Quest to Control Food

Module 1: Pax Americana & The Grand Arena

I would like to begin this fascinating story with a quote from a declassified, top-secret US State Department document:

We have about 50% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and daydreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction.

-George Kenan, US State Department, Director of Policy Planning, 1948  (Read More….)