Commentary By: Gordon King
As men, women, and children are starving to death in Africa and other parts of the world, farmers around the globe are stock piling tons of grain due to bumper crops and a glut in the market. Grain prices have fallen sharply and the supply of grain has overwhelmed farmers with the problem of somehow trying to store it all with the hopes of one day being able to sell it at a fair price.
Iowa farmer Karl Fox is drowning in corn.
Reluctant to sell his harvest at today’s rock-bottom prices, he has stuffed storage bins at his property full and left more corn piled on the ground, covered with a tarp.
He would rather risk potential crop damage from the elements than pay the exorbitant cost of storage elsewhere.
“That’s how poor people do it,” said Fox, who has been farming for 28 years. “You do what you have to do.”
Farmers face similar problems across the globe. World stockpiles of corn and wheat are at record highs. From Iowa to China, years of bumper crops and low prices have overwhelmed storage capacity for basic foodstuffs.
This is the irony of the world that we live in, while people are starving to death in some parts of the world, there is a dramatic over-supply of grain in the world and a problem of what to do with it all!
I understand that a farmer has to make a living, and that they have to somehow pay for all of their land, buildings, and equipment. However, it would seem that there must be some solution to satisfying the farmers and feeding the starving.
I am no economist by a long shot, nor am I a negotiator, or even a business man, however I do believe that there are answers to this problem, answers which could save millions of lives.
Perhaps the government could give these farmers huge tax incentives to sell the grain to the government for shipment to starving people?
Let us pray for our leaders to have wisdom and understanding, for them to have compassion for those in need, and for godly answers to problems which plague our world.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!