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Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level In Almost 40 Years

By Michael, on October 16th, 2012

For six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced. This year, drought in the United States and elsewhere has put even more pressure on global food supplies than usual. As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years. Experts are warning that if next summer is similar to this summer that it could be enough to trigger a major global food crisis. At this point, the world is literally living from one year to the next. There is simply not much of a buffer left.

In the western world, the first place where we are going to notice the impact of this crisis is in the price of food. It is being projected that overall food prices will rise between 5 and 20 percent by the end of this year. It is becoming increasingly clear that the world has reached a tipping point. We aren't producing enough food for everyone anymore, and food reserves will continue to get lower and lower. Eventually they may be totally gone.

The United Nations has issued an unprecedented warning about the state of global food supplies. According to the UN, global food reserves have not been this low since 1974...

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look around in subdivisions

look around in subdivisions at the expansive lawns--with no gardens.

if everyone had a garden (and bought local produce) this problem would solve itself.

This is why biotechnology

This is why biotechnology needs more research done. There isn't enough land to produce the proper quantities, and when we also have bad years the impact is more substantial. Biotech can improve the yield of the crops as well as make drought resistant crops. Imagine the impact of having drought resistant crops. Crops could not only be grown through tough years, but they could be grown in places we have never been able to grow food before. This is a serious problem that can be solved long term simply by creating better crops. It will make a huge impact.

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And give Monsanto and the like full control over our food supply? No thanks.

I'll grow a garden instead.

We need more regulations

That should spark the economy to make more food.


Why aren't you in the presidential debates..... What you say makes so much sense.

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There will be no Food Shortages.

Food is like any other product, when the demand for that product goes up people will produce more of that product. Localized food shortages can and do occur but only because the government interferes with the market. Of course this could happen in a larger scale but it is doubtful that it will occur in a world situation.

Prices are going up in large part because of inflation. Grains are sold in dollars and as we all know the dollar is being terribly inflated. Simply put, the price of food is technically about the same, your purchasing power is what has gone down.

And finally, there are millions of hectares of land that are devoted to producing biofuels, a failed government idea. Simply removing the subsidies to these biofuels will open up millions of hectares for the production of soybeans, wheat, corn (for food), cattle, etc. Prices will plummet very quickly as the market is flooded with more grains.


I am not sure where you get your information, but I have read other posts of yours and you seem to be a big one on Monsanto. The government pays certain farmers to not grow crops, it has been going on for a long time. It is designed to help farmers make more money on the crops that are grown, at the same time causes food prices to be higher at the market for the consumer. The whole point of the Liberty movement is to get government out of our business, which leads to more freedom, which leads to free market principles. If farmers were to grow crops on every inch of farm ground they have, the food shortage would be a non-topic. We have enough farm ground to feed the world if the government would get out of the farming industry. It would also help us all if Monsanto got out of food also. My opinion.

The problem is that government is in the food system.

Like you mentioned West, the agricultural industry has been in bed too long with the government, thus causing these issues. Classic case of the government trying to do some good and only making things worse. I guess I am optimistic on this one and expect that the market forces will win. It may cause a lot more deforestation and other side effects, but us farmers will get the food that the world demands. Also as food prices go up there will be many people opting to not eat "luxury" foods like beef.

As for Monsanto, if it wasn't for their involvement with the government I would have no issues with them. They are only providing a product/service and us consumers can choose to buy it if we so desire. It is a new technology and can have huge benefits to society. At the same time, its government involvement is concerning. In the end of it all, it is the big government that causes bad things to happen and also makes a possibly good thing turn bad.

Because all the world governments are so Libertarian?

ITs hard to find a Pro Keynesian govt anywhere.

Sorry. I got on a sarcastic kick with the post above. :)

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Yeah, unfortunately there aren't too many libertarian governments but I believe that libertarian governments will be the most successful. The freer a nation, the more prosperous a nation. Thus as countries like the USA hurt their food production, others like Paraguay (which is strangely libertarian) will be able to benefit from the increase in grain prices. We and other free nations will take advantage of the good prices to be able to grow and thus become more influential in the world. Or we will get invaded by some socialistic country so that they can have all of our production.

I'm looking to buying some land in Hondurus' new Libertarian Cities. We are going to try setting something similar here in Paraguay, but I don't know if that will happen. At least we have somewhere to go to if things get ugly.

Shortages are caused by government.

Surpluses are created by government. This hurts people because they are always in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it is always unfair.

Moses warned Pharaoh and ended up demanding, "Let my people go."

Scarcity and abundance occurs naturally.

The United Nations has an agenda. Government intervention is their dream. Pretending to be modern day Robin Hoods when they are really robbing hoods in suits.

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Thanks for posting

The fact that many of the top grain producing regions
of the world are losing topsoil, facing lowered water tables
and erratic weather, that industrial scale agriculture is
highly energy (oil) intensive, that genetic diversity is
declining, that systems of peasant agriculture that can
produce modest energy surpluses are being rendered
extinct, especially in Europe, and the fact that there
are over 200,000 more people on the planet every *day*
than there were the day before...

Are among the things that indicate that yes, we do seem to
have a bit of a problem here...

There's also this:


And thanks for posting your link.

It summarizes nicely all the sporadic research I've found in years into one concise place. Good find.

The only solution I see for food is similar to transportation. We need to use high tech to empower the old methods in large quantities and then what I call 'brute tech' for the specialty niches not solved in the other way.

We can easily use solar power to light LED grow lights to support both small and large scale 'full cycle' aquaponics systems that maintain their nutrients the natural way. When doing it this way, we must focus on producing the food we eat, not some corn or soy crop that fake foods are derived from. Production rates are many multiples of what mono-culture methods produce in both land and resource use. This is being done right now in single family self sustainable systems and in multi-story production centers that provide for thousands of people.

What we can't do is take our wasteful current practices and extrapolate them to a population growing forever.

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The problem is that most people will expect

and vote for a centralized "solution" that will compound the problems it already has created: subsidies to BigAg, Monsanto, the enormous bureaucracies that produce nothing but blight the soil, poison the waterways etc.

What is needed is radical decentralization, a return to localized, intelligent, efficient use of resources with the accumulated wisdom of permaculture for sustainability and resilience.

Exactly. So let's incentivize them into doing it anyway

If you look at my recent post in the other food thread
You'll see that there are systems nearly ready to hit the market which offer your solution.

Instead of fighting Big$$, aka BigAg or BigGov, the way is to offer a cost effective solution that people can simply buy one time and walk away from the whole food mess. When others see them eating fresh, healthy and free food after a couple year payoff of the equipment, they'll start to wonder why they didn't go that route.

The problem is government intervention.

Subsidies to grow crops and buy fertilizers provides no incentive for farmers to implement sound agricultural practices.

Peasants have no private property rights. They have no incentive to do anymore that is required to get their daily wage.

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This is not a bad thing. It's a great thing. That world surplus that they worry so much about dwindling is not used to help people. It's used to extort countries into staying poor and dependent on the US and other exporters.

I don't know what it's been the last couple years, but in '08 or '09 144,000 African farmers went out of business just because they couldn't sell their food in a market flooded with free grain.

As the global farming conditions change, we need the local farmers to change with it, slowly and progressively. We don't need it to be propped up by the IMF and then dumped all at once when they finally fall.

Foreign Aid buys American grain.

This helps destroy international competition.

It also helps creates dependent populations. Just turn the screws and those people will fight for you to get their food.

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Thought Provoking!

There is some truth to that...