Yesterday, I was surfing the Internet, reading the latest news, when I stumbled upon a very interesting article on CNN. It was called “Why 2013 will be a year of crisis”, written by David Frum (CNN contributor).
I don’t know if you’ve read it, but if you did, I want to ask you something. Didn’t you just feel like nodding with every single sentence you read? Because I found myself doing just that, from top to bottom. In just 600 words, this article sums up an almost morbid prediction about the coming worldwide food crisis.
Here’s just a few key notes:
“Prediction: 2013 will be a year of serious global crisis. That crisis is predictable, and in fact has already begun. It will inescapably confront the next president of the United States. “
“The drought has ruined key crops. The corn harvest is expected to drop to the lowest level since 1995. In just July, prices for corn and wheat jumped about 25% each, prices for soybeans about 17%.”
“Surveys for Gallup find that the typical American family is spending one-third less on foodtoday, adjusting for inflation, than in 1969.”
“When grain prices spiked in 2007-2008, bread riots shook 30 countriesacross the developing world, from Haiti to Bangladesh, according to the Financial Times”
And he ends the article with a conclusion that, as David puts it, is anything but reassuring::
“Will 2013 bring us social turmoil in Brazil, strikes in China or revolution in Pakistan? The answer can probably be read in the price indexes of the commodities exchanges — and it is anything but reassuring.”
But what about Americans?
Let’s take the average American and put him face to face with the harshest food crisis of the century. Now, I won’t even compare his situation with the sufferance South Africans deal with, as we’re dealing with two completely different worlds here. I’ll just stick to comparing the before the crisis – after the crisis life of a regular Joe.
First, let’s take the root of all evil: the worst drought in 75 years. The media has been raging on this subject for months now, but I personally doubt Americans actually understand what this drought means to our economy (with some exceptions, obviously).
80% of our crops are currently destroyed, but 95% of Americans are still completely unprepared for the coming crisis. I’m sorry, but I’m just going to deem that as sheer ignorance. I just can’t tell what they imagine they’ll be eating in two months’ time… And how they’ll afford it, since prices simply will NOT stop rising.
Last month, predictions said food prices will rise yet another 20% by November… but a surprise came along that forced specialists to change their estimates to the worst:
“U.S. gas prices at highest ever for Labor Day weekend”
On Monday, Gasbuddy.com reported an average of $3.80 per gallon of regular gasoline, “the highest price ever recorded during a Labor Day weekend.”This not only means you’ll be thinking long and hard before taking your car out of the garage… but it also means food prices will shoot for the stars in less than two months’ time!
Never have I imagined thinking of a 20% rise in prices and go “Ah, the good times…”. But knowing what awaits us before the autumn ends, I get shivers down my back… And i’m one of those “preppers” with a solid 3-month stockpile and an indoor garden. And I still worry for the future of my family. After all, who knows how long this crisis will last?
So what will average Joe do just two months from now, when food will no longer be a commodity, but a luxury product? Who will they go to for help? FEMA? Obama? The same people who left “more than 100,000 people without power”after Hurricane Isaac struck on Monday? Days have gone by and those poeple are still in pitch dark as you’re reading this.
So who’s going to take care of 313,000,000 Americans after the food crisis ravages the US?
My friendly advice to you, American patriot: get ready NOW and stock as much food as you can for your family, because you’re going to see some violent riots on the streets of your town…
I honestly hope you’ll stay safe and secure. God help us, cause no one else can!