Unfortunately, too many Americans are ignoring warning signs that have been present for years, and now, rather than attempting to decipher “the chatter” that assails us on a regular basis - many of us are burying our heads in the sand and hoping that all of the doom and gloom is nothing more than the pessimistic writing of people whom are paranoid and always live in a world of fear and uncertainty. Based on several indicators I’ve been tracking, it isn’t paranoia - and is a glimpse into the world that our MSM has been attempting to hide from the American people. Now, even the MSM is beginning to raise the alarm - but like everything else they have done to protect the Bush administration and the corporations that control their views, their efforts are far too late and too little to effectively convey the danger that each and every one of us will face in the very near future. Like everything else that comes through the MSM, nothing can be taken at face value - and if they say it’s a problem, we have to understand that it is far more serious than they are reporting, likely in an effort to stave off panic, their assessment of the situation only scratches the surface!
Food prices on the rise worldwide
A perfect storm of factors, including high commodity prices and growing demand, will affect costs for the next 10 years, the U.N. says.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — If you’re seeing your grocery bill go up, you’re not alone.
Many factors in play. Freak weather is a factor. But so are dramatic changes in the global economy, including higher oil prices, lower food reserves and growing consumer demand in China and India.
Among the driving forces are petroleum prices, which increase the cost of everything from fertilizers to transport to food processing. Rising demand for meat and dairy in rapidly developing countries such as China and India is sending up the cost of grain, used for cattle feed, as is the demand for raw materials to make biofuels.
No foods left untouched. What’s rare is that the spikes are hitting all major foods in most countries at once. Food prices rose 4% in the U.S. last year, the highest rise since 1990, and are expected to climb as much again this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As of December, 37 countries faced food crises, and 20 had imposed some sort of food-price controls. MUCH MORE
The CNN report, while accurate to a certain degree, fails to delve deeper into the problem and does not reveal the true danger we face; the food crisis that is building throughout the world has been predicted for decades - and while a logical person would “assume” that our government is prepared and has stockpiled essential grains and other staples so the US will be able to weather the coming storm - exactly the opposite has happened. In fact, it appears that a crisis is being manufactured by our own government. We know that recent weather patterns and drought have impacted our ability to feed our own country, and instead of addressing the issue - the government is largely ignoring a situation that could plunge us all into martial law if food riots develop in the United States - and even worse, cause the deaths of untold thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocents, especially the elderly, sick and disabled, and those who are living in poverty:
US Food Riots Much Closer Than You Think
— Nothing is stored for very long in a supermarket. One day grain travels (by rail) from Kansas to Seattle to a flour mill. The next day the flour mill makes the flour and sends it to a bakery. The next day the bakery makes it into bread (and other baked things) and the next day it is at the store where it is purchased that day. Nobody stores anything. The grain is produced and stored in the Midwest and shipped daily in a single railroad pipeline to the rest of America where the people live.
– Up until the 1980s there was a system that stored a lot of grain in elevators around the country. At one time, a whole year’s harvest of grain was stored that way. But since taxpayers were paying to store it, certain urban politicians engineered the movement of that money from providing a safety net or backup for their own food supply in order to give the money to various other social welfare things. So now, nothing is stored. We produce what we consume each year and store practically none of it. There is no contingency plan.
— In order for riots to break out the whole food supply doesn’t have to be wiped out. It just has to be threatened sufficiently. When people realize their vulnerability and the fact that there is no short term solution to a severe enough drought in the Midwest they will have no clue as to what they should do. Other nations can’t make up the difference because no other nation has a surplus of grain in good times let alone in times when they are having droughts and floods also. It takes two or three months to raise grain, yet people have to eat usually at least once a day, usually more than that.
–So, basically, we have in place a recipe for a disaster that will dwarf any other localized disasters imaginable. The important thing to note is that there is no solution for this event. There is no contingency plan for this. (Emphasis added) People living in certain parts of the US will fare better than others (which is another story) but those who live in big cities, where most of the US population live, are done for. MUCH MORE
As this crisis gains in momentum, I believe the United States should temporarily halt wheat exports until we build-up at least a two-year supply for our own country. Charity does “begin at home”, and until we have taken measures to protect ourselves, the inaction of the government is causing a major rift in our national security - and since they know of the danger and refuse to properly address it, the logical conclusion is they are allowing this crisis to ripen for socio-economic and political reasons - all of which is detrimental to the American public:
Food Riots in Egypt
March 13, 2008
The UN secretary general has warned that millions of people are at risk of starvation as global food stocks have fallen to their lowest levels for decades.
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