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20 Signs That A Horrific Global Food Crisis Is Coming

Courtesy of Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse

In case you haven’t noticed, the world is on the verge of a horrific global food crisis. At some point, this crisis will affect you and your family. It may not be today, and it may not be tomorrow, but it is going to happen. Crazy weather and horrifying natural disasters have played havoc with agricultural production in many areas of the globe over the past couple of years. Meanwhile, the price of oil has begun to skyrocket.

The entire global economy is predicated on the ability to use massive amounts of inexpensive oil to cheaply produce food and other goods and transport them over vast distances. Without cheap oil the whole game changes. Topsoil is being depleted at a staggering rate and key aquifers all over the world are being drained at an alarming pace. Global food prices are already at an all-time high and they continue to move up aggressively. So what is going to happen to our world when hundreds of millions more people cannot afford to feed themselves?

Most Americans are so accustomed to supermarkets that are absolutely packed to the gills with massive amounts of really inexpensive food that they cannot even imagine that life could be any other way. Unfortunately, that era is ending.

There are all kinds of indications that we are now entering a time when there will not be nearly enough food for everyone in the world. As competition for food supplies increases, food prices are going to go up. In fact, at some point they are going to go way up.

Let’s look at some of the key reasons why an increasing number of people believe that a massive food crisis is on the horizon.

The following are 20 signs that a horrific global food crisis is coming….

#1 According to the World Bank, 44 million people around the globe have been pushed into extreme poverty since last June because of rising food prices.

#2 The world is losing topsoil at an astounding rate. In fact, according to Lester Brown, “one third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming through natural processes”.

#3 Due to U.S. ethanol subsidies, almost a third of all corn grown in the United States is now used for fuel. This is putting a lot of stress on the price of corn.

#4 Due to a lack of water, some countries in the Middle East find themselves forced to almost totally rely on other nations for basic food staples. For example, it is being projected that there will be no more wheat production in Saudi Arabia by the year 2012.

#5 Water tables all over the globe are being depleted at an alarming rate due to “overpumping”. According to the World Bank, there are 130 million people in China and 175 million people in India that are being fed with grain with water that is being pumped out of aquifers faster than it can be replaced. So what happens once all of that water is gone?

#6 In the United States, the systematic depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer could eventually turn “America’s Breadbasket” back into the “Dust Bowl”.

#7 Diseases such as UG99 wheat rust are wiping out increasingly large segments of the world food supply.

#8 The tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan have rendered vast agricultural areas in that nation unusable. In fact, there are many that believe that eventually a significant portion of northern Japan will be considered to beuninhabitable. Not only that, many are now convinced that the Japanese economy, the third largest economy in the world, is likely to totally collapse as a result of all this.

#9 The price of oil may be the biggest factor on this list. The way that we produce our food is very heavily dependent on oil. The way that we transport our food is very heavily dependent on oil. When you have skyrocketing oil prices, our entire food production system becomes much more expensive. If the price of oil continues to stay high, we are going to see much higher food prices and some forms of food production will no longer make economic sense at all.

#10 At some point the world could experience a very serious fertilizer shortage. According to scientists with the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative, the world is not going to have enough phosphorous to meet agricultural demand in just 30 to 40 years.

#11 Food inflation is already devastating many economies around the globe. For example, India is dealing with an annual food inflation rate of 18 percent.

#12 According to the United Nations, the global price of food reached a new all-time high in February.

#13 According to the World Bank, the global price of food has risen 36%over the past 12 months.

#14 The commodity price of wheat has approximately doubled since last summer.

#15 The commodity price of corn has also about doubled since last summer.

#16 The commodity price of soybeans is up about 50% since last June.

#17 The commodity price of orange juice has doubled since 2009.

#18 There are about 3 billion people around the globe that live on the equivalent of 2 dollars a day or less and the world was already on the verge of economic disaster before this year even began.

#19 2011 has already been one of the craziest years since World War 2. Revolutions have swept across the Middle East, the United States has gotten involved in the civil war in Libya, Europe is on the verge of a financial meltdown and the U.S. dollar is dying. None of this is good news for global food production.

#20 There have been persistent rumors of shortages at some of the biggest suppliers of emergency food in the United States. The following is an excerpt from a recent “special alert” posted on Raiders News Network….

Look around you. Read the headlines. See the largest factories of food, potassium iodide, and other emergency product manufacturers literally closing their online stores and putting up signs like those on Mountain House’s Official Website and Thyrosafe’s Factory Webpage that explain, due to overwhelming demand, they are shutting down sales for the time being and hope to reopen someday.

So what does all of this mean?

It means that time is short.

For years, many “doom and gloomers” have been yelling and screaming that a food crisis is coming.

Well, up to this point there hasn’t been much to get alarmed about. Food prices have started to rise, but the truth is that our stores are still packed to the rafters will gigantic amounts of relatively cheap food.

However, you would have to be an idiot not to see the warning signs. Just look at what happened in Japan after March 11th. Store shelves were cleared out almost instantly.

It isn’t going to happen today, and it probably isn’t going to happen tomorrow, but at some point a major league food crisis is going to strike.

So what are you and your family going to do then?

You might want to start thinking about that.


World News: A Message from Steve Shenk, CEO of eFoods Global

Listen to Steve Shenk’s message in the eFoods Global Media Center or on our replay line, 507-726-3822, option 3.

Two weeks ago, after one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, the ocean rose up and swallowed entire coastal regions of Japan, killing thousands, rendering tens of thousands homeless, and crippling critical industries. Our prayers go out to those who lost their lives and to the survivors, many of whom were able to salvage nothing more than life itself.

At eFoods Global we’re not surprised by natural (or man-made) disasters. These unfortunate events have been occurring with greater and greater frequency. However, we ARE shocked and saddened that so few people are prepared for even small disruptions in our often-tenuous supply chain.

Helping folks prepare for the predicted and the unexpected has been the mission of eFoods Global. Today, we are sounding the alarm for a coming economic crash that is not only expected, it is a certainty. The tragedy in Japan is just the latest shock in a series of tremors that will result in the most destructive economic tsunami to ever hit our planet!

Here are just a few more urgent matters foretelling the perfect storm:

* Rising worldwide demand for commodities to be intensified as Japan begins to rebuild
* Shortages of critical automobile and computer components from Japanese industry will result in more layoffs here in America
* Increasing tensions in the Middle East driving gas prices to record levels (food prices always match fuel prices)
* High gas prices are forcing more businesses to close their doors, ensuring more lost jobs
* Countries with the highest populations have lost their crops to drought and are buying American unprotected exports of food, creating huge future shortages
* The US dollar is falling against all major currencies, inflating prices of gold and silver
* We are in the sixth year of a worldwide famine caused by erratic weather that has destroyed global crops
* Banks are refusing necessary seasonal loans to farmers causing fewer acres to be planted and food items to be sold
* Ethanol subsidies are driving fuel and food prices
* Relaxed investment regulations allowing speculation in food commodities
* Modern agricultural methods are dependent on petroleum—as fuel prices rise, food costs skyrocket

The fuse is now lit for the greatest explosion in FOOD prices the world has ever seen! Millions of people will ultimately have to grow their own food. With the speed at which the world and American food conditions are deteriorating, there is not time to grow food, and the task of canning to freeze food prices and availability at present levels is virtually impossible.

Will you be able to feed yourself and your loved ones when a cup of soup and a slice of bread sells for $50 or more? For most of us, the ONLY option is to secure a supply of food now before these economic tidal waves flood our shores.

These events that affect us so intensely are beyond our control. But our greatest dependency, food, will enable us to deal with all of these adversities if we are wise in our preparations and to empower ourselves with the thought that “if it is to be, it’s up to me”.

Please consider freezing the cost and availability of your food by getting the most you can, while you can.

Steve Shenk, eFoods Global CEO

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