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The Irish Famine Killed One Million

Posted by feww on March 15, 2014


Sick Politicians, Diseased Crops

More than one million Irish people starved to death and another million emigrated from Ireland during the The Great Irish Famine (an Gorta Mór) between 1845 and 1852.

The Great Hunger, which saw about 25 percent of the island’s population disappear, is also known as as the Irish Potato Famine because more than one-third of the population was then solely reliant on the cheap crop, which was decimated by a blight.

Ironically, Ireland  was still producing and exporting more than enough grain crops to feed the entire population. Up to fifty shiploads of food produce left the country each day.

Today, the Great Famine is regarded by many historical academics as an act of either direct or indirect genocide.

Skibbereen 1847 by-James Mahony
Skibbereen (An Sciobairín), County Cork, Ireland.  Illustrations by James Mahony (1810-1879), for Illustrated London News 1847.

Famine dead had ‘mouths stained green’

The Famine dead are remembered in the Irish folk as having mouths stained green—their last meal was grass.

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Disaster Calendar – 28 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 28, 2012


[28 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,418 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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UN planning to feed the world?

Posted by feww on May 1, 2008

UN to draw up comprehensive plan to address world food crisis

30 April 2008 – UN News Center– The United Nations is aiming to have a comprehensive plan to tackle the global food crisis in place by the beginning of June, “around which the institutions and leaders around the world can coalesce,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said today.

Mr. Holmes is one of two coordinators, along with UN System Influenza Coordinator David Nabarro, of a new high-powered task force that was announced yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to organize responses to the global rise in food prices.

Speaking at a news conference today in Geneva, Mr. Holmes said that although the breadth and complexity of the issue needed to be recognized, there was no need to panic. “I think it is clear we can fix these problems. The solutions can be found; the solutions are there. They are very difficult, some of them, in the short term, but they can be done.”

The United Nations Office [Palace?] at Geneva (UNOG) is the representative office of the United Nations in Geneva. More than 1,600 super-privileged front-row individuals handsomely “earn their keep” here!

On the role of biofuel production in the current crisis, Mr. Holmes said: “It is something that needs a new look in present circumstances without wanting to fall in any sense into knee-jerk reactions of saying all biofuels are bad or good. We need to look at it in a careful, sophisticated and differentiated way, between different regions of the world and between different products.”

The Under-Secretary-General also said the crisis was not affecting every country in the same way. “For many countries and population groups it is inconvenient, a problem for their daily budget and their purses, but it is not a matter of life and death. In some places and for some groups, particularly those living on less than a dollar a day, that quickly could become a matter of life and death, or certainly of increased suffering and malnutrition.”

The UN’s action plan is to be in place in time for a meeting of UN agencies in Rome at the beginning of June. The task force is chaired by Mr. Ban and consists of the heads of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and other organizations which will be invited to join.

News Tracker: past stories on this issue

Can the world’s poor sue Ban ki-moon, John Holmes and the rest of their lot if they don’t deliver?

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