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FNV fel gekant tegen boodschappenbelasting
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AMSTERDAM - Het plan van staatssecretaris Frans Weekers van Financiën om de btw op eerste levensbehoeften te verhogen, ook wel de boodschappenbelasting genoemd, is de FNV een doorn in het oog.


Dat blijkt uit een brief die de vakcentrale dinsdag aan de Tweede Kamer stuurde, enkele weken voordat de staatssecretaris met het parlement in debat gaat over zijn 'fiscale agenda'.

Weekers oogstte in april al veel kritiek in het parlement bij de presentatie van zijn plannen. De FNV vindt dat de btw alleen kan worden verhoogd als de negatieve koopkrachteffecten die de lage en middeninkomens hierdoor ondervinden, worden gerepareerd.

Als dat niet gebeurt, verzoekt de FNV de Kamerleden niet akkoord te gaan met het plan.

Zzp'ers


De FNV vindt ook dat Weekers te weinig oog heeft voor de armere zzp'ers (zelfstandigen zonder personeel).

Het kabinet wil wel belastingvoordelen zoals een zelfstandigenaftrek scheppen voor zzp'ers die een sterke groei van hun onderneming creëren, maar vergeet de zelfstandigen die niet voldoende winst maken, aldus de FNV.

Woningmarktbeleid


De FNV zet in de brief ook de kritiek op het woningmarktbeleid nog eens kracht bij. De vakcentrale blijft het teleurstellend vinden dat de hypotheekrenteaftrek niet wordt aangepakt.

''Het is veelzeggend dat begrippen als solidariteit in zijn geheel niet voorkomen in de fiscale agenda'', aldus de vakcentrale
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'Voedselprijzen verdubbelen komende twintig jaar'
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http://www.nu.nl/economie/2528755/voeds ... -jaar.html

LONDEN - De voedselprijzen in de wereld zullen in de komende twintig jaar meer dan verdubbelen. Dit blijkt uit onderzoek van Oxfam Novib. Volgens de hulporganisatie zullen de prijzen van veelgebruikte producten, zoals granen, rijst en maïs, stijgen met 120 tot 180 procent.


Dat komt onder meer door dalende oogsten, een groeiend gebrek aan water en strijd om landbouwgronden. Miljoenen mensen in de wereld zullen daardoor in de problemen komen, omdat zij niet voldoende geld hebben om hun maaltijden te kopen, zo stelt Oxfam.

De stijging van de prijzen in de afgelopen drie jaar leidde al tot ruim 144 miljoen extra mensen die dagelijks honger hebben, zo blijkt uit het onderzoek. In totaal hebben bijna een miljard mensen te weinig voedsel.

Volgens de organisatie zal in 2050, als de wereldbevolking is toegenomen tot 9 miljard mensen, de vraag naar voedsel met 70 procent stijgen, maar het vermogen om de voedselproductie verder te laten stijgen zal juist afnemen.

Klimaatverandering

De helft van de stijging van de voedselprijzen valt te wijten aan klimaatverandering, zo voorspelt de organisatie. In gebieden die steeds droger of natter worden, is het moeilijk boeren en mislukken veel oogsten. Regeringen moeten dan ook meer daadkracht tonen om de problemen op te lossen, aldus Tom van der Lee, directeur campagnes bij de organisatie.

“De markt gaat de voedselprijzencrisis niet oplossen. De overheid zal moeten ingrijpen, bijvoorbeeld door veel strakkere regels te stellen aan het speculeren met voedsel."

"En als ze maatregelen neemt moet ze de situatie niet verergeren, zoals met de bestaande bijmengverplichting voor biobrandstoffen in diesel en benzine. Biobrandstof in onze tank gaat ten koste van voedsel in arme landen.”

Verdeling

Het beschikbare voedsel moet beter over de wereld worden verdeeld, stelt Oxfam Novib. Zo wordt in rijke landen veel voedsel verspild, bijvoorbeeld omdat een te grote portie is gekookt. In arme landen gaat juist veel voedsel verloren doordat er geen opslag of transport beschikbaar is.

De organisatie is verder kritisch op grote internationale concerns. "Zij beheersen de markt en zorgen voor schommelingen van de prijzen. De multinationals profiteren daarvan, ten koste van de armsten."
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Precies zoals ik al dacht.. Economie nivelleert langzaam door gelijkwaardigere lonen, kortom de echte loonslaven 10 cent per uur, leven op een komkommer, bestaan bijna niet meer.. En dan even de populatie aan gelijkwaardig materieel bezit koppelen en de bel is allang kapot.. En dan vragen mensen zich soms af wat ik tegen de economie heb..

Deze geeft ongeveer weer waar het aan schort en wie te lynchen, want het onderbewust zijn is je voor dus ontken maar wat je wilt ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s ... y_of_needs

Van Geert Hofstede heb ik nog een lectuur gehad volgens mij.
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ha de piramide van maslow weer, als je dat verteld wordt je uit gemaakt voor geiten wollen sokken figuur vaak door degene die het hardst roepen om meer veiligheid en politie.

ach vroeger toen het leven nog niet alleen uit winstmaximalisatie bestond en het nog simpel was.
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France Marshals G-20 to Combat Rising Food Costs

By MATTHEW SALTMARSH

Published: May 31, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/busin ... ted=2&_r=2


PARIS — “One shock away from a full-fledged crisis.” That is how the World Bank president, Robert B. Zoellick, described the effects of the recent increase in world food prices.

His remarks, in April, came soon after a United Nations gauge of food prices touched its highest level since its creation in 1990, and as popular uprisings fanned across the Middle East, toppling the longstanding rulers of Tunisia and Egypt and destabilizing a host of other regimes.

Those upheavals, in a region once known as the Fertile Crescent but now dependent on imported grain, were set off in part by concerns about the rising cost of essential foodstuffs, demonstrating to global leaders the extreme effects that food price spikes can have on social, economic and political stability.

Now, France is now using its chairmanship of the Group of 20 leading economies to keep the issue of volatility in commodities, and especially food, at the top of the international agenda.

The French government has convened the first-ever meeting of G-20 agriculture ministers for June 20 and June 21 in Paris. It hopes to achieve agreement on an action plan that would be sent to G-20 leaders when they meet in the French city of Cannes in November.

The plan would include commitments to stem sudden and excessive fluctuations in agricultural prices; improve security of supplies; bolster transparency of information, especially about stocks; and improve risk management and the regulation of agricultural derivatives.

Since the warnings this spring, there has been a slight letup in price pressure as commodities have slipped from their peaks. On Wednesday, wheat futures for July delivery on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were at $7.89 a bushel, down 3.7 percent, after an announcement by Russia that it would let a ban on wheat exports expire on July 1.

But over the past 12 months, the wheat price is up around 75 percent after drought and fires led to the Russian export ban last summer, as floods damaged crops in Canada and Australia, and as a particularly dry spring in Western Europe threatens output this year. Few analysts expect a major retrenchment in prices in the months ahead.

Aid agencies have started pushing for more action. In a report released Tuesday, Oxfam International said the global food system was buckling under pressure from climate change, ecological degradation, population growth, rising energy prices, increasing demand for meat and dairy products and intensifying competition for land from biofuels, industry and urbanization.

The charity warned that prices for staple foods including corn and wheat would more than double in two decades unless action were taken. “The warning signs are clear,” the report said. “Surging and unstable international food prices, growing conflicts over water, the increased exposure of vulnerable populations to drought and floods are all symptoms of a crisis that may soon become permanent.”

Oxfam called on governments to seek a fairer and more sustainable food system by investing in agriculture, managing food distribution better and promoting equal rights for women, who produce much of the world’s food.

It also called on the private sector to shift away from a model that profits at the expense of poor producers, consumers and the environment. Specifically, it said that three global companies — Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge and Cargill — held disproportionate sway over the world grain trade and that their activities were adding to volatility.

Meantime, higher food prices, along with rising energy costs, are affecting economic debate and policy making.

In March, a paper published by the International Monetary Fund concluded that an increase in food prices resulted in less private consumption and greater income inequality, as well as fueling anti-government demonstrations and riots. This year, a number of central banks, among them the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada and the Reserve Bank of Australia, have raised interest rates, citing inflationary pressure as a factor.

That pressure appears to be taking root. On Tuesday, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said that consumer prices in industrialized countries rose 2.9 percent in the year to April 2011, after growth of 2.7 percent in March. It was the highest rate since October 2008 and was driven by an acceleration in food and energy prices.

In the euro area, inflation eased to an annual rate of 2.7 percent in May from 2.8 percent the month before, the statistics agency Eurostat said. Still, that rate remains well above the E.C.B.’s comfort zone of just below 2 percent.

In the lead-up to the meeting in June, Bruno Le Maire, the French agriculture minister, has visited China, Brazil, Russia and India, and he will head to the United Stares this week.

French officials are guardedly optimistic. “We sense the glass is half full,” said an official, who has been working on the draft communiqué but was not permitted to speak publicly. “Everybody in the G-20 agrees on the need to improve the system.”

Specifically, France is pushing for the creation of a database on stocks, dubbed the Agricultural Market Information Initiative, that would be managed by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. It would track stocks held by countries and shifts in demand, although some countries, like China, have been reluctant to divulge information they deem strategic.

France has also asked international organizations like the World Food Program and the World Bank to draw up plans to establish reserve stocks of food in countries seen as most vulnerable to shortages, and to look at new insurance products to better hedge farmers’ risks.

Another area that France and the G-20 finance ministries are examining is the possibility of limiting the scope of positions in agricultural derivatives, standardizing those products and tightening regulation of over-the-counter transactions. But some experts argue that food price volatility is less the result of speculation and more an inevitable side effect of climatic conditions and economic and demographic factors. These experts contend that it may be more useful to mitigate the side effects than to seek to prevent price swings.

“Everybody blames speculation,” Alexander Sarris, professor of economics at the University of Athens and a former senior official at the United Nations, told a World Bank development conference in Paris on Monday, “but speculation is a symptom and not a cause of spikes.”

Governments should facilitate the development of a range of tools, he said, to help mitigate the effects of price rises, including better information about and management of stocks, early warning systems based on econometric and meteorological models, and tougher rules negotiated through the World Trade Organization to avoid arbitrary export bans.

Some participants in the conference said that insurance policies already existed that paid farmers immediately after damaging changes in weather, but they contended that more needed to be done to educate the users of such financial products about their benefits.

Others said “virtual” food reserves, or financial funds designed to compensate those affected by price surges, could also be introduced, along with drought- and food-resistant seeds.

“Whatever we do, we will have volatility in future,” said Pierre Jacquet, chief economist at the French Development Agency. “We need to be open to a range of solutions, and test them.”
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ha de piramide van maslow weer, als je dat verteld wordt je uit gemaakt voor geiten wollen sokken figuur vaak door degene die het hardst roepen om meer veiligheid en politie.

ach vroeger toen het leven nog niet alleen uit winstmaximalisatie bestond en het nog simpel was.
Relatieve ervan is wel nuttig gezien je ziel en zo.. :evil:
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'Olie en voedsel remmen wereldeconomie'
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WASHINGTON - De stijgende prijzen van voedsel en olie remmen het herstel van de wereldeconomie. De groei dit jaar bedraagt 3,2 procent, flink minder dan de 3,8 procent van vorig jaar.


Staat ook een mooi tabbel in:
http://www.nu.nl/economie/2534727/olie- ... nomie.html
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Europese voedselberg niet naar voedselbanken
De voedselbanken willen gebruikmaken van de Europese voedseloverschotten, maar 'Den Haag' voelt er niets voor. Door de economische teruggang doen...

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De voedselbanken willen gebruikmaken van de Europese voedseloverschotten, maar 'Den Haag' voelt er niets voor. Door de economische teruggang doen steeds meer mensen een beroep op de voedselbanken.

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Bedrijven leveren steeds minder omdat ze hun productie steeds beter afstemmen op de vraag en er daardoor minder overblijft. Clara Sies, vice-voorzitter van Voedselbanken Nederland bevestigde dinsdag een bericht hierover in het AD.

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Ze vindt het onbegrijpelijk dat Nederland dat voedsel niet wil gebruiken terwijl andere Europese rijke landen dat wel doen. De Europese Unie verdeelt jaarlijks ongeveer 500 miljoen euro aan voedseloverschotten. Sies zegt dat ze zowel bij het ministerie van Landbouw als bij Sociale Zaken geen gehoor vindt. ,,Ze verwijzen naar elkaar en dat schiet niet op."

In Nederland zijn ongeveer 130 voedselbanken die wekelijks 25.000 pakketten maken.
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zucht niet slecht zegt de goede man dan nog :( wat een ongelooflijke kudt wereld is het toch dat men op die positie [strike]mensen[/strike] beesten neer zet die liever 2 cent extra hebben dan dat er 1 iemand verhongert.

‘Grondstofprijzen blijven stijgen’
Laatste update: 18 juni 2011 17:38
http://www.nu.nl/economie/2543274/grond ... ijgen.html

AMSTERDAM – Het Zwitserse Nestle, de grootste voedselproducent ter wereld, verwacht dat de grondstofprijzen zullen blijven stijgen. Dit verklaart de topman van Nestle zaterdag, zo meldt persbureau Reuters.


“Voor ons is het duidelijk dat de stijgende trend zich doorzet”, aldus topman Paul Bulcke. “Dit is niet iets slecht, als je het in de context plaatst dat de prijzen van ruwe agrarische producten jarenlang daalden tot het niveau dat het geen interessante activiteit meer was of dat er geen investeringen in onderzoek meer waren.”

Voor het eind van het jaar verwacht Nestle dat de grondstofprijzen met 8 tot 10 procent zullen stijgen. Om zich tegen de stijgende prijzen in te dekken koopt het concern daarom effecten.

Het voedselconcern verwacht dit jaar 5 tot 6 procent meer te verkopen. Ondanks hogere grondstofprijzen verwacht het bedrijf ook dat de winstmarge hoger zal zijn.

Nestle is onder andere bekend als producent van chocoladerepen KitKat, maar ook van bijvoorbeeld Nescafe.
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Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces

June 16th 2011
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Somehow this feels like a Vonnegut plotline: population boom equals food shortage. Solution? Synthesize food from human waste matter. Absurd yes, but Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create edible steaks from human feces.

Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama Laboratory, has developed steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage approached the scientist because of an overabundance of sewage mud. They asked him to explore the possible uses of the sewage and Ikeda found that the mud contained a great deal of protein because of all the bacteria.

The researchers then extracted those proteins, combined them with a reaction enhancer and put it in an exploder which created the artificial steak. The “meat” is 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals. The researchers color the poop meat red with food coloring and enhance the flavor with soy protein. Initial tests have people saying it even tastes like beef.

Inhabitat notes that “the meatpacking industry causes 18 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions, mostly due to the release of methane from animals.” Livestock also consume huge amounts of resources and space in efforts to feed ourselves as well as the controversy over cruelty to animals. Ikeda’s recycled poop burger would reduce waste and emissions, not to mention obliterating Dante’s circle for gluttons.

The scientists hope to price it the same as actual meat, but at the moment the excrement steaks are ten to twenty times the price they should be thanks to the cost of research. Professor Ikeda understands the psychological barriers that need to be surmounted knowing that your food is made from human feces. They hope that once the research is complete, people will be able to overlook that ugly detail in favor of perks like environmental responsibility, cost and the fact that the meat will have fewer calories.

Waste not; want not.

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AP Interview: UN warns of more food crises

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press – 3 days ago

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PARIS (AP) — The world could see a repeat of the 2008 price crisis that spawned deadly riots on three continents, the U.N.'s top food security expert warned Thursday.

David Nabarro, the U.N. special representative on food security and nutrition, told The Associated Press that shortages of food, water and power are bound to create social anxiety and political instability in the future.

"Anybody who thinks that 2008 represented some kind of peak is dreaming," Nabarro said on the sidelines of an international conference on food security.

At the meeting, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on the world's 20 rich industrial nations and major emerging markets to contain farm price volatility sparked by commodity speculators.

Sarkozy said controlling excessive market speculation through tougher regulation, supervision and transparency would go a long way to avoid the price instability seen over the past years.

Nabarro said financial speculation had acerbated problems for farmers around the world.

"Speculators and people who are taking positions on future food prices in order to get some sort of financial gain certainly do amplify the price trends," he said. "That amplification can be quite extreme and quite damaging."

He said this year's price increases were mainly caused by droughts and fires, affecting wheat sales from China to Ukraine, and corn in the United States.

"There are several different factors that can come together. These lead to anxieties in world markets, particularly among traders, which in turn can fuel rises simply because people take positions on where prices are going to be in the future," Nabarro said.

Sarkozy said the difficulties go far beyond the whims of nature. He said financial market specialists — instead of agricultural trading houses — had taken over the global farm market and called for change.

"Take the Chicago market," said Sarkozy, listing how the derivatives exchange totals 46 times the annual U.S. wheat production and 24 times that of corn. He said 85 percent of the contracts on commodities futures markets are held by purely financial players "with no link to the commodity itself."

"The example shows to what extent our world has lost a sense of value, a sense of reality, a sense of capitalism to serve the development and happiness of people," Sarkozy said.

Farmers at the market echoed the refrain that small farmers were having problems with financial planning since because of fluctuating prices.

Such price uncertainty, combined with drought and export bans during crises, has contributed to the food insecurity seen across much of the world over the past years.

"If food insecurity goes on for a long time, this can lead to big anxiety among people and the kind of political instability that is perhaps particularly difficult to handle because it is people who are very worried about their personal future," said Nabarro.

Sarkozy currently holds the presidency of the G-20 group and wants to use a November summit in Cannes to push through some farm measures. He says the same lack of regulation now visible in the commodities and raw materials markets drove the financial markets toward the 2008 global financial crisis.

To improve transparency and oversight, Sarkozy again called for a centralized register for data transactions in derivatives. He wants trading data to be better available to boost food security and stable markets by cutting out excessive speculation.
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ma 04 jul 2011, 20:13

15 Food Companies That Serve You 'Wood'

By Miriam Reimer

03/02/11 - 04:58 PM EST
http://www.thestreet.com/story/11012915 ... -good.html


( Wood pulp, or cellulose, in processed food report updated with the addition of Pepsi, Kellogg and Weight Watchers International.)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Are you getting what you pay for on your plate?

The recent class-action lawsuit brought against Taco Bell raised questions about the quality of food many Americans eat each day.

Chief among those concerns is the use of cellulose (read: wood pulp), an extender whose use in a roster of food products, from crackers and ice creams to puddings and baked goods, is now being exposed. What you're actually paying for -- and consuming -- may be surprising.

Cellulose is virgin wood pulp that has been processed and manufactured to different lengths for functionality, though use of it and its variant forms (cellulose gum, powdered cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, etc.) is deemed safe for human consumption, according to the FDA, which regulates most food industry products. The government agency sets no limit on the amount of cellulose that can be used in food products meant for human consumption. The USDA, which regulates meats, has set a limit of 3.5% on the use of cellulose, since fiber in meat products cannot be recognized nutritionally.

"As commodity prices continue to rally and the cost of imported materials impacts earnings, we expect to see increasing use of surrogate products within food items. Cellulose is certainly in higher demand and we expect this to continue," Michael A. Yoshikami, chief investment strategist at YCMNet Advisors, told TheStreet.

Manufacturers use cellulose in food as an extender, providing structure and reducing breakage, said Dan Inman, director of research and development at J. Rettenmaier USA, a company that supplies "organic" cellulose fibers for use in a variety of processed foods and meats meant for human and pet consumption, as well as for plastics, cleaning detergents, welding electrodes, pet litter, automotive brake pads, glue and reinforcing compounds, construction materials, roof coating, asphalt and even emulsion paints, among many other products.

Cellulose adds fiber to the food, which is good for people who do not get the recommended daily intake of fiber in their diets, Inman said. It also extends the shelf life of processed foods. Plus, cellulose's water-absorbing properties can mimic fat, he said, allowing consumers to reduce their fat intake.

Perhaps most important to food processors is that cellulose is cheaper, he added, because "the fiber and water combination is less expensive than most other ingredients in the [food] product."

Indeed, food producers save as much as 30% in ingredient costs by opting for cellulose as a filler or binder in processed foods, according to a source close to the processed food industry who spoke with TheStreet on the condition of anonymity.

Inman said that in his 30 years in the food science business, he's seen "an amazing leap in terms of the applications of cellulose fiber and what you can do with it." He said powdered cellulose has a bad reputation but that more of his customers are converting from things like oat or sugar cane fibers to cellulose because it is "snow white in color, bland and easy to work with."

Most surprising, said Inman, is that he's been able to remove as much as 50% of the fat from some cookies, biscuits, cakes and brownies by replacing it with powdered cellulose -- but still end up with a very similar product in terms of taste and appearance.

"We're only limited by our own imagination," Inman told TheStreet. "I would never have dreamed I could successfully put 18% fiber in a loaf of bread two years ago."

He said cellulose is common in processed foods, often labeled as reduced-fat or high-fiber -- products like breads, pancakes, crackers, pizza crusts, muffins, scrambled eggs, mashed potato mixes, and even cheesecake. Inman himself keeps a box of Wheat Thins Fiber Selects crackers, manufactured by Kraft Foods(KFT_)' Nabisco brand, at his desk, and snacks on them daily, clearly unmoved by the use of wood pulp in its ingredients.

"Most consumers would be shocked to find these types of filler products are used as substitutes for items that they believe are more pure," Yoshikami said. "We would expect increased disclosure to follow increased use of cellulose and other filler products as the practice increases in frequency."

To that end, TheStreet rounded up a list of popular foods that use cellulose. It's by no means an exhaustive list, and we suggest consumers read food labels carefully. Still, click through the slideshow to find out if your favorite foods contain the "all-natural" wood pulp...

(Please note the following lists are not exhaustive. Some companies list all ingredients on their Web sites. Other items were found in a local grocery store near TheStreet's headquarters on Wall Street in New York City.)

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