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Strained by rising demand and battered by bad weather, the global food supply chain is stretched to the limit, sending prices soaring and sparking concerns about a repeat of food riots last seen three years ago.
"We are entering a danger territory,"...
...As supplies tighten, prices surge. Earlier this month, the FAO said its food price index jumped 32 percent in the second half of 2010, soaring past the previous record set in 2008.
Growing government interest and support for food reserves has been evident in various international forums of late. At the same time, policymakers have been slow to act, reluctant to move away from twenty or more years of economic orthodoxy that has insisted supply shocks are best resolved through international trade alone. Many governments are exploring new ways to develop stronger and more resilient local, regional and national food systems. Food reserves can be a critical component of those reforms.
Food reserves are an ancient idea, a sensible response to the fact that although the demand for food is constant, the supply can vary wildly depending on weather, markets and other factors. The recent food price crisis led to a resurgence of interest in food reserves as a tool to stabilize prices and supplies.
Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.
"We're going to see the end of the retail Christmas....we're going to see a fundamental shift take place....putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree," said Celente, adding that the situation would be "worse than the great depression".
"America's going to go through a transition the likes of which no one is prepared for," said Celente, noting that people's refusal to acknowledge that America was even in a recession highlights how big a problem denial is in being ready for the true scale of the crisis.
Celente, who successfully predicted the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis, the subprime mortgage collapse and the massive devaluation of the U.S. dollar, told UPI in November last year that the following year would be known as "The Panic of 2008," adding that "giants (would) tumble to their deaths," which is exactly what we have witnessed with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and others. He also said that the dollar would eventually be devalued by as much as 90 per cent.
The consequence of what we have seen unfold this year would lead to a lowering in living standards, Celente predicted a year ago, which is also being borne out by plummeting retail sales figures.
“According to the May 1, 2008 CCC inventory report there are o nly 24.1 million bushels of wheat in inventory, so after this sale there will be o nly 2.7 million bushels of wheat left the entire CCC inventory, …[urlcryptogon.com...]the U.S. has nothing else in our emergency food pantry. There is no cheese, no butter, no dry milk powder, no grains or anything else left in reserve.[/url] The only thing left in the entire CCC inventory will be 2.7 million bushels of wheat which is about enough wheat to make ½ of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 million people in America.”
For some reason I haven't seen it yet, maybe it's coming, I don't know. One thing that seems astronomical is the price of bread but I thought it's just price gouging because I haven't seen flour go up all that much. Anyway I live in Earthquake territory so I have to keep food and water reserves on hand in case of a major earthquake.
Originally posted by havok
Goto your local grocery store and watch prices as I have.
It's not "overpopulation" that's causing the food crisis, it's economic policy.
Originally posted by dominicus
Its definitely due to over-population.
... even if Nato/Nafta kept reserves even that becomes dwindled.
Either way Nature gets the last say. Famines, floods, crop failures will decide who eats and who doesn't and a balance will come into play regardless
As an ironic example, long-term international food aid programs can artificially depress domestic food production and weaken local economies, building dependence, which can then be exploited by the donor as a tool for political control (i.e., famine as politics). It is, in fact, a hallmark of such programs.
I still say the world is over populated and we seem to be a plague...
You really should try and get informed about this important issue. Even though you seem emotionally married to the concept of "overpopulation", it might not hurt to consider the possibility that it is a fiction, created by TPTB for a purpose. THEIR purpose. (Which will not come out well for the rest of us, in all likelihood...including you?)
For starters, you might look into the global fertility catastrophe. Having the "feeling" that you have too many neighbors, and maybe even a good gut-feeling, that most should die, well, the idea may not hold up to scrutiny.
And if it all was a lie, how would you feel if billions died, for nothing more than our master's selfish and twisted desires? And how would you feel if you, and your family perhaps, were also chosen to die? I suspect that dying for a lie isn't at the top of most of our lists.
If billions die for lack of food, then it is what it is ....the natural equalizer of earths actions. Has nothing to do with some master.