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Japan rice riots

Deja vu?

THIS WAS 1918….New York Times article

JAPAN SHAKEN BY FOOD RIOTS; Disorders in Many Cities as a Result of High Prices and Low Wages. HOMES OF RICH ATTACKED Middle and Lower Classes Complain of Exploitation–Dynamite and Torch Employed. Attacked Ministry of the Interior. Government and Emperor Act.

LONDON, Aug. 18.–A dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph from Tientsin dated Friday says: “The Japanese, rice riots are proving the worst outbreak against the constituted authority witnessed in many years.

Read full article NY times here

Source – Wikipedia – Rice riots in Japan

A precipitous rise in the price of rice caused extreme economic hardship, particularly in rural areas where rice was the main staple of life. The rice price increase came at the peak of a post-war (World War I) inflationary spiral that also affected most consumer goods and rents, and thus urban dwellers also had considerable scope for grievances, while the government bought up existing rice stocks to support the troops overseas, which further drove rice prices higher. The government failed to intervene in economic affairs, and rural protests spread to the towns and cities.

The Rice Riots were unparalleled in modern Japanese history in terms of scope, size and violence. The initial protest occurred in the small fishing town of Ouzu, Toyama Prefecture, on 23 July 1918. Starting with peaceful petitioning, the disturbance quickly escalated to riots, strikes, looting, incendiary bombings of police stations and government offices and armed clashes.
Prime Minister Terauchi and his cabinet resigned on 29 September 1918.

Today 24 April 2008

Today it is reported that major stores in the USA and London are rationing rice in the USA (Costco, Walmart…), especially basmati, jasmine which are imported rice, although the US Rice Association says that there is no shortage of rice in the USA…more to follow

Source: The Australian News

WITH rice supplies dwindling and customers hoarding stocks, the US giant Wal-Mart and British stores are starting to restrict sales constituting the first time that food rationing has been introduced in the United States. While Americans suffered some rationing during the Second World War for items such as petrol, light bulbs and stockings, they have never had to limit consumption of a key food item.

In Britain rice is being rationed by shopkeepers in Asian neighbourhoods to prevent hoarding. Tilda, the biggest importer of basmati rice, said that its buyers — who sell to the curry and Chinese restaurant trade as well as to families — were restricting customers to two bags per person. “It is happening in the cash-and-carries,” said Jonathan Calland, a company executive. “I heard from our sales force that one lady went into a cash-and-carry and tried to buy eight 20kg bags.”

Wal-Mart said that Sam’s Club, its wholesale business, which sells food to restaurants and other retailers, had limited each customer to four bags of long-grain white rice per visit. In the past three months wholesalers have experienced a sharp rise in demand for food items such as wheat, rice and milk as businesses stocked up to protect themselves against rising prices.

Global rice prices have more than doubled in the past year partly because countries such as China and India — whose economies are booming — are buying more food from abroad. At the same time, key rice producers banned exports of rice to ensure that their own people could continue to afford to buy the staple: India, China, Vietnam and Egypt have all blocked exports and so demand for rice from countries such as the United States has increased.

Costco Wholesale, the largest warehouse operator in America, said this week that demand for rice and flour had risen, with customers panicking about shortages and hoarded produce Read more here

Nourish the planet, plant Moringa

Moringa miracle

The Earth Day Miracle – Moringa – Save the planet

These are trying times. Choices and decisions are being or have been made that affect our lives all across the planet.

Many billions have become accustomed to eating rice which is increasingly in short supply. Farmers are not getting the financial returns they expect from planting rice and are faced with the choice of planting rice or planting corn, the latter being the new and sexy choice on the farm. Corn provides financial security, helps in ongoing the global warming/energy debate by making available the option of using ethanol rather than fostering more and more of a dependence on oil.

However, the consequences are devastating for the billions who eat and depend on rice as a staple – from the World Food Programme of the United Nations, to the family in the huts in Burkina Faso.

Riots are ensuing as more and more people face the possibility of a drastic reduction in the staple which has kept them going over the years see Muriella’s Corner, Rice, fuel, riots

Plant Moringa, Eat Moringa, Use Moringa for fuel, save the planet – read more on Moringa here

The Miracle Tree – the book/bible on Moringa

Q: What is Moringa oleifera?

A: Moringa oleifera is the most nutrient-rich plant yet discovered. This humble plant has been making strides in less-developed societies for thousands of years, and significant nutritional research has been conducted since the 1970s. Moringa provides a rich and rare combination of nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, antiaging and anti-inflammatory properties used for nutrition and healing.

Q: Is Moringa safe?

A: In underdeveloped countries, health organizations and clinics distribute Moringa to infants, children, pregnant and lactating women. Moringa is sometimes called “Mother’s Best Friend” and “Miracle Tree.” Since 1998, the World Health Organization has promoted Moringa as an alternative to imported food supplies to treat malnutrition.

Q: What scientific studies support Moringa?

A: In the last ten years, hundreds of research articles, theses, reports, and patents have been published on Moringa. Newspapers, scientific journals, documentaries (Discovery Channel) feature Moringa more and more. The Church World Service recently organized the first ever Moringa Tree International Conference to educate about Moringa’s use as an indigenous resource for fighting hunger and malnutrition.

Q: Is Moringa safe to take with medications?

A: We are not aware that any negative interactions have occurred. But again, please consult your doctor if you have health concerns.

Q: Is Moringa oleifera genetically modified?

A: No, Moringa is one of few beneficial plants NOT genetically modified (GM). Today, alarmingly there are thousands of GM plants. Recent news reports confirm research brought to the media several years ago, that in animal studies a diet rich in GM corn fed to animals caused them to develop abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood. These studies raise fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food. In Dr. Monica G. Marcu’s book, “Miracle Tree”, (published by KOShealthpub.com), she outlines the current health concerns of GM corn and soy as the modern day health hazard, especially among infants, and Moringa is a superior replacement, unblemished by GM as it delivers supreme nutrition to all ages.

Q: Where can I learn more about Moringa?

A: Please visit Moringa Research, United States Department of Agriculture, the book, “The Miracle Tree” by Dr. Monica G. Marcu

Q: What is the best book or reference I can get on Moringa oleifera?

A: The most recent publication on Moringa oleifera is by Dr. Monica Marcu, “Miracle Tree”, which is said to be the definitive reference. Early reviews call Marcu’s book the leading reference on Moringa as she takes her clinical and analytical laboratory experience and gives the health-conscious reader understanding on a majority of Moringa’s wealth of nutrients. She also covers Moringa’s history, re-discovery, nutrients, benefits, and traditional cures and modern uses. The information presented goes in-depth on the value of Moringa’s nutrients and amazing phytochemical compounds which only a “cold-blooded” scientist could examine. For more information visit the publisher’s website KOShealthpubdotcom.

Q: Is Moringa’s dried leaf powder more potent than fresh Moringa leaf?

A: When you take a delicate Moringa leaf and carefully shade dry it – amazing things happen. There is significantly higher nutritional value in the Moringa dried leaf, in some cases over ten times in specific nutrients when compared to fresh Moringa leaf. Many universities and independent research laboratory analyses have confirmed the higher nutritional values in the dried leaf powder. What’s more amazing is the gram for gram comparison of Moringa to common fruits and vegetables. The nutritional values of Moringa’s many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll, and anti-aging compounds are higher than it’s own fresh leaves.

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