As oil prices decline the price of gas in California continues to set new highs, record highs! You would be wise to ask why.
The reason for this is the ‘outages’ in several refineries in the state. One outage was a power failure that caused the Exxon refinery in Torrence to shut down. With this and other outages at other refineries happening the supply of gas has all but dried up with many gas stations closing as they can’t pay more for their product than customers can pay. This phenomena is not limited to ‘mom and pop’ shops but extends all the way to Costco…
This is yet another example of just how fragile our entire supply chain is in this country and how there are many things that one can do to better prepare for these type events, something that not everyone is prepared to do. After all, preparing for these events is just plain crazy right?
WRONG, it is just good common sense to put up a few extra groceries, water and other items one might need to exist without unnecessary hardship should something come to pass. Here in the mountains of Colorado the occasional snow storm can all but prevent the food trucks from resupplying the stores and believe me those stores empty out in just a couple of days. Almost everyone I know stocks up on basic food items just in case!
A supply chain disruption can be caused by so many things as evidenced by this recent event in CA. Add to that natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and the like that can destroy roads, refineries, dams and nuclear plants that generate power and can also generate huge swaths of destruction should something happen to them.
Once the chain is disrupted expect shortages in just about anything you can imagine as most everything we consume comes from somewhere else! Higher prices will just be a natural consequence of these shortages.
In short, be rational and be prepared.
Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.
Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world’s leading water scientists.
“There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.
After the stormy weather several weeks ago we should all be aware that food shortages can happen even when there is food in a state near you. Without electricity grocery stores can’t offer many types of food for very long and then, well no more food until the juice comes back.
Now with a late frost that damaged the wheat crop and the drought that is just baking the corn crops, we might see some folks panic that just assume that food will be available. World-wide there will be food shortages and sadly many people in some countries will starve.
Our food stocks in this country are low and will prevent us from exporting our normal allotment which will make the food issues even worse in the poorer countries that really need more food!
I suspect that we will see some pretty awful consequences of this drought as we go through the summer. Apart from the crop failures, we have already seen the worst forest fire season in decades! The economic effects of these fires is pretty high and will cost us all in increased premiums on our insurance for years to come!
I would ask each and everyone of the readers here: Are you prepared for a food shortage? Can you supplement with your own food stocks in the event that food is rationed? If your answer is no, then you had best get prepared and store some good, healthy and nutritious foods.
We could very well be headed towards this scenario of anarchy…just look at the global situation and how what everyone keeps trying to deny is happening everywhere, including here in the U.S. (referring to the protests in WI over the teacher unions). The people are finding their voice and being heard now.
I expect that we will continue to see more ‘social unrest’ as the days, weeks and months go by…if this is indeed the case and we have already seen some serious spikes in prices for food and gas…what do you think more of this will look like for you and your family?
I urge everyone to store some food and water there is nothing crazy about that!
Connecting the dots to anarchy
Last year here in north Idaho, my garden failed. Miserably.
Not from lack of trying. But after having the “winter of no winter” (very little snow), we also had the “summer of no summer.” Well into the third week of June, the cold and rainy conditions made it nearly impossible for vegetables to grow.
It was a harsh lesson in some ways. Right now a garden’s failure is merely an inconvenience. But in times past, a garden’s failure could be catastrophic. After all, the French Revolution was triggered in large part because people were starving. Some say the recent riots in Egypt were fueled by surging wheat prices.
Keep this in mind for a moment as we review some recent headlines:
* A leading U.K. scientist warned about a threat of food riots around the world unless research into increasing crop yields is stepped up.
* A severe drought is threatening to destroy China’s wheat crop. Emergency measures to divert water for irrigation are leaving nearly 3 million people short of drinking water. “China’s grain situation is critical to the rest of the world – if they are forced to go out on the market to procure adequate supplies for their population, it could send huge shock waves through the world’s grain markets,” said Robert S. Zeigler.
* Global food prices have hit “dangerous levels” that could contribute to political instability, push millions of people into poverty and raise the cost of groceries. The USDA predicted last week U.S. corn farmers will have 675 million bushels of corn at the end of August, before next year’s harvest begins. That’s just an 18-day supply.
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Of course it’s not just food that’s an issue. What about debt?
* President Obama’s budget, released Monday, was conceived as a blueprint for future spending, but it also paints the bleakest picture yet of the current fiscal year, which is on track for a record federal deficit and will see the government’s overall debt surpass the size of the total U.S. economy.
* The chances of a government shutdown are on the rise.
* Silver is spiking.
* Like it or not, unemployment is at 17.3 percent, not the relatively soothing 9 percent we’re being spoon-fed by the mainstream media.
* Just four years ago, our budget deficit ($161 billion in 2007) was 10 percent of what it is today ($1.65 trillion).
British columnist Andrew Simms isn’t afraid to state the obvious: “This year is the 10th anniversary of the fuel protests [when protesters blockaded British oil refineries, bringing the supply of fuels to gas stations to a halt], when supermarket bosses sat with ministers and civil servants in Whitehall warning that there were just three days of food left. We were, in effect, nine meals from anarchy. Suddenly, the apocalyptic visions of novelists and filmmakers seemed less preposterous. Civilization’s veneer may be much thinner than we like to think.”
Are you connecting the dots yet? This is the elephant in the room that everyone refuses to see: We’re not as secure in this country as the government and mainstream media would like us to believe. There are sporadic news reports about dire possibilities, but few people are willing to connect the dots on the individual level. And yet it’s well-documented that America, too, has a mere three day supply of food in stores, thanks to just-in-time deliveries and the efficiency of modern-day transportation and manufacturing systems. America itself remains a mere nine meals from anarchy.
What this means, of course, is just what it says: After three days with no food, the veneer of civilization breaks down and people will commit just about any violence necessary to secure some food for themselves and their families. Remember Katrina?
Except for localized disasters, how long has it been since we’ve had food shortages in America? Certainly not in my lifetime. For too long, our complacent, secure nation has viewed resource troubles as someone else’s problem. There is a subtle underlying ethno-superiority when it comes to addressing scarcity. It’s always “those people” (in other countries) who suffer, not us. We’re Americans. We’re better. We have our benevolent government to save us.
Lulled by entitlements that have pervaded our nation in the past few decades, we believe we will always have food. So we sit. And wait. And fold our hands. And refuse to help ourselves. And stay vulnerable.
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Meanwhile, a 50-pound bag of rice can still be bought for about $25 and a 50-pound bag of beans for less. A hundred pounds of rice and beans will last someone a long time. That kind of food security is affordable for nearly every citizen in this country, especially since food – right now – is still relatively cheap and available.
Yet anyone who preaches about keeping a full pantry is endlessly mocked and ridiculed as a right-wing extremist, a fear-monger and even a domestic terrorist. For centuries, a full pantry was simply a sensible precaution against the inevitable variations in weather and personal economic conditions. But America has developed a sense of arrogance and an “it can’t happen to me” attitude – coupled with an astounding ignorance of basic survival skills – that bodes ill for when disaster strikes. And history shows that sooner or later it will strike.
What worries me about this attitude is that when food shortages hit on a long-term basis or when unemployment spikes beyond the government’s ability to provide, hungry folks will listen to anyone who claims to have the ability to solve their problems and blame others for causing the hunger.
If money is worthless and food is hard to come by, how long before we react with fear and anger? How long before we’re willing to blame anyone and anything? How long before some charismatic leader assures us that he can solve all our problems? How long before violence erupts?
Can’t happen here? Don’t fool yourself. Hunger has no nationality. It doesn’t belong to any skin color, language or culture. Buy food now – because when the pantry is truly empty, it’s too late.
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Again I would urge everyone to begin to store some foods and water. Enerfood and a Berkey water purifier would be great ways to start. Sprouting seeds are also wonderful and everyone should have them!
Once again more news from the elites giving you fair waring that food prices are going to continue to rise…and rise quickly. Coffee prices are soaring as well as all food commodities. I personally am astounded at how fast this is happening.
As prices rise you will see more food riots worldwide and probably some wars over land to use for growing food. We are not immune, our food prices have increased dramatically over the past year and will continue to do so for quite some time. Our currency will not help us and will in fact cause a faster increase in prices here.
We must get ready to manage our food chain and community locally, the central government cannot do this for us! In fact, in my opinion, their help would be most unwelcome and inefficient. Think about it, have they demonstrated a penchant for efficiency?
World Bank: Food prices at “dangerous levels”
World Bank report says food prices are at “dangerous levels” after rising 29 percent in a year
WASHINGTON (AP) — World Bank President Robert Zoellick says global food prices have hit “dangerous levels” that could contribute to political instability, push millions of people into poverty and raise the cost of groceries.
The bank says in a new report that global food prices have jumped 29 percent in the past year, and are just 3 percent below the all-time peak hit in 2008. Zoellick says the rising prices have hit people hardest in the developing world because they spend as much as half their income on food.
The World Bank estimates higher prices for corn, wheat and oil have pushed 44 million people into extreme poverty since last June.
Zoellick said he expects food prices to continue to rise, and that export bans and weather disruptions are partly to blame.
Enerfood can extend the life of stored foods by 30% just by using it as a ‘meal’ once a day!
Folks I have just been in touch with a friend in the Mid East and it is much worse than the MSM is letting on. Yes, Egypt is on fire, literally and figuratively, and so are many other countries in the Region.
My friend predicts that Yemen will soon fall. What I was unaware of is now Kuwait will also most likely go as not only are the people fed up with the ruling family but the ruling family themselves are fighting amongst one another.
Then there is Bahrain, a pretty quiet little place which has stayed out of the news more often than not. Pretty liberal place by Mid Eastern standards I would think…massive demonstrations are planned.
What many of the people in these countries do not want to see happen is an Islamic regime where they are told what to think and believe. They prefer a place where freedom of thought and beliefs are welcome. The fear is that this might not happen. That in the chaos of change the more radical, violent and vocal elements will fill the power vacuum.
Let us hope and pray for the good of all people in this region.
The video below is the one that sparked the revolution in Egypt. This was sent to me by another friend in the Mid East.
Folks these are young people that have just had enough!
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!