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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Syria's starving hordes

Prophecy Sign:  A global food crisis, (and food disparity)

Syrian's line up for food

A horrible situation is transpiring in war torn Syria as thousands of refugees starve as food supplies remain cutoff from reaching the need due to the ongoing civil war.  In similar fashion we foresee the same types of human suffering to occur during the coming Tribulation period, where bible prophecy warns of just how expensive food will become.  This future food crisis will be caused by not only wars, but pestilence and the simple loss of the humble honey bee, (article below).  However at the same time that many people will be lining up for what little food is available to them during the Tribulation there will be many others where food is not a problem.  The prophecy from Revelation not only indicates that food prices will rise, but for those with money, the luxuries of life will still be available.

This is a sad commentary of coming events, but is not dissimilar to what we see in the world right now. While people in Syria are struggling to survive on what little food is available, food is wasted by the billions of dollars in the affluent Western nations.

Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "Two pounds of wheat for a day's wages, and six pounds of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine! Revelation 6:6 NIV

Syria's starving hordes: In a biblical picture of suffering, crowd stretching for as far as the eye can see gathers amid the rubble of Damascus for UN food hand-outs 
Hundreds of men, women and children fight to get to the front of the queue as a refugee camp in Damascus receives food parcels after being cut off for months. Today the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) called on rebel forces and Al-Assad’s troops alike to allow ‘safe and unhindered humanitarian access’ to thousands of civilians in Yarmouk, a Palestinian district in the Syrian capital. Yarmouk has seen some of the worst fighting in the capital, leading to severe food shortages and widespread hunger. 
UNWRA chief Chris Gunnes spoke today after a rare visit to Yarmouk on Monday where relief agencies have found it particularly difficult to provide food and medical assistance. The Yarmouk Camp is a 0.8sq.mi. district of Damascus populated by more than 112,000 Palestinian refugees, who are mainly cut off from any foreign help. Yarmouk Camp has been sealed since July 2013, resulting in acute and widespread deprivation, including severe malnutrition, while civilian residents are constantly exposed to the threat of death, injuries and trauma of the armed conflict. 

This One Animal Could Send Food Prices Soaring
Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of the nation's agricultural produce each year, as reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Bees and other pollinators account for one out of every three bites of food Americans consume. But over the last five years, around 30% of the U.S. honey bee population has vanished. Nearly one-third of the nation's honey bee colonies have disappeared. If the USDA's move doesn't start mitigating the current, drastic rate of bee loss, Americans will see higher food prices and decreased food availability.

Food Loss and Waste a Barrier to Poverty Reduction
The world loses or wastes one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the latest issue of the World Bank's quarterly Food Price Watch citing FAO and World Resources Institute estimates. In regions rife with undernourishment, such as Africa and South Asia, this shocking loss translates to 400 to 500 calories per person, per day—and up to 1520 calories in the developed world.  “The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. “Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night, and yet millions of tons of food end up in trash cans or spoiled on the way to market. We have to tackle this problem in every country in order to improve food security and to end poverty.”

Americans Throw Away Almost Half of All Food, Waste $165 Billion
Americans throw away 40 percent of food in the U.S. every year, or about $165 billion, according to a new issue paper from the Natural Resources Defense Council. “As a country, we’re essentially tossing every other piece of food that crosses our path – that’s money and precious resources down the drain,” said Dana Gunders, NRDC project scientist with the food and agriculture program, in a statement. The startling statistic is part of an analysis from the nonprofit environmental group regarding waste at every level of the U.S. food supply chain. According to the NRDC study, the average family of four throws away up to $2,275 in food every year.

‘Shameful’: World loses up to third of produced food, World Bank says
The world loses a staggering one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the World Bank’s quarterly Food Price Watch report, with the developed world leading the wastage. The world is losing 25 to 33 percent of the food it produces – nearly 4 billion metric tons - according to estimates from the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) and the World Resources Institute. In regions suffering from malnourishment, such as Africa and South East Asia, this translates as 400 to 500 calories per person per day and in the developed world up to 1,520 calories.

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