It’s the lack of food, stupid


The Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Schaefer Muñoz does a nice job tracking the reality chavismo has imposed on the countryside. The money quote:

From 2004 to 2011, corn fell by 25% to 1.5 million tons, rice fell 34% to 650,000 tons, and meat fell by 27% to 300,000 tons from 2004 to 2010, according to research by Mr. Machado, based on scattered available government statistics, as well as data from farmers and food processors.

Venezuela’s Ministry of Agriculture hasn’t published food-production statistics since 2008. Requests for an interview and information on exports with agricultural officials received no response. Mr. Chavez told listeners on television this week that food imports are around 20%.

The only thing I fault Sarah for not highlighting is this

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  1. If Chavez says food imports are at 20 percent, then let him explain where all that Venezuelan agricultural production went.

    Get out and vote.

  2. Can someone let me know if Chavez anniversaried the Venevision interview that he did 5 years ago the night before the election vs. Rosales? I remember him doing that when I was living there and being sooo pissed at him bending the rules. Obviously, it had an impact, so I am hoping not!

  3. Traveling to Venezuela from here visiting family is something like the “Berlin airlift”, with all the cans of food, coffee, deodorant, medicines, and luxury items like….chocolate. It is absurd. It is completely absurd. It is more than absurd. It is criminal.

    • No, it is like Cuba. That is what you get with centralized control of the economy. And if Chavez stays in office, that is what Venezuelans can count on for as long as the country is run under that type of ideology.

      Hay un camino. Todos a votar por un Venezuela mejor!

  4. While we were watching Chavez not answer the question from CNN today as to who would guarantee the peace if he, for example, lost, we couldn’t help wondering if his new hair dye job was not slightly…blue in tint. Hace falta tinta en Caracas?

  5. The cacerolazo videos have hit YouTube. I dare say they at least rival those of 2010. They’re fun to watch. I will refrain from posting any here because it’s hard to pick any one of them. Two pages worth of cacerolazo videos have been posted though.

  6. The FAO is another source for agricultural statistics. The FAO has production through 2010. It shows massive increases for Venezuelan agricultural or food imports from 2002 to present. The article states that food or agricultural exports dropped 90% from 2004 to present. The FAO data concurs, but from 2005, not 2004.

    From 2004-2010 the FAO has corn(maize), rice, and sugar production as essentially static, in contrast to the graph and data shown. The WSJ cites Carlos Machado Ellison at IESA, whom Miguel Octavio at the Devil’s Excrement has long cited as the expert in agricultural production in Venezuela. I would tend to believe Carlos Machado Ellison over the FAO.

  7. There’s just one problem with this JC. Its completely false. Go look at the official statistics on Fedeagro’s website and you’ll see that all of the products listed above not only not decreased, but have increased production, some quite significantly, under Chavez.

    The author begins the article discussing milk shortages. But does she mention the fact that milk production has nearly doubled under Chavez? From 1.4 billion to 2.7 billion. Its pretty funny that this kind of smear journalism is what you all cling to, since reality doesn’t coincide with what you want to believe.

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