posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 03:36 PM
One of the surprising things about the Great Depression in the USA is how few people actually died, once you disregard infant mortality rates. The
death rates did go up slightly, more so in the countryside--people freezing to death when they were cut off from help/rescue--- a bit like the Donner
Party, but no hard evidence...
A number of the freezings were hoboes who fell asleep on trains, and just never woke up because of the cold. Others were minorities, immigrants and
appalachians who had moved north (cleveland/toledo/detroit/chicago) and were not prepared for the cold.
Unlike our generation, air conditioning was practically unknown. Probably, the people who would have died in heatwaves had already done so before the
GD hit, and so they aren't noticeable in the statistics.
Food was much more local 80 years ago; even "city people" had gardens, or at the produce of truck gardens just outside the city limits. The same
was true in the soviet union during its collapse. The American infrastructure has truly massive redundancies built into it (a feature of a free-er
market), but currently has no real provision for local food. Economic collapses are slow enough to give urbanites a chance to take up gardening (as
happened in Moscow and its suburbs in 1991). But a massive shock, like a continent-wide drought, can only have one end.
And that's the whole problem with famines, really. They don't creep up on you; you just go to the store and are told that the suppliers have all
suspended deliveries. By the time you put your own family relocation plan in place, you will have probably already missed several meals. The people
around you may not even be capable of developing a plan.
On the other hand, there are truly vast reserves of "feed grain" in america's granaries. It is not legal to serve it to humans. I have eaten it,
as a lot of folks around the world have. China routinely buys feed corn in the US to feed its people. Were talking tens of billions of
bushels---some of it 2 or 3 years old---but all of it some form of starch or protein.
Which brings it all back to a question of distribution. The same reason that people starve in Ethiopia and Somalia. We have the food. But often,
there is no physical way to get the food to them.