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Janet Larsen of +Earth Policy Institute reports on a disturbing trend in global agriculture (seen again in 2012): grain consumption outpaced production, leading to a drawdown in reserves: http://sustainablog.org/2013/01/global-grain-stocks-drop-dangerously-low-as-2012-consumption-exceeded-production/
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This is in direct contradiction with an article that I read about 4 months ago about thousands of tons of wheat going to waste and moulding in storage in India, due to overproduction. What is going on???
 
Just because that happened in India doesn't mean that global stocks haven't fallen - you can't compare one country with the world.
 
+Nils Rehmann India is a separate market in many ways, with the waste largely coming from the fact their storage and logistics infrastructure is virtually nil.

Why this is an issue is for India, is that fact that Indians on the opposite side of the country could use this grain.
 
Well, you can't compare one country with the world, I understand that. What is striking is that the grain that was rotting away was destined for international trade but could not be sold. So here is the question why? 
I simply can not believe that our supply is not covering the demand (at the current point in time). And it can't be. In the article you posted here they are talking about global supplies. Global includes India (the article even states that India is one of the three main grain producers in the world with 230 Mio tons last year).
So how come that we can have a shortage in this world, when this world also has excess? It makes no sense at all.
 
+Richard Brubaker I agree that that there are logistical problems in some countries, but if it would have been oil instead of wheat, I don't think that countries like the US or Europe would rely on Indian logistics. Meaning why was the grain  not distributed by global traders?
So the problem is not to match the supply to demand really. It is more that we need to match distribution with demand. 
How can it be that we have to dip into our reserves while in another warehouse we let the stuff rot? 
 
I am trying to find it, but I have a sneaky feeling it was on spiegel.de which is a german site. I will see whether I find a transcript. 
I hope you didn't misunderstand me. I don't doubt the integrity of the article you posted, I just find it strange that how we always seem to mess up our food supply due to...well I don't know due to what really. Misplanning? Marketing? I don't know.
Give me some time for the article  I am at work and it might take me a while to dig it out. 
 
Not a problem... Chrome translates automatically.

And no problem on your ideas here - we do tend to screw these things up. I think we generally don't look at the global picture: no one's thinking "Hey, we could use that excess grain in India elsewhere" until the shortages crop up... and, by then, it's generally too late. It is surprising that no one's thought to invest in such infrastructure - there's probably a lot of money to be made...
 
That is exactly what I was thinking. There should be a mechanism in place to re-distribute goods globally should the need arise. 
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