The life blood of any country is its trade. Its turnover in raw materials or in finished goods.
What are the basic commodities? Who controls them?
The largest grain exporter, operates in 60 countries and has, with its subsidiaries, 800 plants. Although controlled by Gentiles it has many Jewish connections, including a bale out during the 1929 depression by Russian, Julius Hendel, and the Chase National Bank.
The take-over by Cargill of Continental Grain, (Simon Fribourg): the second largest US and world grain trader (with 20% of market); the leading US exporter of soybean products and derivatives; No. 1 world cattle feed operator and No. 1 shrimp farm in Ecuador, strengthens the position of Cargill's.
Cargill's now have a joint venture with Monsanto to arrange production and to market speciality grains and oil seeds (i.e. GE products.)
The chief French grain exporter and No. 2 in the world. Also chief grain exporter to Russia. Head of Company: Pierre Louis Dreyfus.
Chief US dry corn miller (through subsidiary Lauhoff Grain); No. 1 Brazilian grain exporter; No. 3 US grain exporter; Bunge operates 50 grain elevators in the United States plus giant grain export elevator in Quebec City. The company dominated the Argentinian economy in the 50s and 70s and has diversified its capital to Brazil and the US.
Controlled now by the Born and Hirsch families.
24% US flour miller; 33% of sheep slaughterer (Sipco and Montfort meats) 20% US beef slaughterer ; In the 80's the company purchased numerous meatpacking companies.
Directors: Dr. Ronald Roskens and Marjorie Scardino previously chief executive of the Economist Newspaper jointly owned by the Rothschild and Lazard Freres, banking houses.
Nestle is the world's leading food company: the No. 1 trader in dry milk powder, condensed milk, chocolate and confectionary products and mineral water; and the No.3 US coffee firm.
Board of directors: Helmut Maucher (also on the board of J.P. Morgan Bank; Paul Volcker (at one time chairman of U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors).
Nestle owns 50.1% of Israeli food maker Osem Investments.
In 1998, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, on behalf of Nestle, received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu in recognition of their investments and trade relationships.
When the purchase of Gerber Products from Novartis is concluded in the second half of 2007, Nestl�, already the world's largest manufacturer of infant nutritional products through their leading position in "developing" countries such as Brazil and China, will now supply 79% of baby food products in the United States.
The world's chief producer of ice cream, margarine, tea, one of the top three producers of dry milk powder, soaps, detergents, palm oil and palm kernel and olive oil.
Largest stockholder: "Viscount" Leverhulme , directors include "Sir" Derek Birkin one time director of Rio Tinto Zinc.
Second after Nestle world food company; the chief US food company (every 10c of every $1 Americans spend on branded food is a Philip Morris/Kraft food product); the chief producer of processed cheese, cream cheese, luncheon meats, powdered soft drinks seller; No. 1 world cigarette producer; No. 3 world beer brewer, confectionery and breakfast cereal company.
Directors: Rupert Murdoch, (News Corporation), Richard Parsons, (Time Warner), and Stephen Wolf, (Lazard Freres investment bank).
Philip Morris has been cited repeatedly as one of the world's largest marijuana dealers.
Brewery and Beverage distribution.
Company guilty of consumer fraud and environmental transgressions.
Directors: Peter H. Coors (also H. J. Heinz) and Timothy V. Wolf.
Listed as one of the world's "bad" companies. Responsible for GE products, fraudulent studies on its products, Dioxin and Agent Orange and numerous human rights and environmental violations.
Chief Executive: Robert Shapiro ; one of the chief shareholders: Rothschilds.
The above is of a necessity a limited survey. It does, however, give the basic picture.
Much has been said and written about the miracles of bio-fuel boom. In Brazil 500,000 workers toil from March to November harvesting sugar cane to produce Ethanol and make Brazil the top exporter of the fuel.
The Agricultural Ministry predicts that Brazilian Ethanol will jump 22% to a record 21.3 billion litres. Brazil will sell at least 3 billion litres of Ethanol this year to Japan, the Netherlands, the US according to UNICA, Brazil's biggest Ethanol trade association.
President Luiz Lula da Silva a former Labour Union leader who has led the country since 2002 champions Ethanol as a means to created jobs, curb polution and lessen dependence on fossil fuels.
Ethanol is not only good for Brazil Lula says in speeches it is good for the world. Behind the rhetoric lies a harsher reality for the cane cutters of Brazil. Most are migrants who leave their families in search of jobs that pay about $1.35 an hour. How much they make depends on how much they cut. The work is back-breaking and dangerous.
The importers into the US include Chevron, Conneco-Phillips, Northville Industries, Valero Energy and the US units of BP/Royal Dutch Shell and Citco Petroleum.
Jeb Bush, the President's brother, is also promotiong Ethanol. Governor of the sugar cane growing state of Florida from 1999 to January this year, he joined with Rodriguez, Lula's former Agriculture Minister to form the Inter-American Ethanol Commission in Miami in 2007.
Foreign players are also getting in on the Brazilian Ethanol boom. Billionaire George Soros became the single biggest investor by purchasing an undisclosed stake in ADECA, Agropecuaria a Buenos Aires-based company that produces Ethanol in South America.
In June last year US-based Cargill purchased control of Central Energetica Vale do Sapucai.
In Sao Paulo Governor Jose Serra says that although Ethanol is a cleaner burning fuel than petrol, its production pollutes the air and makes people sick in Brazil. Last year cane fires consumed an area the size of Haiti spewing 750,000 tons of particles in the skies over Sao Paolo State. The burning causes 20-50% increase in doctor visits for asthma, bronchitis and respiratory illnesses.
US Ethanol policy is also bad for consumers. Motorists pay more for Ethanol and a litre of Ethanol has two-thirds of the energy of petrol. Is Ethanol a good deal economically for the consumer? The answer is unequivocally "no".
Residents of Riverbeds Farms sub-division in Alabama noticed that an oily foetid substance had begun fouling the Black Warrior River.
It turned out that it originated from an old chemical factory that had been converted into Alabama's first bio-diesel plant. A refinery that intended to turn soya-bean oil into an earth-friendly fuel.
The oil sheen on the water was revealed in March 2007. The ribbon of oil and grease released by the plant was 450 times higher than levels typically allowed. The discharges can be hazardous to birds and fish and produces the incongruity of pollution from an industry that sells products with a promise of blue skies and clear streams.
In the summer 2006 a Cargill bio-diesel plant in Iowa Falls improperly disposed of 135,OOO gallons of liquid oil and grease which ran into a stream killing hundreds of fish.
They are considered non-toxic a researcher in Ottawa said but oil and glycerine deplete the oxygen content of water very quickly and that would suffocate fish and other organisms and for birds a vegetable oil spill is just as deadly as a crude oil spill.
Fidel Castro called Biofuels "Genocide" and he was right, and there is no question as to the identity of the perpetrators of this global catastrophe.
World Food prices rose by 39% in the last year. Rice alone rose to a 19-year high in March an increase of 50% in two weeks alone.
Over the last few decades the United States, the World Bank and the International Monetary FUnd have used their leverage to impose devastating policies on developing countries by requiring countries to open up their agricultural market to giant multi-national companies by insisting that they dismantle their marketing boards and by persuading them to specialise in exportable cash crops such as coffee, cocoa, cotton and even flowers and thus have driven the poorest countries into a downward spiral.
The Lords of Capital that formulate the foreign and domestic policy of the United States are the culprits. A policy that called for 20 million acres of corn from states like Iowa to be converted from food to fuel. As should have been expected (and probably was) such a massive diversion almost immediately pushed up the price of all other basic foodstuffs. A global disaster made quick and easy by the fact that over the past several decades planetary food production has been taken over by agri-business - the speculative human parasites that control how food is bought and sold, to whom and for what purpose. These Lords of Capital are killers on a mass scale.
Hot money has totally distorted the market place for life sustaining goods causing millions of the desparately poor in scores of countries to take to the streets.
In less than a year, writes the Guardian newspaper in Britain the price of wheat has risen 130%, soya by 87% and rice by 74%.
The so called market which is actually a club of super-rich men who distort and destroy everything of value that they touch. In such a murderous environment neither trees nor peasants stand a chance.
Agric business wiped out small farmers in the US and impoverished and pushed off the land untold millions of peasants worldwide.
12 business groups control the Israeli economy. Separately nine Israeli companies made Forbes list of 2000 largest public companies.
There are two kinds of stories about the food prices, one is an economic story about poor harvests and a demand for meat in developing countries which is diverting grain and the high price of oil which is driving up food farm imports and at the same time the bio fuels boom, the process of growing food in order to burn rather than eat it.
There is also a political story which involves organisations like the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation that have an iron control over the economies of most of the poorest countries in the world and what they have done is force these countries to tie their hands behind their back and to bind them very firmly to an international economy in food and the consequence of that is that when the price of food goes up these economies have very little recourse and very little possibility of defending themselves.
The price of coffee is an example of the way the food system works today. The farmers get paid a pittance, processors get a bit more, the grain exporters get paid a bit more, by the time it gets processed and turned into instant coffee the price is $30 s kilo and the people who make the money out of that process are the coffee processors. The big international coffee traders companies like Nestle and in many cases it is usually four corporations that control more than 50% of the market. For example for tea one company Uni-Lever controls 90% of the market.
Soy is the perfect crop in many ways. It is rich in proteins. It is great for the soil. It is robust but soy is grown through industrial agriculture and monoculture. The process of growing takes these biological virtues and turns them into social ills.
Soy is now three-quarters of everything. Processed foods on the supermarket shelves and in almost everything that the fast food industry brings up. Soy is very flexible. It can be used as a vegetable oil. It can be used as an emulsifier. It can be used as an additive in meat for example but the trouble is that a lot of the soy that is grown in the world comes from Brazil. Brazil is by some measures the world's largest soy exporter and those soy plantations have been encroaching on the Brazilian cerrado and also on the rain forest. Soy farmers are going into the rain forest, chopping it down and growing soy and worse Brazil is home to 50,000 slaves, slaves who work on the soy plantations and also do the majority of work on bio-fuels plantations and sugar cane plantations.
Does anyone believe that if the rich countries truly cared about agriculture development they would have allowed an African, a Senegalese Jacques Diuf to serve out three terms from 1994 to 2012 as the head of the SAO, the United Nations Agency charged with food. Even the agency's location in Italy is significant. Against the WOrld Bank and the International Monetary Fund the FAO carries no weight.
(Jewish names throughout are depicted in bold type.)