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If you will recall last week I posted on the World Bank issuing a report saying that we were just one crisis away from a world food shortage. I ranted on in my way about our President’s and his cronies using (and subsidizing!) 40% of our corn crop for ethanol production. Of stupid and wasteful and possibly tragic government programs Obama’s Ethanol kick is outstanding!
In this article are a few more reason the world’s poor will soon erupt into maddened mobs and the United States will experience high food inflation. That our own government programs are responsible for much of this is reason enough for the people of the world to hate us and to work towards our downfall which will mean more terrorists attacks, so be prepared for this too. BB
Are These the 20 Signs That Point to a Global Food Crisis?
- Posted on April 22, 2011 at 7:09am by Jonathon M. Seidl
On Sunday we heard the head of the World Bank say that he’s “concerned” about food prices, and that we’re “one shock away from a full-grown crisis.” Heavy stuff. But get ready, it’s about to get cinder-block-around-your-feet-in-a-lake heavy.
“In case you haven’t noticed, the world is on the verge of a horrific global food crisis,” writes Michael Snyder over at Zero Hedge. “At some point, this crisis will affect you and your family. It may not be today, and it may not be tomorrow, but it is going to happen.”
In order to prove his case, Snyder provides “20 signs that a horrific global food crisis is coming.” The first seven are below:
#2 The world is losing topsoil at an astounding rate. In fact, according to Lester Brown, “one third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming through natural processes”.
#4 Due to a lack of water, some countries in the Middle East find themselves forced to almost totally rely on other nations for basic food staples. For example, it is being projected that there will be no more wheat production in Saudi Arabia by the year 2012. (Israel has been using desalination plants for 60 years to provide fresh water for their nation. Israel is a garden in the desert! Why have all the oil rich Arab/Muslim nations not followed suit? the Mediterranean Sea is a big pond of water and the Indian Ocean is even bigger. BB)
#5 Water tables all over the globe are being depleted at an alarming rate due to “overpumping”. According to the World Bank, there are 130 million people in China and 175 million people in India that are being fed with grain with water that is being pumped out of aquifers faster than it can be replaced. So what happens once all of that water is gone?
#8 The tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan have rendered vast agricultural areas in that nation unusable. In fact, there are many that believe that eventually a significant portion of northern Japan will be considered to be uninhabitable. Not only that, many are now convinced that the Japanese economy, the third largest economy in the world, is likely to totally collapse as a result of all this.
#9 The price of oil may be the biggest factor on this list. The way that we produce our food is very heavily dependent on oil. The way that we transport our food is very heavily dependent on oil. When you have skyrocketing oil prices, our entire food production system becomes much more expensive. If the price of oil continues to stay high, we are going to see much higher food prices and some forms of food production will no longer make economic sense at all. (And yet Obama refuses to allow Americans to drill for and use our own vast oil reserves while borrowing $2 billion from china to give to Brazil so that they can drill for oil. He has also given our tax dollars to Cuba and Mexico so that they can drill off of our coast in the Gulf of Mexico while American oil companies are held down under a moratorium. And if that doesn’t fry you then get this: China owns the Cuban companies and is heavily invested with Mexican companies! Which means we Americans are borrowing money from China AND THEN GIVING IT BACK TO THEM TO SUBSIDIZE THEIR OWN INVESTMENT IN OIL! bb)
#10 At some point the world could experience a very serious fertilizer shortage. According to scientists with the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative, the world is not going to have enough phosphorous to meet agricultural demand in just 30 to 40 years.
#17 The commodity price of orange juice has doubled since 2009. (Bad winters has almost wiped out the Florida orange groves so the United States orange production is now almost totally in California. The EPA Environmental Protection Agency has shut off the water supply to southern California farmers because of a minnow!
This minnow has absolutely no value anmd is not part of the food chains so if it goes extinct there is no real loss. But the lose of all the available great food producing land is a real loss. BB)
#19 2011 has already been one of the craziest years since World War 2. Revolutions have swept across the Middle East, the United States has gotten involved in the civil war in Libya, Europe is on the verge of a financial meltdown and the U.S. dollar is dying. None of this is good news for global food production.
#20 There have been persistent rumors of shortages at some of the biggest suppliers of emergency food in the United States. The following is an excerpt from a recent “special alert” posted on Raiders News Network….
Look around you. Read the headlines. See the largest factories of food, potassium iodide, and other emergency product manufacturers literally closing their online stores and putting up signs like those on Mountain House’s Official Website and Thyrosafe’s Factory Webpage that explain, due to overwhelming demand, they are shutting down sales for the time being and hope to reopen someday.
So what does all of this mean?
It means that time is short.
For years, many “doom and gloomers” have been yelling and screaming that a food crisis is coming.
Well, up to this point there hasn’t been much to get alarmed about. Food prices have started to rise, but the truth is that our stores are still packed to the rafters will gigantic amounts of relatively cheap food.
However, you would have to be an idiot not to see the warning signs. Just look at what happened in Japan after March 11th. Store shelves were cleared out almost instantly.
It isn’t going to happen today, and it probably isn’t going to happen tomorrow, but at some point a major league food crisis is going to strike.
So what are you and your family going to do then?
You might want to start thinking about that.
And just in case those facts aren’t heavy enough, CNBC opens its story on a potential U.S. “tipping point” like this:
The combination of rising gasoline prices and the steepest increase in the cost of food in a generation is threatening to push the US economy into a recession, according to Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners.
A series of strong and massive earthquakes hit countries across the globe in the past months. The following is a list of some strong and major ones since the beginning of this year:
Jan. 12 — A devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake leveled much of the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince and its vicinity, the worst in the recent 200 years of the Caribbean country’s history.
The catastrophe killed some 270,000 people and directly affected 1.5 million others. Over 500,000 people fled the capital for shelter elsewhere in the island nation. Damage and loss were estimated at about 7 billion U.S. dollars or more than 120 percent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product.
Feb. 27 — A destructive 8.8-magnitude megaquake and ensuing tsunamis tore up roads and towns in central and southern regions of Chile, the biggest since 1950 in the country’s history. The disaster killed about 500 people and caused an estimated 30 billion U.S. dollars worth of damage to infrastructure, houses and industry.
Feb. 28 — A 6.2-magnitude aftershock hit central Chile, just a day after the massive quake that threw the country into panic.
March 4 — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Antofagasta in northern Chile ahead of the country’s three-day national mourning period for the victims of Feb. 27 massive tremor. The quake was felt in the northern areas, causing panic among citizens, but brought no risk of tsunami. It was not an aftershock of the Feb. 27 megaquake, according to Chile’s National Emergency Office.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit China’s Taiwan.
March 5 — A strong 6.6-magnitude aftershock struck the Bio bio region in central Chile without a tsunami alert after seven aftershocks above 5-magnitude in the past 12 hours.
March 6 — A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Sumatra, Indonesia, in the small hours with epicenter at 4.0 degrees south latitude and 100.8 degrees east longitude and a depth of 20 km.
March 8 — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Elazig province in eastern Turkey, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens of others.
March 11 — Three aftershocks with the first measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale and two miler ones rattled Chile within 25 minutes as the country swore in the new president. Mobile phone services were disrupted and fixed phone lines were cut by the quake, but no deaths or strong damage were reported.
March 14 — An earthquake of 6.6-magnitude jolted northeastern Japan with no tsunami damage. The focus of the quake was located some 40 km under the sea east of Fukushima Prefecture. The seismic waves spread to neighboring Miyagi, Tochigi, Iwate, Aomori and Akita Prefectures. Tremors were also felt in most buildings in Tokyo.
On the same day, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 rocked eastern parts of Indonesia, with no tsunami warning and reports of damage or casualties.
March 15 — An aftershock of 6.7-magnitude hit near the coast of Concepcion, Chile shortly before midnight, terrible enough to deprive many of shut-eye. The ensuing blackout plunged the city into darkness a day after a massive power outage affected most of the country. The aftershock was one of over 200 that rocked the South American nation since the Feb. 27 tragedy.
March 25 — A 6.2-magnitude quake hit Metro Manila, the Philippine capital.
March 26-28 — Two aftershocks shook Chile, measuring 6.2 and 6.1 magnitude respectively. The country was made sleepless due to waves of aftershocks since the Feb. 27 megaquake.
March 30 — A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck the Andaman Sea off Myanmar, with no destructive tsunami warning.
April 4. 2010 Mexicali earthquake: Major 7.2 quake hits US-Mexico border A major 7.2 quake, centered near Mexicali, Mexico, struck Sunday afternoon. At least one person was reported killed. The quake was felt in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Tijuana.
April 6, 2010 Baja Quake Boosts Risk of California Temblors With 500 Shocks April 6 (Bloomberg) — The Baja California earthquake — the strongest to hit the region in more than a century — jostled fault lines, triggered 500 aftershocks in a day and will leave the area shaking for weeks to follow, geologists said.
April 7, 2010 Recent quakes not unusual Yet another large earthquake shook the ground Wednesday—this time in Indonesia—and is the fourth high-magnitude quake to gain press attention this year….
April 8, 2010 Earthquake Baja California April 2010: Earthquake California: Moderate Earthquake Rattles Baja California at 5. 3 … A Moderate earthquake rattles Baja California A 5.3-magnitude earthquake stuck Baja California, Mexico, on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey confirmed. . . .
April 12, 2010 California sees uptick in sizable earthquakes since the Mexicali temblor If you’ve been feeling more shaking this year, it’s not your imagination. The number of quakes greater than magnitude 4.0 in Southern California and Baja California has increased significantly in 2010
April 14, 2010 China earthquakes: timeline of deadly disasters Hundreds of people were killed and another 8,000 injured in a strong earthquake that rocked a remote mountainous area of north-western China on Wednesday.
Haiti, Illinois, California, Oregon, Pakistan, Japan and now Chile all within a few weeks. Something to think about. BB
This incident with the Haitian government arresting the 10 missionaries has done so much to damage the movement by people to help the Haitian people. The government of Haiti has always and ever been brutal and corrupt and remains so today. The only reason these missionaries were arrested was to insure the government officials, including this particular judge got their cut of the pie from an old and profitable Haitian government practice of selling Haitian babies.
I know our government won’t do it and the corrupt United Nations would scream their collective heads off if we did, but the humane thing to do is for the United States military to go into Haiti and declare martial law and throw the current Haitian government out. Then the military can use all the money being gathered for Haitian relief to build the country. You notice I did not say “re-build” since there was nothing to rebuild but poverty, degradation, corruption and filth.
After this incident others will be reluctant to do anything that needs done without the Haitian governments approval and this approval will only come if these Haitian officials are either bought off or given the funds for the project outright in which case something will be thrown together while the treasury is looted.
Is there anywhere in that God forsaken country a leader who has a soul? BB
This is the real story of Haiti. The sad, sad forever story of a poverty stricken desperate people doing what they can while a corrupt government dithers about while trying to grab as much money as they can that should be going to the people and to making the lives of the people tolerable. Over 200 thousand Haitians died so surely a new and better Haiti can be built as a memorial to them. But it won’t happen if the Haitian officials are permitted to dither and steal. The following article is the real story of Haiti today.
By JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writer Jonathan M. Katz, Associated Press Writer – Thu Feb 18, 3:03 am ET
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti’s government and aid groups have been wrangling for five weeks over a plan for housing earthquake survivors, but the people haven’t waited.
Rows of makeshift tents sprouted in open fields around the wrecked capital, and Haitians soon began strengthening the shelters. The camps have grown into shanty towns — with bakeries and even lottery stands — that show no sign of moving soon.
While the camps blossomed, officials debated what to do with the 1.2 million people left homeless by the disaster. Should they be given ready-made tents or plastic tarps? What land should be made available? The government may announce a plan Thursday.
The delay has complicated the task, as seen at a former landing strip-turned-boulevard called Route de Piste, where a cluster of ramshackle villages has taken root.
Row upon row of corrugated tin and wood shacks stand against the wind as dusty men walk between them carrying saws and hammers. Children look for the snow cone man at the crossroads, near where a lottery dealer named Max has set up his booth. In a shack marked “Boulangerie Pep La” — the people’s bakery — the smell of dough wafts from the oven, and two flat rolls cost 5 gourdes, about 12 cents.
These shanty towns are redrawing the map of the capital, filling open fields with new versions of the joyful life and harsh crime and abuse that always marked existence in the slums — with an extra helping of disease, hunger and misery brought on by the Jan. 12 disaster, which killed more than 200,000 people.
This means people are planning to stay in some very dangerous places: at the bottom of hillsides they know will collapse in a heavy rain or near riverbeds that are bound to flood. They are crowded into polluted areas where sanitation is limited and disease is already starting to spread.
“The government has said for weeks that they have identified sites, but time is getting short and there has been little progress,” said Ian Bray, an Oxfam spokesman.
That’s one problem. Another is that people simply do not want to go far from where they always lived and worked. With property hard to come by, aftershocks continuing and 38 percent of Port-au-Prince’s buildings destroyed by the magnitude-7 quake, according to U.N. satellite imagery, their options are limited.
“People are displaced, they’ve lost their homes but they haven’t lost their jobs,” said Alex Wynter of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “The key issue is land.”
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, making the first visit ever by a French head of state to his nation’s former colony, pledged 16,000 tarps and 1,000 tents to house 200,000 people while touring the ruins of Port-au-Prince’s collapsed national palace Wednesday.
Haiti’s own leader, President Rene Preval, has been less decisive.
“We have to find a solution to get people under shelter — a combination of tents, tarps, corrugated tin roofs … whatever combination it is,” Preval told The Associated Press during a half-hour interview this week. He did not elaborate.
For the people now living under a big flagpole, the decision has already been made.
“If they chase after us, we’ll leave. Until then we’re here,” said Lens Beny, a 20-year-old water peddler who built an 8-by-9-foot 8 (2.4 by 2.7-meter) wood-and-tin shack for himself and five relatives. His front door is a lace curtain; the roof is a garbage bag that leaves a solid third of the shanty exposed to the sky.
It is, in a manner of speaking, a temporary shelter — the sort officials are counting on people to build as 250,000 tarps are handed out ahead of the spring rainy season and more permanent solutions are reached.
It’s also an unpleasant place to live. One recent rain shower destroyed the flimsy particle boards he bought for $3.70 each, Beny said, as he ripped off a clump of wall.
The new neighborhood is very densely packed; some 27,000 people live there, according to Haitian Red Cross workers. U.N., foreign and local officials are directing aid to the site, while also designating it a “priority for decongestion” — meaning some people must move out.
The overcrowding is the chief reason officials say they don’t want to give people the waterproof tents they are demanding — there just isn’t enough space for them.
Read this article carefully. The Haitian government and the United Nations are the problems! I have said from the beginning and I repeat: it will only get better and the problems of the desperate Haitian people solved when the United States military declares martial law and takes over completely. Of course the Obama Administration will not authorize this. Why? because the jokers in the Obama Administration from the President on down are jerks and jokers and just plain stupid. Just look at the terrorist trials in civilian courts and giving foreign terrorist set out to kill Americans Miranda rights and free attorneys instead of firing squads. Just look at the budget being proposed! There are bad things happening in the world and in our country and we are hung with baboons in the White House and criminals and fools in Congress.
Is it any wonder that armed groups are attacking food convoys? Some are criminals bent on selling the food to hungry Haitians if there are any with money. But then they are simply stealing the food from the United Nations (UN) peace keeping forces who are already selling the food! So who here are the criminals? Some of the armed groups are actually hungry people trying to feed their families. Groups of families are forming together and having to set up their own guards to hoard what food and supplies their small groups have been able to procure.
We need the United States military. Our troops are the only group people all over the world respect and have any faith in to be fair and honest. This is a point for which we Americans should all be very proud. I expect soon the other world leaders will begin to call upon the President to by pass the corrupt United Nations and declare American martial law. Of course there will be a lot of noise made about
American imperialism and unfortunately a lot of this noise will be made by those who have on the sly called upon us to take action. It is the right thing to do before thousands more die in this God forsaken Hell hole on Earth that is Haiti. BB
Updated report: Haiti relocating homeless, port repairs needed (AP)
I am happy to read that the authorities are moving people out of the squalid makeshift camps in the city and away from the dead bodies which will cause even more needless deaths. They will also bring these people closer to sources of food and medication. People are dying now from infected wounds and unsanitary conditions. BB
I want to say first that I am so proud of the American troops who are in Haiti and the compassion they show the people they have gone to help. Of course, compassion is the hallmark of American troops where ever they are sent to help people in need. Our troops are carrying no arms of any kind. Security is being left to the United Nations Security Forces. Because of the Haitian people themselves and despite the thousands of criminals who have escaped when the prisons collapsed there doesn’t seem to be a need for a large security force.
I am overwhelmed with amazement by the bravery, fortitude and calm shown by the Haitian people themselves. I can not believe how peacefully and gratefully these people are accepting what ever help they are getting a full eight days after the first terrible earth quake hit their island. I have never seen people behaving as these people are in the face of all their desperation. It surely puts to shame other groups who have been in far less desperate circumstances and yet who felt the need to wail and complain.
Now a second earthquake aftershock almost as large as the first has hit and still the people go on. Surely God is looking after these people. And NO! I do not believe that God sends terrible tragedies to afflict people! We souls ourselves choose to live in this physical plane and therefore we must accept all that the physical plane offers both good and bad. God and His angels are love and offer us only as much comfort as they can. It is evident by the attitudes of the Haitian people that God and His angels are walking among the people at this time. BB
The U.S. Navy’s floating hospital, USNS Comfort, dropped anchor in view of the capital on Wednesday with about 550 medical staff, joining teams from about 30 other countries trying to treat the injured. About 250,000 people were hurt in the quake and aid groups say many people have died for lack of medical care or adequate equipment.
And the Pentagon announced that 2,000 more U.S. Marines would be sent to Haiti, adding 11,500 U.S. military personnel already on the ground or on ships offshore — a number expected to reach 16,000 by week’s end. (The Marines have landed on the shores with the amphibian equipment –sorry I can’t think of what they are called– but now more supplies will be gett6ing to people who have not been able to get supplies from the air port because of damaged roads. BB)
At a golf course where U.S. troops have been trying to help 25,000 people living under sheets of plastic and old cloth, soldiers and quake victims alike raced for open ground as the quake began.
A slow vibration intensified into side-to-side shaking that lasted about eight seconds. Some in Port-au-Prince said the far stronger Jan. 12 quake seemed to last for 30 seconds.
“It kind of felt like standing on a board on top of a ball,” said Staff Sgt. Steven Payne. The 27-year-old from Jolo, West Virginia, who was part of the U.S. Army’s aid mission.
At least one woman to die of a heart attack, according to Eddy Thomas, a private undertaker who was wheeling her body along a street in Port-au-Prince: “She had a heart condition, and the new quake finished her.”
The U.S. Geological Survey said the aftershock was centered about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of Port-au-Prince and 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface.
The shaking ripped 8-inch (20-centimeter) cracks in a road west of the capital near Leogane, where U.S. Marines were setting up a post to aid quake victims who are sleeping in streets, culverts and driveways, often under tree branches draped with sheets to guard against the sun.
The latest quake, combined with a light rain on Tuesday, has complicated rescue efforts, said Dr. Yi Ting Tsai, part of a Taiwanese crew digging for survivors near the ruined cathedral.
“The problem is the rain and the new quake this morning has made the debris more compact,” he said.
International aid teams have saved 121 people from the rubble, an unprecedented number, according to aid organization. Dr. Jon Kim Andrus, deputy director for the Pan American Health Organization, said that “countless more have been rescued by Haitians working with no equipment at all,” he said.
A 69-year-old domestic worker, Ena Zizi, said she prayed constantly during her week under the rubble.
She had been at a meeting at the residence of Haiti’s Roman Catholic archbishop when the Jan. 12 quake struck, trapping her in debris. On Tuesday, a Mexican disaster team pulled her to safety.
Zizi said after the quake, she spoke back and forth with a vicar who also was trapped. But he fell silent after a few days, and she spent the rest of the time praying and waiting.
“I talked only to my boss, God,” she said. “I didn’t need any more humans.”
Doctors who examined Zizi on Tuesday said she was dehydrated and had a dislocated hip and a broken leg.
Elsewhere in the capital, two women were pulled from a destroyed university building. And near midnight Tuesday, a smiling and singing 26-year-old Lozama Hotteline was carried to safety from a collapsed store in the Petionville neighborhood by the French aid group Rescuers Without Borders.
Yet the colossal efforts to help Haiti were proving inadequate because of the scale of the disaster. Expectations exceeded what money, will and military might have been able to achieve.
Governments have pledged nearly $1 billion in aid, and thousands of tons of food and medical supplies have been shipped. But much remains trapped in warehouses, or diverted to the neighboring Dominican Republic. Port-au-Prince’s nonfunctioning seaport and many impassable roads complicate efforts to get aid to the people.
Aid is still being turned back from the single-runway airport, where the U.S. military has been criticized by some of poorly prioritizing flights. The U.S. Air Force said it had raised the facility’s daily capacity from 30 flights before the quake to 180. (no matter how great the effort there will always be those on the side lines with their hands in their pockets who will complain that things aren’t being done right or fast enough@! Have you noticed that? BB)
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military will send a port-clearing ship with cranes aboard to Port-au-Prince to remove debris that is preventing many larger aid ships from docking.
Perhaps as important for many Haitians was the announcement by a leading banker, Richard Coles, that banks will reopen on Saturday. That will help restore the flow of money from Haitians abroad, who send home $1.9 billion a year.
And they may have something to spend the money on: Farmers are again trudging into the capital from hillside plots balancing packages of cauliflower, sweet potato, sugar cane and lettuce on their heads. ___