Should we Indians be blamed for food prices as Mr. Bush think?

@subha12 (18452)
India
May 6, 2008 1:55am CST
Recently US president made the remark that Indians are responsible for food price hike. He thinks that there are more middle class people in India than the total population of US. As Indian middle class is getting prosperous, they are now towards more food and thus the food price hike. Very obviously as Indian I feel bad. Mylot is a forum for peopel from all over the world. so i want your opinion on following points 1) Why should we be blamed? 2) Does he think that INDIANS have no right to be developed? 3) Or should we go hungry to feed US people? 4) Will people of US support this speech?
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@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
6 May 08
Hello,subha!The American President is not an economists,he does not understand why this food stuff shortage.first thing,his contention is that the growing middle class of India and China are the big eaters of food stuff is not correct.let him see the statistics of his his government.as per the statistics of US department of Agriculture,the per capita consumption of grains in America is 1046 kg where as in India it is only 178 kg and China the figure is 291 kg.similarly the per capita consumption of beef, poultry and pork in America stood at 43 kg,45 kg,and 29 kg respectively. In India the consumption of beef is 2 kg,poultry 2 kg,and pork is very negligible.in China beef consumption is 6kg,poultry 8 kg and pork 35 kg.whose consumption is big let Bush realise.America leads the world in per capita consumption of all items compared to that of India and China.so Mr.Bush should amened his statement.thanx.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
8 May 08
yes the statistics is there. but he seems not ready to accept it. instead keeping us blamed.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
6 May 08
well I am not from the usa but canada, and I never heard bush say that, but yes there are more people in India we all know that, it is a fact but did Indian's cause a food crises that is ridiculous. there are many reasons for food crises including converting crops into fuels for cars, and that is happening all over the world.
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
8 May 08
yes he said so. they should first look what their coutry men are doing.
@rpegan (598)
• United States
6 May 08
As usual, I must disagree with Mr. Bush. He can't blame other countries for the price of food while the U.S. government burns "excess" food and pays farmers not to grow food to keep food off the market. If anything, the international scene should question the morality of burning food while other countries go hungry. India has every right to develop as a country. I personally enjoy several of the cultural exports from India, and I would like to see the country rise on the world stage. It's not the job of the United States to police the world.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
8 May 08
its true taht what comes to his mind he just says so.
@itsmepinky (1301)
• India
6 May 08
I dont think he should pass such comments on indians. After all india is no longer a underdeveloped nation. It is growing so rapidly and so fast. He is wrong on whatever he has said about indians ~Pinks~
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@anonymili (3138)
6 May 08
As usual Bush opens his mouth and manages to fit his other big foot in it. I don't think anyone should take comments like this seriously from him. The guy's time in power is nearly over, I guess he's going down fighting and making as much a fool of himself as possible. People who take his words seriously must be as thick as him... x
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• United States
6 May 08
Take this from an American, don't believe a single word that comes out of President Bush's mouth, either one of them for that matter. This is the President that went into Iraq looking for imaginary "Weapons of Destruction", the same that said the Iraqi war was over four years ago. I haven't heard this latest comment, but I believe that this is just another way to keep the public eye off of him.
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@youless (100180)
• Guangzhou, China
6 May 08
In this case I can't see there are any reasons to blame your country and Indians. India has the second biggest population in the world, so it is not strange that its middle class people are more than the total population of USA. And nowadays everything's price is increasing. So it's reasonable that the food prices increase, too. If Bush blamed you like this, then why can't we blame them to create the expensive softwares? It is not fair that you have to ask other countries to offer you cheap price things, whereas you continuously create expensive products to other countries. I love China
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@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
6 May 08
if mr. bush did make such a comment he is a moron. i would not surprise me that he would say something like this though. food prices are sky rocketing because of gas prices and the trucking industry has to make the money back somehow. also we can blame our government for not stepping in and doing something about the price of gas and anything else that needs to be fixed here.
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@balasri (26549)
• India
6 May 08
It was the policies of the US which were primarily responsible for the food scarcity across the world. Data collected by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nation show that the consumption of cereals (wheat, rice, maize, corn and so on) is growing far more rapidly in the US than in India or China. Indians don't have to starve to feed Americans or anybody else.. It is the duty of the American government to feed it's citizens instead of crying foul at India which is yet to feed the poor properly. This statement is of poor taste and it is not surprising because it is from the mouth of Mr.Bush.
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6 May 08
What he has said is obviously wrong..he has no right to blame us. Its a fact that our population is more and we have a crisis of our own. They should indeed find a way of producing more food for their country.
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@emeraldisle (13143)
• United States
6 May 08
I looked up an article on this, actually a couple, to see because I hadn't heard of this speech. You might want to read it in the entirety: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Now_Bush_blames_India_for_high_food_prices/articleshow/3006775.cms Bush did not blame India exactly. What he stated was: Prosperity in countries like India is "good" but it triggers increased demand for "better nutrition" which in turn leads to higher food prices, US President George W Bush said. and "Worldwide there is increasing demand. There turns out to be prosperity in developing world, which is good. It's going to be good for you because you'll be selling products in the countries, you know, big countries perhaps, and it's hard to sell products into countries that aren't prosperous. In other words, the more prosperous the world is, the more opportunity there is," the US President said. That isn't saying that that there are more Indian middle class then all of the US or that Indian populous should not eat. All he was saying is as demand rises supply can't always keep up. Once the supply is more then the demand again prices will go down. He also stated that this rise is good for the US suppliers because other countries will buy more of our products. I see nothing wrong with what was said. What he stated was very simple economics and does explain why something things are going up due to the limit of supply.
@emeraldisle (13143)
• United States
6 May 08
That should be read the article in it's entirety, not the speech. I wasn't able to find a full copy of that.
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• United States
7 May 08
This is the most intelligent response that I have read on this discussion thus far. Thank you for posting it.
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@emeraldisle (13143)
• United States
7 May 08
Well thank you, that was nice to get in my box today. I'll be honest and say I'm a bit tired of the press trying to be sensationalists. The title of the article was "Bush Blames India..." and how many people will even bother to read the article? They go by the title only and respond to it. It gets tiresome.
@Mingjie (20)
• China
7 May 08
Well,I am from China. And China is also blamed by Mr.Bush for the same reason as yours. Here I've only one comment for him: He IS the most stupid and goofiest president in America. I really wonder how such a ignorant man becomes the president?
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• United States
7 May 08
His brother/cousin some family relations threw the election and he won...
@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
6 May 08
I think that it is a common tactic when the United States faces dire problems, it will blame anyone but itself first. Instead of addressing real issues within its borders, it chooses instead to distract its people by pinning the problem of food prices on countries like India and China. Countries that are not as developed, but given time, will overpower the US, something which they are obviously afraid of.
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• United States
6 May 08
What in the heck are you talking about? You think Americans are afraid that the underdeveloped countries will one day overpower the United States? Not likely. I never even hear Bush say this and I live here. I don't agree with most of what he has to say anyway, you can't put blame on a whole nation regardless of what ONE person might have said (well, you can but you shouldn't) .
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@plumwish07 (4059)
• Indonesia
6 May 08
well, i just so much surprised to hear these kind news from you dear and i don't know what to say. what i ever see in television the demand of food getting rising especially for china and india which have growth population more than another country. the increasing food demand not able to fulfill while the food supply stay remains or even decreased by failure of harvesting cause of disaster which happened oftenly recent days. and i think, he should not pointed the rise of problem cause of the growth population which he means in here in your country. he should able to give some solution to overcome this issue since its already happened nowadays
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
8 May 08
he should know the real cause and then make staements. not something like this pointing at any country.
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@gxnfly (1147)
• China
6 May 08
First of all I don't agree what he said.We are all human,we are born eqaul,we deserve equal rights.Of course,Indians should not be blamed for food price hike.I don't what's the exact remark of Mr.Bush,but if he did said so,I should say,I'm pissed too. I'm not interested in politics.I think most people around the globe are nice.Just some politicians,they want to lead the world,and some people are fooled by them and become their tool to rule the world.
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
8 May 08
yes we all have same right. he think we should go hungry to feed them!
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• India
6 May 08
Thats what he thinks, for whatever reasons, but i dont think we should even consider thinking about it. So what can we do about it? obviously we r not to be blamed, and yes we should develop and develop even more. I dont think he meant to make us go hungry, but i think hez saying that on basis of our population. What evet the case, no need to consider it, its not any charge...
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
8 May 08
we should not think. but the remark is such bad from his part.
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@elmiko (6637)
• United States
7 May 08
The thing about bush is he gives tax cuts to everybody and the top wealthy americans get the biggest tax cuts. The wealthy are having the biggest benefit while all other u.s. people are paying too much. Bush and his family are wealthy as well. I can't believe he has the nerve to blame any middle class. The middle class in the u.s. are having it hard with all the home foreclosures. Gas prices are terrible in the u.s. right now with it being around $3.50 a gallon and his family got rich from oil. Despite this the u.s. is a great place and I am thankful to live here because things could be alot worse when compared to other countries. I don't support what bush said about india because hes blaming others for his mistakes.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
6 May 08
I don't know why the president is saying this. It really doesn't make sense to me. I think the food prices are going up cause the price of gas is going up meaning there is more cost in the shipping. Of course I'm no economist but I don't see any relation to India and our food prices.
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
6 May 08
I think everyone needs to exercise birth control/family planning so that we can stop the population explosion. I think everyone should avoid purchasing excessive food. Everyone should limit the consumption of the world's resources. This applies to everyone -- American, Indian, or otherwise.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
6 May 08
Well I would not worry to much Subha, his word just has lost so much of its value here in the States as well as internationaly. As far as I can see the USA can look in its own back yard for causes of the food shortage, Using food as a alternative fuel, is really going to hike up food costs. That is what we are doing here in the states. Pay him no mind Subha, most know when it comes to Bush. Just consider the source. He is so out of touch with the real world, it is scary...