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Food Crises:agribusiness

 The prices of food commodities are soaring. People are rioting for food in 18 countries while, in the U.S., the biggest exporter of grain, farmers are making a fortune and getting fat. Considering that 850,000,000 people are on the verge of starvation in the world, I cannot help praying that those who profit from food production die from diabetes. On the other hand, I cannot help but admire how they run their agribusiness.

 CHS, the third largest Grain Major, is composed of 350,000 American farmers. After World War, American grain was in surplus. So, farmers in the U.S. planned to enlarge their markets worldwide. They lobbied for a bill in 1954 to donate 36 pigs with corn to Japan. The pigs multiplied in Japan, and Japan started to import corn from the U.S. In addition, they tried to change the Japanese diet. Bread was introduced in Japan's school lunch programs, and wheat imports from the U.S. increased in Japan.

 On the model of the Japan's case, the U.S. developed its strategy to expand into foreign markets. In China, the diet was westernized and consumption of beef has increased 15 fold in 20 years. Now, they are promoting ‘wonder milk’ whose fat is 1.5 times thicker than normal milk. A huge amount of corn is imported from the U.S. to feed cows. In El Salvador, the U.S. exported rice, whose price was half of the local rice. The rice farmers in El Salvador were devastated.

 Thus, many countries became dependent on American grains. The sons of farms in the U.S. are motivated. Many of them have MBA degrees and are confident that the agribusiness is very promising.

 On the other hand, the Japanese government has regulated food production inward. Japan's rice fields have been decreased by four-tenths. Children of farmers in Japan are unwilling to continue farming. Japan's food sufficiency rate was 79% in 1960, but now, it's barely 40%.

 Needless to say, we cannot live without food. Competent persons should shoulder the food-producing industry and it will.


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