons by 1965, according to re- cent', survey. Production in Latin America, which hat the hifbett population growth rate in the world, Is not expected to keep pace with rising domes- tic demand, let alone export requirements. The world is thus living from hand to mouth for its immediate food supplies with no comfort- able buffer stocks as an insur- ance for future lean yean. To quote Dr. Boerma again: "It intolerable that in this last third of the twentieth century, the world should still find it- self almost entirely dependent on a single season's weather and crop conditions for its basic food supplies." Dr. Boerma has that responsibility for adequate food stocks should be spread around both developing and developed nations now that the world's main grain re- serves accumulated more or less unintentionally North America no longer exist. NATIONAL DEPARTMENT STORES 302 5th ST. S. 9 to 9 Thurs. and Fri., 9 to 6 Sat. Chatrex Written by members and ex-members themselves. Fishy business Policemen do not operate' on 36 or 40-hour weeks. There are regular duty schedules, but in emergencies, these go out the window. As on active military service, duty can well be a matter of twenty four hours on end. Contrary to some people's bs- lief, policemen are human and enjoy various recreations like anybody else. Many members of the R.C.M.P. were keen sportsmen, anglers and hunt- ers before they joined the force. With training completed, new policemen are often posted far away from their native prov- ince. Fly fishermen from the Maritimes find themselves sta- tioned among Ontario's bass and pickerel lakes; "Jackfish" experts from the Prairies land up in the trout streams of the Rocky Mountains and so forth. But, adaptation "is the name of the game and an angler is still an angler, even under como'ete- ly different conditions. There are often unique opportunities for an angler who is also a member of the force. _ One corporal in charge of a mid west detachment heard about an expedition planned by three local anglers to a lake forty miles away that after- noon. Goincidently he arrived at their chosen spot the same time they did and just by an even more unusual coincidence, happened to have his fishing equipment in the car with him. Their 12 foot car top boat and- a 3 motor, small enough for three, was certain- ly not designed for four big men, but as the corporal sug- gested, all he required was a ferry trip across to a point a quarter mile away. He was duly taken across and the three ang- lers went off to search for the monsters reported to be in the channel connecting the two lakes. Three hours later, all they bad caught was one mic- roscopic perch. They turned back to the spot where they could see the policeman still casting away industriously on his point of laud. "How's the they asked when they got within bail. "Good, how did you answered the corpor- al. He reached down into the water and hauled out a stringer with six or seven huge picker- el flopping in anger at being removed from their native ele- ment. A month or so later, the cor- poral went out for an overnight trip with two of the members of the party. Both outfished him, six eggs and half a pound of bacon for a late, late supper gave him indigestion and when the dice were rolled as to who would steep in the car and who in the haystack, the policeman took third place. Somewhat bleary-eyed when dawn broke, he told his companions that mice bad been using his sto- mach for a race track all night. Outfished, outfed, out- diced and even out-miced. Up in the Northwest Terri- tories, two policemen return- ing from a patrol in the police boat, decided a feed of fish would provide a welcome change. They stopped halfway home and soon had a couple of small lake trout in the boat. 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