Unstewardlike Civilization

August 4, 2011 at 5:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All you have to do is look at the famine in Somalia and Ethiopia, the droughts around the world, and the Cargill meat recall to see that we are way off the beam. Thirty-six million pounds of turkey is 18,000 tons (!)

More than 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey are being voluntarily recalled by food giant Cargill Inc. because of the possibility of salmonella contamination.
United Nations (CNN) — Three more regions of Somalia have now been struck by famine, including the capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations announced Wednesday.

Mogadishu, the Afgooye corridor and the Shabelle regions west of the capital are the latest that “have slipped into famine,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters Wednesday afternoon. The declaration “reflects the massive influx of people into the city in the last two months,” he said.

“This latest information also confirms the seriousness of the problem facing internally displaced people in Mogadishu, who require our immediate and concerted response,” he said.

The United Nations issued a famine declaration for two districts of southern Somalia in June. The entire Horn of Africa region is facing an extensive drought that has left more than 12 million in need of assistance.

Relief efforts in Somalia have been hindered by the ongoing battle between Islamist rebels and Somalia’s transitional government, which holds little sway beyond Mogadishu. The rate of malnutrition in Somalia’s rebel-held south is the highest in the world, approaching half the population, U.N. officials report.

About 100,000 people displaced by the fighting have flocked to Mogadishu in recent weeks, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. More than 3.7 million Somalis are in need of aid, including about 1.3 million children “in urgent need of life-saving interventions.” Of those, about 640,000 are acutely malnourished, the office reports.

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