Writers and speakers often like to start their discourse with a story or joke. Some will quote a well known person and in any event the story, joke or quote chosen is intended to relax the audience and diminish any doubt as to the truthfulness of the message to be delivered. This strategy works very well as you are probably aware. So, let me start with a humorous quote from Henry Kissinger, “No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.”
Mr. Kissinger is also often credited with saying, “Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.” There is still some debate as to whether those actual words came from Mr. Kissinger but there is reason to believe the quote may have been conceived between the lines of a classified 200-page study, National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests, completed by the U.S. National Security Council under Henry Kissinger in December of 1974. The entire 200-page study was summed up in one sentence by many intelligence reviews as,”Henry Kissinger suggested using food as a weapon to induce targeted population reduction.”
One should not condemn Mr. Kissinger too readily as he only verbalized what has happened throughout history. The control and management of food as a political or corporate tool has been an effective weapon since the beginning of time. Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and wrote, “I have often been so pinched with hunger, that I have fought with the dog – ‘Old Nep’ – for the smallest crumbs that fell from the kitchen table, and have been glad when I won a single crumb in the combat.” Napoleon acknowledged that his success depended on his ability to feed his army. Although the Boston Tea Party was about taxation, the weapon of choice was tea – a staple food item to the British. Not so long ago, the French considered bread so essential that bakers were considered public servants and bread supplies were under government control.
As mankind moved from hunter-gatherers to the adoption of agriculture, food has always served as the foundation for civilizations. Agriculture began with staple crops such as barley, wheat, rice, maize and potatoes, and the production and control of food influenced mankind so strongly that food eventually brought about an agriculture based social structure. Social structure groups began to appear: rich, poor, educated, uneducated and such. Continued evolution of social structures then birthed roles: bakers, wholesalers, teachers, leaders, farmers, kings, presidents and so on.
Today there is a worldwide threat to our food supply from groups with political and economic interests which are striving to control food production and supply around the world.
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T.O. (Tracy) Crane