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There is no one to blame, no one could have known.
Sysco says the worst freeze in more than 50 years, maybe since the 1930's.
No one could have predicted, no one is to blame.
That's it, one way or another those new tomato seeds and other crops are getting planted this year.
Odd article. Our local Mexican fruit and vegetable outdoor market in SW Florida still has incredibly low prices for everything. Prepare to get shafted if you rely on corporate america for food.
protest set for Iran for monday
There are other issues than just dollar devaluation and monetization. It was either edward teller or Oppenheimer (one of the H bomb dudes) who said that if civilization was at risk of collapse it was due to failure of people to understand the exponential function.
Population has been growing at an exponential rate. We are adding the population equivalent of a moderate size country every couple of years. Food production has relied on just in time japanese inventory philosophy. We have squeezed as much efficiencies and lowered carrying costs as much as possible in our food supply. Zimbabwe was the food basket of Southern Africa until Mugabe decided his cronies who didn't know how to farm deserved to own the land. china is suffering the worst drought in 200 years in its wheat region. russia has been having problems with its crops. Argentina has been hit or miss and unreliable due to Peronist style policies.
This is a perfect storm for our food supply. It's not just monetization. Bill Bonner of the daily reckoning claims he trades only once per decade. Gold was his trade of the decade from 2000 thru 2010 He said in 2008 that the trade for 2010-2020 would be farmland and agriculture related industries.
We should take a food lesson from our little brown brothers and sisters. They buy bulk food items and cook from scratch. It is amazingly cheap that way. This rebalancing of food prices in relation to the price of everything else is not going to go away. Keynes is right that inflation is easier to hide than deflation and a lot less painful for most people, so of course we are going to try to rebalance everything by inflating enough to keep real estate stable, nominal wages rising a bit, and food and commodities rising a lot to close the gap.
It wasn't too long ago that granny used to have bread (and cornbread) with every meal, cook a lot of beans, eat a lot of eggs, and wipe the plate clean with a piece of bread. When is the last time you saw someone wipe a plate with a piece of bread? My granny said that you could raise healthy kids on beans and potatoes. Of course there was the daily buttermilk thrown in and cornbread or wheat bread, plus a squirrel or two the kids shot with their 22's. Of course in the summer there were fresh vegetables from the garden.
If you don't like the way the world is going then disengage. You can still buy a house in buttfuck kansas, Arkansas, and some other places for 15,000. Rent an apartment for $250 (Clarksville and Lamar Arkansas, cheaper than that if you really want to get away from civilization.) Buy a used trailer and put it on five acres of land and your total payments will be less than $300 per month. Grow just enough dope for yourself and a few friends. Learn to fish and trap and garden and grow a bunch of fruit and nut trees that don't require any spraying or management. Make your own beer and wine much cheaper and much better than you can buy it (with a little practice!). Build a solar dehydrator, but better yet buy a big cheap used freezer. For less than $100 per year in electricity you can store huge amounts of food bought in bulk or produced from your garden.
If you don't want to go that far just learn to buy in bulk and cook from scratch. It's a lot of fun and you can set up a cooking club with friends. Experiment and if someone fucks up just laugh about it. Homemade lager from grain (versus concentrate) is easy to learn how to make, and once you get the hang of it you will make a better beer than you can buy, guaranteed.
Great comments. I was raised on a farm, so have a different feel for the land than most people here probably have. Where I live, neighbors share. If you go Elk hunting, your neighbors all get 50 pounds of meat each. If your neighbor goes fishing and limits out on Salmon, your door bell rings and the fish is delivered fresh.
Small greenhouses, with exaust heat from the primary house for secondary heating is a great way to grow year around. It is surprising how much you can grow in a small warm glass room. My nieghbor has one, and its available for a couple of us to use in the winter for our starts.
The average house around here has 3 fridges, and 3 deep freezes in the garage. Due to the weather conditions locally, people have been stuck for up to 10 days waiting for land slides to be cleared. People prepare by nature here.
My wife brews beer from scratch, no kits. $100+ in hardware supplies, and shazzam we have a small kegging system. Fresh cold beer on tap.
Much the same up here where I am. Heavy storms last 2 weeks and the county had other places more important to plow so neighbors all helped dig each other out with our tractors, helped each other feed the livestock and all got together later at a friend's heated shop to share some good brew. gardens and greenhouses. snowmobiles and ice fishing. No one complains too much about the elk coming in to eat with the horses...we hunt them all fall. Doesn't hurt to share some of our hay with them later in the year.
Hey, I junked myself.
Try it, you'll like it.
If you keep doing that it will make your palms hairy.
Lovelock's Gaia hyposthesis says that the Earth is a self regulating system. QE48 has tipped the balance and now instead of global warming caused by termite farts we now have a dissonant global freezing caused by all the toilet paper covering the termites. They can't eat it fast enough, thus, they can't fart.
It also could be the north atlantic current stopping but that movie was made already so I'll stick with the massive drop of termite farts.
Can I have my 50 million dollar termite fart project ZIRP/TWIRP/BIRP cash now please
EVER heard of aquaponics?
hey I wouldn't mind having a greenhouse and fish farm in town.... that's a cool model!!! anyone in Houston wanna go in?
look at hydroponics.com if they are still up, for a cheap design for a hydroponic system. In Houston hydroponic tomatoes would probably sell well in the wintertime. Urban gardening at its finest!
A working aquaponic greenhouse blogsite with a forum and instructional videos. Murray rocks!!
Here we go. They won't come back down either. Got land?
Ohhh Sysco! Ohhh Pancho! You want fries with that? Sorry. Ketchup will cost you an extra buck.
A toxic and explosive mix....2+% world poplulation growth on 6+ billion people (1/2 desparately poor)....crop production problems....massive increases in paper liquidity.
The poorest countries riot. The rich country with the corn belt and the world's reserve currency bitch a little.
Life is just not fair.
I prefer to bitch rather than starve!
No prob, when things get tough just tighten up your corn belt a notch or two.
tempo and JFK think alike!
On that note I went out to the cold frame and put in a packet of spinach seeds, the tomato starts are up and will start more stuff in the big south facing window, strawberies ect. Garlic should be up soon.....ZERO HEDGE! Came for the silver and guns! stayed for the produce!
Wife went to get me two Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers last night from McWendysKing. No shit. Sign on the window said due to freeze all tomatoes had to be requested if you wanted a slice on your burger. So she requested them and they scoffed at her. Best part, we noticed the burgers "patty" was now about 2 mm in thickness. $7 f'ing dollars for the two JR bacon's plus two wraps, 1 large fry and no soft drinks. SHTF soon and I refuse to buy anymore corporate BS food now. I could have grilled 8 1lb burgers for that price.
Seriously, next time you go out to eat or get fast food, look at the portion size and you tell me if I am crazy.
2mm? That sounds like McDonald's, back in the old days. I used to call them "the leaders in thin film technology".
I noticed the same sign at a Wendy's yesterday in the Northwest where I'm located.
Struck me as odd that a Wendy's might be out of tomatoes but now to hear that this is accross the board?
Wondering what exactly these shops stuff into their wonderous buns and meats.
go to the slaughterhouse and buy half a cow. Split it with your friends.
Look at fast food in Europe. A cheeseburger value meal costs similar to that in the USA, but comes with small fries and soda instead of supersize
I am in Canada. Can you guys really get 8 lbs. of hamburger for 7$? Even on sale it would be like 16$ here.
Down here in the States, the mystery is part of the history of the meat..and there is no ham either in the burger if that's any clue.
Your Canadian beef is real meat.
The American beef is 50% meat and 50% *other* ingredients.
The problem will be felt on midnight 2/28 when your total SNAP buys one tomato, 2 cucumbers, and one of the newly promoted 1/2 loaves of bread.
Ben should by tried for treason. I am all for a public hanging of Ben B. & Timmy G. the tax cheat, however the hanging is just not cruel enough.
hanged, drawn and quartered, perhaps? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanged,_drawn_and_quartered
Sounds good for starters.
How long before mock Bernanke heads on pikes show up
at my local Dollar Store?
I'm a small farmer and I like silver and gold for my products or barter with other producers.
Jobs on the tractor and back hoe are paid in pms and food. Who needs cash or credit cards.
There are a few of us who deal this way. We may be ahead of the curve.
That's how it's done. No taxes, no trail anywhere.
And then they say.. you can't grow Silver! Well, you can't grow Silver but you can grow potatoes, broccoli, spinach, alfalfa, and so on or raise goats, sheep, chicks, cattle and sell the fruits of the labor for shiny metals.
1 meat goat = 5 oz silver
My wifey pays me in PMS for everything I do around the house.
You need a farm my friend.
Plenty of chores around to work off all that frustration!
And your wife wouldn't have time trying to figure out how to look like a "real housewife from Orange County" or whereever..
The old silver based US dollar of pre 1965 was about .72 ounces. You are selling a meat goat for 5oz/.72 or about seven dollars of old (28 silver quarters). Don't you think that is way too cheap? Or is the purchasing power of USD30 silver way too high?
I would love to have farmers near me that sold so cheaply. I would do all of my buying from my bags of slAg.
a oz registered Ag is about $30 on the banker's market board
for now, I go with that but you're right essentially.
if $30 fake money can buy an oz of Ag, there's something wrong.
wow! Live goats go for 25 dollars at the sale barn in our neck of the woods. I want some change for my silver eagle, or maybe throw in a little goat cheese
the current market price at the auction is about $150
$25 for a goat that is super cheap
maybe you're thinking a goatie trim at the barbers for $25 ??
I also farm. I'm having second thoughts about taking credit cards, or checks for that matter.
Cash money, yessir.
Cash for noggins, and the pickins and the frickins.
This is not good. All those that are now on food stamps are going to starve due to higher prices. Great job Ben....I see no inflation here.
Ben is a complete boob....the man did not see the housing crisis comming and we give him the keys to our economy.
When elections come around, we need to vote every last one of the fools out. The includes the Marlboro man Obama.
why are they on food stamps?
Because their jobs are in China. Why is it in China...well they make far less than the average American. The manufacturing & technology loss of jobs is rooted in US trade policy. Fix the trade imbalance and it will fix the jobs. However, attempts to debase the USD is not going to resolve the imbalance. A devaluation of the USD of >%95 would be needed just to put hourly wages within the ballpark.
There are families that have been on welfare for generations. Nearly 40% of middle school students in Atlanta are illiterate. There are no manufacturing or technology jobs for them
I'm think a little darwinism right now might just make the herd a little bit healthier and stronger. Crank whores shouldn't be having several drug babies before someone finally convinces them to get their tubes tied.
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