It is official, July 2012 was the hottest month on record, since they began keeping records in 1895! This means the drought is not going away anytime soon and it will continue to be hot and dry.
Now that 63% of the country is in drought conditions and the crops are literally frying in the fields, the world wide food stores are falling at alarming rates according to the officials. The fear is a food shortage worldwide such as was witnessed in 2006.
What does this mean for us? In short, higher prices for just about every food that we consume. Processed foods will be more expensive as well as fresh vegetables etc. We could see malnutrition in certain economic stratus even here in the U.S. and will most certainly witness this and even starvation in poorer countries.
How bad it gets all depends on the weather and it isn’t looking good according to some of the articles I have been reading. Not only is it hot but it isn’t cooling down in the evening as it once did to give us and the plants some relief.
I would be buying now some dried beans, rice and such to at least somewhat minimize the impact of these soaring food prices. It isn’t over yet and will most certainly get worse.