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15 Reasons Why Your Food Bill Is Going To Start Soaring

Did you know that the U.S. state that produces the most vegetables is going through the worst drought it has ever experienced and that the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been since 1951? Just the other day, a CBS News article boldly declared that "food prices soar as incomes stand still", but the truth is that this is only just the beginning. If the drought that has been devastating farmers and ranchers out west continues, we are going to see prices for meat, fruits and vegetables soar into the stratosphere. Already, the federal government has declared portions of 11 states to be "disaster areas", and California farmers are going to leave half a million acres sitting idle this year because of the extremely dry conditions.


#6 As I discussed in a previous article, the rest of the nation is extremely dependent on the fruits and vegetables grown in California. Just consider the following statistics regarding what percentage of our produce is grown in the state...

-99 percent of the artichokes
-44 percent of asparagus
-two-thirds of carrots
-half of bell peppers
-89 percent of cauliflower
-94 percent of broccoli
-95 percent of celery
-90 percent of the leaf lettuce
-83 percent of Romaine lettuce
-83 percent of fresh spinach
-a third of the fresh tomatoes
-86 percent of lemons
-90 percent of avocados
-84 percent of peaches
-88 percent of fresh strawberries
-97 percent of fresh plums


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I think prices have already

I think prices have already reached their limit.

What companies will end up doing is selling their products at a temporary loss or try to break even on the quarter.

They can't charge $40 for a case of shredded lettuce because nobody would buy it.

For example, about 2 years ago the price of tomatoes was almost $2 per pound wholesale. A 25lb case of tomatoes cost almost $50 for the average restaurant owner.

ALL of the Wendy's, McDonald's, and Burger Kinds in the area simply stopped serving tomatoes and people were like, "Okay."

People can live without the rabbit food.

All the Southwest needs is a wet Spring. Lettuce, tomatoes, chickens and cows grow quicker than we think.

It will be a bad quarter, but brighter days are ahead.

Produce companies not from California will get a nice temporary boost.

The beef from Texas, Nebraska and Illinois is still prime.

Companies will find alternative suppliers, and might discover that their new suppliers are cheaper and better than the ones they've always done business with.

When there is a demand, somebody will always find a way to produce the supply in America.

The cost of beef has recently skyrocketed from $2.09 per pound to $3.14 per pound.

As a business owner myself, I couldn't make a profit at that cost.

So I changed. I switched to a different brand of beef, at a much lower cost...and my customers like it better as can be reflected in the sales.

Sometimes it's good to get prodded and poked.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Has anyone tried the GardenSoxx?

The simplicity is attractive and reduction of weeds is great.
Check it out:

BC is in the toilette for cattle numbers too

Less than 60,000 steers and beef for slaughter.
And that's an improvement.


Maybe it's time for CA and other agricultural

areas to re-think their farming methods. For example, biodynamic farms/orchards thrive better than others in weather conditions such as drought or early frost. But I'm really thinking of permaculture.

Through the use of permaculture principles, they're able to farm in the DESERT in Jordan, China, and elsewhere.


Permaculture is the antithesis of our standard agriculture practices that include but are not limited to (plant & animal biodiversity-destroying) MONOCROPPING and the use of (soil-deadening) TOXIC PESTICIDES & HERBICIDES.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir



When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Garden tip

Even if you are in an apartment, you can grow sprouts. I happen to like sunflower sprouts. So you can have veggies anyway. And there is this poultry called squab........


do you keep pigeons?

There is an e-book on amazon that I bought, called "Raising Pigeons for Meat." It's an interesting book, and worth getting:


However, it seems like a risky investment in urban/suburban areas, with all the nasty feral pigeons flying around (and all the red-tailed hawks).

I was toying with the idea of raising coturnix quail this year. Does anyone have any experience with quail?

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

very briefly

A hungry and exhausted racing pigeon landed on my balcony- I had bird seed there - and would not go away. They make a mess! So I was joking.. I would like to get chickens. Maybe quail are better in limited space?


Going to start?

Going to start?


It is already soaring.

The Diamond Dog is a real cool cat. | Reporting on the world from an altitude of 420.

I just mowed my garden area

I just mowed my garden area and will till it soon. I bought a hunting bow for Christmas and want to try for a deer as soon as I am proficient enough.

Does anyone know a good site for heirloom seeds? I want to go all organic heirloom this year even if the initial cost is more.

At least we finally got some snowpack in UT so hopefully the water table will hold for our well. Assuming the NSA center doesn't suck everything dry...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

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Hey Suspicious Fish. I

Hey Suspicious Fish. I recommend Lehman's. They are a non-electric company out of Ohio. They have some good seeds, not a huge selection, but what I like about them is they have some really handy non-electric stuff and gear. They are worth a look-see.

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

your local farmers market

If you need good seeds that are typically non-gmo, go to your local farmers market and talk to those folks. You can save the seed from the veggies and save a bit of money in the process. You can also save the seed from what you grow to break the dependency cycle on anyone else. If you don't know how to save the seeds, I would suggest you search youtube as there are tons of channels that walk you through the process.
My Top Aquaponic youtube channels:
Rob Bob
Bright Agrotech
Bigelow Brook Farm (Web4Deb)

Affnan Aquaponics
Bob Campbell
Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens
Murray Hallam's Practical Aquaponics.
Frank Gapinski
Udgar Parsons
Hamish Gale
Valhalla Movement

if you are serious about the bow

Start practicing NOW and try to do it a couple of times a week. Archery is haaaard. It's a million times easier if you have sights on the bow, but I consider that cheating :) Learn to shoot instinctively.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Haha the bow I have now does

Haha the bow I have now does have sights and I have a release and a stabilizer for it. I consider it more of a shotgun I can shoot in my backyard. I practice about every day but think I want to get a recurve in the future as well. Modern compounds are a blast to shoot but they don't have the same soul and feel as traditional archery.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

what I enjoy about instinctive shooting

Is the hand-eye connection you feel when the arrow goes exactly where you want. Or I should say eye-body connection. The other thing I enjoy is the total body awareness that is required, especially in the learning stages. It's this weird feeling of slight body tension, where every part of the body, especially the arm holding the bow, all the way to your spine, has to be engaged.

I shoot a recurve and would like to graduate to a longbow someday. Although, these days, most longbows are center-cut, so there is not that much difference between a recurve and a longbow.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Depending on where you live,

Depending on where you live, there may be traditional bow clubs in your area. Most organize shoots and tournaments and that is a great way to network into the traditional bow community. Practicing on 3D targets is awesome as they are usually placed in the woods in a walk-thru coarse. Waaaay fun! But my favorite game is archery golf! So awesome to let an arrow fly up, up, up on those long drives! WOW! You will meet wonderful people and learn so much.

You may also consider setting up a range in your back yard or on your property, depending on the proximity of your neighbors. That way you can practice for a few minutes every day. Daily practice is HUGE. You can learn proper form from watching videos on line and get expert help on this at the shoots in your area. These have helped me, I shoot primitive (stick bows) along with my recurves, make my own arrows and strings...it is fun to do and feels good to! All the best to you!


If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Seed sources

Here's a few seed sources I would recommend

Seed Savers Exchange. http://www.seedsavers.org/
Johnny's Selected Seeds. http://www.johnnyseeds.com/
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Http://www.rareseeds.com/
Seeds Of Change. http://www.seedsofchange.com/

All four of these companies have beautiful catalogs with delicious varieties of fruits and veggies. My days always get better the moment I open the mailbox to find a new seed catalog.

here are some more

If you are in the pacific northwest, use these guys:

If you are on the east coast, especially mid-atlantic to southeast, use these guys:

For medicinal herbs, use these guys:

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

OK, here go.

Success to you and yours.


God forgives always. Man forgives sometimes. But Nature never forgives.

Between shooting sessions

study the art of 'still hunting'. Six weeks before hunting season, start walking daily ..... 2-3 miles

I sometimes practice sneaking up on deer in my backyard

Tom Brown claims that if you move at 75 seconds per step, you can walk right up to a deer even if it is staring right at you (assuming you are downwind). This is some sloooow stalking. It's a cool feeling, though, as your mind goes very quiet if you move this slow. So far, I have managed to get within 4 yards of a deer, before it snorted and took off.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

It is interesting that the rebellions that broke out in the

Middle East over the past decade were associated with spikes in local food prices.


The worse things are, the more likely we are to revolt against the status quo.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

Its a good thing the USPS has been arming like crazy

Its a good thing the USPS has been arming like crazy. I can see postal carriers having to go "Shawn of the Dead" on rioting grocery shoppers as deputized SWAT members.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

I been watching the drought in California for awhile,

decided to buy my seeds early for my 3/4 acre garden. If there's going to be a fresh food shortage then everyone is going to buy up all the seeds to start gardening.

I been preparing for stuff like this for awhile, I bought into sheep when everyone else was selling, looks like I may be right. Most everyone else I talked to wasn't to sure on the idea since hay went ballistic in price.

Now if I can just get 20 bee hives running again things will really be looking up.

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

Way to go

I'm looking for land.

Thank god grapes arnt on that

Thank god grapes arnt on that list, I cant live without my grape juice.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

DJP333's picture

by grape juice

do you mean wine? I am a wine lover, and drought is usually really good for the vines and make strong, potent grapes. So, 2013 and 2014 should have some solid vintages from Cali. The rest of the fruits and veggies is going to cause some issues.

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

No, if I had meant wine, I

No, if I had meant wine, I would have said wine. Who have you ever heard call wine 'grape juice'?

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

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LOL..my grandmother and in

LOL..my grandmother and in the church I grew up with (Church of Christ) every Sunday when they passed the platters around they had little cups of grape juice that were suppose to represent wine and saltine crackers representing the bread :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain