from IMVA Website
When a large segment of the population is facing a drastic cut in income in the face of escalating food prices we have a catastrophic problem in the making.
Today we have the simultaneous events of income deflation and food inflation; two high-speed express trains coming down that tracks at each other, a financial crisis colliding with staggering crop losses, which are cutting deeply into available planetary food reserves. Prices of food are again beginning to soar again just as millions are losing the ability to afford a reasonable diet, though little of this is being observed or reported.
But soon even the blind will see.
The cold is again freezing oranges in Florida. Temperatures in Miami dropped to 36°F; beating the record 37°F set in 1938.
Officials are saying that hundreds of millions of dollars of food perished. Vegetables were among the hardest hit. At least one major tomato grower, Ag-Mart Produce, has already declared that most of its Florida crop is “useless due to the freeze.”
Other vegetable farms were expected to lose their entire crop, and wholesale prices have already increased.
White sugar climbed to the highest price in at
least two decades
The world faces “mass starvation” following North America’s next major crop failure. And it could even happen before year’s end.
So says Chicago-based Don Coxe, who is
one of the world’s leading experts on agricultural commodities, so much so
that Canada’s renowned BMO Financial Group named the fund after him. A crop
failure in North America will have particularly dire consequences for major
overseas markets that are highly reliant on U.S. crop imports.
In Britain the lives of hundreds of thousands of people will be threatened by food shortages.
The repercussions of food shortages for any
society are devastating. The world faces “mass starvation” following more
major crop failures in the United States and other places around the globe.
According to Chicago-based Don Coxe, who is one of the world’s leading
experts on agricultural commodities, so much so that Canada’s renowned BMO
Financial Group named the fund after him, this mind boggling event could
happen before year’s end.
And in some places like the United States they don’t have enough farmers. Then on top of everything else we have desertification, which is one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. New deserts are growing at a rate of 20,000 square miles (51,800 square kilometers) a year.
Desertification leads to famine, mass starvation
and human migration.
According to the United States Department of
Agriculture U.S. farmers
Very few people in the US have given any serious consideration to the question of food security. This essay should convince people that its time to start.
For the most part, we’re not aware of the problem but if we look hard at the ‘hidden’ news we see that the handwriting is on the wall for an unimaginable crisis that will come on us as early as this year.
A total of 616,000 hectares have been destroyed in the region,
or 70% of the total amount planted.
Money Shortage is one Express
In 1950 the Welfare Commissioner of the City of New York reported that 52 cents would buy all the food a person needed to meet his daily caloric and protein requirements. In 2010, $100 barely buys a cup of coffee and a muffin for every day of the month.
Food inflation is a nightmare when income simply will not keep pace because for a great part of humanity it means a reduction in daily consumption.
Once the pubic has a sense that prices for food
are going to go through the roof because of crop failures they will panic.
Hording by countries and individuals will explode making availability
sensitive to dramatic upheaval. Meaning widespread food shortages can appear
on the horizon like a tsunami.
The retired segment of the population will be
plunged into penury.
People will have money to buy food or not and food stamps will only take you so far, especially during food hyperinflation. A Russian researcher estimated from data on population that as many as ten million people starved in the United States alone during the great depression.
How many do you think its going to be this time?
It’s hard to picture 2.8 million homes. That’s
Just to show you how bad things are already getting for many Americans, not to mention other people around the world, about six million Americans receiving food stamps report they have no other income, according to The New York Times, with these numbers soaring by about 50 percent over the past two years.
And millions more are about to face the loss of
their unemployment insurance that has been extended and extended again in a
process that cannot and will not go on forever.
With a suddenness that will take us all by
I am afraid that rocketing food prices and hundreds of millions more starving people will be part of humanity’s grim future.
The number of hungry people already passed 1 billion in 2009 for the first time, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said, adding that it is facing a serious budget shortfall.
To date the WFP has confirmed $2.6 billion in funding for its 2009 budget of $6.7 billion.
According to Lester Brown,
The news of continued global cooling is
A double blow has hit farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India’s rice bowl.
First it was the worst drought in 50 years that
hit the farmers hard at the beginning of the season and even before they
could recover from it, the deluge, the heaviest rain in over a 100 years has
rubbed salt to their injuries.
BMI also cited India’s need to tap the
international rice market in 2010 for the first time in 21 years due an
erratic monsoon, resulting to an upward pressure on rice prices.
Analysts expect rice supplies to be tighter in
2009 than in 2008 and some forecasters believe the price could touch $2,000
per metric ton by the middle of 2010.
India will import food to make up for shortages
James Quinn writes,
Winter-grain sowing in Ukraine, the world’s
The heat-wave across south east Australia is worrying fruit and vegetable growers, with one table grape grower predicting a 70 per cent drop in yields.
As the heat continues across South Australia and
Victoria, fire authorities say conditions are at their worst in the south
east of the country since the Black Saturday fires just over a year ago.
What he is referring to is water resources.
Quinn continued saying,
The CIA agrees with Quinn and years ago
predicted water wars by the year 2015.
Many crops were behind schedule in maturing due
From all over the globe we have many reports:
The monsoon cycle which typically irrigates
Bone-dry fields, failing crops and shrinking herds is what farmers in Wisconsin are facing and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency because of drought conditions in August for 41 Wisconsin counties.
Wisconsin farmers are hurting and have been for the past several years as drought conditions continue to get worse across the region.
Douglas County farmer Mark Liebaert says this was the fifth year of below-normal moisture during the growing season.
That has led to significant crop damage and
Corn plants that farmers harvested were growing
at about half the five-year average, and the rate of pod-filling by soybeans
was 17 percentage points below normal, U.S. Department of Agriculture data
Hunger is not a food problem.
The news only gets worse. America’s main food growing states - have experienced severe, ongoing drought.
California is suffering through a 4th straight
year of horrendous water shortages, which has impacted every single crop it
produces. See California’s Vital Role in Food Production for an eye-opener
of what this state brings to your table.
Marketing economist Dr. Mark Welch expects drought to cut Texas’ corn crops by 45%, sorghum by 69%, and wheat by 62%.
Canada will produce less grain and oilseeds Statistics Canada said in its new estimate of field crops released in Ottawa in August. Crops will be off for almost all crops, the federal agency reports in first estimate for this summer’s crop.
Spring wheat production at 16.1 million metric tons (mmt) will be down more than 12% from last year. The durum harvest is expected to be off more than 18% at around 4.5 mmt.
Feed grains like corn and barley will also be
down from last year at 9.4 mmt (-10.9%) and 8.9 mmt (-24%) respectively.
A huge outback dust storm swept eastern
Australia and blanketed
In other areas rain was wrecking havoc. States ranging from Maryland all the way down to North Carolina were experiencing a damaged wheat harvest according to a Washington Post article from the 9th of August.
Some of the crops were so badly damaged by excessive rain that not only could much of it not be sold for flour, but it couldn’t be used for animal feed, either.
The frequent downpours of rain from May into late June - and the cool and overcast conditions that followed - drenched the region’s grain crops, leaving them susceptible to damaging fungi and farmers with diminished profits, agriculture experts reported in the Washington Post.
And following that the southeast experienced a
100 year storm that put much of it under water.
Storm Ketsana has destroyed about 290,000 tons
With sugar prices high and supplies low, major U.S. food processors are warning that the nation could “virtually run out of sugar” if the Obama administration doesn’t ease import restrictions.
If not, they say, consumers will pay more for
thousands of foods that rely heavily on sugar (chocolates, cereals, cookies,
gums, sodas, juices) or that contain sugar as an additive (the list is
A perfect storm is brewing in the global food
And the news from China has not changed.
As demand for water continues to rise and less is available for agriculture,
Climate change is affecting an increasingly large area of crop-growing land in China - up from 3,882 hectares hit by natural disasters in 2005 to 4,899 hectares in 2007, Lin said.
According to water experts at the United Nations, more than 45 percent of the world’s populations - more than 3 billion people - are already in need of more clean water.
They cite research from The World Bank that shows that more than 80 countries now have water shortages that threaten their health and economies. Will we reach that point where the rich have clean water to drink and the rest not? The same question already is answered when it comes to food with a billion doing without.
Water and food, food and water; there is no
doubt that with each passing year more and more will do without and they
If your neighbor had plenty of water but you
When civilization hits the meat grinder of food shortages in the next six to twelve months we will finally start paying attention to what is going on.
If you live in an area still with plentiful
water consider yourself fortunate.
Food shortages in Guatemala threaten hundreds of
Time Magazine recently published,
Time Magazine might be correct but this next year is going to put this abundance to a test not only in the United States but all over the world, food security will worsen.
The sky is really falling in terms of agricultural production so get ready for the price of food to explode. What is happening before our very eyes in the real environment is going to affect our collective bellies.
The above reporting gives a glimpse of what is coming so be prepared for you are forewarned.
Smart people are stocking up on the basics. I am buying spirulina. "Into the Ashes" gives full coverage of the looming food crisis and other concurrent crises that are converging at this moment threatening our civilization and our families in ways that demand we prepare as best we can.
Time is running out but, are we running to cover
ourselves and our families?
Smart people are stocking up on the basics. I am stocking up on spirulina, which has to be one of the best survival medicines that exist while it doubles as a concentrate nutritional medicine.
I am of course also stocking up on magnesium
oil, iodine, sodium bicarbonate and both edible and