20 Signs That A Horrific Global Food Crisis Is Coming

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20 Signs That A Horrific Global Food Crisis Is Coming

Courtesy of Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse 

In case you haven't noticed, the world is on the verge of a horrific global food crisis.  At some point, this crisis will affect you and your family.  It may not be today, and it may not be tomorrow, but it is going to happen.  Crazy weather and horrifying natural disasters have played havoc with agricultural production in many areas of the globe over the past couple of years.  Meanwhile, the price of oil has begun to skyrocket. 

The entire global economy is predicated on the ability to use massive amounts of inexpensive oil to cheaply produce food and other goods and transport them over vast distances.  Without cheap oil the whole game changes.  Topsoil is being depleted at a staggering rate and key aquifers all over the world are being drained at an alarming pace.  Global food prices are already at an all-time high and they continue to move up aggressively.  So what is going to happen to our world when hundreds of millions more people cannot afford to feed themselves?

Most Americans are so accustomed to supermarkets that are absolutely packed to the gills with massive amounts of really inexpensive food that they cannot even imagine that life could be any other way. Unfortunately, that era is ending.

There are all kinds of indications that we are now entering a time when there will not be nearly enough food for everyone in the world.  As competition for food supplies increases, food prices are going to go up.  In fact, at some point they are going to go way up.

Let's look at some of the key reasons why an increasing number of people believe that a massive food crisis is on the horizon.

The following are 20 signs that a horrific global food crisis is coming....

#1 According to the World Bank, 44 million people around the globe have been pushed into extreme poverty since last June because of rising food prices.

#2 The world is losing topsoil at an astounding rate.  In fact, according to Lester Brown, "one third of the world's cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming through natural processes".

#3 Due to U.S. ethanol subsidies, almost a third of all corn grown in the United States is now used for fuel.  This is putting a lot of stress on the price of corn.

#4 Due to a lack of water, some countries in the Middle East find themselves forced to almost totally rely on other nations for basic food staples.  For example, it is being projected that there will be no more wheat production in Saudi Arabia by the year 2012.

#5 Water tables all over the globe are being depleted at an alarming rate due to "overpumping".  According to the World Bank, there are 130 million people in China and 175 million people in India that are being fed with grain with water that is being pumped out of aquifers faster than it can be replaced.  So what happens once all of that water is gone?

#6 In the United States, the systematic depletion of the Ogallala Aquifercould eventually turn "America's Breadbasket" back into the "Dust Bowl".

#7 Diseases such as UG99 wheat rust are wiping out increasingly large segments of the world food supply.

#8 The tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan have rendered vast agricultural areas in that nation unusable.  In fact, there are many that believe that eventually a significant portion of northern Japan will be considered to beuninhabitable.  Not only that, many are now convinced that the Japanese economy, the third largest economy in the world, is likely to totally collapse as a result of all this.

#9 The price of oil may be the biggest factor on this list.  The way that we produce our food is very heavily dependent on oil.  The way that we transport our food is very heavily dependent on oil.  When you have skyrocketing oil prices, our entire food production system becomes much more expensive.  If the price of oil continues to stay high, we are going to see much higher food prices and some forms of food production will no longer make economic sense at all.

#10 At some point the world could experience a very serious fertilizer shortage.  According to scientists with the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative, the world is not going to have enough phosphorous to meet agricultural demand in just 30 to 40 years.

#11 Food inflation is already devastating many economies around the globe.  For example, India is dealing with an annual food inflation rate of 18 percent.

#12 According to the United Nations, the global price of food reached a new all-time high in February.

#13 According to the World Bank, the global price of food has risen 36%over the past 12 months.

#14 The commodity price of wheat has approximately doubled since last summer.

#15 The commodity price of corn has also about doubled since last summer.

#16 The commodity price of soybeans is up about 50% since last June.

#17 The commodity price of orange juice has doubled since 2009.

#18 There are about 3 billion people around the globe that live on the equivalent of 2 dollars a day or less and the world was already on the verge ofeconomic disaster before this year even began.

#19 2011 has already been one of the craziest years since World War 2.  Revolutions have swept across the Middle East, the United States has gotten involved in the civil war in Libya, Europe is on the verge of a financial meltdown and the U.S. dollar is dying.  None of this is good news for global food production.

#20 There have been persistent rumors of shortages at some of the biggest suppliers of emergency food in the United States.  The following is an excerpt from a recent "special alert" posted on Raiders News Network....

Look around you. Read the headlines. See the largest factories of food, potassium iodide, and other emergency product manufacturers literally closing their online stores and putting up signs like those on Mountain House's Official Website and Thyrosafe's Factory Webpage that explain, due to overwhelming demand, they are shutting down sales for the time being and hope to reopen someday.

So what does all of this mean?

It means that time is short.

For years, many "doom and gloomers" have been yelling and screaming that a food crisis is coming.

Well, up to this point there hasn't been much to get alarmed about.  Food prices have started to rise, but the truth is that our stores are still packed to the rafters will gigantic amounts of relatively cheap food.

However, you would have to be an idiot not to see the warning signs.  Just look at what happened in Japan after March 11th.  Store shelves were cleared out almost instantly.

It isn't going to happen today, and it probably isn't going to happen tomorrow, but at some point a major league food crisis is going to strike.

So what are you and your family going to do then?

You might want to start thinking about that.

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no2foreclosures's picture

@Sodbuster, you are correct except for one statement: "ethanol was never intended as a complete fuel."

If you study the real history of alcohol or ethanol, you will find that it preceded gasoline as the fuel for cars.  In fact, the IC designed by Otto was specifically designed to run on alcohol, so was Henry Ford's Model T.

Rockefeller began in the kerosene lamp and heating business. He would flush into the rivers at night the volatile stuff because nobody wanted a Molotov cocktail for a kerosene lamp. Later he figured out that he could made a few pennies selling this waste from his kerosene refinery business to run in cars, and called it "gasoline."

The farmers in America made alcohol to run their tractors, cars, lamps, heaters, stoves, etc. from distilling "spitter" apples.  The fuel business in America about 100 years ago was 50% alcohol (in rural areas where the farmers dominated) and 50% gasoline (in the cities where Rockefeller dominated with his gasoline stations).

But Mr. Capitalist (i.e., Monopolist) decided that he wasn't going to play fair. So, he gave $4 million in 1918 to the Christian Women's Temperance Movement to lobby CONgress to pass Prohibition in 1919, which outlawed not only the drinking of alcohol but more preciously the production of alcohol.  Prohibition literally wiped out thousands of farmers.  In 1934, when FDR finally revoked Prohibition, 14 years later, there were no more competition to Rockefeller's gasoline stations.

That's how the alcohol vs. gasoline battles have been fought over the decades.

D1eeeeeNAHHHHH's picture

Sorry to say, but your son is wrong.  Many stories, many people have told the truth about ethanol.

Yes ethanol costs less to use in the tank, but you get less mpg.

Ethanol clogs up parts that supports engines worse than 87.

I've heard this propaganda for years that company worshipers are given.

New and impoved gas!  New and safer against global warming!  Better mpg! 

It's preaching to the choir to have an ethanol company tell a worker things work better.  Therefore, it's the company telling you, things work better. 

no2foreclosures's picture

You are full of shit.

You may get less mpg than gasoline and the reasons is because the existing IC engine is custom designed to run on this shit called "gasoline" which on any given day contains ~400 toxic wastes of the petroleum refinery business. After they have made their valuable products from a barrel of oil, the junk leftover is poured into a reservoir they call "gasoline" as you useful idiots get the privilege to pay for burning this toxic shit in your cars.

Ethanol in your engines actually cleans it up and because it contains no carbon soot, your engines like those in Brazil will last 2 to 3 times longer than the same engine running on gasoline.  Tests in England and Brazil scientifically prove this to be the case for buses that run on ethanol.

Now, if you were to re-design the IC for ethanol, for higher compression, you would get 22% more gpm than gasoline, and this is the case for the 90% of cars in Brazil that run on ethanol there.  In fact, the first Model T cars that Henry Ford made were designed to run on alcohol and he had to add a conversion switch on the dashboard of his Model T to allow using Rockefeller's gasoline shit to run in his Model T.  And there was a transmission distribution level on the steering column to decrease the compression ratio to take "advantage" of using gasoline.

And because ethanol contains 32% more oxygen than gasoline, it is added to gasoline to oxygenate it to lower the emission pollution.  On a flex fuel vehicle using 100% ethanol, the tailpipe emissions is 97%+ more cleaner than the same vehicle running on gasoline.  But before coming to such senses, Big Oil lobbied to use MTBE, a deadly toxic waste created by 2 companies, to add to gasoline for oxygenation.  MTBE has since been banned but not after it has contaminated 90% of the groundwater in the U.S.

And NO, ethanol does not eat car parts.  Older cars may use certain rubber hoses that can be damaged by ethanol, but these cars should have these rubber hoses replaces as they are probably 20+ years old.

You, are a useful idiot probably working in Big Oil or Big Oil employed by Big Oil.

tigerbean's picture

we could have a lot more left to eat if we don't make alcohol or beef

FreeMoney Bernie's picture

why are you beefing about making alcohol when I drink alcohol I help refill the aquafiers

tigerbean's picture

we could have a lot more left to eat if we don't make alcohol or beef

Vlad Tepid's picture

There will certainly be a lot more for the rest of us if you stop consuming those right now.

data's picture

Food is the ultimate commodity.

In the concentration camps, gold smuggled inside was often tossed aside by the prisoners searching new inmates. Food..a bit of stale bread or piece of cheese was much more highly prized.

Try to remember that lesson.  

Moe Howard's picture

Better to remember to stay out of concentration camps.

Is your lesson to smuggle food into a camp so the prisoner elite eat better, or to teach better looting techniques to the prisoner elite?

Which do you think the guards were better bribed with, gold, silver, or bread crusts? A bit of cheese perhaps?

Vlad Tepid's picture

An undigested bit of beef?  A spot of mustard perhaps.

akak's picture

I believe it was a piece of undercooked potato.

akak's picture

"Let them eat non-inflationary iPads!"

Moe Howard's picture

iPhones are less filling.

knavechild's picture

Food is highly overrated.

UnBearorBull's picture

We are addicted to food. Like oil.


Maybe a tax would help us eat less.

Sudden Debt's picture

I should go on a diet anyway. It's almost summer and I have to make sure I look good in my Speedo!



Navigator's picture

You're still wearing swimming suits? In Europe?!! I gave that up years ago!

krispkritter's picture

Wonderful...had to create the visual during breakfast. Anyone know how to get oatmeal out of a keyboard?

Advoc8tr's picture

Speedo's  A speedo is slang for an instrument in your car ... Speedos, meat hangers, budgie smuglers are the Aussie colloquial terms for the 'brief style' swimming attire.

Vlad Tepid's picture

Europeans don't have to look GOOD in a Speedo...they wear them anyway!

CPL's picture

I believe you gentlemen are looking for the term banana hammock.

BigDuke6's picture

Budgie smugglers u mean

alexwest's picture


hey stupid missy,,, make a chart..
world population agaisnt number of people who actually works in agro business
agaisnt year production of major agro stuff: corn, meat and etc..

100 year ago 50% of US population were in business of growning of something, now because of productivity hardly 2-3%...


being long crop/land/physical commodities have nothing to do w/ lack of food..


ColonelCooper's picture

Please enjoy your disease ridden, cage raised chicken niblets cooked in hydrogenated fat substitue, served with a side of Monsanto genetically modified vegetable powder, covered in high fructose corn syrup.

We might be able to feed the world, but most of that shit, I wouldn't give my dog.

Zero Govt's picture

Colonel, you need to change where you shop!

Seriously though we should buy basic products (eg. butter not margarine, meat not processed etc) from local shops and farmers markets and get ourselves away from this nationally made food from national superstores (localism not nationalism)

ColonelCooper's picture

90% of my food comes from my backyard, my neighbors pasture, or the woods.  Honestly, the other 10% I could probably do without.

Popo's picture

Yes, Monsanto are assh*les.  But... as distasteful as it may sound to you, the modified vegetable powder will likely be vitamin and protein enhanced -- and cheaper due to pest resistance.   'Just sayin'


krispkritter's picture

If I'm gonna be a lab rat I'd like to get paid, not pay for it...cheap food with bio-engineered pest/pesticide resistance is not really food. Your body doesn't know WTF it is and often will pass it without processing it or worse, absorbs it and then deals with it at a cellular level by growing cancerous shit the medical profession can't even deal with. It's like buying cheap rubbers 'because they only have a few holes' or cheap ammo 'it's powderless so it's cheap!'...good luck but I'll stick with what I grow or what I know is real food...

duo's picture

When we run out of oil and have to use draft animals, one acre of pasture will be required for ever 4 that is plowed.

Every calorie of industrial-farm food requires 10 calories of oil input.

No oil, no food.  Game over, man!

A Proud Canadian's picture

Wait until water shortages enter the equation.  Ogalalla aquifer, anyone?  The irrigation water: food ratio is as bad as oil: food.

ChartreuseDog's picture

That big productivity jump depended on abundant water, cheap oil to run the machines to work the fields, cheap fertilizer to enhance yield, and good topsoil. The point of the article was that we're draining the underground aquifers of water, oil will no longer be cheap, fertilizer is running out, and we're pushing the topsoil to the point where we're damaging it.

Transformer's picture

Remember the piece by the guy in Montanna a few days ago?  Some of you even made fun of him.  You Zero Hedgers that have gold and silver, you better get a bunch of food too, or you might end up spending all your PM on food.  And then of course, you might want to think about protecting your stash.

mayhem_korner's picture

You Zero Hedgers that have gold and silver...

Interesting label from someone who posts here.  Anyway, here's one Zero Hedger's liquidity portfolio (stuff I can reach within my 4 walls):

5 mos supply food

18 mos supply medicines, toiletries, sanitation

short-barrel shotgun w/2000 rounds

.30-06 rifle with 5000 rounds

25,000 gallons water filtration capacity

5 cords wood for internal an external fireplace

for barter: 40 cartons of cigarettes (don't smoke), 40 lbs sugar, 30 lbs coffee, 60 canisters iodized salt, and 25 cartons of matches

...and, last, enough PMs for 12 months of living expenses.

What would you like to buy?


dearth vader's picture

My gawd, how will you barter, if you shoot anyone on sight?


mayhem_korner's picture

I find that I can get top dollar with the safety released...

The short-hozzle shotgun is useful for inside the house (i.e., self-defense for unwelcome intruders).  The rifle is for game hunting (i.e. food).

Seriously, though, I've just made a decision that armaments provide security and sustainability - the way our country once was.  The rest of the stuff is absolute necessity.  If the stores don't work and currency is dead, what do you think you're going to do until civility is restored?



PlausibleDenial's picture

How does one get 18 months of medicines?  Are these prescription medicines?

mayhem_korner's picture

It's a volume measure, not necessarily expiration dates.  Most prescriptions don't have that length of time stamped on them (which is a lie).

That said, if you take prescriptions, I would highly, highly advise that you skim some off each fill and refill them a bit earlier so that you can build an inventory.  Particularly if you have anything that requires tapering to get off of them. 

BigDuke6's picture

Great, and those bullets will get mouldy and go off in your face when you fire them in 20 years.

If i felt the need to assemble a stash in my own country i'd leave.

Why dont you get a V8, a ski mask and declare yourself 'the ayatollah of rockanrolla, the lord hughmungus'.


OK i'll get a few hundred acres, quit nagging, where?

mayhem_korner's picture

If i felt the need to assemble a stash in my own country i'd leave.

Tell us, my emasculated friend, does this place still feel like your country?  Or have you awoken to the reality that liberty has been all but usurped by a fiat system orchestrated by a feckless few?

We're headed to someplace between the world of Mad Max and Little House on the Prairie.  Once you've finished polishing your stinger in the closet, I suggest you take some inventory of what you ought to be doing...

BigDuke6's picture

i hear ya.  had a couple of beers last night...

i don't buy into the mad max scenario - thats not happened for 1200 years.

But i do agree things are gonna get worse, and in some cities things will get more lawless.

in my country there are strict permits on guns but i intend to get one in the next 3 years, you actually need a property when you can shoot vermin.

shoot vermin and grow food... making more sense all the time

i shot a lot when i was younger.

not sure about the WW2 ammo , my grandad brought a walther pistol back from WW2 and the  ammo was pretty rusty.

can you spend a bit extra and get something fresher like Desert Storm?

'Or have you awoken to the reality that liberty has been all but usurped by a fiat system orchestrated by a feckless few?'

Yes i have friend - came across this and saved it.

"Isn't ZH based more or less on the belief that an organised banking cartel has taken over the US government and now is involved in a malicious, self perpetuating corruption of the whole political and regulatory process that has led to the entire countryy being held ransom by the very people that have driven it to the brink of bankruptcy?"

Head for the Hills's picture

"Great, and those bullets will get mouldy and go off in your face when you fire them in 20 years."

Go buy yourself a case of WWII .30-06 and take them to the range and shoot every one of them.  This will cure you of your ignorance.  As for leaving the country, what country would you theoretically have recommended for Noah, instead of building that stupid ark?

KickIce's picture


or should I say +20.

PMs will only work for bartering if there is an abundance of food.

tempo's picture

Remember the south when Sherman burned the major cities during the civil war?   If and when the masses become hungry, there will be no place to hid.  Only the super rich

duo's picture

Every Thursday morning I stop at a Subway on the way to work and get the ham/egg/cheese flatbread sammich for $2.50.  Today all the old breakfast menu items were gone and replaced with new ones.  I ordered the closest thing to what I used to order; it was $2.25 but was HALF the size (and half the ingredients and NO cheese).  No wonder the place was empty (usually I have to wait in line).  A piece of flabread when folded over is about the size of a playing card didn't really hit the spot.

Oh, and the $5 footlongs are now $6.75.  No inflation there.

Zero Govt's picture

the greatest cure for high prices is high prices

..give it a year and the deflationary maelstrom will drop prices and bring these retailers back down to earth with a solid bump 

krispkritter's picture

Eh, can I order than in #10 cans? Is it in stock?