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Old 08-11-10, 12:25 PM
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Wikipedia editors won't allow information about Hugo Chavez's harmful food policies

Wikipedia has an article called <a HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_policy_of_the_Hugo_Ch%C3%A1vez_government">Economic policy of the Hugo Chávez government</a>.

The article has a section called <a HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_policy_of_the_Hugo_Ch%C3%A1vez_government#Agriculture_and_land_reform">Agriculture and land reform</a>.

That section only mentions positive things that Chavez has done. I <a HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Economic_policy_of_the_Hugo_Ch%C3%A1vez_government&action=historysubmit&diff=3783268 33&oldid=378314475
">added</a> information about some of the negative things that he has done, but the Chavez supporters keep erasing it.

Here is the information that I added that they erased:

A January 10, 2006 BBC article reported that since 2003, Chavez has been setting strict price controls on food, and that these price controls have caused shortages and hoarding.[24]

A January 22, 2008 Associated Press article reported that Chavez had ordered the military to seize 750 tons of food that sellers were illegally trying to smuggle across the border to sell for higher prices than what was legal in Venezuela, and that Chavez had also threatened to seize the property of farmers who sold food at prices that exceeded the government's price controls. [25]

On February 28, 2009 Chavez ordered the military to temporarily seize control of all the rice processing plants in the country and force them to produce at full capacity, which he claimed they had been avoiding in response to the price caps.[26]

On March 4, 2009, the BBC reported that Chavez had set minimum production quotas for 12 basic foods that were subject to price controls, including white rice, cooking oil, coffee, sugar, powdered milk, cheese, and tomato sauce. Business leaders and food producers claimed that the government was forcing them to produce this food at a loss. [27]

A June 20, 2009 article in the Washington Post reported on Chávez's policy of redistributing farmland. Chávez has seized many large farms from their owners. Although Chávez allows small farmers to work the land, he did not give them title to the land, and they are often required to work as part of a collective. Chávez said of the farmland, "The land is not private. It is the property of the state." Because of this collectivization, the income that a farmer receives does not correspond to the amount of work that he does. Some of the farmland that had been productive while under private ownership is now idle under collective ownership, and some of the farm equipment sits gathering dust. As a result, food production has fallen substantially. Nearly five years after the start of the land redistribution program, the country is now more dependent on food imports than ever before. Production of primary foods such as beef, rice, sugar cane, and milk have fallen. Carlos Machado, an agriculture expert at the Institute of Higher Administrative Studies in Caracas, stated, "If there is a word to describe all this, it is 'stagnant'... The government policy to increase the crop production in the country is a complete failure." Felicia Escobar, a lawyer and consultant on land issues who used to work for the Agriculture Ministry, said of this farm collectivization, "That is socialism... It did not work before, and it does not work now." One farmer, referring to the government officials overseeing the land redistribution, stated, "These people know nothing about agriculture."[28]

Chávez has seized many supermarkets from their owners. Under government ownership, the shelves in these supermarkets are often empty.[29]

In 2010, after the government nationalized the port at Puerto Cabello, more than 120,000 tons of food sat rotting at the port.[30]

24) <a HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4599260.stm">Venezuelan shoppers face food shortages, BBC, January 10, 2006</a>

25) <a HREF="http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20080122-1524-venezuela-colombia.html">Venezuelan troops crack down on smuggling along Colombian border, Associated Press, January 22, 2008</a>

26) <a HREF="http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE51R1LM20090301">Chavez orders army to seize Venezuela rice mills, Reuters, February 28, 2009</a>

27) <a HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7923073.stm">Chavez boosts food price controls, BBC, March 4, 2009</a>

28) <a HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/19/AR2009061903400.html">In Venezuela, Land 'Rescue' Hopes Unmet, Washington Post, June 20, 2009</a>

29) <a HREF="http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_12/b4171046603604.htm">Business Week, March 11, 2010</a>

30) <a HREF="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thor-halvorssen/a-rotting-chicken-in-ever_b_666805.html"> A Rotting Chicken in Every Pot: Venezuela's Disastrous Food Policy, Huffington Post, August 2, 2010</a>
This is how the section currently apppears:

The Chávez government has passed several laws designed to support food sovereignty by increasing domestic agricultural production in Venezuela and reducing agricultural imports, and to more equitably redistribute unused agricultural lands [19][25].

In 1997, the year before Chávez was elected as President, 75% of the agricultural land in Venezuela was owned by 5% of landowners, and the smallest 75% landowners controlled only 6% of the land. Much of the land held by large landholders, was held in extremely large "latifundios", and was idle and unproductive. The "Law of the Land" passed by the Chávez administration, declared such landholdings to be illegal, and mandated that it be given to families who needed land to grow food. As of January 2009, the Venezuelan government had redistributed nearly 2.7 million hectares of idle land (6.6 million acres—nearly 1/3 of the latifundio land existing prior to 1998) to 180,000 landless peasant families[26]. Additionally, reforms to Venezuela's Penal Code de-criminalized the occupation of idle private lands by landless peasants, and has started an initiative known as Mision Zamora to assist small and medium scale producers gain title to land[19]. Although the Venezuelan government allows small farmers to work the land, it does not always give them title to the land, and they are sometimes required to work as part of a collective.[27]

Agricultural credit has also increased dramatically, from approximately $164 million in 1998 to nearly $7.6 billion in 2008, with many of the credit decisions being made by local communal councils, rather than government bureaucrats. Additionally, in 2008, several laws were passed to provide financial assistance to struggling small farmers, such as debt relief programs and crop-failure insurance[26].

The Venezuelan government, under the Chávez administration, also began offering free technical assistance and education to farmers, through its National Agriculture Research Institute (INIA), which performs agricultural research and projects with small farmers[19].

The government is also trying to introduce large-scale urban agriculture to the populace, to increase local self-reliance. In Caracas, the government has launched Organoponico Bolivar I, a pilot program to bring organopónicos to Venezuela. Urban agriculture has not been embraced in Caracas as it has in Cuba. Unlike Cuba, where organopónicos arose from the bottom-up out of necessity, the Venezuelan organopónicos are clearly a top-down initiative based on Cuba's success. Another problem for urban agriculture in Venezuelan is the high amounts of pollution in major Venezuelan urban areas. At the Organoponico Bolivar I, a technician comes every 15 days to take a reading from the small pollution meter in the middle of the garden.[28]
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Re: Wikipedia editors won't allow information about Hugo Chavez's harmful food polici

Are you sure the problem is Chavez and not you?
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Seriously? How many beating of a dead horse grundle wikipedia bullshit threads do we have to have before he gets banned?
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Banned for what? Being redundant?
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