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Food/Financial Crisis of 2011

Published on February 15, 2011

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World food inflation is smashing down on the world’s populations as prices rise precipitously in the face of increasing shortages and absurd monetary policies. Prices are rising everywhere. It is not millions but billions of people who must tighten their belts because they have no choice but to eat less. Billions of people on our planet have no discretionary funds so they just cannot afford the increased prices. They have to get by with less to eat. They have no choice.

Things can get so bad that people will not be able to buy foods at any price because they simply will not be available because they have been bought up by someone else. I am not talking about your neighbor here who just happened to beat you to the supermarket this morning. Imagine if China pulls out a $100 billion out of its almost bottomless pockets and purchases grain to feed its billions? Why wouldn’t they, after all, spend increasingly worthless paper on a mountain of food?

Below you will see that this is a real threat because of the drought that is going on there. Other governments are already stockpiling food staples in an attempt to contain panic buying, inflation and social unrest. There is nothing pretty about this quickly evolving food catastrophe and with each week the story only becomes gloomier.

The price of wheat is up 78.13 percent over 
the past 12 months and still going higher.

Everywhere we turn we see dramatic climate events taking their toll on crops. The cold weather experienced across much of the U.S. in early February made its way deep into Mexico and early reports estimate 80-100 percent crop losses, which are having an immediate impact on prices in U.S. grocery stores with more volatility to come. As a result, prices on cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and asparagus are set to explode in the states if in fact there will be much of any of these vegetables available at all.

Storms in China’s far western Xinjiang flattened or damaged
about 100,000 homes, and more than 15,000 head of livestock
were killed by the cold front that set in on the 16th of January.

“Minimal rainfall or snow this winter has crippled China’s major agricultural regions, leaving many of them parched. Crop production has fallen sharply as the worst drought in six decades shows no sign of letting up.” A severe drought has persisted in China’s northern territories for several months. In Hebei province, the farmers haven’t seen any rain for five months. What is going on in China has global breadbasket implications. So dire is the situation becoming that, “If the weather turns warmer and there is still no rain, then we will not be talking about lower agricultural production, but rather zero production, because the seedlings will all be dead,” reported one Chinese official. Wheat prices in Chicago jumped nearly two percent on the 8th of February when the United Nations’ food agency issued a rare alert that China’s crop was in trouble.

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Record-breaking snowfall pounded South Korea’s east coast last Saturday when waist-deep snow stranded hundreds of motorists on highways and destroyed dozens of houses. The roofs of dozens of houses, livestock sheds, vinyl greenhouses—even a bowling alley—collapsed under the weight of the snow. According to the Gangwon Regional Meteorological Administration, the two-day snowfall in the area reached 43 inches (110 cm) in Samcheok, 39 inches (100.1 cm) in Donghae, 22 inches (56.3 cm) in Daegwallyeong mountain pass, and 17 inches (42.8 cm) in Sokcho.

Before Korea was hit it was Vietnam. After enduring a freezing cold with temperatures in mountainous areas dropping to – 4° C, northern Vietnam is undergoing another fresh cold snap. The record low temperature this year had frozen over 7,000 buffaloes and cows to death in more than 12 northern mountainous provinces, said Deputy Head of the Livestock Breeding Department Nguyen Thanh Son.

The location has been changing week by week but its one place on the planet after another being hit with agriculturally destructive weather patterns. Global food production and supply are being beaten down just as financial and monetary inflation also takes hold.

Financial-Sourced Causes of Price Increases

“Nasty weather in key agricultural markets around the world has savaged the global grain crop, meaning worldwide supplies can’t help but be squeezed. Australia, for instance, is experiencing additional flooding in areas that were already battered by the torrential rains of November, December and January. And as if the supply-related increase in agricultural commodities wasn’t enough, there’s also the U.S. dollar—and the so-called “race to the bottom“—to contend with. Make no mistake: The endless devaluations in the greenback are having a worldwide impact on agricultural commodity prices. Since commodities are priced in dollars, these devaluations translate into higher prices for grains and other food-related commodities,” writes Jack Barnes.

The Federal Reserve is printing money almost limitlessly now to extend the life of the United States government that is addicted to increasing debt and deficits. They are injecting money (debt) at a furious pace producing stacks of fine quality paper with colored ink. This blatant act of self-preservation is striking hard at the lower and middle classes around the world who have to pay higher and higher prices for their food, which on international markets is denominated in dollars. The day of reckoning for the dollar inches closer every day, as the Fed issues more Treasuries and floods the market with more devalued paper. Inevitably, this will cause prices to rise faster and faster as the value of U.S. currency drops further, pushing food prices up and up the side of a steep slope. The world is paying for American debt in terms of high food and energy prices.

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So, the present tragedy is going to be compounded by too much money chasing the availability of food. Even in America, if you are not financially independent, the odds are good that someday you could be waiting in line to feed yourself and your family. It’s a mistake, even at this early point, to take this delicious-looking bread for granted.

We are not allowing yet onto our collective radar screens exactly what we are facing in the months and years ahead. The world is still looking normal for the “haves” but those who have less feel the avalanche of climbing food prices. We are only at the very beginning of a crisis that has “going to get much worse” written all over it.

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  • Bob

    World top 15 food exporter in $ (decreasing order)
    Brazil
    Netherlands
    China
    Argentina
    Australia
    Thailand
    New Zealand
    Denmark
    Canada
    India
    Chile
    Vietnam
    France
    Turkey
    Ireland

    World top 15 food importer in $ (increasing order)
    Taiwan
    Greece
    Egypt
    Switzerland
    United States
    Sweden
    Algeria
    Portugal
    Hong Kong
    Saudi Arabia
    Korea, South
    Russia
    Italy
    Germany
    United Kingdom
    Japan

  • belinda

    I read the other day that the gov. has contracted billions of survival foods and dehydrated foods. thats why it is so expensive to buy for ourselves right now. and I hope you dont think the gov will use it to feed us pe-ons who worked to put the money in this country. it will probably be stored in that big cave in w. virginia and in I think the desert place is in colo.

  • Gman

    Like several of the others, when my friend from another country sent me this web site I was not shocked or frightened, because, it reminded me of

    Here’s a quote from The Revelation Climax book:
    *** re chap. 16 pp. 95-96 pars. 22-23 Four Horsemen at the Gallop! ***

    “John has more to tell us: “And I heard a voice as if in the midst of the four living creatures say: ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the olive oil and the wine.’” (Revelation 6:6) All four cherubs are united in expressing a need to watch food supplies carefully—just as the people had to “eat bread by weight and in anxious care” prior to Jerusalem’s destruction in 607 B.C.E. (Ezekiel 4:16)

    In John’s time, a quart of wheat was reckoned to be the daily ration for a soldier. How much would such a ration cost? One denarius—a whole day’s wage! (Matthew 20:2) What if a man had a family? Well, he could buy three quarts of unpolished barley instead. Even that would feed only a small family. And barley was not viewed as a quality food such as wheat.

    What is implied by the statement, “Do not harm the olive oil and the wine”? Some have viewed it as meaning that while many would be short of food and even starving, the luxuries of the rich would not be harmed. But in the Middle East, oil and wine are not really luxuries. In Bible times, bread, oil, and wine were viewed as staples. (Compare Genesis 14:18; Psalm 104:14, 15.) Water was not always good, so wine was widely used for drinking and sometimes for medicinal purposes. (1 Timothy 5:23) With regard to oil, in Elijah’s day the widow of Zarephath, poor as she was, still had some oil left with which to cook her remaining flour. (1 Kings 17:12) Therefore, the command “do not harm the olive oil and the wine” appears to be advice not to use up these basic commodities too quickly but to be sparing in their use. Otherwise, they will be ‘harmed,’ that is, they will run out before the famine ends.”

  • Paul Skillcorn

    I think all this panic about food shortages is totally unnecessary, When did any of Jehovahs people ever go hungery during before or after being saved. Noah didnt, the Israelites didnt though due to their own stubbornness they were made to eat Manna longer than they wanted to.
    Do not cut the hand of Jehovah short by ignoring the fact that he has Promised not to let those who love him starve. Matthew 6 vs 25 – 28.
    See you in Paradise very soon.

  • Cally

    I know some folks who have 3 or 4 kids and still having more. If you think food is sparse or expensive now, wait until 2050 when the earth’s population will be double what it is now. If people can’t voluntarily limit their families to 2 children, then later on their grandchildren will possibly face starvation. And I know a lot of people with the attitude that our descendants can worry about themselves – it’s all about ‘me’ attitude. What about these folks who drive around in these huge gas-guzzling SUV’s…do you think they are worried about whether or not there will be anything left for the grandchildren except huge lots of demolished cars and a cup of rice a day? If you care, act like it.

  • Steve

    REVELATION 6:5, 6: “….Then I saw a black horse, and its rider had a balance scale in one hand. I heard what sounded like a voice from somewhere among the four living creatures. It said, “A quart of wheat will cost you a whole day’s wages! Three quarts of barley will cost you a day’s wages too. But don’t ruin the olive oil or the wine.” [CEV]

  • One minor correction to an outstanding article. The Fed does not issue Treasury debt, but it certainly does buy plenty of it to keep this joke of a financial system afloat.

  • Andy

    What a shameless person you are, plying your stupid financial products on people. Disgusting. I hope nobody enriches this clown by clicking those links.

  • Hello eschatology lovers,
    I live south of Tampa Bay in Florida and I am interested in other mid-income folks like
    myself who are interested in “PREPPING” FOR THE SUPPOSED END OF DAYS. I will return all
    emails. Thanks with kindest regards, Steve,ravensteve88@yahoo.com

  • Nuttbush54

    In relating to food storage due to the shortages coming, what happened to your posts on what to buy weekly? I was following and they just abruptly stopped after the 14-15 week mark. I wish you would continue.

  • Ron

    yes, it is coming. What is just beginning to take place was predicted centuries ago. Not to sound like a religous fanatic but you all should read 2 timothy 3:1-5 followed by Matthew the 24th chapter. The governments will not be able to stop this. They are the ones that caused most of it along with the greed that has caused the financial melt down that we are now dealing with.

    • lonerider

      Don’t be down on the fanatics and there’s nothing wrong with beleaving in a creator. The flood of Noah’s day is well documented and the only one’s that survived it were, yep you guessed it religious fanatics. the only one’s that will survive the coming tribulation will be people that beleave in the God that created them, his king ( Christ) his government (kingdom of God)and zealously proclaim this good news door to door throughout the entire World. OH, you mean those religious fanatics. Hopefully they will preach harder and harder so that many more can survive and enjoy the kingdom of God.

      • JSChick

        As one of those religious fanatics, I go door-to-door everyday and am finding more people listening. We’ve been telling them this for years, but they didn’t want to hear it. Now it’s right in the face. Hopefully they haven’t waited too long.

        Wake up people, the message is out there you just have to open your mind.

  • Amy Emerson

    People have no idea how bad things will get. It’s coming. The empty grocery store shelves. A piece of bread will buy a bag of gold. We’ll wish we’d all been ready. Food Riots will happen. Those who did not prepare will be knocking at YOUR door if you DID. Wheat = Flour, BUY it NOW. The price of wheat has already gone up over 78 percent in the last 12 months. Can you say “Rice and Beans” three times fast?? Globalist Food Prices are on the horizon EVERYWHERE. May God help us all as the food riots already happening in Middle East and Aisa are already happening. Be prepared. Good Luck to you and your families out here in this crazy world.

    • Hi Amy,

      Very well stated.

      This is my first time here at this site. I wanted to draw your attention to my website, linked above. The reason is because you obviously get it, and deserve to see my website, before it goes dark, within days. Things are speeding up, and I’m now removing my presence from the internet for OPSEC (Operational Security).

      See you on the other side of collapse (hopefully),

      Jerry

  • mi

    think they might quit dunning the public for property taxes long enough that they might get time to plant their spaces with long and short term productions of foods,…nope… “they” know better how to use “public” moneys and time and will take care of the starving scum they create ….does “concentration camps” ring a bell…….