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Grandfather Robert Gray Hawk Coke Speaks

April 2011



Is There a Worldwide Food Shortage?



Ads on TV and radio,  in our mail boxes, or on  our doors plead with us to feed the children. Since the pictures are of children in underdeveloped countries, this means we give the advertisers our money and trust that they will actually buy food for these children to eat. What kind of effect does that have on us? Does anyone ever wonder if such a need could happen in our country? Let us look at some real facts that point to this possibility. Economics is a good place to start. While in college, I was required to take economics. One of the aspects that stuck with me was “supply side.”  This refers to the law of supply and demand: when an item becomes scarce, the cost rises with the rise of scarcity. Likewise, it lowers when the supply is strong. Here are some of the problems that got me thinking.

  • The United Nations agency on world food supply, reported that the price of basic food commodities has increased 28% from 2009 to 2010.  This had a huge impact on the developing countries, because on average, 80% of their income goes for food.

  • “International Living Investments” (February 14,2010) stated that the Federal Reserve printing of money has become one of the main factors pushing food prices higher and spreading hunger and unrest throughout the emerging world.

  • In “Natural News,” Mike Adams states that an increasing number of people in the Americas will be struggling to feed their families. This struggle will  become more severe as the cost of produce rises. Expect to sea food prices climb with alarming speed over the next two years.

  • Fox news (January 13, 2010) reported on the shortage of food worldwide and the great problems it is causing.

  • One major cause  is climate changes around the world, especially too much or not enough.

  • The fields get too wet to plant or to harvest. A great deal of floods take away  the produce, as well as the topsoil, which then takes time to fix up for new planting.

  • Terrible storms in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans create wind and water damage to the food in the path of the storm. These storms are increasing in strength and frequency. Our winter weather this year in the Americas has broken records in both low temperatures and in snow fall amounts. This has damaged produce significantly, especially in Mexico. Since U.S.A. is diverting a large percentage of its corn crops for the making of fuel, much less is available to be sold for food on the market.

  • Australia is having record floods in the west and now north. At the same time, the western part of Australia is being destroyed by fire. This country supplies much of the meat and wool for the world. This year both will be scarce because of what is happening.

You know that in the past I have written that I believe it is necessary to always have a good workable plan. This is no different, especially when you have responsibility for the support and safety of others. One answer is to have long- term stored food with a shelf life of at least fifteen (15) years. A garden would be the best, but this is limited to only a few in small towns and out in the country. Even here you would need to store your food for long time. A shortage of food and water may last for more than a year. PLAN FOR IT.