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Fidel Castro warns of world food crisis

Havana, Cuba: Cuban President Fidel Castro asserted the lack of fuel in the world and its current price will worsen the problem of food.

Grain and cereal productions are increasingly targeting the production of alcohol to be used as fuel for automobiles, stated Fidel Castro in his address to the Cuban People´s Power National Assembly (parliament) seventh period of sessions.

"That means automobiles are competing with food and mankind is not prepared to cope with the current energy crisis," noted the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

He said the world is facing this situation because it has been drawn by the consumption models of industrialized nations, which at the same time have driven the Third World into them.

Fidel Castro termed the current oil prices excessive and said 40 years ago, no one thought that could be possible, as one ton of coffee was sufficient to buy a ton of oil; that is impossible today.

The Cuban president referred to other directs results of the situation such as the present price of products including basic and precious metals, and food, despite the dollar has been devalued 15 or 20 times during the last 50 years.

He assured Cuba has created favourable conditions to reactivate the food industry through the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in basic areas.

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