Those who were around a generation ago to watch the tele-vision will recall a barrel of blubbery bathos named Sally Struthers. No program could escape interruption from her lachrymose appeals to feed the third world’s hungry children. For anyone interested, some unsurprising details of that enterprise may be found here.
Though corpulent crying serves only to fleece the easily gulled, and is obviously not where the real money resides. For that, as always, one must look to the government of the U-ese. In 1954, Eisenhower signed the Agricultural Trade Development Act into law, creating the “Food for Peace Program.” The intent of which was to “lay the basis for a permanent expansion of our exports of agricultural products with lasting benefits to ourselves and peoples of other lands.” Stated more succinctly: Agribusiness profits; you pay the bill; Africa explodes.
In 1961 Kennedy renamed the program “Food for Peace” with the moving warrant: “Food is strength, and food is peace, and food is freedom, and food is a helping hand to people around the world whose good will and friendship we want.” We actually pay politicians to speak to us like this.
Though would that we only paid them to talk. The bill for their folly is the one that really cuts. And while the approximately $2 billion/year tab is peanuts to a government that spends that amount on call-boys alone, it’s what issues forth from this altruistic impulse that truly costs. But first, what countries birthrates are we directly subsidizing? Where are we expanding populations that can not be supported by their own native land and industry? Most importantly, where are we exacerbating extraordinary and unsupportable population density, for which western countries are the natural release valve? I think you’ll be heartened.
Sources of American food aid: Afghanistan, Algeria , Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad , Colombia, Cote D’Ivoire, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, West Bank/Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
And below is a list of countries with at least a two percent annual population growth rate. Listed in that order:
Libya, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Qatar, Uganda, Niger, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Zambia, United Arab Emirates, Turks and Caicos, Republic of the Congo, Benin, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Togo, Rwanda, Madagascar, Guinea, Bahrain, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Yemen, Mozambique, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Gambia, Iraq, Kenya, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Ghana, Central African Republic, Oman, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire.
One could almost notice a correlation: we feed, they fuck. They overflow, we over-import. A couple of exquisitely grating examples for illustration:
1) From 1990 to 2010, India’s population has increased by approximately 350 million people. In twenty years they have produced more additional Indians than the total humanoids living in America. And still we feed them.
2) One of the longest running recipients of American food are the eternally starving Ethiopians. When Eisenhower’s anthill airdrops first began in the mid 1950s, there were 20 million of them.
If the program’s intent was to reduce hunger in that country, it has failed in a great quasar of brilliance. For in 1960, there were 23 million starving Ethiopians. Still we kept fighting hunger. In 1970, 30 million Ethiopians were starving. Plainly more food was needed. 1980: 35 million. The more our efforts fail, the harder we must try. 1990: 48 million starving Ethiopians. 2000: 66 million. 2010: 83 million. And the projection for 2050? 145 million starving Ethiopians.
Understand this if nothing else: The more you feed starving Ethiopians, the more starving Ethiopians you will have to feed.
And what of the population of the west? That group expected to not only feed its own so-called minorities but those of the world in addition. Well, we’re not projected to grow at all. Now imagine how many starvers across the globe each productive worker will be expected to feed. Imagine the immense population pressures resulting in armies of saints ready to encamp.
And then imagine telling them all to shove off.