Giving fingerprints to purchase food? Reports on what is happening in Venezuela, and what the world awaits, need your attention because it might come to you soon. Last August Natural News reported that Venezuelan farmers and food producers were now required to sell anywhere from 30 percent to 100 percent of their products to state-owned stores. The order covered staple foods such as rice, milk, oil, sugar and flour. It quoted the Financial Times saying that the desperate Maduro government has taken the extreme measure of nationalizing the nation’s food industry.
It has only become worse since then. Empty food selves, long queues with many opting to sleep in line in order to ensure their turn, and police guards at food stores have become the way of life in Venezuela. Military aid is necessary to ensure social stability at state-run stores.
In order to convince hungry Venezuelans to voluntarily register for the program, Food Minister Felix Osorio promised that anyone who signed up and give the government their fingerprints, would be eligible for discounts and prizes.
The scheme was not made mandatory when it was first implemented, but critics warned that it would become just another way for the state to keep tabs on its people, and could even serve as a precursor to rationing.
Bloomberg News also reported: “Inside a Plan Suarez grocery store … in eastern Caracas, shelves were mostly bare. Customers struggled and fought for items at times, with many trying to skip lines. The most sought-after products included detergent, with customers waiting in line for two to three hours to buy a maximum of two bags. A security guard asked that photos of empty shelves not be taken.”
One non-profit group recorded more than 500 instances of violent protests throughout Venezuela, along with 56 instances of looting, and scores of attempted lootings of grocery stores, pharmacies and warehouses – all in the first half of 2015. Even delivery trucks were targeted.(Excerpts sourced from: http://www.naturalnews.com/053125_Venezuela_economic_collapse_food_crisis.html#ixzz41hilkRmN)
So what went wrong? Why the country cannot feed even its own citizen? In reply, any modern economist would start lecturing on high inflation rates, deepening financial deficits, and so on. Thee is no dearth of buzz words today. Some class of people would talk of increasing world population or blame the land or farmers, and political leaders would quickly blame the ruling party.
Where does the reality lie? The answer is surprisingly simple for those who are acquainted with Vedic life style, called Varnashram system.
I read in a book by Srila Prabhupada: “Many may claim that in the modern age material scientists have helped increase agricultural yield. But we fearlessly proclaim that it is precisely such atheistic views that have brought the world to the present acute food crisis. If we are not careful, the day will soon come when fruits will be reduced to just skin and seed, cows’ udders will dry up, and paddy fields will grow only grass. The scriptures predict that these things will come to pass in the Kali-yuga”. (RTW 2.10)
I also read in Bhagavad Gita (3.14): annad bhavanti bhutani parjanyad anna-sambhavah
yajnad bhavati parjanyo yajnah karma-samudbhavah. Meaning, all living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajna [sacrifice], and yajna is born of prescribed duties.
Srila Prabhuapda explains:
“Food grains or vegetables are factually eatables. The human being eats different kinds of food grains, vegetables, fruits, etc., and the animals eat the refuse of the food grains and vegetables, grass, plants, etc. Human beings who are accustomed to eating meat and flesh must also depend on the production of vegetation in order to eat the animals. Therefore, ultimately, we have to depend on the production of the field and not on the production of big factories. The field production is due to sufficient rain from the sky, and such rains are controlled by demigods like Indra, sun, moon, etc., and they are all servants of the Lord. The Lord can be satisfied by sacrifices; therefore, one who cannot perform them will find himself in scarcity—that is the law of nature. Yajna, specifically the saìkirtana-yajna prescribed for this age, must therefore be performed to save us at least from scarcity of food supply.”
That’s what! Foolish people are running chicken farms instead of growing grains, governments are supporting slaughter houses instead of cow protection programs, farmers are allured to leave villages, alcohol consumption is made into a status symbol instead of calling it crime, and education system is aimed at atheism instead of godliness. The result of such activities is unequivocally outlined in India’s ancient Vedic scriptures, and, admit it or not, what we see today in the world is nothing but a proof of the authenticity of those immortal words.
Today it is Venezuela, tomorrow it will be someone else. It is only a question of time and no country will be spared unless they take drastic steps to implement Vedic lifestyle based on simple living and high thinking. Some of the visible reasons for today’s worsening food crisis are irresponsible farming and industrialization of agriculture, like GMO, animal slaughter, oil and alcohol industry, destroying of trees, promotion of prostitution in various ways, and on top of all, denial of the supremacy of God. Again, by not admitting facts none in the past has been ever able to change facts nor will it be ever possible. Vedas are the words of God and so the wisdom stored in it is infallible.
According the law of karma, the reactions of past activities will come but by the grace of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Sankirtana-yajna humanity can still be saved from the otherwise looming disaster. The saving mantra of the day is, turn to Srila Prabhupada’s teachings.