Pubblicato: venerdì, 26 Ottobre 2012

Greece Turning to Desperate Measures as Citizens Face Starvation Due to Economic Collapse

NaturalNews – The European nation of Greece appears to be sliding ever so  progressively into the abyss of total collapse, as illustrated by a recent  government measure aimed at feeding the growing hordes of hungry, unemployed  Greeks across the nation.

A report translated into English from Voz  Populi explains that, under the new law, Greek merchants will now be  permitted to sell expired foods at a reduced rate to the nation’s poorest  citizens, who are becoming increasingly unable to afford basic  necessities.

Since price control efforts have largely failed thus far, as  have austerity measures aimed at reviving the nation’s economy, the Greek  government is grasping at straws to maintain some illusion of normalcy in a  country where the unemployment rate has now breached 25 percent overall, and  more than 54 percent among the youth population aged 15 to 24.

We are  sinking in a swamp of recession and it’s getting worse,” Dimitris Asimakopoulos,  Head of the Greek small business and industry association GSEVEE, is quoted as  saying by “180,000 businesses are on the brink and  70,000 of them are expected to close in the next few months.”

As far as  the expired food situation is concerned, products with both a month and day  expiration date will be permitted to sell for an additional week, while products  with a “best before” date that contains only a month and year marker will be  permitted to sell for an additional month. Food products with only a year  indicator will be allowed to sell for an additional quarter year, under the new  law.

Because virtually all aspects of the Greek economy are unraveling,  though, the measure is unlikely to make much of a difference in reducing overall  food costs, as demand will still likely outpace supply. And repeated efforts to  bail out the nation at the EU level continue to spark massive protests and labor  strikes, which is only exacerbating the problem even further.

In defiance  of proposed austerity measures that would further increase taxes on Greece’s  already-struggling private business sector, 70,000 protesters in Athens and at  least 17,000 protesters in the town of Thessalonika recently took to the  streets. The protests resulted in massive public service shutdowns, grounded  flights, hospital and business closures, and public transport failures.

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