Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Close the arowana ponds now -- Protect the water supply of consumers and farmers

altThe Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is outraged to learn that the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar had declared that the fish farm project in Bukit Merah will remain as the site has been gazetted.

Datuk Seri Noh Omar was commenting on CAP’s call that the Ministry cancels the arowana breeding project that would adversely affect paddy growing area in the Kerian District and involves widespread water pilfering from the irrigation canals. The project will also affect the water supply of 200,000 residents in nearby towns.
 

Massive speculation causes food prices to soar

By Tim Jones

food-rushThe recent steep rise in wheat prices has raised fears of another global food crisis. It is the banks and hedge funds speculating on the price of food that are primarily responsible for this spike in prices.

In just one month in July 2010, the price of wheat increased by 60%. The huge increase in the price has already led to people across the world paying more for the staple food. The sudden change in the price of wheat has had knock-on effects on other crops. The global maize price increased by 40% between the start of July and the end of August.
 

Make food wastage a punishable crime

food-wasteAbout 7.34 million tonnes of solid wastes were generated in Malaysia in 2005, enough to fill up 42 buildings the size equivalent to the PETRONAS Twin Towers. Solid waste generation is expected to reach 30,000 tonnes per day in 2020. Of the composition of solid waste, it is estimated that about 45% is made up of food waste. (Source: Ministry of Housing and Local Government)
 

Increase food self-sufficiency, avoid wastage

The prices of staple foods are already escalating to worrying levels and a number of governments are resorting to urgent measures to address the situation.

Organic farming for food security and health

Organic agriculture is defined as “a holistic food production management system, which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It emphasises the use of management practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs, taking into account that regional conditions require locally adapted systems.