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Act to end food crisis

To the editor:

Did you ever wonder if you would be placed with the sheep or goats? I didn’t until recently.

Up until this year our nation fed the world’s least, and I as most others tried to do what I could, so I was pretty confident that I would hear, “You fed Me when I was hungry.”

For seven of the last eight years the world consumed more food than it produced. Then with grain stocks at dangerously low levels our government mandated the use of vast quantities of grain to produce ethanol to put in our cars. Not the best idea when it takes more oil to produce the grain than you can get out of it. It is like using 25 gallons of gasoline to pump 10 gallons of oil out of the ground.

The result of this was to be expected, worldwide grain shortages, worldwide food inflation of 40 percent already this year, the price of 50 pounds of flour going from $7 to $37. USAID cut food to the poor by 20 percent, and in his State of the Union Address President Bush called on Congress to stop sending food to the poor and to send money instead. The result of the ethanol boondoggle will be the starvation of the least of His on a terrible scale.

You might think that everything will be OK, it’s too big for you to do anything about, or that you did not see it, but He does not excuse not knowing. When did we see You hungry and not feed You?

There is much we can do. We can directly influence government policy by writing or phoning our representatives, you can avoid all unnecessary driving, stay close to home this summer, plant a garden, turn out a light, and not use bottled water — a terrible waste of energy.

John F. Geis

Hardscrabble Road, Addison

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