Commentary: Little reported about world disasters

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Ever notice how weather disasters that mainly affect crop production throughout the world receive very little attention?

While the U.S. media ignores reporting much about food supply being affected by world weather, the media will blame U.S. farmers and U.S. policy for not supplying enough food to feed the world’s hungry. And additionally, there isn’t much reporting on non-U.S. factors affecting U.S. food prices in one way or another.

Consumer media articles that link how important it is for corn to not be used for ethanol production because it is needed to feed the world are rampant, but the same media ignores reporting on the world agricultural situation that is proven to either reduce or increase the world food supply.

It requires searching foreign media outlets to read about major world agriculture issues. I also contend that news from Southeast Asia is ignored by U.S. media more than news from other parts of the world.

I appreciate the Live Rice Index e-news service for providing a lot of agricultural news from Asia. Rice is the staple food; therefore, all the news has some connection to rice.

Probably only a handful of people in the U.S. even realized that in the first days of October Typhoon Wutip drastically flooded Thailand killing at least 23 people, flooded 25 provinces of the country including a huge area of rice production and “inundating 817,290 homes.”

Sounds like a big disaster to me, but a Thai newspaper reported Interior Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan said that the impact of the typhoon has not been as devastating as previously feared.

Situations like this do affect the world ag picture and should be of interest to more than just the citizens of Thailand.  


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