There are a lot of balls up in the air right now and I have to keep reminding myself what they are. There are so many that the normal person, like me, just can’t remember them all, at least at once. Correct me if I wrong, or feel free to write and add to the list:
1. This week at number one, at least in my mind, Nuclear Emergency in Japan is not looking too much better. Radiation continues to show up in very high concentrations in short periods of time and is becoming chronic, i.e. high doses constantly over time.
2. Perhaps even more significant, at least for all of us here in the good ole U.S.A, radiation has now arrived. Honestly, I can’t tell you how much or where at this point. I do know the government has confessed to WA, CA and CO (where I live) so logically you would assume that every state between CA and CO is probably seeing increased levels of radiation. I am taking more Enerfood, Bladderwrack and/or ThyRobust now. What we don’t know is when or if the really nasty by products such as cesium will show up and even minute amounts are fatal.
The problem with the #2 issue is we don’t really know what the isotopes are that are showing up or in what concentrations. Is it 100,000 times smaller than a 1 day or 1 year dose that we get naturally? Is it 100,000 times or 100 times or what? I don’t know about you but I don’t really get that warm trusting feeling when our illustrious government tells us anything.
3. Libya. Well the Pres had gone and done what the previous President excelled at, going to war without congressional approval! Ron Paul has it right on this one! Right now I feel as if we are headed in a direction that will not prove too fruitful over the long term.
On the one hand we have Quaddafi killing his own citizens and the Arab nations all wanted a ‘no fly’ zone until they realized what that meant exactly (as if they didn’t know to begin with). Yet at the same time we have the Saudis sending in troops and fighting the Bahrain citizens along with the Bahrain forces, with some deaths being recorded yet underreported. I don’t know about you but this seems a bit hypocritical if you ask me. What makes a Libyan citizen ‘worth more’ than a Bahrain citizen? This becomes even more incredible as you look around the world at the various forms of barbarism/ugliness that is happening as I write and I am only going to mention the countries outside of the Mid East: Somalia has had a huge ‘humanitarian crisis’ happening for the past 20 years but with no oil-no outside ‘assistance’, Zimbabwe is another nation suffering from grave ‘humanitarian crisis’ yet little has been done to ‘help’ them out either (I am using the word help very loosely here), Darfur is yet another along with the Sudan that have suffered severe ‘humanitarian crisis’ and all of these are not by any means all inclusive and they all can be compared to the intense slaughter in Rwanda some years back while everyone knew about it yet did nothing….Why is this you might ask? Easy answer: OIL, THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TO SPEAK OF!
Make no mistake about it these undeclared ‘wars’ are for nothing more than ‘protecting’ our American way of life. The question remains what the heck is that? Is it the special interests that require profits and oil to make the machinery run? Is it the average citizen here that requires oil to make the products and autos run that the special interests made and sold to us? How much is all this worth to the average human being in this country and world? Is it worth the risk and lives of our young people who will have to fight these wars?
4. Geo Political imbalances are caused when our country and others engage in actions in the Mid East. Do you really think that China and Russia will let NATO and/or the U.S. and/or Europe (in the collective) get by without any consequences? I believe that is a very naive presumption in the current environment!
5. More weird, very bad, weather is predicted to be coming our way in all areas of the world. Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes etc, more of them and worse. So this can inconvenience you, well it can do a lot more than that. There are already crop shortages in several areas and I think that this will only get worse. Some of the bloggers on the net think it will get MUCH, MUCH worst to the point where food will become as precious as gold, even more so as you can’ t eat gold!
6. Then we have the deteriorating economies throughout the world. The news isn’t too great here in the U.S. and can be said to be even worse in the E.U. with Portugal on the brink of financial disaster. With the phrase financial disaster the precursor to financial bailout…further weakening the weakened fabric of the world economy. As the events unfold in the world today we cannot help but see the interconnectivity of all peoples and countries in the world.
The above list is again by no means all inclusive but certainly enough to get your juices going eh? Don’t become a victim of the news cycle…there is always something else to move onto and shift your attention to or from. Stay focused here and please, the cost of minimal preparation is so much less than the potential for great suffering it is a shame not to at least buy some food and water to store-your survival may be at stake.
The proverbial stuff is beginning to hit the fan. As we have been saying, this weather will result in higher food prices and now it looks like shortages in row crops is imminent. I only hope that this article is not true.
I suggest you get some food stocks stored, frozen veges that you like for example and some Enerfood.
Major Food Distributor Sysco: “Immediate Volatile Prices, Expected Limited Availability, and Mediocre Quality at Best”
Adding to already rising food prices due to monetary inflation and weather related supply problems around the globe, one of the world’s leading food distribution companies, Sysco Corporation, is advising clients and their customers that the recent freeze across North America has significantly impacted growing operations in Mexico (as well as parts of the U.S.) leading to 80% – 100% crop damage:
ALL OF OUR GROWERS HAVE INVOKED THE ACT OF GOD CLAUSE ON OUR CONTRACTS DUE TO THE FOLLOWING RELEASE. WE WILL BE CONTACTING YOU PERSONALLY TO REVIEW HOW THIS WILL AFFECT OUR CONTRACTED ITEMS WITH YOU GOING FORWARD.
THE DEVASTATING FREEZE IN MEXICO IS WORST FREEZE IN OVER 50 YEARS…
THE EXTREME FREEZING TEMPERATURES HIT A VERY BROAD SECTION OF MAJOR GROWING REGIONS IN MEXICO, FROM HERMOSILLO IN THE NORTH ALL THE WAY SOUTH TO LOS MOCHIS AND EVEN SOUTH OF CULIACAN. THE EARLY REPORTS ARE STILL COMING IN BUT MOST ARE SHOWING LOSSES OF CROPS IN THE RANGE OF 80 TO 100%.
EVEN SHADE HOUSE PRODUCT WAS HIT BY THE EXTREMELY COLD TEMPS. IT WILL TAKE 7-10 DAYS TO HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE FROM GROWERS AND FIELD SUPERVISORS, BUT THESE GROWING REGIONS HAVEN’T HAD COLD LIKE THIS IN OVER A HALF CENTURY. THIS TIME OF YEAR, MEXICO SUPPLIES A SIGNIFICANT PERCENT OF NORTH AMERICA’S ROW CROP VEGETABLES SUCH AS: GREEN BEANS, EGGPLANT, CUCUMBERS, SQUASH, PEPPERS, ASPARAGUS, AND ROUND AND ROMA TOMATOES.
FLORIDA NORMALLY IS A MAJOR SUPPLIER FOR THESE ITEMS AS WELL BUT THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN STRUCK WITH SEVERE FREEZE DAMAGE IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY AND UP UNTIL NOW HAVE HAD TO PURCHASE PRODUCT OUT OF MEXICO TO FILL THEIR COMMITMENTS, THAT IS NO LONGER AND OPTION.
WITH THE SERIES OF WEATHER DISASTERS THAT HAS OCCURRED IN BOTH OF THESE MAJOR GROWING AREAS WE WILL EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATE VOLATILE PRICES, EXPECTED LIMITED AVAILABILITY, AND MEDIOCRE QUALITY AT BEST. THIS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON SUPPLIES, BUT BECAUSE OF VERY STRONG BLOSSOM DROPS, THIS WILL ALSO IMPACT SUPPLIES 30 – 60 DAYS FROM NOW.
SOME GROWERS ARE MEETING WITH THEIR BOARDS RIGHT NOW TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY RE-PLANT, HOPING FOR A HARVEST BY LATE-MARCH-TOEARLY-APRIL, OR WHETHER THEY SHOULD DISC THE FIELDS UNDER AND WAIT FOR ANOTHER SEASON.
Source: Sysco Release/Memo: Mexico Freeze [PDF]
Now might be a good time to hit the frozen foods (or fresh produce if you’ve got a vacuum sealer) aisle at your local grocery store and stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies, as there may be a severe supply crunch coming in the next couple weeks lasting perhaps several months. Why pay premium prices later when you can prepare yourself today, before the rest of the country gets wind of it.
The February 8, 2011 memo from Sysco Corporation comes on the heels of a report the day prior suggesting that Sysco will be forced to raise prices on foods ranging from dairy to meats (and probably grains, based on this report and chart) as a result of higher raw material costs and margin compression:
Higher raw material costs have pressured companies across sectors, and many of them, including Kellogg Co the world’s largest breakfast cereal company, raised prices to combat rising ingredient costs.
Sysco shares were down more than 6 percent on Monday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange.
On a call with analysts, the company said a double digit price rise in meat, dairy and seafood — categories that account for one-third of its sales — created substantial margin pressures.
“It is unlikely that these pressures are going to subside near term,” Morning Star analyst Erin Sherin said, “This is in stark contrast to the 3.5 percent deflation Sysco was experiencing in the year-ago quarter.”
Food inflation is a mounting worry globally. A recent study on global food prices by a U.N. agency showed they hit their highest level on record in January, and are set to worsen after a massive snowstorm in the United States and floods in Australia.
Sysco CEO Bill DeLaney said, “Recovery and to some extent, (its) financial results may be somewhat choppy due to the economic challenges that consumers continue to face.”
We previously warned readers (Agflation Goes Retail and Broke and Hungry: This Chart Says It All) to expect this very effect of margin compression to hit consumers in coming weeks and months. Sysco has now essentially confirmed that their prices are going up, which means your prices at local grocery stores are headed north. And you can bet that if their raw material costs are up double digit percentage points, your retail prices will be as well.
The strategy we outlined in January of 2010 – Buy Commodities at Today’s Lower Prices, Consume at Tomorrow’s Higher Prices – may have sounded a bit doom and gloomish to some, but considering what has transpired in commodity markets and the food production sector, it was and still remains a viable investment strategy. While day traders and stock brokers on Wall Street exchange ETF’s and commodity options, we recommend to those of our readers who could care less about paper financial markets, to buy real food and store it for the longer term. Prices will likely continue to rise, and holding your own food stores gives you peace of mind knowing there is no counter-party risk, as you have the physical asset in your possession, ready for consumption or trade at a time of your choosing.
I hope you have heeded out warnings and have at least some food stocks in your pantry!
As we have been saying, food prices are going to continue to go up. This statistic is telling you that they will go up EVERYWHERE!
Thus, we will most likely continue to also see more instability worldwide, especially in countries whose people make very low wages and any food price increases hit them very hard. When you make little money a price increase in food can mean you go hungry more often…
As we have seen in several Mid Eastern countries this can push people right over the edge, get them out in the streets demanding change…unfortunately this can also mean much worse circumstances for the people as the regime changes create a power vacuum that can translate into breakdowns in the food delivery systems and payment systems that insure food and the money to pay for it!
Folks, these are very good indicators that community is so important especially in this situations. People will have to rely on their neighbors and immediate community to insure a minimum of suffering.
World food prices hit record high
London (CNN) — World food prices rose to an all-time high in January, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The FAO’s Food Price Index measures the cost of a basket of basic food supplies — sugar, cereals, dairy, oils and fats and meat — across the globe.
The index rose by 3.4% in January — the seventh monthly increase in a row — to its highest level since records began in 1990.
The cost of sugar, cereals, dairy and oils and fats all went up last month, while meat prices remained steady.
FAO economist Abdolreza Abbassian said high prices were likely to persist in the months to come.
Rising commodities costs are one of the major factors behind a growing wave of civil unrest across the Middle East and North Africa.
If prices remain high it will be just a matter of months before the world’s poor are hit by another major food price crisis
–Chris Leather, Oxfam
* UN Food and Agriculture Organization
“High food prices are of major concern especially for low-income food deficit countries that may face problems financing food imports, and for poor households which spend a large share of their income on food,” said Abbassian.
Responding to the FAO’s announcement, Oxfam said the latest price rises “should ring alarm bells in capitals around the world.”
“If prices remain high it will be just a matter of months before the world’s poor are hit by another major food price crisis,” said Chris Leather, the charity’s policy advisor. Governments need to act now and act together to stop the rot.
“High global food prices risk hunger for millions of people. Poor people in developing countries spend up to 80% of their income on food. For them high food prices mean selling off their land or sacrificing their child’s education simply to put food on the table.”
Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, economist Nouriel Roubini warned that rapidly rising food prices posed a serious threat to global stability.
“What has happened in Tunisia and is happening right now in Egypt, but also the riots in Morocco, Algeria, Pakistan, are related not only to high unemployment rates and to income and wealth inequality, but also to the very sharp rise in food and commodity prices,” he told CNN.
What have you done lately to create community?
Must be noticeable now that MSM has been steadily reporting on the food supply situation globally. I am getting increasingly concerned about this and would urge you to look a bit forward now that several countries have been hit with flooding and/or other natural disasters and what that will mean for all of us down the road, and not in the too far distant future.
Global food chain stretched to the limit
Soaring prices spark fears of social unrest in developing world
Strained by rising demand and battered by bad weather, the global food supply chain is stretched to the limit, sending prices soaring and sparking concerns about a repeat of food riots last seen three years ago.
Signs of the strain can be found from Australia to Argentina, Canada to Russia.
On Thursday, Tunisia’s president ordered prices on food staples slashed and indicated he won’t run for re-election after deadly riots hit the North African country.
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“We are entering a danger territory,” Abdolreza Abbassian, chief economist at the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said last week.
The U.N.’s fear is that the latest run-up in food prices could spark a repeat of the deadly food riots that broke out in 2008 in Haiti, Kenya and Somalia. That price spike was relatively short-lived. But Abbassian said the latest surge in food stuffs may be more sustained.
“Situations have changed. The supply/demand structures have changed,” Abbassian told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. last week. “Certainly the kind of weather developments we have seen makes us worry a little bit more that it may last much, much longer. Are we prepared for it? Really this is the question.”
Price for grains and other farm products began rising last fall after poor harvests in Canada, Russia and Ukraine tightened global supplies. More recently, hot, dry weather in South America has cut production in Argentina, a major soybean exporter. This month’s flooding in Australia wiped out much of that countries wheat crop.
As supplies tighten, prices surge. Earlier this month, the FAO said its food price index jumped 32 percent in the second half of 2010, soaring past the previous record set in 2008.
Prices rose again this week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture cut back its already-tight estimate of grain inventories. Estimated reserves of corn were cut to about half the level in storage at the start of the 2010 harvest; soybean reserves are at the lowest levels in three decades, the USDA estimates, in part because of heavy buying by China. The ratio of stocks to demand is expected to fall later this year to “levels unseen since the mid-1970s,” the agency said.
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“I haven’t seen numbers this low that I can remember in the last 20 or 30 years,” said Dennis Conley, an agricultural economist at the University of Nebraska. “We are at record low stocks. So if there any kind of glitch at all in the U.S. weather, supplies are going to remain tighter and we might see even higher prices.”
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Higher oil prices are also pushing up the cost of food — in two ways. First, the added shipping cost raises the delivered price of agricultural products. Higher oil prices also divert more crops like corn and soybeans to biofuel production, further tightening supplies for livestock feed and human consumption. Conley estimates that more than a third of the corn produced in the U.S is now used to make ethanol.
Despite tightening supplies, the rise in food prices has been much tamer in the developed world. On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the food component of the Producer Price Index rose just 0.8 percent in December. For all of 2010, food prices at the producer level rose 3.5 percent.
The reason for the modest price rise in the U.S.? People living in developed countries eat more processed foods, which are typically made from fewer raw materials.
“In this country, a much higher proportion of your food dollar is spent on processing, advertising and promotion and marketing,” said Tom Jackson, a senior economist with Global Insight. “There’s not really that margin built in between the farmer and the consumer in the developing countries.”
Food price spikes hit less-developed countries much harder because a greater share of per capita income — half or more — goes to pay for food. U.S. consumers, on the other hand, spend an average of about 13 percent of disposable income on food.
The impact of higher prices is blunted somewhat in countries that subsidize food to stabilize costs, but the trend in prices may make those subsidies unsustainable. Last month, Iran deployed squads of riot police to maintain order after slashing subsidies for food and gasoline. In September, 13 people were killed in street fighting in Mozambique after the government cut subsidies it could no longer afford, sparking a 30 percent rise in bread prices.
Though strong global demand and tight supplies are bringing misery to some poor countries, the price surge is a sign of improving conditions in emerging economies. That’s because increased demand is caused in part to rapidly rising standards of living, according to David Malpass, president of economic research firm Encima Global.
“Some of the gains in prices in Brazil and India are because people are better off,” he said “So we have to expect some inflation in those countries as people earn more and more per year.”
The powers that be are worried about the ‘social unrest’ that could follow, will most certainly follow food shortages. As Gerald Celente says…when people have nothing to lose they generally LOST IT!
Flooding has reached epic proportions in many places and the suffering is enormous. More suffering is predicted as the floods may cause food shortages in the affected areas. Millions are affected…in Brazil, Australia and Sri Lanka.
These are added to the list of horrible tragedies, Haiti (still suffering the aftermath of the earthquake and now cholera), Chile, volcanoes going off everywhere and Brazil.
Folks these events sure seem to be ‘heating up’ if you ask me. It is enough to get the attention of even the casual observer!
Be Prepared is the motto of the times.
The food shortages that we have been warning about are beginning to show up all over the world and rioting is the consequence in many of these countries.
We see a series of articles posted on BBC that speak of these things. If you think we are immune, please reconsider…it could save your life.
First story is China, click here
Second story is on riots in Tunisia, click here
Third story is on riots in Algeria, click here
I urge everyone to look at these countries and imagine the impact when food is scarce around here!
This is a great article and interview by Mike Adams with a ‘real’ farmer. The upshot is that this new food bill will negatively affect small, local farmers. They are pulling back already in anticipation of all the new regulations…just what the big boys wanted!
CONGRESS HAS SOLD US OUT ONCE AGAIN!
How the Food Safety Modernization Act will destroy American jobs, farms and local foods
(NaturalNews) How will the new Food Safety Modernization Act actually impact small, local farmers who grow food for CSA’s, local restaurants and grocers? To find out, I took a road trip to Texas and interviewed several small, local farmers to ask them, face to face, how the S.510 Food Safety Modernization Act would impact them.
I spoke to Farmer Brad from HomeSweetFarm.com and captured the conversation on video. You can watch it here:
Here’s a quick excerpt from our conversation about S.510 and the small farm exemption in the Tester Amendment:
Farmer Brad: To me, that’s so un-American to say hey, you’re going to stay in this box, and you can never grow your business bigger than that. $500,000 [in revenue] is your cap.
Health Ranger: It’s destroying farming jobs.
Farmer Brad: It has made us start to totally re-look at our business plans and how we’re going to sell our food. We’re no longer going to sell wholesale, no longer going to sell to chefs or restaurants, it’s consumer direct only.
Health Ranger: So you’re actually pulling back from some of your expansion plans?
Farmer Brad: We are. We have actually, this last year as we’ve been watching this happen, we’ve been putting plans on hold, and pulling back our business… so again, that’s how this is going to affect the local food system.
Health Ranger: Right.
Farmer Brad: Because we don’t want to get too successful.
Watch the complete interview here:
If you ever wonder who is destroying America’s economy…
The answer, of course, is the U.S. Congress. By slapping onerous new paperwork and reporting requirements on small farmers (who aren’t even the source of the food problem to begin with), the U.S. Congress is forcing farmers out of business and causing agriculture jobs to be shifted to Mexico and elsewhere.
When you hear American farmers saying they are going to “scale back” their businesses because they “don’t want to get too successful” (to fall under the authority of expanded FDA tyranny over the food supply), you know the country is headed for economic disaster.
America was once founded on ideas of opportunity and that hard work is supposed to pay off. People who invest in their small businesses and grow them should be rewarded, not punished. But now, thanks to the U.S. Congress and the Food Safety Modernization Act, small farmers who find even a little bit of success selling food (because selling $500,000 worth of food is still a very small scale operation, and the actual profit on that might only be $50,000 for a full year of work) are about to find themselves punished for being successful.
So much for free enterprise in America. So much for local food production. Watch for food prices to skyrocket in the coming years, and watch as America’s local food security collapses under the iron fist of the FDA driving small farmers out of business.
But that’s what the empire wants, of course: Complete control over food production so that people are forced to buy their food from the sources Big Government tells them to. Those monopolistic sources are, of course, the powerful, centralized mega-corporations planting GMO crops and spraying them with chemical pesticides. Thanks to the FSMA, we are now living under a bona-fide system of food fascism.
But don’t take my word for it: Ask the farmers yourself! That’s what I’ve been doing, and their answers reveal a disturbing truth: America’s food security is headed South.
Watch my interview with Farmer Brad here:
And it might be a good idea to start buying some heirloom seeds while you still can, by the way. Before long, local food prices are going to skyrocket, and you’ll need to grow some portion of your own diet. That is, unless you want to eat mega-corporate “food” sprayed with Roundup and containing transgenic “biotechnology” approved by the FDA.
I bet that makes you hungry just thinking about it. GMO corn, anyone?
Once again we see the vigilant continue to watch for and unfortunately find toxic signs in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill. Now add continued contamination of Gulf Seafood to the list of damages to the environment.
This list is not quite extensive, but not making any headlines in MSM…no small wonder now that the BP hack in charge of the ‘fund’ is saying it is too large…meaning BP will probably try to get the ‘leftovers’ returned.
Parent alert: New report confirms poisoned Gulf seafood (video)
Scientists have released a new report on results of testing Louisiana seafood that further confirms the present dangerous human health situation, especially to children, not just in the Gulf region but throughout the nation, as reported by other doctors such as Dr. Rodney Soto.
The new report by Wilma Subra, the seasoned Louisiana environmentalist featured in Sophie McNeill’s special SBS TV program, Dateline, in Australia, is entitled, Results of sampling performed by the Lower Mississippi River Keeper from Atchafalaya Bay eastward to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line, in the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas of Louisiana.
Subra of Subra Company, Paul Orr of the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper and Michael Orr of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) conducted the study in response to the Gulf of Mexico operation. The team has performed monitoring, sampling and analysis of the environment and seafood in the coastal estuaries and wetlands of Louisiana for health impacts.
Beginning immediately after the Deepwater Horizon explosion resulting in the largest man-made catastrophe in recorded history, the team has conducted “physical and chemical field sampling and analysis of the wetlands and ecosystems, along the coast of Louisiana” since August 2, 2010.
“The field sampling has been performed and continues to be performed on an ongoing basis since August 2, 2010, from Atchafalaya Bay eastward to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line,” according to the report.
“Alkylated PAHs were and continue to be detected in aquatic seafood species from the wetlands and estuaries along the Louisiana coast from Atchafalaya Bay eastward to the Louisiana/Mississippi border.”
Oysters, blue crab, shrimp, mussels, fish and snails are all contaminated according to the tests.
“Wetlands and ecosystem soil/sediment samples and aquatic tissue samples from all areas sampled contained Alkylated PAHs and Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons.”
No safe levels of toxins
Benzene, C6H6, the simplest aromatic hydrocarbon, is of course, “one of the most highly carcinogenic compounds that we come into contact with in our lives. Period, end of story. It’s unbelievably dangerous,” stated the writer’s colleague, Mr. Jeff Rense in the Rense Radio Network November 17 interview with Dr. Rodney Soto, the “Gulf Hero Doctor.”
Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor that evaporates quickly when exposed to air.
When Mr. Rense said, “I don’t think there are any safe levels of benzene,” Dr. Soto replied, “That’s correct.”
Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), also called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, “are among the most widespread organic pollutants, remaining on beaches and marine environmentals for a long time after an oil spill. Recent investigations have concluced that their toxicity is up to 100 times worse than first assumed.” (Wikipedia)
“You know, at any levels…if you talk to environmental doctors, any levels of any toxins are not acceptable, whether it’s a tiny amount or one part per billion, or .5 – it’s toxic,” stated Mr. Rense.
Dr. Soto has explained that eating tainted Gulf seafood is the most “detrimental and fearful” way people will be poisoned:
“And then of course the GI tract, because we’re talking about shrimp, we’re talking about fish, seafood, oysters, you name it. Any food from the Gulf that is already being distributed in restaurants and nationwide—that’s going to be the most detrimental and most fearful way to get these compounds to not only children certainly adults—the seafood.”
“These compounds are fat soluble,” said Dr. Soto, explaining that among other places the toxins injure is the brain because the brain is 70% fat.
“That’s a very important point. These compounds are fat soluble. And, when we’re talking about the fat in the body, we’re not just talking about the fat in our bellies or places where we don’t like them, but rather critical organs in our systems that are lipid-based or they are made of fat, which is the brain. The brain is 70% of fat, then you have the glands, like the thyroid…”
“And if they do go to the fat cells, therein lie one certain vector for eventual cancer, because these things accumulate and concentrate in the fat cells, and then you have genetic damage and mutagenic cell growth.” (Rense)
The new LEAN report includes the following analysis:
“Oyster: Oyster samples have contaminated with up to 8,815 to 12,500 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons. The oyster samples have also contained up the 4 Alkylated PAHs, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene, and Pyrene in concentrations of 1.4 to 63 ug/kg.
Blue Crab: Blue crab samples have contained up to 2,230 to 3,583 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and up to 4 Alkylated PAHs, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene and Pyrene in concentrations from 84.6 to 162 ug/kg.
Shrimp: Shrimp samples have contained up to 8,356 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and 5 Alkylated PAHs, Anthracene, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene and Pyrene up to 69.4 ug/kg.
Mussel: A mussel sample was contaminated with 6,900 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and the Alkylated PAHs Anthracene, 2-Methylnaphthalene, Naphthalene, and Phenanthrene at a total concentration of 386 ug/kg.
Fish, Crab and Snail: Samples of fin fish, fiddler crab, hermit crab and snail contained up to 21,575 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and the Alkylated PAH Phenanthrene.”
Dr. Subra reports, “A number of additional tissue samples are currently being analyzed and will be reported in the near future.”
Extreme health hazard for children
In the November 17 interview with Dr. Rodney Soto, Mr. Rense stated, “When you have upper respiratory issues, sinus, all the way, bronchial, down into the lungs, that is not viral, not bacterial, but being caused by toxicity, poison, you can’t prescribe an antibiotic for that except as a backup to hope and prevent secondary bacterial infections… You can’t go to a pharmacy to cure that easily… Cancer is going to surge.”
“it’s important nowadays that people who had not even have symptoms that are classically recognized, the ones I mentioned just a few minutes ago, to get tested and to be aware of things like this can affect their long -term health.
Dr. Soto’s following words in the Rense interview are possibly the most important that Gulf Coast parents could hear:
“Children are very susceptible, or I would say more susceptible, to the effects of the petroleum derivatives, because of their liver detox capability is less than an adult. Their brain is also developing, and their immune system is developing. So they’re gonna be affected several-fold more than an adult who is being exposed to the same amount of toxin.”
“What an astonishing crime this government—yet another astonishing crime this government has committed by clearing the seafood, obviously tainted, to be consumed by people,” said Mr. Rense.
“They just don’t care about human life. There’s no other way to define it. They don’t care! It’s all about cover-up, it’s all about money, it’s all about keeping them looking good, and keeping the people in the dark…”
Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper
Special Broadcasting Service
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This story is yet another heartbreaker when it comes to our beautiful natural resources that are continually under assault. When will we learn not to destroy our nest?
In not unsurprising news for anyone that has read this blog, food prices worldwide have risen yet again. Now, according to the world bank and U.N., to levels that precipitated rioting in 3rd world countries when these same levels were reached several years back.
We will see these price increases here in the United States as well. I suspect that we will see a lot of things here that will be unwelcome though not unexpected by this blogger or hopefully our readers!
To make matters worse, the spin this New Year, is to paint roses on piles of ____! 25% youth unemployment, 20% plus real unemployment across the board with over 6 million people on unemployment for more than 1 year…so what happens to all those unemployed folks when the benefits are gone at 99 weeks (just raised again)? Home prices weak and falling, banks unwilling to renegotiate ‘bad’ loans even if they should…
Lots of issues here on the downside with some good news on the employment front, not near enough in my opinion, and manufacturing. THE PROBLEM IS NOT BUSINESS, IT IS THE DEBT!! And debt in quantities unheard of before!
World Food Prices Surge to Record, Passing Levels That Sparked 2008 Riots
By Rudy Ruitenberg – Jan 5, 2011 5:24 AM MT
World food prices rose to a record in December on higher sugar, grain and oilseed costs, the United Nations said, exceeding levels reached in 2008 that sparked deadly riots from Haiti to Egypt.
An index of 55 food commodities tracked by the Food and Agriculture Organization gained for a sixth month to 214.7 points, above the previous all-time high of 213.5 in June 2008, the Rome-based UN agency said in a monthly report. The gauges for sugar and meat prices advanced to records.
Sugar climbed for a third year in a row in 2010, and corn jumped the most in four years in Chicago. Food prices may rise more unless the world grain crop increases “significantly” in 2011, the FAO said Nov. 17. At least 13 people died last year in Mozambique in protests against plans to lift bread prices.
“There is still, unfortunately, the potential for grain prices to strengthen on the back of a lot of uncertainty,” Abdolreza Abbassian, senior economist at the FAO, said by phone from Rome today. “If anything goes wrong with the South American crop, there is plenty of room for them to increase.”
White, or refined, sugar traded at $752.70 a metric ton at 11:53 a.m. on NYSE Liffe in London, compared with $383.70 at the end of June 2008. Corn, which added 52 percent last year on the Chicago Board of Trade, was at $6.01 a bushel, down from $7.57 in June 2008. Soybeans were at $13.6325 a bushel, against $15.74 at the close of June 2008.
Demand From China
The cost of food climbed 25 percent from a year earlier in December, based on the FAO figures, after Chinese demand strengthened and Russia’s worst drought in a half-century devastated grain crops. The agency’s food-price indicator rose from 206 points in November.
Last month’s year-on-year rise compares with the 43 percent jump in food costs in June 2008. Record fuel prices, weather- related crop problems, increasing demand from the growing Indian and Chinese middle classes, and the push to grow corn for ethanol fuel all contributed to the crisis that year.
“In 2008 we had rapid increases in petroleum prices, fertilizer prices and other inputs,” Abbassian said. “So far, those increases have been rather constrained. It doesn’t really reduce the fear about what could be in store in the coming weeks or months.”
New York-traded crude was last at $88.44 a barrel, compared with $140 at the end of June 2008. Bulk urea pellets, used in fertilizer as a source of nitrogen, were at $320 a ton in the last week of December, against $460 in June 2008.
9.1 Billion People
Global food production will have to rise 70 percent by 2050 as the world population expands to 9.1 billion people from about 6.8 billion people in 2010, the FAO has said.
In response to the 2008 crisis, countries from India and Egypt to Vietnam and Indonesia banned exports of rice, a staple for half the world. Skyrocketing food prices sparked protests and riots in almost three dozen poor nations including Haiti, Somalia, Burkina Faso and Cameroon.
Sugar and oilseeds have a disproportionate effect on the FAO’s food index because it’s based on trade values for commodities, Abbassian said. The price of staples including rice is lower than in 2008, he said. Rough rice last traded at $13.90 per 100 pounds in Chicago, compared with $20.21 at the end of June 2008.
“If you want to see the index as a barometer of food crisis, I’m not so sure this is the right thing to do,” Abbassian said. “In the previous episode, really the main driver in food commodities was cereals. This time around, look at sugar and oilseeds.”
Compared with 2007-2008, many poor countries had “good or above-average” cereal harvests last year, the economist said. Production problems took place in grain-exporting countries, and “supply at hand should be adequate,” he said.
The FAO’s gauge for sugar prices reached 398.4 points last month, increasing from 373.4 in November. The meat-price index rose to 142.2 points from 141.5.
The agency’s cereal-price index jumped to 237.6 points in December, the highest level since August 2008, from 223.3 the previous month. The indicator for cooking oils advanced to 263 points, the highest since July 2008, from 243.3. The index for dairy prices rose to 208.4 points from 207.8.
Global grain output will have to rise at least 2 percent this year to meet demand in 2011-2012 and avoid further depletion of stocks, the UN agency has said.
The basis for the FAO index is 2002-04. The gauge includes commodity quotations that the agency considers representative for international food prices.
“The real uncertainty and problem is the 2011-2012 market,” Abbassian said. “We are at a very high level. If it’s further up than this, then you really begin to be concerned.”
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I would really stay closely tuned in for the next 3 months at least. I feel something could happen that will be the big wake up call for Americans and people world wide! Don’t know what that is but feel something is amiss!
So now they are saying the flu outbreak in the UK is worsening and more vaccinations are urged. Now the health minister is considering ordering vaccinations.
We must watch this and weep. Why? The new ‘food safety’ bill that passed last week will eventually take from us the very herbs and supplements that are missing in the UK now! UK has adopted Codex and some very peculiar rules to ‘govern’ (read eliminate) certain herbs from use, herbs that could be useful in combating the flu.
We must educate our state reps and have this bill remain where it should, on the shelf in D.C.!
Government told to vaccinate millions more against flu
• Lansley accused of U-turn as campaign is restarted
• Tory MP warns health secretary over NHS reforms
Health secretary Andrew Lansley was tonight under pressure to get a grip on the winter flu outbreak, amid warnings that millions more people need to be vaccinated in order to prevent a mounting toll of deaths.
Lansley was accused of a U-turn as he reinstated a public health advertising campaign after he was warned by government advisers of the need to improve immunisation rates which are at their lowest this winter for many years.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the government’s advisers on vaccines to prevent serious illness, said 16 million Britons are at serious risk from flu. The committee said a greater uptake of the flu jab was vital among groups including pregnant women, those with breathing conditions such as asthma, and people with diabetes or heart, liver or kidney disease.
Lansley reinstated the national Catch It, Bin It, Kill It advertising campaign. It had been discontinued despite helping educate the public to adopt good hygiene habits during last year’s H1N1 swine flu epidemic at a cost of just £609,000.
He has been criticised for not instigating the campaign to urge everyone at risk to get a seasonal flu jab from their GP, for ending the Catch It publicity drive, and for not ensuring that all under-fives were offered the vaccine.
But the JCVI ruled out the need for under-fives to be added to the list of those advised to get routinely vaccinated, and said there was not enough evidence to justify recommending that switch.
There were 12 more deaths in the last week from flu, bringing the total this winter to 39, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said today. Thirty-six of them were killed by H1N1 swine flu, which is the most virulent of the two main flu strains currently circulating. The other three died after contracting Influenza B, the other strain. All except one of the 39 were under 65 and four were under five, which underlined how the dominance of this winter’s flu by H1N1 means it is mainly affecting groups other than the elderly.
Significantly, 23 of 38 of the fatalities belonged to one of the clinical “at risk” groups whose health is at potentially serious risk if they get infected. And only two out of 33 had received a winter flu jab recently, despite their vulnerable health status, the HPA confirmed.
His radical plans to restructure the NHS in England are also under fresh scrutiny. Writing in the Guardian, Conservative MP and ex-GP Sarah Wollaston warns that they run the risk of ending with the NHS in England being privatised – as critics, including some doctors and the main health unions, have alleged.
Wollaston, a member of the Commons health select committee, is the first Tory MP to raise such public and serious concerns about the health service shake-up.
With experts predicting the next few days will bring the peak of this winter’s flu season there were signs that the NHS is under growing pressure. The number of people receiving critical care in hospital, mainly because their breathing has been badly affected by flu, leapt from 460 to 738 in the last week – a rise of over 50%. Arrowe Park hospital, in Merseyside, has stopped allowing visitors to come and see patients in a bid to ensure that patients are kept as clear of flu as possible.
The expert committee held a teleconference after the Department of Health (DH) asked them to review whether the existing vaccination policy, which has been subjected to serious criticism in recent days, needed to change. They said: “It would be hoped that influenza circulation will have subsided within a month. The greatest gain will be achieved in increasing vaccine uptake in the clinical risk groups.” These groups total some 14.5 million people in England alone, and about 16m in the UK.
Lansley’s Labour counterpart, John Healey, said: “I welcome Andrew Lansley’s U-turn on the use of a public advertising campaign to help tackle the flu crisis. The health secretary made a serious misjudgment when he axed the annual autumn advertising campaign to help public understanding of this flu and boost vaccinations for those most at risk. At a time when the NHS is stretched and playing catch up, the decision he has taken today is better late than never.”
“With Britain about to go back to school and work after the Christmas and New Year break, I welcome Andrew Lansley’s change of mind on public advertising to back up the efforts of doctors, nurses and midwives to boost flu-jab protection for the groups most at risk and to advise people on how to deal with those in the family who have flu.”
Lansley is about to overhaul both the NHS and public health budgets which will see GPs commission £80bn of healthcare. Wollaston writes: “I received an email this week asking me to stop the privatisation of the NHS. The coalition is not privatising the NHS, but it is in danger of failing to make that clear.”
She predicts that none of her former profession will be prepared to commission care, and will increasingly hand the process over to private providers, who are better able to navigate the new system. She says most GPs do not want the role Lansley is carving out for them and points to parts of the country where clinical excellence is being achieved “without the need for a revolution”.
Have you begun to load up on herbs and supplements that would likely become outlawed with the ‘harmonization’ of Codex in this country?