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7 Reasons Food Shortages Will Become a Global Crisis

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Food inflation is here and it’s here to stay. We can see it getting worse every time we buy groceries. Basic food commodities like wheat, corn, soybeans, and rice have been skyrocketing since July, 2010 to record highs. These sustained price increases are only expected to continue as food production shortfalls really begin to take their toll this year and beyond.

This summer Russia banned exports of wheat to ensure their nation’s supply, which sparked complaints of protectionism. The U.S. agriculture community is already talking about rationing corn over ethanol mandates versus supply concerns. We’ve seen nothing yet in terms of food protectionism.

Global food shortages have forced emergency meetings at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization where they claim “urgent action” is needed. They point to extreme weather as the main contributing factor to the growing food shortages. However, commodity speculation has also been targeted as one of the culprits.

It seems that the crisis would also present the perfect opportunity and the justification for the large GMO food companies to force their products into skeptical markets like in Europe and Japan, as recently leaked cables suggest. One thing is for sure; food shortages will likely continue to get worse and eventually become a full-scale global food crisis.

Here are seven reasons why food shortages are here to stay on a worldwide scale:

1. Extreme Weather: Extreme weather has been a major problem for global food; from summer droughts and heat waves that devastated Russia’s wheat crop to the ongoing catastrophes from ‘biblical flooding’ in Australia and Pakistan. And it doesn’t end there. An extreme winter cold snap and snow has struck the whole of Europe and the United States. Staple crops are failing in all of these regions making an already fragile harvest in 2010 even more critical into 2011. Based on the recent past, extreme weather conditions are only likely to continue and perhaps worsen in the coming years.

2. Bee Colony Collapse: The Guardian reported this week on the USDA’s study on bee colony decline in the United States: “The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades.” It is generally understood that bees pollinate around 90% of the world’s commercial crops. Obviously, if these numbers are remotely close to accurate, then our natural food supply is in serious trouble. Luckily for us, the GMO giants have seeds that don’t require open pollination to bear fruit.

3. Collapsing Dollar: Commodity speculation has resulted in massive food inflation that is already creating crisis levels in poor regions in the world...

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I am skeptical about this.

Food is a renewable resource. Has anyone ever been to a food retail distribution warehouse?

There is enough food in there to tie over a medium sized city for at least a month imo.

I agree with the factors involved but do not think they will appear on a monumental level.

There are suppliers lined up for Wal-mart and others and they can pick and choose and abuse them.

The level of factory farming does guarantee a steady supply albeit not a healthy one.

Moreover, the better weather is arriving and there was lots of moisture this past winter which should help with a good harvest in the Fall.

Perhaps God-foresaken places in the World will get hammered again but as for the West - it should be business as usual. The weak dollar will help US food exports as well.

donvino

Global Food Inflation

Food costs in the U.S. are increasing at a rapid speed. Here is the proof: Global food inflation starting to hit U.S. grocery budgets harder As developing countries improve their living standards, a higher demand for the food items traditionally enjoyed exclusively by Americans is raising the cost for them in the U.S..

Easter Island.

when they collapsed.. A common term used as an insult was "Your mothers flesh has stuck between my teeth"

If you're not particular to cannibalism I suggest you learn to grow crops and read about what all in fact you can eat to survive.

Truth will Come out soon enough.

Here are a few additional

Here are a few additional reasons for the coming food shortages:

1. UG99 wheat stem rust virus. 11 years in and still there is no cure in sight nor resistant strain of wheat found. Additional details at http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/02/ff_ug99_fungus/all/1 and a geographical dated map of UG99 spreading at http://www.wired.com/magazine/wp-content/images/18-03/ff_ug9...

2. Youth in highly populated nations such as China & India moving from life in villages to life in big cities at a significant rate. When these people live in villages they produce their own food. When they live in big cities they get city jobs and consume food that is produced via the commercial / worldwide food supply.

3. People of the third world desire the standard of living that we have enjoyed in the U.S. for so long. Over time, they will increase competition in the markets.

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Wanted to add -- We are also

Wanted to add --

We are also experiencing food shortages in some sense already. Price increases usually will help bring demand into balance with supply. Those among us who cannot afford the increased price of certain items will go without. There will only be a realized food shortage, although indirectly, for those who cannot afford the items on the grocery market shelves.

If price controls are instituted, then we can be assured of literal food shortages. There will less food on the shelves even for those who would have been able to afford the higher prices.

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Have plenty of storable food in your house. Disaster is coming.

A global scare in food prices
With drought and flood clobbering harvests, forecasters see significant food price increases in 2011
By Alan Bjerga updated 1/7/2011 7:19:08 PM ET 2011-01-08T00:19:08

World food prices are back at levels last seen during the 2008 food crisis, when riots spurred bans on food exports in the most afflicted countries. The question now is whether the price surge of late 2010 will spill into 2011.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's index of world food prices rose 32 percent in the second half of 2010, topping the peak of June 2008. Low rainfall in Russia, Kazakhstan, Europe, and South America parched crops, while floods in Canada inundated them. China's growth spurred record demand for sugar and soybeans.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40966983/ns/business-bloomberg_b...

Thanks Steve

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this will be a great year to

this will be a great year to put in a garden this spring.

definitely it will be a good time to learn to garden--

because there is no time like the present, but . . .

I am a veteran gardener, and my yields have been low the last few years--

I am also composting and manuring much more intensively--

I'm working harder in the garden for less, but I agree that if someone CAN garden and hasn't yet, now is the time--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

very important

when food will become scarse having ones own garden will be like a gold mine.

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Another very important move is education

Education of all the natural native edible plants in your surroundings.A person would be surprised how much is actually available around them,Even in the desert the abundance would blow your mind.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

great points my friend

the first thing that comes to my mind are wild edible mashrooms back in Poland I loved collecting them and drying in the sun -- soup made from them is incredibly tasty.

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Stalking the Wild Asparagus

is a great resource for this.
http://www.amazon.com/Stalking-Wild-Asparagus-Euell-Gibbons/...

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

A very good reference.

I read his stuff years ago,There is still knowledge that the natives hold that he never found,This now being shared more by the day.I am now blown away by the Internet searches now available with multiple color photos and preparation instructions to prevent misidentification.Just print and file for future reference.

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Everything seems manipulated lately, doesn't it, LL?

Last paragraph of the article above:

"As international agencies scramble to find “solutions,” their energy may be just as well spent on questioning if this famine scenario is being purposely manipulated for profits. Regardless, the average person would be very wise to stock up on food staples as an investment, and frankly to survive the worsening food crisis."

good point Qwerk

one such example is with cocoa --
watched a TV program in it they said some rich investor bought 7 % of world's supply and no wonder the price is rising...similar with cotton bunch of investors buy huge amounts and hold it so to sell it later for large profit.

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Despite being a certified

Despite being a certified cocoaholic, hoarding Cocoa strikes me as a rather poor way of betting on a famine. If people really start getting hungry, I can't imagine chocolate being the last thing they'd give up.

in general, attempting to profit from "cornering markets" in food commodities, is probably futile. They're all just too bulky and perishable.

If someone really bought 7% of annual cocoa production, he is more likely to be betting on a combination of loose money driving up commodity prices in general, and a huge mass of consumers in places like China crossing the threshold to where picking up a chocolate bar on occasion becomes a realistic possibility.

Or maybe just on how people will finally, like me, realize just how good for you chocolate really is :)

I once paid ten dollars

I once paid ten dollars for one cup of Coffee,Hadn't had one in 6 weeks and was in a position where it was not available at all.

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info here

link:
http://michael-niemann.com/blog/2010/07/20/the-man-who-just-...

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It is good to question

everything. I can see it is going to be a very interesting year.

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