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The Return of America's Dust Bowl Days

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posted on Aug, 29 2006 @ 07:41 AM

120 degrees hit South Dakota this summer and not since the Dust Bowl era has July been so hot. America uses 80% of all its fresh water to produce food and when that resource can no longer meet demand, we shall enter a period of famine.

A man holds up a catfish carcass in the dried-out Moreau River on the Cheyenne River Indian reservation near Thunder Butte, South Dakota August 7, 2006. A severe drought has killed crops, left ideal conditions for wildfires, forced ranchers to sell cattle and has evoked memories of the Dust Bowl disaster in the 1930s. Picture taken August 7, 2006.

Blistering Drought Ravages Farmland on Plains
NYTimes: August 29, 2006

MITCHELL, S.D. — With parts of South Dakota at its epicenter, a severe drought has slowly sizzled a large swath of the Plains States, leaving farmers and ranchers with conditions that they compare to those of the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s

The drought has led to rare and desperate measures. Shrunken sunflower plants, normally valuable for seeds and oil, are being used as a makeshift feed for livestock. Despite soaring fuel costs, some cattle owners are hauling herds hundreds of miles to healthier feedlots. And many ranchers are pouring water into “dugouts” — natural watering holes — because so many of them (up to 90 percent in South Dakota, by one reliable estimate) have gone dry.

“It’s a grim situation,” said Herman Schumacher, the owner of a livestock market in Herreid, S.D., a small town near the North Dakota line where 37,000 head of cattle were sold from May through July, compared with 7,000 in the corresponding three months last year. “There’s absolutely no grass in the pastures, and the water holes are all dried up. So a lot of people have no choice but to sell off their herds and get out of the business.”

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There isn't too many old timers left from the 30's Dust Bowl era. Lessons of the past have faded off into whispers and much of its water conservation wisdom lost. Now we begin a new Dust Bowl Era and its lessons shall repeat.

Dust bowl days stay in memories

Dirt invaded everything. It burrowed under fingernails, snuggled into the pores of skin, blackened the sky so dark buses and cars halted in their path and people dared not leave their homes, he said.

“It colored everything that they did. It was never out of their mind that it could happen again,” said Bundy, who presides over a university collection of photographs and documentation of the era.

“Anybody who lived through that, they changed,” he said.

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NOAA Drought Information Center

Have we exceeded our capacity to maintain the world's standard of living?
Some say yes and it's all downhill from here.

Drought, water worries cloud skies for US farmers

As the United States bakes in one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, drought from the Dakotas to Arizona through Alabama has sharpened the focus of farmers on their lifeline: water.

"Farmers aren't going to be able to produce enough food to feed the world because there's a finite amount of water left in the world. There are many folks that will tell you the next war will not be over gold, silver or land, it will be over water," said Ed Burchfield, director of facilities for Valmont Industries, which makes irrigation equipment.

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Dust Bowl 2006? More Than 60 Percent of US in Drought
Texas drought losses top $4 billion mark
Kansas future looks bleak without water
Drought leaves Dakotas in dust
Drought Impacting Southwest Ag
USDA: Dryness Continues in PNW

The US is a world leader in agricultural production per capita and a prolonged drought will probably not affect food prices until 2007. So we still have time to fill those pantries, before price shocks hit the food markets.

Climate Prediction Center - Seasonal Outlooks

[edit on 29-8-2006 by Regenmacher]

posted on Aug, 29 2006 @ 09:53 AM
So is this a cyclical climate thing? My first thought was: What goes around, comes around. And, "There is nothing new under the sun."

And to think of the water that was rushing into NOLA last year at this time.

Time for some blues?
Without Love

(p.s. folks, the Neil Young link has TONS of new tunes--click under that silly thing about the chain saw)

posted on Aug, 29 2006 @ 10:08 AM
You know? It looks more & more like everything is a cycle. The levies also broke in 1927 in Lousianna causing an earlier version of Katrina. We are on the verge of economic collapse like the stockmarket crash of 1929. Now here comes the dirty 30's.
Then the gov't gets to consolidate more power, the banks get to foreclose on everything, the people are reduced to eating rotten boiled green bologne like my grand parents.
Watch Cinderella man for version of how much it's going to suck.

posted on Aug, 30 2006 @ 06:32 AM

Originally posted by psyopswatcher
So is this a cyclical climate thing? My first thought was: What goes around, comes around. And, "There is nothing new under the sun."

Mankind could be cyclic too, and the cost of doing nothing can be mighty expensve.

Drought shrivels worldwide wheat supply

"It is going to be a year of tight supplies," said Mark Samson, vice president for South Asia of the U.S Wheat Associates. "And with expectations of high world prices, more hedge funds are increasingly paying attention to this market." The interest of investment funds in grains is growing and helping to push up prices. The Deutsche Bank Fund now allocates 22.5 percent of its investment funds to wheat and corn trading.

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Consumers can brace for higher food prices due to drought
Higher food prices causing concern for consumers

Futurist mindset: Time is wasted on finding a boogeyman to blame, when we need to be working on prevention and solutions.

posted on Sep, 15 2006 @ 04:30 PM
Excellent piece.


posted on Sep, 16 2006 @ 01:26 PM
Missed this comment Regenmacher:

"Futurist mindset: Time is wasted on finding a boogeyman to blame, when we need to be working on prevention and solutions."

Unfortunately, authorities seem to be banking on a pandemic - be it bird flu, black plague or mutant e. coli - to slow down the uptake, pick off the slack, whatever.

It's a solution. Of a sort.

posted on Sep, 18 2006 @ 07:02 AM
Wasn't the dustbowl caused by a combination of poor farming practices linked with the cyclical wet and dry seasons on the plains? Better soil conservation techniques hopefully would avoid most of the topsoil being blown away this time around...

does this link work?

Of course, I agree with the general theme of the rest of this thread. We are so screwed.


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