Monday, May 05, 2008

Well, At Least He Managed to Unite the Parties

Nothing like a Bushism to bring together disagreeing political parties in India.

"At a time when millions of people in India are unable to get enough food to eat and suffer from malnutrition, Bush’s insensible remarks about India’s prosperity affecting global food prices are adding insult to injury," CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said.

Ouch. Somebody get W. out of the kitchen, huh? The remark blamed India and China partially for the increase in food prices since these countries have gained a bit of prosperity and now have diets that include a bit more meat, meat that requires the same grain to produce as ethanol. The biggest culprit in the crisis is likely fuel costs, but I doubt our president will want to bring up that issue.

So, imagine if you were poor, and worked your way up a bit. What's the first thing you would upgrade in your life? Food? Nutrition? Absolutely. Is there an issue with providing a "Western" diet for the whole world? Absolutely. We eat way too much, and way too much of the wrong things. But to deny a nation's right to improved food (when your whole country is in an obesity crisis), well, them's fighting words.

No big shock, the online Indian newspaper had "Americans Eat Five Times More Than India Per Capita" as a related headline. Good point, guys.

It would have been far better to acknowledge the need for us all, on this shared planet, to figure out how to solve the food issue together. But then, it was just another Bushism, after all.


jen said...

if all of india's people are prosperous and thriving then i've sprouted a third head.

Paul said...

Better make room for that third head. But, to be honest, that's not what Bush implied, was it?

India is in the midst of a new era of innovation and economic expansion. Who knows where this will take them.