Friday, April 22, 2011

20 Signs That A Major Food Crisis Is Coming

People say - nah... this is America - that stuff doesn't happen here.
Think again.

Oh - it's true that up until now we haven't had much to get really worried about - except that packages are shrinking and food prices have gone up. I hear people complaining in the store all the time now - muttering under their breath and picking items up only to return them to the shelf. The truth is that most stores (those that haven't closed) are still fairly well stocked. We have never known otherwise - have we?

That being said, there are some signs that you need to be aware of - and I hope that you will take these signs seriously - or you may be relying on FEMA cheese one day in the not too distant future.

Zerohedge shared this information:
Let's look at some of the key reasons why an increasing number of people believe that a massive food crisis is on the horizon.

The following are 20 signs that a horrific global food crisis is coming....

#1 According to the World Bank, 44 million people around the globe have been pushed into extreme poverty since last June because of rising food prices.

#2 The world is losing topsoil at an astounding rate. In fact, according to Lester Brown, "one third of the world's cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming through natural processes".

#3 Due to U.S. ethanol subsidies, almost a third of all corn grown in the United States is now used for fuel. This is putting a lot of stress on the price of corn.

#4 Due to a lack of water, some countries in the Middle East find themselves forced to almost totally rely on other nations for basic food staples. For example, it is being projected that there will be no more wheat production in Saudi Arabia by the year 2012.

#5 Water tables all over the globe are being depleted at an alarming rate due to "overpumping". According to the World Bank, there are 130 million people in China and 175 million people in India that are being fed with grain with water that is being pumped out of aquifers faster than it can be replaced. So what happens once all of that water is gone?

#6 In the United States, the systematic depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer could eventually turn "America's Breadbasket" back into the "Dust Bowl".

#7 Diseases such as UG99 wheat rust are wiping out increasingly large segments of the world food supply.

#8 The tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan have rendered vast agricultural areas in that nation unusable. In fact, there are many that believe that eventually a significant portion of northern Japan will be considered to be uninhabitable. Not only that, many are now convinced that the Japanese economy, the third largest economy in the world, is likely to totally collapse as a result of all this.

#9 The price of oil may be the biggest factor on this list. The way that we produce our food is very heavily dependent on oil. The way that we transport our food is very heavily dependent on oil. When you have skyrocketing oil prices, our entire food production system becomes much more expensive. If the price of oil continues to stay high, we are going to see much higher food prices and some forms of food production will no longer make economic sense at all.

#10 At some point the world could experience a very serious fertilizer shortage. According to scientists with the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative, the world is not going to have enough phosphorous to meet agricultural demand in just 30 to 40 years.

#11 Food inflation is already devastating many economies around the globe. For example, India is dealing with an annual food inflation rate of 18 percent.

#12 According to the United Nations, the global price of food reached a new all-time high in February.

#13 According to the World Bank, the global price of food has risen 36% over the past 12 months.

#14 The commodity price of wheat has approximately doubled since last summer.

#15 The commodity price of corn has also about doubled since last summer.

#16 The commodity price of soybeans is up about 50% since last June.

#17 The commodity price of orange juice has doubled since 2009.

#18 There are about 3 billion people around the globe that live on the equivalent of 2 dollars a day or less and the world was already on the verge of economic disaster before this year even began.

#19 2011 has already been one of the craziest years since World War 2. Revolutions have swept across the Middle East, the United States has gotten involved in the civil war in Libya, Europe is on the verge of a financial meltdown and the U.S. dollar is dying. None of this is good news for global food production.

#20 There have been persistent rumors of shortages at some of the biggest suppliers of emergency food in the United States. The following is an excerpt from a recent "special alert" posted on Raiders News Network.... "Look around you. Read the headlines. See the largest factories of food, potassium iodide, and other emergency product manufacturers literally closing their online stores and putting up signs like those on Mountain House's Official Website and Thyrosafe's Factory Webpage that explain, due to overwhelming demand, they are shutting down sales for the time being and hope to reopen someday."
....Plus, we have had huge number of animal die offs which have upset ecosystems - this includes the huge number of bees which pollinate our food plants and trees.

So can you see that there are major stresses on our food production?
Can you also see how quickly grocery store shelves are emptied when a crisis hits?

Have you thought about what your family would do if a major food shortage happened or if the price of food was so high you could barely afford to put any on your dinner table? You might want to start thinking about it... or maybe not. That's your choice of course.

At some point a major food crisis is going to strike. It might not be tomorrow - or next week - or next month - but you should probably consider the above indicators and the crazy weather and terrible natural disasters which have already interrupted agricultural production in many areas of the globe over the past couple of years.

Then there is the price of oil.
We need energy to produce food.
We need energy to transport food.
Without oil, or at least affordable oil, things will become a whole lot more expensive, or just plain unavailable, very very fast.

Honestly, I hope this is an incorrect prediction - but it's certainly worth thinking about and definitely worth some preparation. Many people are planting gardens and setting aside extra food for storage.

Remember - history is filled with episodes of famine.
We are not exempt.