Revelation 6:6ff And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
The Fourth Seal—Death
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.”I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Britain’s rolling green countryside is steadily turning yellow as record numbers of the nation’s farmers are cashing in on the soaring price of oil from rapeseed by turning over a bigger proportion of their fields to the crop.
The vibrant yellow flowers are coming to dominate many parts of rural Britain. Oil from rapeseed is commonly sold as the main ingredient in vegetable oil and used both in the home and in food production.
The oil’s versatility means that it can also be used in the production of biodiesel, which is favoured by climate change campaigners as an alternative to crude oil.
Biofuels which are supposedly good for the environment may not be good for the poor people! The farming needed to produce biofuels to placate the West’s energy needs actually pushed food prices up by 75%therefore has caused food riots and starvation around the globe! So, when I see headlines like THIS, I wonder if they understand that it is the ‘Anthropogenic Climate Alarmists’ that have underpinned the need to change from fossil fuel to biofuel which resulted in pushing the food prices up which in turn has caused foot riots and starvation around the globe!
Biofuels may have even more devastating effects in the rest of the world, especially on the prices of basic foods. If oil
prices remain high — which is likely — the people most vulnerable to the price hikes brought on by the biofuel boom
will be those in countries that both suffer food deficits and import petroleum. The risk extends to a large part of the
developing world: in 2005, according to the un Food and Agriculture Organization, most of the 82 low-income
countries with food deficits were also net oil importers.
Even major oil exporters that use their petrodollars to purchase food imports, such as Mexico, cannot escape the
consequences of the hikes in food prices. In late 2006, the price of tortilla flour in Mexico, which gets 80 percent of
its corn imports from the United States, doubled thanks partly to a rise in U.S. corn prices from $2.80 to $4.20 a
bushel over the previous several months. (Prices rose even though tortillas are made mainly from Mexican-grown
white corn because industrial users of the imported yellow corn, which is used for animal feed and processed foods,
started buying the cheaper white variety.) The price surge was exacerbated by speculation and hoarding. With about
half of Mexico’s 107 million people living in poverty and relying on tortillas as a main source of calories, the public
outcry was fierce. In January 2007, Mexico’s new president, Felipe Calderón, was forced to cap the prices of corn
The International Food Policy Research Institute, in Washington, D.C., has produced sobering estimates of the
potential global impact of the rising demand for biofuels. Mark Rosegrant, an ifpri division director, and his
colleagues project that given continued high oil prices, the rapid increase in global biofuel production will push
global corn prices up by 20 percent by 2010 and 41 percent by 2020. The prices of oilseeds, including soybeans,
rapeseeds, and sunflower seeds, are projected to rise by 26 percent by 2010 and 76 percent by 2020, and wheat
prices by 11 percent by 2010 and 30 percent by 2020. In the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin
America, where cassava is a staple, its price is expected to increase by 33 percent by 2010 and 135 percent by 2020.
The projected price increases may be mitigated if crop yields increase substantially or ethanol production based on
other raw materials (such as trees and grasses) becomes commercially viable. But unless biofuel policies change
significantly, neither development is likely. [source]
Cars, not people, will claim most of the increase in world grain consumption this year. The US Department of Agriculture projects that world grain use will grow by 20 million tons in 2006. Of this, 14 million tons will be used to produce fuel for cars in the United States, leaving only 6 million tons to satisfy the world’s growing food needs.
In agricultural terms, the world appetite for automotive fuel is insatiable. The grain required to fill a 25-gallon SUV gas tank with ethanol will feed one person for a year. The grain it takes to fill the tank every two weeks over a year will feed 26 people. [source]