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Iraq Food Crisis Is Deliberate
BY Mathaba Net

There can be little doubt that the food poverty presently being experienced in Iraq is deliberate, on August 8, 2005 Reuters reported that the Iraqi seed supply is at risk.
According to UNICEF malnutrition is widespread among Iraqi children and one child in five who are below 5-years-old suffer from illnesses caused by food shortages, people are now faced with scavenging from waste dumps in order to find anything edible.

Quite a change from the days of Saddam when poor families were provided with food rations free by the central government even during the times of the food for oil sanctions. All this of course leads you to believe starving the Iraqi population into submission or even extinction is a deliberate policy, especially when you imagine $50 billion of Iraqi money moulding away in the vaults of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

The dye was cast for these food shortages very soon into the illegal invasion after March 2003, when Paul Bremner, who headed The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), imposed Order 81 on the Iraqi Puppet government, it states: 'Farmers shall be prohibited from re-using seeds of protected varieties or any variety mentioned in items 1 and 2 of paragraph (C) of Article 14 of this Chapter.'

This meant that Iraqi farmers who had been doing their business for around 10,000 years could no longer keep their own seed which by the process of selective propagation was entirely suitable for the Iraq climate. The protected plant varieties mentioned in Order 81 are GM and while these seed were in the first instance handed out free to Iraqi farmers, an agreement had to be signed in which the farmer was asked to agree to and be legally liable to pay an annual 'technology fee' and an annual license fee for planting the patented seeds. Needless to say the yield and quality of these genetically modified plants is somewhat less than what the Iraqi farmers had been modifying for 10,000 years by themselves. The problem now is that many Iraqi farmers are unable to afford new GM seeds and are not permitted to use the traditional varieties.

Of course the main beneficiaries of this deal are American companies like Monsanto, you know the one that gave the world "agent Orange". Monsanto last month reported that its profits increased from $1.44bn to $2.22bn. Or Cargill whose net earnings soared by 86 per cent from $553m to $1.030bn over the same three months. The World Bank says that 100 million more people are facing severe hunger. Yet some of the world's richest food companies are making record profits. With their new seeds of course came new chemicals - pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, none of which were necessary before, and the end result were lower yields and in addition Iraq can now cover only 4 percent of its demand for quality seeds from its own resources.

There can be little doubt that the food poverty presently being experienced in Iraq is deliberate, on August 8, 2005 Reuters reported that the Iraqi seed supply is at risk. Below is an excerpt from the Reuters report.

"... The war in Iraq destroyed the country's seed industry, putting the country's domestic food supply at risk, the United Nations food agency said on Monday as it appealed for aid to rebuild farming.

The Food and Agriculture Organization said it needed $5.4 million to help the agriculture ministry rebuild a seed industry destroyed by the fighting and looting.

"Iraq had a relatively stable and functioning public-sector-controlled seed industry before the war in 2003. After the war, research and seed production facilities have greatly deteriorated."

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