- It’s becoming increasingly clear that severe food shortages are going to be inevitable, more or less worldwide, and whatever food is available will continue to go up in price
- The cost of agricultural inputs such as diesel and fertilizers is skyrocketing due to shortages — caused by a combination of intentional and coincidental events — and those costs will be reflected in consumer food prices come fall and next year
- Mysterious fires, alleged bird flu outbreaks and other inexplicable events are killing off livestock and destroying crucial infrastructure. Since the end of April 2021, at least 96 farms, food processing plants and food distribution centers across the U.S. have been damaged or destroyed
- The global food price index had risen 58.5% above the 2014-2016 average as of April 2022, due to a convergence of post-pandemic global demand, extreme weather, tightening food stocks, high energy prices, supply chain bottlenecks, export restrictions, taxes and the Russia-Ukraine conflict
- Combined, all of these factors set us up for guaranteed food shortages, food inflation and, potentially, famine in some places, so now is the time to prepare
Depending on where you live, you're now starting to see shortages to a greater or lesser degree. But regardless of how things appear right now, expect changes, potentially drastic ones, over the coming months and into 2023, because that's when the diminished yields from this current growing season will become apparent.
With each passing week, it's becoming increasingly clear that severe food shortages are going to be inevitable, more or less worldwide, and whatever food is available will continue to go up in price.
The cost of agricultural inputs such as diesel and fertilizers is skyrocketing due to shortages — caused by a combination of intentional and coincidental events — and those costs will be reflected in consumer food prices come fall and next year.
How Bad Is It?In May 2022, a number of experts started speaking out about the inevitability of coming food shortages. The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned of "the specter of a global food shortage in coming months" unless international action is taken,6 and The Economist featured "The Coming Food Catastrophe" on its cover.7
How Bad Will It Get?While it's difficult to predict just how bad it will get in any given area, it seems safe to say that everyone should prepare for some degree of food shortages, regardless of where you live, as we're staring at a perfect storm of confounding factors that are global in nature and therefore can cause far-reaching and somewhat unpredictable ripple effects.
"... one thing charts like these do not obviously signal is mass starvation. And yet, according to David Beasley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina who now leads the U.N. World Food Program [WFP], that is what they imply:
[T]he possibility that, as a result of an ongoing food crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, climate change and the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, 323 million people are 'marching toward starvation' as we speak, with 49 million 'literally at famine's door' ...
[It] is worth keeping in mind that 49 million is not the number facing 'acute food insecurity,' to use the W.F.P.'s technical category distinction.
That number is the much higher one: at least 323 million, which is up, Beasley says, from 276 million before the war, 135 million before the pandemic and 80 million when he joined the W.F.P. in 2017 — a fourfold increase in a single leadership term. Forty-nine million is just the number of those at most immediate risk of death.
Before the war, 'I was already warning the world that 2022 and 2023 could be the worst two years in the humanitarian world since World War II,' Beasley says, speaking with me from Rome on last Friday.
'I'm trying to tell everybody how bad it is — how bad it's going to be. And then, the next week, I'm like, you know, wipe that clean — it's worse than what I was saying' ... Beasley believes that 2023 could take a still darker turn.
This year's price crisis could be succeeded by a genuine supply crisis, in which food is pushed out of reach for many millions not just by price but by ongoing structural conditions (including the failure to plant next year's harvest in Ukraine and the surge in the price of fertilizer, which can be one-third or more of farmers' total annual cost), and the world could experience the once-unthinkable: a true shortfall of food."According to Menker, the current problem is "not cyclical" but rather "seismic" — "It's not a moment in time that's going to pass."17 Wallace-Wells writes:18
"She cites a longer list of causes, including not just the demand shocks caused by the pandemic and related supply-chain issues but 'a record number of supply shocks' that are 'all climate related,' such as the rebound of China's pig population from swine flu and the resulting increase in demand for feed, the problem of public debt in poor countries, the spillover effect of the price of one commodity driving up another and that driving up a third, and so on.
'Any one of those issues on their own would be considered a big market event. But when you have five of them happening at the same time, that's what makes it seismic,' she says.
Russia and Ukraine's transformation into 'bread baskets of the world' was 'the agricultural miracle of the last sort of 30 years,' she says, invalidating cataclysmic predictions made by people like Paul Ehrlich and the Club of Rome.
To take that supply off the market — 'it's not an inconsequential fuel to the fire,' she says. As for the ultimate scale of the impact? 'I think it's going to be as big as we make it.'"
Globalization Is a Failed ModelThat said, Wallace-Wells points out that agricultural economists appear somewhat more optimistic, as "most food is consumed domestically, not traded on international markets." So, in many areas, there may be substitutes available for shortages.
Even though a lot of food is produced and consumed locally, farmers everywhere are struggling with soaring overhead and shortages of required inputs. And, if local farmers can't grow food because of it, there won't be any substitutes available when imports lag.
"Globalization advocates ... just recreated Marxist central planning with a somewhat more flexible global model in which massive corporations bridged global barriers to create the most efficient possible means of moving goods and services around the planet ...
What an interdependent world really means is Algerian Jihadists shooting up Paris, gang members from El Salvador beheading Americans within sight of Washington D.C., tampon and car shortages caused by a war in Ukraine ...
The technocratic new world order of megacorporations consolidating markets and then doling out products with just-in-time inventory systems now flows through a broken supply chain. Rising inflation and international disruptions makes it all but impossible for even the big companies to plan ahead, and so they produce less and shrug at the shortages.
We're in a wartime economy because our system has become too vast and too inflexible to adjust to chaos. Biden keeps trotting out the Defense Production Act for everything until, given time, the entire economy has been Sovietized. The more that the government tries to impose stability on the chaos, the less responsive and productive the dominant players become.
Market consolidation due to government regulations has left a handful of companies sitting atop the market. When one of them, like Abbott for baby formula, has a hiccup, the results are catastrophic ...
Behind all the brands on the product shelves is a creaky Soviet system in which a handful of massive enterprises interconnected with the state lazily crank out low-quality products from vast supply chains that they no longer control and feel little competitive pressure to perform better ...
Under stress, the failure points are all too obvious, and what is less obvious is that the system has no intention of repairing any of them ... An out-of-touch elite responds to problems with meaningless reassurances, glib jokes and wokeness. Like Soviet propaganda, the only thing corporate statements communicate is the vast distance between the lives of those running the system and those caught inside its gears ...
Biden and the Democrats have been eager to blame companies for 'profiteering' from the inflation created by federal spending ... The Democrats were the biggest champions of globalization. Their regulations led to record market consolidation and domestic job cuts.
Corporations were pressured to export dirty Republican jobs to China and keep the 'clean' Democrat office jobs at home. The devastation wreaked havoc on the working class and the middle class, and rebuilt our entire economy to be dependent on China and a worldwide supply chain only globalists could believe was bulletproof ... After selling off American economic sovereignty, globalists proved unable to maintain global stability."
Don't Panic. PrepareWhile the prognosis is grim, panic is not the appropriate response. Taking clear-headed action to get prepared would be far better. Once you've shored up some basic supplies and backups, you'll feel more at ease, knowing you're prepared to handle whatever crises crop up next.
As for how to prepare and what to stock up on, that's going to depend on your individual situation, location and financial means. A person living in the country surrounded by farmers and clean, freshwater brooks is facing a very different situation from someone living in a concrete jungle.
Even a small survival water filtration system is better than nothing, as drinking contaminated water can result in serious illness and/or death. Having a rain barrel connected to your gutter downspout is a good idea. You can use it to water your garden, and in a worst-case scenario, you have a source of fresh water to drink, cook and take sponge baths in.
Other good options include canned salmon, canned cod livers, sardines in water (avoid ones preserved in vegetable oil), nuts, powdered milk and whey and other nutritional powders you can mix with water.
Ideally, you'll want to store food in a cool, dark place with low humidity. Bulk packs of rice and beans are best stored in a sealed food-grade bucket with some oxygen absorbers. Vacuum sealing food can also extend shelf life.
Scale up and diversify according to what you can afford. Ideally, you'd want more than one system. If all you have is a gas-powered generator, what will you do if there's a gas shortage and/or if the price skyrockets into double digits? On the other hand, what will you do if the weather is too overcast to recharge your solar battery?
If you have the space, consider starting a garden, and if local regulations allow, you can add chickens for a steady supply of eggs. (Just remember that they too may need additional feed.)
The lime water basically seals the eggs to prevent them from spoiling. Before using the eggs, be sure to wash the lime off. This does not work with commercial eggs, however, as the protective coating, called "bloom," is stripped off during washing.
Expect Drastic ChangesRemember, The Great Reset includes the recreation of the global food system. That's why we can be so sure that none of the current problems will be effectively addressed or counteracted.
They intend for the current food system to fall apart, so they can then "solve" the problem by introducing a new system based on patented lab-grown synthetic and genetically engineered foods, along with digital identity, carbon footprint tracking and a programmable centralized digital currency to track not only what you eat but also everything else you do.
The end game is total control of the global population, and this will require the destruction and dismantling of current systems, including the food system. The only way out of this intentional chaos is to become more self-sufficient and create alternative parallel systems locally, outside of the globalists control.
Sources and References
- 1 New York Times April 22, 2020 (Archived)
- 2 Think Americana June 16, 2022
- 3 Pro Deo et Libartate Substack June 11, 2022
- 4, 5 Progressive Farmer June 14, 2022
- 6, 8 NPR May 23, 2022
- 7 The Economist May 19, 2022
- 9 Farm Policy News March 25, 2022
- 10 Reuters May 30, 2022 (Archived)
- 11, 16, 17, 18, 19 New York Times June 7, 2022 (Archived)
- 12, 13 New York Times April 5, 2022 (Archived)
- 14 Down To Earth May 11, 2022
- 15 CNN June 21, 2022
- 20 Gatestone Institute International Policy Council June 20, 2022
- 21 Twitter Pissed off Panda June 12, 2022