Category: Food Shortage

2013 A Year Of Food Crisis

A lot of people were relieved the End of the World eluded Earth again… Many saw this as an opportunity to party hard, hang out with family and friends, share love and positive thoughts and smile more often. Which I strongly recommend. But, without having the intention of being the Grinch here, I feel the need to remind you the world hasn’t changed its color to pink. Just the opposite.

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source: guardian.co.uk

According to The Guardian, world grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States and other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year.

This is due to several reasons:

Failing harvests in the US, Russia, Ukraine and other countries, which brought reserves to the lowest level since 1974.

The US has already reached a historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the next year. On a global level, wheat production is expected to be at least 5.2% below last year, and other grains such as rice or soybeans are on the brink of extinction.

“We’ve not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year,” said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).” (guardian.co.uk)

Prices of main food crops (wheat, maize) are now close to the 2008 level and are estimated to reach a brand new historical level in 2013.

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According to the FAO, 2012 has brought food prices to a sore point, raising 1.4% September following and an additional 6% (!) in July. But that’s piece of cake comparing to what’s in for us next year…

Lester Brown, president of the Earth policy research centre in Washington states for The Guardian:

“We are entering a new era of rising food prices and spreading hunger.

Food supplies are tightening everywhere and land is becoming the most sought-after

commodity as the world shifts from an age of food abundance to one of scarcity…

The geopolitics of food is fast overshadowing the geopolitics of oil.”

The geopolitics of oil have already caused at least two wars in the past decade. And oil is simply something we use for fuel. Just think of what will happen when people start fighting over food. And I don’t mean neighbors trying to get the last pack of wheat… I mean countries fighting over food sources! I’m talking about…

A Food War that’s basically inevitable, since…

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When Food Banks go dry, people get angry. A LOT of people! You’ve surely seen the last food stamps statistics. 1 million Americans went poor in just two months. These people depend on help from the state. And when the state won’t be able to feed them anymore, they’ll take the streets by the time they have to skip the third meal.

But, you see, the government would do anything (and I do mean ANYTHING) to keep people under control. This means the prospect of having millions raging on the streets is unacceptable. Therefore, they’d rather start a Food War than deal with a mass of angry, hungry citizens.

And since our army budget is about 30% of our economy income, war shouldn’t be a problem for the government. It’s all business. In the past 10 years, we’ve been involved in nearly every military conflict in the world. Starting a Food War to keep the sheeple fed and quiet is just another thing on the list…

Lester Brown seems to predict a similar fate for countries affected by the food crisis, such as the U.S.:

“Food shortages undermined earlier civilizations. We are on the same path. Each country is now fending for itself. The world is living one year to the next. (…) We are beginning a new chapter. We will see food unrest in many more places.”

In the light of these dark predictions for 2013, I urge you to take action and protect your family from the looming meltdown. We are not able to control weather, food prices or food reserves… but we can make a better future for our loved ones. Better enter the New Year prepared for whatever it may bring than being caught in the first line of combat in the Food War. Stay safe in 2013!

By Alec Deacon

When Man Becomes Zombie

This is what happened in Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake, when trucks came loaded with food and started handing it out to hungry residents.I must have watched this video about 10 times in a row. It terrifies me every single time, but I still watch it. I can’t help it. You don’t get to see people acting like starving wolves every day. It’s shocking, like an exotic disease that us, Americans, can only see on Discovery Channel. But the truth is… this has happened here, in the USA, a million times. And it will happen more and more often, as soon as the food crisis ravages stores and supermarkets and food prices hit new records.

It’s not a matter of if, but of how soon? And I’ll show you exactly why.

It all started with an article I read on shtfplan.com, “Zombie Entertainment: A Lesson in Cognitive Dissonance and the Red Pill”. Sounds very complicated, but the idea behind it is very simple: in extreme situations, people forget how to be people and become animals. Zombies, if you like, since it’s fashionable.

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It’s a proven scientific fact: when confronted with uncomfortable, surprising situations, people are more likely to engage into immoral, violent behaviour. According to Kimberly Paxton, the author of the article, this is called “cognitive dissonance”, one of Dr. Festinger’s behavioral theories.

It can be described as a powerful mental discomfort when a person is caught between two opposite (or different) values: the reality that requires a behaviour society would normally reject… and his/her moral belief system.

Want to guess which one of these two completely vanishes? It’s the moral system because it gets in the way of survival. Unconsciously, your mind blocks your principles, your values, your education… and unleashes an animalic behaviour that will help you survive. How scary is that? Imagine that, in half a second, everything you knew about yourself disappears and Dr. Jekyll suddenly turns to Mr. Hyde.

Something like this:

The classic Black Friday compilation. Starts off alright, people laughing and having fun, waiting to get in the store and buy lots of stuff they don’t need… and then… hell breaks loose. Men, women, children, elders… they all fight, bite, swear, yell and threaten each other. And all for a few useless items on sale. Can you imagine what these people would do if they had NO food, NO water, and NO power?

They take over YOUR town.

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New Orleans was kneed down by looters after Katrina had already ravaged the city. People who once were friends and neighbors started breaking into each other’s homes and looted like there was no tomorrow.

Right now, you might not be able to picture just how easy it is to turn from a respectable human being to an animal blinded by hate. But, as it has been proved over and over again for centuries… all it takes is a frantic mob, the feeling you’re under pressure and someone to start a fight or break a window… and there you go! Chaos sets in.

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And it doesn’t even have to get that tragic for the fight to begin… People start acting like beasts the minute they’re pulled out of their comfort zone. And Hurricane Sandy showed us that, better than ever. Just look at what happens right here, in the U.S, when gas becomes rare and precious:

That was filmed about a month and a half ago. Not during Medieval times. Not for the movie Fight Club. And it’s not some candid camera kind of prank, either. It’s for real. Somewhere, at a gas station in New York, people were attacking each other like madmen, because they were frustrated from sitting in line for gas!

So why are we even surprised when we read something like…

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“As the small amount of food ran out, the survivors debated whether they should eat the pilot (who had previously died from a head injury).

“We thought about the pilot, I don’t know how to say it … to feed ourselves from him. We thought about this, but some people were not in agreement because the situation was already so extreme,” Suazo said.”

That sounds absolutely gruesome, doesn’t it? And it’s remarkably similar to that plane crash in 1972 when members of an Uruguayan rugby team actually fed on their friends and teammates to stay alive. When I first heard of this, many years ago, I was disgusted and couldn’t even imagine what kind of monsters would do that for their own survival. And then, in 2008, I read the news on the Chilean plane crash… and somehow, the picture became clearer.

I realized people will never be people when dealing with disasters or crises. Not ever! Not because humanity isn’t evolving, but because there’s a stronger urge deep down that takes over like a demon, to make sure we survive.

Unfortunately, this is a burden we have to bear. And, to keep it under the surface, we must prepare for the coming crisis, before we find ourselves losing control. There’s no need to fight the demon. You just have to lock it inside.

By Alec Deacon

The Good Old Days Are Over

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Do you remember “the good old days”? It’s a simple question, but a question that induces different images to different people. I have found myself spending a lot of time lately thinking of the way things used to be and hoping that someday our country can somehow get back to those days again. Looking at our current state of affairs in this nation and around the world, there is only one conclusion that can be made…the good old days are over.

I wrote this article because children being born today, in my opinion, will not be able to look back and remember the near future as “the good old days”. As I write this, the US national debt is at $16.2 trillion with unfunded liabilities of $123.3 trillion. With Uncle Ben’s QE3 promising to print fiat money perpetually can there be any doubt that the days of the US dollar being the world currency are numbered. Everyone reading this article has a share of $442,881 of the nation’s debt and liabilities. If your children or grandchildren can’t read yet, please tell them that they also owe $442,881 as well and thank them for supporting our wasteful spending that got us to this point. Source: http://usadebtclock.com/

But don’t worry, there are elections coming. Surely the American public can see the dire straits our nation is in and elect leaders who can recognize and deal with the nation’s problems and bring us back to becoming a nation of producers instead of consumers, right? Leaders will be elected who will make the extreme sacrifices necessary to bring forth a United States where the outstretched hands of the masses will be filled with charitable donations from a robust society instead of being empty, waiting for them to be stuffed with their entitlement from the government, all the while feeling as though they earned it because they stand unproductively on dirt within our border.

I have to apologize for the last paragraph; I have always wondered what it would feel like to write fiction. The hard cold reality is that there is no possible orderly way out of the financial mess our society is in and the above mentioned dirt was probably the last thing made in the USA. To break it down simply, here are some simple and easy to understand economical facts:

1. You need to produce more than you consume or you are broke.

2. You cannot pay off a credit card with a credit card without consequences.

3. There is no possible way the nation’s debts and unfunded liabilities will ever be paid.

Currently, the Federal Reserve purchases the vast majority of the US Debt. There simply aren’t many buyers left who believe it to be a sound investment anymore. In 2011, congress waited until the last minute to raise the debt ceiling after much political wrangling back and forth. Was there ever any doubt by anyone that it would happen? Is there any doubt that it will happen again? What happens when it hits $50 trillion? As long as we have the ability to continue to print more money to fund our yearly deficit and make payments on the interest of existing debt, it will continue. As it continues, the US dollar will continue to be worth less and less. Commodities such as food, gas and all physical goods purchased will get more and more expensive, leaving less and less purchasing power for the American people.

You don’t have to be Nostradamus to predict that we are on the cusp of a major financial collapse. I’m not only talking about the United States, I’m talking about the world. The can has been kicked down the road almost as far as it can be kicked and we just passed a dead end sign. We will soon see massive inflation or hyperinflation, riots in the streets as we have seen around the world and as I have heard stated many times, people with nothing left to lose will lose it.

So what can we do? The answer can be summed up in one word. Prepare. Prepare as though it may happen tomorrow. Prepare as though your life and the lives of your loved ones depend on it because it does and they do. Start exercising and working out to prepare your body for the tough times coming. Prepare yourself mentally so that when it hits the fan you don’t find yourself in the panicked state that 95% of the public will be in. Prepare to be warm when it is cold outside or cool when it is hot outside. Prepare a plan of what you and your family will do at different levels of collapse. Prepare to eat when grocery store shelves are bare. Prepare to drink when the tap fails to deliver water. Prepare for what to do when your neighbors or family or friends show up at your doorstep because they were too busy watching television. Prepare to defend what needs to be defended. Prepare prepare prepare.

Realize that at this point there is nothing you can do about the debt of this nation. There is nothing you can do to change what is coming in the Middle East. Regardless of the result of the upcoming election, neither candidate has dared utter the words broke or sacrifice. Your only job at this point is to get yourself and your loved ones you choose to help through what is coming, whatever it may be. This isn’t being selfish. This, my friends…is survival.

I truly believe that when the dust settles, we will emerge as a great and free nation. Life will be hard, but there will be more meaning to the tasks of the day. Communities will be stronger. People will be healthier. Families will be closer. To get from this point to that, there will be much misery, but the greater the struggle, the greater the victory. It is up to us in the prepping community to get our families and loved ones through the upcoming collapse. I pray that someday, my children and grandchildren will be able to look back and say “Those were the good old days.” because I chose to prepare.

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

Take refuge, my friends.

God Bless,

By Norse Prepper

www.shtfplan.com