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With the caveat that the ALTA/SOTTC reports tend (by their very linguistic-dependent) nature to err on the side of grim and extreme, we nevertheless have our eyes watching for next weather systems and along with that the interesting possibilities that shutting down (even substantially delaying) Canadian and northern States grain operations would have on the global food supply.
Once again, I'd draw your attention to the continuing theme around encouraging people to plant whatever they can from heritage/heirloom plant stocks in order to build a personal buffer as best you can for what could be a scarcity of food later this year.
Conceptually, at the extreme end of contingencies, the planning framework that emerges revolves around delayed, or at least shrinking, harvests in 2010. With that could come what? Higher prices? Almost without doubt. What else? Food controls/rationing? If the PTB are struggling hard to maintain control, perhaps a staged event of some kind that would justify seizing control of food distribution wouldn't be out of the question.
At the 'mellow end' of the scale, delayed and slightly reduced harvests with limited food price impacts, substantial flooding and some belt-tightening, but within the ability of systemic recovery is the more probable.
Still, the prudent person, already beginning the opt-out process, would spend more time developing 'out of system' food and water alternatives to ensure self-preservation.
While a food crisis was unavoidable to some extent because of the abnormal weather and financial crisis, the total panic which will soon grip world agricultural markets is a creation of the USDA and its fictitious production estimates. If not for the USDA’s interference, food prices would have risen in the first half of 2009 in anticipation of the 2009/10 shortage. The United States Department of Agriculture has caused incalculable damage to the world economy by encouraging overconsumption of rapidly diminishing food supplies.
Once the 2010 Food Crisis starts, confidence in the US government will be shattered as a result of the USDA’s faulty estimates. The starvation and misery caused by higher food prices will also create a lot of anger . . .
Originally posted by SassyCat
You can only guess or speculate, but Lyndon LaRouche talked about total economic collapse and massive food crisis for years, decades even. He usually referred to it as a "impending modern dark age".
Don't have any reliable information on the possible cause of food crisis.
Originally posted by Misoir
Well don't forget what that Russian professor predicted that there will be civil war in the spring to summer of 2010, great reason, a?
"People do not quite realise the scale of the issue," added Bevan. "This is one of the most serious problems that science has ever faced." In Britain the lives of hundreds of thousands of people will be threatened by food shortages. Across the globe, tens of millions – if not hundreds of millions – will be affected.