Whither the Future of Food?

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Published on The Doomstead Diner on June 29, 2017

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SHOULD OUR FUTURE FOOD PRODUCTION BE LEFT IN THE HANDS OF FRAUDSTERS AND THEIR CHEAP SLUTS?

by Geoffrey Chia, June 2017

Dear Doomstead Diners.

I am postponing the final instalment of my medical series "Lessons learned from death and near death experiences part 4" in favour of the juicy email exchange below. Minimising the catastrophic devastation of our biosphere and saving as many lives as we can requires more than just changing our light bulbs, it requires changing our lifestyles. It requires more than just promoting good, it requires fighting evil. The following relates to the latter and refers to a meeting held at the “Global Change Institute” of the University of Queensland on 5 June 2017. https://www.gci.uq.edu.au/events/are-we-getting-outcomes-we-want-our-food-system.

Those who look the other way in the face of atrocities are guilty of enabling those atrocities. Those who remain silent in the face of fraud are guilty of perpetrating that fraud. My goal is not to convert "the powers that be" to do the right thing using evidence and reason. That will simply not happen. I speak from experience, having attempted to sit down and discuss these issues with government and academic "authorities" in the past and having gotten absolutely nowhere. TPTB are not ignorant of the facts, they are actually negligent and/or corrupt. It is essential we expose the negligence, corruption and fraud of TPTB to the public, to enable ordinary people to see that "the emperor has no clothes". The public must realise that the only real strategies to mitigate the massive impending troubles ahead will arise from grass roots community actions, not from corporations, the government or universities, who do not give a toss about you. You need to seize control of your own fate.

The first email is last, the latest email first:

—– Original Message —–

From:

Geoffrey Chia

 

To:

"Bill Bellotti" <w.bellotti@uq.edu.au>

Cc:

"Ove Hoegh-Guldberg" <oveh@uq.edu.au>, "Karen Hussey" <k.hussey@uq.edu.au>, "David Harris" <d.harris@uq.edu.au>, "Grace Muriuki" <g.muriuki@uq.edu.au>, e.abal@uq.edu.au

Sent:

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:50:08 +1000

Subject:

Re: Commercial propaganda and lies perpetrated in GCI venue

Dear Professor Bill Belloti,

I have been attending GCI meetings for several years now, hoping to improve my knowledge about our planetary predicaments. Some meetings were good, some average, but never have I encountered the egregious level of bullshit that you facilitated. You, sir, have set a shamefully low bar in stupidity and deceit. Your meeting was less than useless in that it actually subtracted from the store of human knowledge, it was fake news perpetrated under the auspices of the university.

Let me warn you that any interaction with me is not confidential and may be posted on the web for the public to scrutinise and judge. If you have the courage to stand by everything you have said and done, you will have no problem with that. If however the disinfecting effect of sunlight scares you, you may choose to remain silent after reading this, which is probably your safest and wisest move.

If you are, contrary to my impression, truly a person of good faith and actually want to do something useful with your life, you may choose to properly learn about and understand the serious realities of climate change and peak oil and help raise the level of teaching of those subjects in the university and to promote practical measures to mitigate against these monumental existential crises which face humanity, thus helping to save lives. If so, I urge you to carefully study this presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfVphmxPOXo

Alternatively you may choose to continue down your current path of useless time wasting and downright deceitful activities and dig a deeper hole to bury yourself in, while making a mockery of the university. Your choice. Regarding your email to me (in black italics), my responses are in green.

Dear Geoffrey,

I am responding to your feedback as our Director (Ove Hoegh-Guldberg) is currently on sabbatical and I am the most senior GCI staff responsible for the event that has raised your ire.

Firstly, I am keen to engage with you more deeply on the matters you raise. This is because I am very committed to Food Systems research (FSR) and climate change, or more accurately, global change, is a key focus of and rationale for doing FSR. So it concerns me that your take away message from the forum in question was that climate change was ignored. So if you would like I am prepared to meet and share some literature on the topic and explain what the GCI Food Systems Program is attempting.

Secondly, I’d like to correct a few misconceptions in your email.

  1. The GCI does not receive any financial support from the Australian Food and Grocery Council. The AFGC did not sponsor the forum. Perhaps your disgust and despair with the forum was coloured by this misinformation, but it is entirely incorrect. Please check your facts before firing off on a misinformed tangent.

    Before you engage in further self congratulatory crowing while shouting "gotcha" at me, let me make a few points:

    1. Prior to writing any formal articles or posting anything on the web I always carefully check my facts. Even after posting, if I later discover any inadvertent errors, I correct them in a postscript.

    2. There are facts and there are assertions. An audience member said to me after the meeting that it was sponsored by commercial interests. I agree that her assertion was unsubstantiated hearsay, I do not know whether it was a fact or not, however it was entirely consistent with the take home message of promoting business as usual that you people were perpetrating. Another audience member said your meeting was merely rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. I spoke with five people after the meeting and none had anything positive to say about it.

    3. My initial email to GCI was a means of fact checking and allowed GCI the opportunity to verify or deny the sponsorship assertion, which you did. However you are also obliged to inform the public whether you personally (not just GCI) have at any time received any funding or money or gifts in kind from commercial/business interests for any of your activities eg travel to conferences, accommodation etc.

    4. I acknowledge your assertion of not receiving commercial funding, but I do not know whether that is a fact or not. That is for a forensic accountant to determine. Is your assertion more trustworthy than unsubstantiated hearsay from an audience member? Given your esteemed professorial position, some may think your word more credible. Given Nixon's esteemed presidential position, some thought him credible when he said "I am not a crook". Given the fact you used the GCI as a platform for barefaced lies and brainless commentary, your credibility remains highly questionable.

    5. GCI speakers / chairpersons / organisers should take this opportunity from now on, at the beginning of every meeting and written in every publication, to make commercial disclaimers or to disclose any forms of sponsorship, whether they be financial or grants for accommodation or travel or gifts in kind. That way if such disclosures are later found to be untrue, accountability can be enforced. This is international standard practice for all specialist doctors who give formal medical presentations.

    6. Your denial of sponsorship does nothing to reduce my disgust at your proceedings.

    7. Corporate funding per se is not necessarily bad or wrong. If you receive corporate funding but you maintain completely unbiased scientific objectivity in your work, publications, presentations and meetings, the results of which may even harm the commercial interests of your sponsors, then all power to you. You deserve admiration. If you receive corporate funding and falsely skew your messages in favour of your sponsor, then you are a prostitute. If you receive no corporate funding yet still falsely skew your messages in favour of corporate interests, then you are a cheap slut hoping for future favours. The evidence so far places you firmly in the third category.

  2. The future of our food systems is a contested topic. Many stakeholders have different perspectives on how best to address future challenges, including but nor restricted to climate change. Inclusion of a peak industry organisation like the AFGC is an effective way to allow others to hear their views and for them to hear from others. One principle for engaging with diverse stakeholders is respect for their views with the intention of building mutual understanding. Note I am not expecting consensus on these complex issues.

    You must be an admirer of "fair and balanced" Fox News, who interview legitimate climate scientists juxtaposed against scientifically illiterate economists (so-called “important stakeholders”) who vehemently deny global warming, thereby casting doubt on the science. They have certainly been very effective in spreading lies and perverting public opinion and your approach is identical to their DESPICABLE tactics. Do you think that the climate change is a contested topic? If you agree that global warming is NOT in doubt, is ALREADY having severe impacts on agriculture (hint: the FACTS prove this) and will become MUCH MUCH worse, then you MUST include climate change in ALL your considerations, discussions and publications about the future of food production, it is absolutely UNCONTESTED. Those who contest it or ignore it do not deserve respect, they deserve ridicule and contempt. Specialist medical meetings invite only speakers who present peer reviewed scientific studies from reputable journals. We do not invite homoeopaths, crystal healers or anti vaccination campaigners as "diverse stakeholders in healthcare" to air their nonsensical viewpoints. Their views do not deserve respect, they are harmful fraudsters who prey on the gullible public. It is the OBLIGATION AND DUTY of all proper universities to promote evidence-based truths to their students and to the public and to CONTRADICT and DEBUNK any and all BOGUS CRAP propagated by commercial or political vested interests or other duplicitous sources, rather than give oxygen to it. Geoffrey Annison said that we will and we must continue the existing system of fossil fuel based industrial agriculture for another 300 years or so and that shale oil will provide us with another 1000 years of energy to continue business as usual, which are UTTER BULLSHIT*. He is a peak oil denier and he completely ignored climate change, as did the rest of you. Hard scientific analysis, hard physics, proves his claims to be absolutely impossible. Annison told barefaced lies. He is a shill for big business industrial agriculture interests. He does not deserve a public or university platform to spew such bullshit. As the facilitator of such drivel YOU ARE A PROMOTER OF BULLSHIT.

  3. In the Food System framework we consider Drivers, Activities and Outcomes. Climate change is one of the key Drivers, but our panel discussion was about Outcomes, so it was natural for the presentations and discussion to focus on Outcomes rather than Drivers.

    If a doctor said to me he was organising a meeting purely looking at disease outcomes without considering the prevention/treatment of disease nor the mechanisms of disease, I would regard him as a time wasting fool. We must aim for favourable outcomes, which depend on effective prevention and treatment, which depend on understanding the mechanisms (or "drivers") of disease and it is IMPOSSIBLE to divorce those considerations from each other. If the invited speakers talk only about cornucopian PRESUMED outcomes which IGNORE major drivers of disease, I would regard the meeting organiser as a DEVIOUS FRAUDSTER who is wilfully ignoring vital truths, by artificially compartmentalising his meetings. If we want to shape favourable outcomes it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to properly consider the drivers of outcomes, the most important for future food production being climate change and peak oil, which NONE of your speakers addressed in ANY meaningful manner. Your contrived post hoc declaration that your meeting was ONLY meant to look at outcomes is a BULLSHIT attempt by you at retrospective self justification.

  4. Climate Change was mentioned several times in the forum. I mentioned it as an example of a Driver in my introduction. Our ethicist, Andrew Crowden, mentioned it in his list of global influences. Mike Gidley referred to it in response to your question.

    Are you kidding me? CURSORY MENTION of climate change is NOT the same as addressing it or giving it due consideration and you did NEITHER. You do NOT get off the hook merely because you took two seconds to casually mouth words like “climate change is important” or because it was embedded somewhere in somebody's bullet point list. Paying only superficial lip service to the most dangerous threat to humanity is the behaviour of a blowhard pretender, not an honest investigator. The fact is that you people essentially IGNORED it, so do not try to rewrite history. If that meeting was recorded, then the ENTIRE UNEDITED recording or transcript, including Q&A, must be made available to impartial third parties who can judge for themselves. If you people had given realistic consideration to climate change, then you would NOT have made the assumption, which one of your speakers did, that expansion of our current arrangements will “somehow” feed more than eight or nine billion people worldwide, which is PURE FANTASY. There is only one direction that business as usual is driving us and that is STRAIGHT INTO HELL. We are already committed to more than 4 degrees global average temperature rise based on EXISTING greenhouse gases in the atmosphere right now. That will wipe out virtually all the major agricultural areas of the world. Sea level rise will drown all the low lying fertile river valleys. It is highly doubtful the Siberian or Canadian tundra will be able to support mass agriculture after the permafrost melts. Without high albedo ice to moderate northern continental temperatures, even far northern areas will experience crop destroying summer heat waves (Russia lost almost one third of their wheat crop in the summer heat waves of 2010, at only 0.8 degrees global average temperature rise). Far northern areas have inadequate sunlight to grow anything in winter even if it is ice free then. Their fresh water availability will be unpredictable: probably severe droughts alternating with massive floods and storms, all of which will destroy crops. Furthermore their soils may be completely unsuitable. NONE of the severe consequences of climate change were mentioned at your meeting. My assertion stands absolutely rock solid firm, that you people did NOT address the one hundred tonne mammoth in the room, climate change, in that meeting. That is why, when I raised that issue (along with the fact that you people did NOT address the ten tonne elephant of peak oil) at Q&A, the rest of the audience applauded me louder than any of your speakers.

  5. I don’t want to interpret what Geoffrey Annison may or may not have said, but I believe the thrust of his message was that the current food system can meet future challenges through incremental change rather than transformational change. Energy is a good example. I believe we are in the transition to renewable energy away from fossil fuels. There are many challenges for food and agriculture as we make this transition as you are no doubt aware.

    You say you don't want to interpret what Annison may or may not have said, then you go on to interpret it. You in fact defend Annison by making assumptions about what you think Annison implied (but did not say), while you simultaneously pretend you are not defending Annison. Well done! You are a master of Newspeak and Doublethink. Goebbels would be so proud. Some people might call you devious and duplicitous, but I think you have a great future in the Ministry of Twisted Propaganda.

    Regarding energy, I must repeat my debunking of Annison's claim that our current industrial agricultural system is highly “efficient”, another RUBBISH STATEMENT of his to add to his rotting mountain of rubbish declarations. Studies have shown that our industrial agricultural system uses about ten calories of fossil fuel energy (mostly petroleum) to produce one calorie of food, which is horribly energy INefficient. INDISPUTABLE EVIDENCE based on hard physics shows we will be facing an inevitable and catastrophic curtailment of net petroleum availability soon (with other fossil fuels to follow), which means that brainlessly pursuing business as usual while hoping for tiny incremental changes will result in GLOBAL FAMINE. It is a STUPID and DANGEROUS approach being promoted by lying psychopaths (and their cheap sluts) who are only interested in short term profits and protecting vested interests. Unconventional oils such as shale oil will do NOTHING to avoid such an outcome (because they have terrible EROEI and produce a pittance in net energy), but their extraction will destroy vast areas of land, contaminate vital fresh water supplies and their massive carbon emissions will completely devastate our atmosphere, thus hugely increasing the likelihood of NEAR TERM HUMAN EXTINCTION. Annison promoting shale oil as our “thousand year” energy “solution” (which reminds me of the “thousand year Reich” and their “final solution”), is the same as a doctor promoting decapitation as the solution for a lump on a patient's forehead. That doctor would be a murderer and Annison is a would be mass murderer. Annison is either a DANGEROUS IDIOT or a LYING PSYCHOPATH and either way he does not warrant a place at the discussion table. If you fail to grasp these issues, you need to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY, so someone with at least half a clue can be appointed to address them.

    What was Mike Gidley's response to my fossil fuel curtailment question? He mumbled that solar and wind energy advances will “somehow” provide solutions, no details given, and the audience was supposed to simply accept that. I'm sorry but my growing nausea prevented me from swallowing that guff. I was forced to projectile vomit from the back of the room, “is there a Haber Bosch process to produce fertiliser from solar and wind?” Furthermore, you people need to explain exactly how solar and wind will be able to power the tractors, combine harvesters, crop dusting planes (turboprops use kerosene type fuel) and other diesel powered equipment and vehicles we currently utterly depend on. In theory electric rail run by renewable energy could transport grain long distances (if construction of such infrastructure had been started ten years ago), but there is no prospect of this now, with the entire world over-leveraged in irredeemable debt and with rapidly diminishing conventional oil reserves. We remain utterly dependent on diesel trains and diesel trucks for food distribution and will therefore STARVE if there is catastrophic curtailment of petroleum availability, which is GUARANTEED in the near future. Are you aware that it is IMPOSSIBLE to fractionate shale oil into diesel or kerosene or jet fuel? Shale oil is completely different from crude petroleum, it is volatile light oil with much lower energy density, akin to paint thinner.

    Gidley's answer was ill considered and brainless. Hoping for as-yet unknown renewable energy breakthroughs to “somehow” produce our future food is like hoping for multiple massive lottery wins to save our house from mortgage foreclosure: UTTERLY STUPID. Serious researchers such as those from the Post Carbon Institute have considered these matters long and hard and concluded that the ONLY certain (or the least uncertain) way to address this problem is by the LOCALISATION OF FOOD PRODUCTION, by moving away from the centrally controlled, big business industrial agricultural model. WHERE WAS THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT? Oh, wait, we couldn't possibly talk about that because it would undermine the commercial interests of big business and their control over our food supply.

I look forward to discussing these matters in more detail with you.

Bill, in case I have been too subtle with my words, let me clarify: based on your bullshit meeting and the bullshit email you sent me full of your bullshit self justifications, I think you are a blowhard pretender who is a cheap slut of big business interests and are entirely UNFIT to address the absolutely vital concerns surrounding our future food production. I do not know you from a bar of soap and we never met before, so there is nothing personal in this, merely the questions of your competence and integrity. Is my impression of you unfair? I assert it is 100% accurate and fair, albeit confined to a limited window of time, but we must also ask the views of other people. GCI should send this email out to everyone in the audience who attended that meeting and ask them if they agree with me, or conversely if they think you are the bees knees (and if so, why? What information of practical use did you or your speakers convey to them?) To judge you better and more fairly I think the university needs to perform a detailed audit of all your previous teaching, research, publications, activities and past meetings you have organised/chaired. If you show the same disgraceful history of giving prominence to the “business as usual” fraudsters, of being gormless about the severity and dangers of the climate change and oil depletion threats to our future food supply, of merely paying lip service to them and not seriously investigating how to address those crucial issues and of failing to understand and promote the vital importance of future localisation of food production, then you must be DISMISSED FROM YOUR UNIVERSITY POSITION IMMEDIATELY. You are making a mockery of the name “Global Change Instituteand are turning it into the “Parochial Business as Usual Institute.

I do not believe your offer to talk with me is genuine and I will not fall into that trap. I am not interested in being bombarded with more of your bullshit attempts to justify the unjustifiable and defend the indefensible. You should hang your head in shame at your ludicrous attempts to put lipstick on a pig. Neither do I see it as my role to educate you in matters you should already be familiar with. I do however understand your need to appear to be making an open minded offer to meet me, to be seen in the eyes of your colleagues to be "open" to further discussion with me. You forwarded the email you sent me to your colleagues. I get it. Appearances are important for political climbers. Such is the way of all pretenders. Hey, guess what? I am also forwarding this email to your colleagues for their infotainment. If you stand by everything you have said and done, you will not mind if this email goes viral throughout the halls of academia, into the inboxes of all UQ students and further afield. If this email is merely a baseless rant from a random crazyperson, readers will laugh at me, you have nothing to fear and you will remain smugly ensconced in your ivory tower. If my concerns are legitimate however, I suggest you start packing your bags now.

We face serious and severe problems ahead and the vital issue of future global food production MUST be addressed by serious, honest, knowledgeable, dedicated and honourable people, NOT by big business lying psychopathic fraudsters and their cheap sluts.

I prefer to sit down and talk with Ove and Karen who I think are more likely to have honest intentions. First item on the agenda will be the removal of dead wood from the university: pretenders and bullshitters who are parasites on the limited university funding available. But don't worry, you can always ask Geoffrey Annison to find you a lucrative position in the private sector, given your loyalty to him.

Best wishes,

Bill Bellotti

Professor and Director Food Systems Program

Even better wishes,

Geoffrey Chia, concerned citizen

The Earth is not dying, it is being killed. And those who are killing it have names and addresses.” – Utah Phillips

* I explained in my Griffith Ecocentre presentation, using robust principles of hard physics (obtained from reputable peer reviewed scientific sources) why unconventional oils in general and shale oil in particular are fraudulent Ponzi schemes, promoted only by fools and liars (and yes, that includes Obama). Annison obviously sourced his “thousand year shale oil supply” meme from commercial propaganda. One such bogus report was that regarding the “Permian shale reserves”, the authors of which ignored the VAST difference between technically recoverable oil and economically recoverable oil. The most productive shale oil play, the Bakken, has over its financial lifetime been massively in the RED, a money losing investment vehicle for suckers akin to subprime mortgages (see graph). There is an astoundingly huge “reserve” of technically recoverable gold in the oceans of the world, far, far more gold than exists in all the bank vaults in all the world, however NONE of the former is economically recoverable.

Shale oil is a stupid and evil fraud and those who promote it are stupid and/or evil fraudsters.

 

—– Original Message —–

From:

"Bill Bellotti" <w.bellotti@uq.edu.au>

To:

"Geoffrey Chia" <Geoffrey Chia>

Cc:

"Ove Hoegh-Guldberg" <oveh@uq.edu.au>, "Karen Hussey" <k.hussey@uq.edu.au>, "David Harris" <d.harris@uq.edu.au>, "Grace Muriuki" <g.muriuki@uq.edu.au>

Sent:

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 00:01:50 +0000

Subject:

Responding to your feedback
Dear Geoffrey,

I am responding to your feedback as our Director (Ove Hoegh-Guldberg) is currently on sabbatical and I am the most senior GCI staff responsible for the event that has raised your ire.

Firstly, I am keen to engage with you more deeply on the matters you raise.  This is because I am very committed to Food Systems research (FSR) and climate change, or more accurately, global change, is a key focus of and rationale for doing FSR.  So it concerns me that your take away message from the forum in question was that climate change was ignored.  So if you would like I am prepared to meet and share some literature on the topic and explain what the GCI Food Systems Program is attempting.

 

Secondly, I’d like to correct a few misconceptions in your email.

  1. The GCI does not receive any financial support from the Australian Food and Grocery Council.  The AFGC did not sponsor the forum.  Perhaps your disgust and despair with the forum was coloured by this misinformation, but it is entirely incorrect.  Please check your facts before firing off on a misinformed tangent.

  2. The future of our food systems is a contested topic.  Many stakeholders have different perspectives on how best to address future challenges, including but nor restricted to climate change.  Inclusion of a peak industry organisation like the AFGC is an effective way to allow others to hear their views and for them to hear from others.  One principle for engaging with diverse stakeholders is respect for their views with the intention of building mutual understanding.  Note I am not expecting consensus on these complex issues.

  3. In the Food System framework we consider Drivers, Activities and Outcomes.  Climate change is one of the key Drivers, but our panel discussion was about Outcomes, so it was natural for the presentations and discussion to focus on Outcomes rather than Drivers.

  4. Climate Change was mentioned several times in the forum.  I mentioned it as an example of a Driver in my introduction.  Our ethicist, Andrew Crowden, mentioned it in his list of global influences.  Mike Gidley referred to it in response to your question.

  5. I don’t want to interpret what Geoffrey Annison may or may not have said, but I believe the thrust of his message was that the current food system can meet future challenges through incremental change rather than transformational change.  Energy is a good example.  I believe we are in the transition to renewable energy away from fossil fuels.  There are many challenges for food and agriculture as we make this transition as you are no doubt aware.

I look forward to discussing these matters in more detail with you.

 

Best wishes,

Bill

Bill Bellotti

Professor and Director Food Systems Program

 

Global Change Institute 

The University of Queensland

Global Change Institute Building (20)

Level 3, Staff House Road

University of Queensland St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia

Ph: (+61 7) 3443 3166   Fax: (+61 7) 3443 3101

email:  w.bellotti@uq.edu.au     Web: www.gci.edu.au


—– Original Message —–

From:

Geoffrey Chia

 

To:

<executiveassistantgci@uq.edu.au>

Cc:

<k.hussey@uq.edu.au>, <d.harris@uq.edu.au>, <e.abal@uq.edu.au>

Sent:

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:58:30 +1000

Subject:

Commercial propaganda and lies perpetrated in GCI venue

Dear Prof Hoegh-Guldberg et al,

I attended this meeting yesterday https://www.gci.uq.edu.au/events/are-we-getting-outcomes-we-want-our-food-system and was disgusted and appalled to be assaulted by nonsense, lies and ignorance, especially from food industry shill geoffrey annison who said we have 1000 years of energy available from shale oil to continue business as usual and that we must continue the current Australian system of industrial agriculture for another 300 years because it is working swimmingly well. He and the other speakers completely ignored climate change as being relevant to future food production. Not surprisingly, I later discovered the meeting was sponsored by annison's commercial group, the Australian food and grocery council.

I am a physician who is painfully aware that unless one makes a correct diagnosis to shape a proper management plan, the patient will die. The true diagnosis here is that current fossil fuel based industrial agriculture is unsustainable and will inevitably collapse, as I have clearly explained in this ecocentre presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfVphmxPOXo

What we need from the GCI is to live up to its name and offer realistic plans towards global change and not to insult us with corporate lies.

Surely, being a scientist, you will not allow the GCI to be perverted to the agenda of commercial propaganda, hell-bent on grabbing short term profits at the expense of humanity and a liveable ecosphere? If you continue down this avenue of commercial deceit you will make a mockery of yourself and the university.

best regards

Geoffrey Chia, MBBS, MRCP, FRACP

 

6 Responses to Whither the Future of Food?

  • UnhingedBecauseLucid says:

    I understand the rage (would have felt the same- would not have resisted shaming them on the spot ) and I applaud your initiative…

     

  • JJPin says:

    Future discounting and moral remoteness and fearing innovation risk are linked. Scenius needed.

     

  • JJPin says:

    That is such a bad makeword / makeshift arrangement of memes.

  • Anti Troll says:

    I wish Geoffrey Chia would stop beating around the bush and tell us what he really thinks. Too subtle for my taste.
    Seriously though, apart from a livable temperature and fresh water, food is our most vital requirement for our existence. Given the high falutin’ academic qualifications of those so-called food production experts, I cannot believe they can be so clueless about peak oil and climate change and therefore can only conclude they are deliberately refusing to address those issues. Paying empty lip service to those issues is the same as refusing to address them. Their promotion of BAU and refusal to promote policies that prepare for oil depletion and climate change will result in the deaths of millions of people that may otherwise be prevented with good advanced planning. I can understand why Dr Chia is so passionate about this matter, being a health worker dedicated to saving lives and who (I expect) believes that prevention is better than cure.
    In a sane world, those university fake food experts would be fired immediately, but we do not live in a sane world.
    I think Dr Chia is a bit naive to expect that the university is going to audit Bellotti’s performance and get rid of him, even if Blotto’s track record is totally abysmal. In fact, abysmal performance is almost certainly what the university officials want. Even if an audit is done, it will be a phony whitewash, done merely for the sake of appearance of propriety. It is very likely that the fraud and bullshit pervade the entire university up to the very top, and it was those at the very top who intentionally appointed that “cheap slut” of big business interests in the first place, to serve as a “useful idiot” within a distorted, corrupt system. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/mar/13/the-fossil-fuel-industrys-invisible-colonization-of-academia
    Everywhere we look, we see the wolves have been put in charge of the sheep and the pedophiles put in charge of the kindergartens eg the EPA of the USA being staffed with oily polluting corporate goons, the department of energy now staffed with fossil fools and global warming deniers, etc (the examples in the USA are too numerous to mention). Even if forensic accounting of Blotto and the Global Change Institute is undertaken and no direct commercial funding is demonstrated, that will mean nothing. I broadly agree with the principle of “follow the money” and that certainly worked to trace global warming denial campaigns back to the fossil fool companies. However those dirt-bags have become more cunning with time. Government cuts in university funding means that the universities have gone cap in hand to big business for money. The business corporations form shell companies with green-wash names, to hide the source of “donations” which are “gifted” to the university with strings firmly attached. Funds from central university office are then allocated to different departments whose heads understand that they must kiss and not bite the hands which feed them. Hence even if all the GCI funding comes only from central university allocations, it may still ultimately originate from big business, with the unwritten but clear message that those “professors” must support the corporate agenda if they know what is good for them. They then do “research” and hold meetings which favor big business and the government then claims to base their policy on the best “university research”. In this climate it seems unlikely that true independent thinkers and researchers will ever be appointed. The only remaining independents are legacy intellectuals like Noam Chomsky or Ugo Bardi who are too prominent and established for the system to control or muzzle. Unfortunately they are a dying breed. I’m not being cynical, just realistic, having been forced to work within a corrupt system myself.
    Having said that, I think it is important to take every opportunity to expose those “cheap sluts of big business” to the world.
    One of our most important tasks must be to de-legitimize, discredit and disempower any bullshitters in positions of authority and show the public those guys are in fact not authorities, they are bullshitters.
    Do not look to the universities for answers. The answers can be found right here in the Diner!!

  • R Bradbury says:

    Good grief. You really bitch slapped Bellotti black and blue. Judging by his lame excuses however, it was well deserved and we need more of this. I for one am sick and tired of those assholes lying to our faces and getting away with it. Where is the accountability? Make more noise, people! We are mad as hell and are not gonna take it anymore! For decades, the fossil fuel industries have been deliberately sabotaging initiatives around the world to transition to renewables and to decentralize energy production, using hand picked scientific prostitutes as their lying mouthpieces. They do not care if people die. In fact, killing is part of their business model. Is it so hard to imagine that the food industry is also sabotaging worldwide efforts to transition to fossil fuel free agriculture and to decentralize food production? Their primary objective is not to feed people in the long term, it is to make obscene profits in the short term. A genuine food production researcher would be dedicated to sustainably feeding people in the long term by carefully analyzing the major global predicaments confronting us like AGW and oil depletion. A slut or whore of the food industry would only pretend to do so, while promoting BAU and projecting a cardboard image of being an “independent authority” to the public.

  • Anti Troll says:

    You are correct that TPTB mainly focus on making obscene profits in the short term. Whether people live or die is irrelevant to their business plans. However those bastards are also planning for the medium term when TSHTF. When the economy collapses and chaos reigns supreme it will be necessary to enforce control over the masses. They will resort to (ever more) violence and will recruit paid thugs like Blackwater who already have an unholy relationship with the Trump administration https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/18/scahill_blackwater_founder_erik_prince_the . But a tighter and more effective means of controlling the masses will be by controlling the essentials of our very survival: our fresh water and food supplies. Hence they repeatedly discourage localized food production now, by telling lies that all our food needs will be met for the next few hundred years by BAU. Some States in the FSA have made it illegal for people to harvest rainwater.

    But what about the long term plans of TPTB? They have none. Without plans for sustainable, localized food production, everybody dies. So what is the bottom line message here? We need to save ourselves. Fuck the “authorities”.

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