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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #45 on: March 12, 2019, 03:04:29 PM »
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It will get worse.

A bit of an “understatement” me thinks ..

Venezuela in Complete Societal Collapse; Widespread Looting, Armed People attacking neighbors to get food . . ."We're Going to Start EATING EACH OTHER!"  :o

https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/venezuela-in-complete-societal-collapse-widespread-looting-armed-people-attacking-neighbors-to-get-food-we-re-going-to-start-eating-each-other

The country of Venezuela is in complete societal collapse after 119 hours without electricity in most of the country.

Below are bullet points of information coming out of Venezuela.  They need no context for the situation to be clearly understood:

 "NOTHING TO EAT, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN LOOTED IN MARACAIBO, I CANNOT BUY ANYTHING"

 "PEOPLE ARE LOOTING EVERYTHING IN LA CURVA DE MOLINA"

 
- MARACAIBO IS COLLAPSING

- 100 HOURS WITHOUT POWER/WATER SUPPLY

- WIDESPREAD LOOTING IS REPORTED EVERYWHERE

- THE ARMY IS OVERWHELMED, CLASHING WITH PROTESTERS IN SOME PARTS OF THE CITY, SOME MEMBERS HAVE JOINED THE LOOTING

BANDS OF ARMED PEOPLE ARE BREAKING INTO BUILDINGS AND APARTMENTS TO GET FOOD/THEY ARE THREATENING THE NEIGHBORS


“We’re going to arrive at a moment when we’re going to eat each other,” said Zuly González, 40, a resident of Caracas’s Chacao neighborhood.


Meanwhile, another electrical sub-station goes up in smoke . . .

DRINKING SEWER WATER

The video below shows just how desperate things have become; people are collecting SEWER WATER running into a river, to drink . . .


IT CAN HAPPEN HERE . . .

No one in Venezuela ever imagined their country could literally fall apart in days.  That's precisely what is taking place.

As much as we might dislike having to admit this; the same thing can happen here.

NONE of us is expecting any of this . . . just like the people in Venezuela did not expect decades of bad design and poor maintenance to come together in one fell swoop to wreck their national power grid.  Yet right now, Venezuela is 119 hours into grid failure and ANARCHY is taking over.


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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #46 on: March 12, 2019, 03:54:41 PM »
Is there a sense as to what proportion of the population has evacuated?

Seems that a year ago we rec'd word that businesses were shuttered because no one was left to run them...

We've also heard reports of "brain drain" in which the well-educated have already left.

That would seem to leave the most vulnerable populations behind...

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #47 on: March 12, 2019, 03:58:49 PM »
Suggested research project:

We might want to begin taking note as to how grocers react to any attempt on our part to stock up.

I was surprised to get a reaction from our local grocer for purchasing 3 whole bags of popcorn for my family of 4, to last a week:

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Those are awfully large bags...

I left the store with the impression, not the first time, that they will have difficulty restocking that item...

And heaven forbid attempting to really stock up at that location!  :-X

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #48 on: March 30, 2019, 09:45:47 AM »
Here's Ice Age Farmer's current global crop loss map:

http://iceagefarmer.com/map/

(screenshot below)
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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2019, 03:49:27 PM »
Christian of Ice Age Farmer reports that we should expect a shortage of onions and cauliflower by late spring due to crop failures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MWTFJdIjNk

Those readers who root-cellared onions this past autumn, whether store-bought or home-grown, may still have a number of them left over to tide them through this hopefully temporary issue.  Kudos if you do!

Just a reminder that the following raw foods can be purchased while available and root cellared in bins or on shelves in a cool, dark room, at least for a few months at a time, as a hedge against temporary shortages:

Potatoes, onions, tart apples, butternut squash, cabbage heads.

These items can be root cellared in boxes of sand or soil and kept even longer:

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Potatoes, carrots, turnips, radishes, beet root, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, leeks and shallots can all be sand stored with excellent results. They will keep for up to 6 months. Ginger and cauliflower will also sand store well.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/storing-root-crops-in-sand.htm

Also a reminder that the following raw foods can be kept for several months in a pantry in a warmer part of the house:

Pumpkins, acorn squash, whole garlic.

All of these foods are easy to store away in bulk, as they need no processing, but good air circulation is helpful for anything not buried in sand.

Others items to add to the list?

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2019, 07:25:25 PM »
Garlic is one of those crops that don't need much but shelf space or a place to hang from a hook.  It should not freeze, but can be kept cold, cool, almost room temp.

That was very informative, as I keep having to slice the penicillin off my raw ginger in the fridge.  I will try storing it in sterile sand for comparison. 

Good idea to give everyone a head's up about food shortages and how now is the time to be gathering and/or growing some of those crops that are so easy to store in sand. 

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #52 on: April 18, 2019, 07:25:18 PM »
Christian of Ice Age Farmer invites Dr. Anita Bailey, farmer, back for a subsequent interview. 

She discusses some areas in which farming has become more challenging that are off MSM's radar, among which are:

*A warning circulating among farmers not to place pregnant cows up for auction, because acute shortages mean they are being sent straight to slaughter for meat, rather than to a good home for mother and calf

*An inexplicable drop in the hatch rate of fertilized eggs (5-7% hatch-rate now, down from 50+%), regardless of poultry breed

*Farmers finding it to be less expensive to graze and feed grains to livestock at least part-time than to feed hay

*Decisions on whether to keep or sell off livestock are being based upon availability of hay

*Farmers are collectively aware that major changes are taking place directly affecting them and their livelihoods, but they are awaiting a formal explanation from PTB on which to base decisions about the future

More here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFujRyCjNhQ

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #53 on: April 26, 2019, 04:32:19 AM »
Spiking food prices are affecting even those in the developed world:


https://www.statista.com/chart/17813/uk-foodbank-use/

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #54 on: May 13, 2019, 05:33:47 AM »
The Associated Press news outlet has reported that Cuba is now forced to ration several foods in the wake of extreme shortages:

Among the restricted sales are chicken, eggs, rice, beans, powdered milk, sausage, peas, cooking oil, soap and other basic products.  The rationing of cooking oil has occurred in spite of previous government assurances that it would not happen.

Long-lines form as soon as these items appear in stores.  Some basic items may be absent for days or weeks from shops. 

The entire wholesale market, including imports and exports, is under government control, and all Cubans receive ration coupon books.  Anyone who circumvents rationing is labeled a "hoarder,"  though at the moment, anyone willing to pay a higher price for food can have free access to anything available.

Shortages have occurred sporadically ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, though for a period of time, subsidized fuel from Venezuela prior to that country's collapse allowed Cuba to produce more of its own food.  Cuba's food import program has been hampered most recently by spiraling international food prices, including from the U.S. as each country addresses its own agricultural crisis, lately often due to unpredictable weather.

The severity of the egg shortage mentioned by the AP article strongly suggests that Cuba's recent efforts to leave no vacant land untilled would benefit from being taken a step further: every household or apartment building with a courtyard big enough for a coop and chicken run needs to have its own hens on the premises.

Watch for a similar situation to occur in other places as the Grand Solar Minimum continues to progress...

https://www.apnews.com/42b62f24be9b4e0d9f764f1a3fa9647a

Referred by Mary Greeley News:
https://marygreeley.com/?p=85459



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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #55 on: May 20, 2019, 10:49:55 AM »
ZeroHedge reported this weekend that only 30% of the spring corn crops in the U.S. have been planted so far due to inclement weather, echoing Marshall's recent concerns about imminent food scarcity and price inflation:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-16/farmageddon-looms-only-30-us-corn-fields-have-been-planted-5-year-average-66

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    Iowa: 48 percent planted – 5 year average 76 percent

    Minnesota: 21 percent planted – 5 year average 65 percent

    North Dakota: 11 percent planted – 5 year average 43 percent

    South Dakota: 4 percent planted – 5 year average 54 percent

Referred by Dahboo77:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diEpXZhML_g

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #56 on: May 20, 2019, 03:26:28 PM »
R.R. thanks for your updates. Those are some real indicators of dire situations to come.
MadMax thanks for your posts...

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #57 on: May 20, 2019, 03:28:12 PM »
Garlic is one of those crops that don't need much but shelf space or a place to hang from a hook.  It should not freeze, but can be kept cold, cool, almost room temp.

That was very informative, as I keep having to slice the penicillin off my raw ginger in the fridge.  I will try storing it in sterile sand for comparison. 

Good idea to give everyone a head's up about food shortages and how now is the time to be gathering and/or growing some of those crops that are so easy to store in sand.

ilinda, that is so very true. You and R.R. have been setting some good examples for awhile, now.

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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #58 on: June 06, 2019, 12:09:27 PM »
Dave DuByne posted this informative chart of how U.S. corn production was distributed last year, with the purpose of discovering where any wiggle room might exist, if any, for 2019's dismal output:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrqxHLeqN8Y (video)
 
http://www.worldofcorn.com/#corn-usage-by-segment (chart and please see screenshot below)

The abbreviation "DDG's" at the top right-hand corner segment of corn indicates "Distillery Dried Grains." 

The largest un-subdivided category is "Feed and Residual," indicating all of the harvest kept behind on the farm or farm co-op, both for livestock and as the carryover cushion for the following year.  The carryover cushion of numerous farms in the Midwest was destroyed in this year's floods, leaving the U.S., and those specific farms in a very precarious position.  There is absolutely no wiggle room in this category.

Nor is there wiggle room remaining in corn for fuel, food and beverage processing, or agricultural seed for next year (the blue dots).

"Exports" and "DDG's (alcohol production)" may be the only two categories with any discretionary slack remaining.  Thoughts about those categories:

Am guessing that in difficult times, people who are stressed and depressed may turn even more heavily to alcohol as a comfort item, and that although prices may go through the ceiling, the demand will remain proportionate.  So no wiggle room there.

That leaves "Exports."  Only as recently as January did we see China's Vice Premier in the Oval Office receiving promises of more grain in exports than our nation even produces:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1P-BUEaH3U @ around 9:45

This chart showing the optimistic U.S. soybean tonnage projection of 123 million metric tons for 2019 was probably published before the floods:
https://www.statista.com/statistics/263926/soybean-production-in-selected-countries-since-1980/

FYI: All international agriculture is negotiated in metric tons, which are about 10% heavier than our U.S. short ton.

So China's Vice Premier asked for 5 million tons per day (1.8 billion tons per year) of our soybeans, when we only produce 123 million tons per year.  That's Million with an "M", rather than Billion with a "B."  Granting China's impossible request would divert 100% of America's soybeans for their use.  Of course, this oral discussion in front of the press may differ significantly from what actually ended up in the official contract.

Large amounts of U.S. farmland are now already owned outright by Chinese interests, who are free to export crops back to their homeland.  The total acreage owned by Chinese nationals in 2017 was over 23 million, per Modern Farmer:
https://modernfarmer.com/2017/07/theres-foreign-owned-american-farmland-size-tennessee-know/



More disturbing is that the U.S. is indebted to China for over $1 trillion, and may find itself in an awkward or even compromising position in order to satisfy that debt:
https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/080615/china-owns-us-debt-how-much.asp

Yet most disturbing of all is DuByne's side-by-side presentation of graphs (@ around 13:17) of estimated world corn production vs. world corn consumption for 2019.  A dire picture emerges, as the growing world population suddenly finds itself not fully fed - at least not on corn. 
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Re: Food shortages materializing
« Reply #59 on: June 06, 2019, 02:00:53 PM »
Ice Age Farmer has documented the dire shortage of hay in Ohio:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nlkUWt7adA

This is from spring hay auctions in one location:

Normal average number of monthly small bales brought for auction: 300-500

April: 439 bales which sold for an average of $5.64 each (depending upon type and cutting)

May: 195 bales which sold for an average of $6.91 each

June: 15 bales which sold for an average of $65.00 each, split between two desperate farmers.  No one else got any.

Moral: Those with livestock may want to begin stocking up now for the coming winter, as local farmers may begin withdrawing their hay from the market, or inflating the price, this haying season.





 

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