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Food Production for Malaysia During a Collapsing World Economy (www.mohdpeterdavis.com)

Food Production for Malaysia During a Collapsing World Economy (www.mohdpeterdavis.com)

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The Ancient Egyptians invented agriculture some 10,000 years ago as a systematic way of producing food. Agriculture was far superior to hunting and gathering, the stone-age way of obtaining food. Since that time and under different civilisations the only legitimate purpose of agriculture is to feed a country’s population. Agriculture is not about making money or dominating other countries through control of the food supply as advocated by Henry Kissinger in 1974 and adopted by the US Government in 1975. The historical and future role of agriculture is to feed people. This simple truth forms the essence of the proposed Emergency Agricultural Policy for Malaysia. Its aim is to provide every man women and child with the basic minimum food for survival under the worse possible scenario, namely the collapse of the world economy. Although not realized by Malaysians or indeed the vast majority of the world’s population this catastrophic event has been maturing over the last 30 years. The first author has been concerned with this theoretical possibility since being alerted by fellow academics that America’s abandonment of the Bretton Woods Gold Standard in1971 spelt disaster for the world economy. American economist and US Presidential Pre-Candidate for 2004, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr has been outstandingly accurate in forecasting the American and world economy for the last 35 years. His weekly journal, Executive Intelligence Review (see website www.larouchepub.com) provides the definitive historical, scientific, economic and political analysis of this rapidly maturing collapse of the world economy, which now threatens a new dark age for civilisation similar to 14th Century Europe.

The economy of Argentina is now collapsing before our very eyes. The country is officially bankrupt with debts of US$141 billion and 22% unemployment. Half the population of Argentina, once amongst the wealthiest countries in the world, is now living below the poverty line. Patients are reported dying every day for lack of imported medical supplies (figure 1). This is not just a tragedy for Argentina but part of the collapse of the whole world economy. The Japanese economy, now facing impossible debts, is dangerously close to collapsing. Symptoms of Japan’s threatening economic collapse now flood the Internet.

For more information please visit, www.mohdpeterdavis.blogspot.com
The Ancient Egyptians invented agriculture some 10,000 years ago as a systematic way of producing food. Agriculture was far superior to hunting and gathering, the stone-age way of obtaining food. Since that time and under different civilisations the only legitimate purpose of agriculture is to feed a country’s population. Agriculture is not about making money or dominating other countries through control of the food supply as advocated by Henry Kissinger in 1974 and adopted by the US Government in 1975. The historical and future role of agriculture is to feed people. This simple truth forms the essence of the proposed Emergency Agricultural Policy for Malaysia. Its aim is to provide every man women and child with the basic minimum food for survival under the worse possible scenario, namely the collapse of the world economy. Although not realized by Malaysians or indeed the vast majority of the world’s population this catastrophic event has been maturing over the last 30 years. The first author has been concerned with this theoretical possibility since being alerted by fellow academics that America’s abandonment of the Bretton Woods Gold Standard in1971 spelt disaster for the world economy. American economist and US Presidential Pre-Candidate for 2004, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr has been outstandingly accurate in forecasting the American and world economy for the last 35 years. His weekly journal, Executive Intelligence Review (see website www.larouchepub.com) provides the definitive historical, scientific, economic and political analysis of this rapidly maturing collapse of the world economy, which now threatens a new dark age for civilisation similar to 14th Century Europe.

The economy of Argentina is now collapsing before our very eyes. The country is officially bankrupt with debts of US$141 billion and 22% unemployment. Half the population of Argentina, once amongst the wealthiest countries in the world, is now living below the poverty line. Patients are reported dying every day for lack of imported medical supplies (figure 1). This is not just a tragedy for Argentina but part of the collapse of the whole world economy. The Japanese economy, now facing impossible debts, is dangerously close to collapsing. Symptoms of Japan’s threatening economic collapse now flood the Internet.

For more information please visit, www.mohdpeterdavis.blogspot.com

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Conference on Bio Industry: the Future of Malaysia 25 & 26 March 2002 Kuala Lumpur 
FOOD PRODUCTION FOR MALAYSIADURING A COLLAPSING WORLD ECONOMY
 Mohd Peter Davis & Makhdzir MardanUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdang 43400, Selangor, D.E.Email: mohd_peter@hotmail.com makhdzir@agri.upm.my
 
The Ancient Egyptians invented agriculture some 10,000 years ago as asystematic way of producing food. Agriculture was far superior to hunting andgathering, the stone-age way of obtaining food. Since that time and under different civilisations the only legitimate purpose of agriculture is to feed acountry’s population. Agriculture is not about making money or dominating other countries through control of the food supply as advocated by Henry Kissinger in1974 and adopted by the US Government in 1975. The historical and future roleof agriculture is to feed people. This simple truth forms the essence of theproposed Emergency Agricultural Policy for Malaysia. Its aim is to provide everyman women and child with the basic minimum food for survival under the worsepossible scenario, namely the collapse of the world economy. Although notrealized by Malaysians or indeed the vast majority of the world’s population thiscatastrophic event has been maturing over the last 30 years. The first author hasbeen concerned with this theoretical possibility since being alerted by fellowacademics that America’s abandonment of the Bretton Woods Gold Standard in1971 spelt disaster for the world economy. American economist and USPresidential Pre-Candidate for 2004, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr has beenoutstandingly accurate in forecasting the American and world economy for thelast 35 years. His weekly journal,
Executive Intelligence Review 
(see websitewww.larouchepub.com) provides the definitive historical, scientific, economic andpolitical analysis of this rapidly maturing collapse of the world economy, whichnow threatens a new dark age for civilisation similar to 14
th
Century Europe.The economy of Argentina is now collapsing before our very eyes. The country isofficially bankrupt with debts of US$141 billion and 22% unemployment. Half thepopulation of Argentina, once amongst the wealthiest countries in the world, isnow living below the poverty line. Patients are reported dying every day for lackof imported medical supplies
(figure 1).
This is not just a tragedy for Argentina butpart of the collapse of the whole world economy. The Japanese economy, nowfacing impossible debts, is dangerously close to collapsing. Symptoms of Japan’sthreatening economic collapse now flood the Internet. “Himalayas of debt
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crashing down on the economy” says Time Magazine, “Japan’s death Spiral?”poses Forbes Business Magazine
(see figures 1 and 2.)
Economic collapse
 These articles appearing in mainstream publications are a dramatic wake up callfor Malaysians. Argentina provides a glimpse of what to expect in the earlystages of collapse of a national economy. In the last few months, savings inbanks have become all but frozen the cost of food and goods in Argentina hastrebled and the Government is appealing for IMF funds to feed the poor.Argentina is in hopeless debt. But according to Forbes Business Magazine (5
th
and 18
th
February 2002) so too is Japan with USD30 trillion debt (some 6 yearsof Gross National Product) and America’s USD19 trillion debt (2 years of GNP).Each country’s debt is now part of the same economic bubble. Debt has beenglobalised. What happens to the economy of one country now affects every other country. The whole world must now pay for the recklessness of successiveAmerican government over the last 30 years. America has abandoned theBretton Woods Gold Standard, the economic basis for the post wareconstruction of the world, and has frantically printed paper money to hide their country’s bankruptcy. This has undermined the world’s physical economy (foodproduction, energy supply, transport systems, science based development etc),which is required for human survival. Instead, the world economy has beentransformed into a consumer economy of shoddy goods and lifetime debts.Speculation, not production, now dominates all spheres of the world economy.The world economy has become a giant gambling casino. The American ledassault on the world’s productive forces have bankrupted not only America butalso the rest of the world; the debts cannot be repaid and the bubble is about toburst. Nothing it seems can save the Japanese economy. It can collapse at anytime. If Japan recalls its enormous wealth held in American banks the fear is realthat the American economy and along with it the World economy will collapseinto chaos. In a recent radio talk program with Lyndon LaRouche the interviewer pointed out that the Japanese hold 35% of the notes on the American banks.
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“Should the Yen finally hit some serious devaluation problems, or crash, the firstthing they are going to be doing is coming after the (American) dollar”.
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Malaysia’s historical reliance on food imports
As the giant economies start disintegrating where does this leave tiny Malaysia?Malaysia is still dangerously dependent on the rest of the world for food. In realityMalaysia has never in its history enjoyed food security. The history books showthat Malaya has always been a trading nation not an agricultural nation like itsIndonesian and Thai neighbours. Malaysia’s poor soil and humid tropical climateis unsuitable for food agriculture, which accounts for the historically smallpopulation in a large land mass compared to its densely populated neighbours inthe wet/dry tropics. According to Jim Baker in “Crossroads, A Popular History of Malaysia and Singapore” the lack of indigenous food production was a reason for the fall of Meleka Empire.
“One reason that Malaya’s greatest empire-Melaka- failed was that it could not feed itself” (1)“Melaka produced little of its own, especially food. It was dependent onthe sale of its services to buy rice from others, such as the Jarvanese. If trade was interrupted it spelt doom for them. This is exactly what happened” (2)
Likewise, British Malaya before the Second World War produced only half itsfood. The semi-starvation during the Japanese occupation was a result of theAmerican domination of the sea routes, which effectively stopped nearly all foodimports. The Malayan population was only barely able to survive from traditionalself-subsistence kampung agriculture but heavily urbanised areas like Singaporesuffered much greater food deprivation.
“Life in the urban areas became miserable with tremendous food shortages. Singapore, being the most urban of the British territories, had the
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