15 Reasons Why Your Food Prices Are About To Start Soaring

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Did you know that the U.S. state that produces the most vegetables is going through the worst drought it has ever experienced and that the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been since 1951?  Just the other day, a CBS News article boldly declared that "food prices soar as incomes stand still", but the truth is that this is only just the beginning.  If the drought that has been devastating farmers and ranchers out west continues, we are going to see prices for meat, fruits and vegetables soar into the stratosphere.  Already, the federal government has declared portions of 11 states to be "disaster areas", and California farmers are going to leave half a million acres sitting idle this year because of the extremely dry conditions. 

Sadly, experts are telling us that things are probably going to get worse before they get better (if they ever do).  As you will read about below, one expert recently told National Geographic that throughout history it has been quite common for that region of North America to experience severe droughts that last for decades.  In fact, one drought actually lasted for about 200 years.  So there is the possibility that the drought that has begun in the state of California may not end during your entire lifetime.

This drought has gotten so bad that it is starting to get national attention.  Barack Obama visited the Fresno region on Friday, and he declared that "this is going to be a very challenging situation this year, and frankly, the trend lines are such where it's going to be a challenging situation for some time to come."

According to NBC News, businesses across the region are shutting down, large numbers of workers are leaving to search for other work, and things are already so bad that it "calls to mind the Dust Bowl of the 1930s"...

In the state's Central Valley — where nearly 40 percent of all jobs are tied to agriculture production and related processing — the pain has already trickled down. Businesses across a wide swath of the region have shuttered, casting countless workers adrift in a downturn that calls to mind the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

If you will recall, there have been warnings that Dust Bowl conditions were going to return to the western half of the country for quite some time.

Now the mainstream media is finally starting to catch up.

And of course these extremely dry conditions are going to severely affect food prices.  The following are 15 reasons why your food bill is going to start soaring...

#1 2013 was the driest year on record for the state of California, and 2014 has been exceptionally dry so far as well.

#2 According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 91.6 percent of the entire state of California is experiencing "severe to exceptional drought" even as you read this article.

#3 According to CNBC, it is being projected that California farmers are going to let half a million acres of farmland sit idle this year because of the crippling drought.

#4 Celeste Cantu, the general manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, says that this drought could have a "cataclysmic" impact on food prices...

Given that California is one of the largest agricultural regions in the world, the effects of any drought, never mind one that could last for centuries, are huge. About 80 percent of California's freshwater supply is used for agriculture. The cost of fruits and vegetables could soar, says Cantu. "There will be cataclysmic impacts."

#5 Mike Wade, the executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition, recently explained which crops he believes will be hit the hardest...

Hardest hit would be such annual row crops as tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, cantaloupes, garlic, peppers and corn. Wade said consumers can also expect higher prices and reduced selection at grocery stores, particularly for products such as almonds, raisins, walnuts and olives.

#6 As I discussed in a previous article, the rest of the nation is extremely dependent on the fruits and vegetables grown in California.  Just consider the following statistics regarding what percentage of our produce is grown in the state...

-99 percent of the artichokes

-44 percent of asparagus

-two-thirds of carrots

-half of bell peppers

-89 percent of cauliflower

-94 percent of broccoli

-95 percent of celery

-90 percent of the leaf lettuce

-83 percent of Romaine lettuce

-83 percent of fresh spinach

-a third of the fresh tomatoes

-86 percent of lemons

-90 percent of avocados

-84 percent of peaches

-88 percent of fresh strawberries

-97 percent of fresh plums

#7 Of course it isn't just agriculture which will be affected by this drought.  Just consider this chilling statement by Tim Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies...

"There are places in California that if we don’t do something about it, tens of thousands of people could turn on their water faucets and nothing would come out."

#8 The Sierra Nevada snowpack is only about 15 percent of what it normally is.  As the New York Times recently explained, this is going to be absolutely devastating for Californians when the warmer months arrive...

Experts offer dire warnings. The current drought has already eclipsed previous water crises, like the one in 1977, which a meteorologist friend, translating into language we understand as historians, likened to the “Great Depression” of droughts. Most Californians depend on the Sierra Nevada for their water supply, but the snowpack there was just 15 percent of normal in early February.

#9 The underground aquifers that so many California farmers depend upon are being drained at a staggering rate...

Pumping from aquifers is so intense that the ground in parts of the valley is sinking about a foot a year. Once aquifers compress, they can never fill with water again.


It’s no surprise Tom Willey wakes every morning with a lump in his throat. When we ask which farmers will survive the summer, he responds quite simply: those who dig the deepest and pump the hardest.

#10 According to an expert interviewed by National Geographic, the current drought in the state of California could potentially last for 200 years or more as some mega-droughts in the region have done in the past...

California is experiencing its worst drought since record-keeping began in the mid 19th century, and scientists say this may be just the beginning. B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks that California needs to brace itself for a megadrought—one that could last for 200 years or more.

#11 Much of the western U.S. has been exceedingly dry for an extended period of time, and this is hurting huge numbers of farmers and ranchers all the way from Texas to the west coast...


“Ranchers in the West are selling off their livestock," Patzert said. "Farmers all over the Southwest, from Texas to Oregon, are fallowing in their fields because of a lack of water. For farmers and ranchers, this is a painful drought.”

#12 The size of the U.S. cattle herd has been shrinking for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951.  But our population has more than doubled since then.

#13 Extremely unusual weather patterns are playing havoc with crops all over the planet right now.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Lizzie Bennett...

Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia have experienced rainfall heavy enough to flood fields and rot crops where they stand. Volcanic eruptions in Ecuador are also creating problems due to cattle ingesting ash with their feed leading to a slow and painful death.


Parts of Australia have been in drought for years affecting cattle and agricultural production.


Rice production in China has been affected by record low temperatures.


Large parts of the UK are underwater, and much of that water is sea water which is poisoning the soil. So wet is the UK that groundwater is so high it is actually coming out of the ground and adding to the water from rivers and the sea. With the official assessment being that groundwater flooding will continue until MAY, and that’s if it doesn’t rain again between now and then. The River Thames is 65 feet higher than normal in some areas, flooding town after town as it heads to the sea.

#14 As food prices rise, our incomes are staying about the same.  The following is from a CBS News article entitled "Food prices soar as incomes stand still"...

While the government says prices are up 6.4 percent since 2011, chicken is up 18.4 percent, ground beef is up 16.8 percent and bacon has skyrocketed up 22.8 percent, making it a holiday when it's on sale.

#15 As I have written about previously, median household income has fallen for five years in a row.  So average Americans are going to have to make their food budgets stretch more than they ever have before as this drought drags on.

If the drought does continue to get worse, small agricultural towns all over California are going to die off.

For instance, consider what is already happening to the little town of Mendota...

The farms in and around Mendota are dying of thirst. The signs are everywhere. Orchards with trees lying on their sides, as if shot. Former farm fields given over to tumbleweeds. Land and cattle for sale, cheap.

Large numbers of agricultural workers continue to hang on, hoping that somehow there will be enough work for them.  But as Evelyn Nieves recently observed, panic is starting to set in...

Off-season, by mid-February, idled workers are clearly anxious. Farmworkers and everyone else who waits out the winter for work (truckers, diesel providers, packing suppliers and the like) are nearing the end of the savings they squirrel away during the season. The season starts again in March, April at the latest, but no one knows who will get work when the season begins, or how much.


People are scared, panicked even.

I did not write this article so that you would panic.

Yes, incredibly hard times are coming.  If you will recall, the 1930s were also a time when the United States experienced extraordinarily dry weather conditions and a tremendous amount of financial turmoil.  We could very well be entering a similar time period.

Worrying about this drought is not going to change anything.  Instead of worrying, we should all be doing what we can to store some things up while food is still relatively cheap.  Our grandparents and our great-grandparents that lived during the days of the Great Depression knew the wisdom of having a well-stocked food pantry, and it would be wise to follow their examples.

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  The United States has never faced anything like this during most of our lifetimes.  We need to shake people out of their "normalcy bias" and get them to understand that big changes are coming.

U.S. Drought Monitor California February 11 2014

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LawsofPhysics's picture

Well then, it's a good thing that there is no inflation.



Ignatius's picture

These guys at Economic Collapse Blog could give you 15 Reasons There's No Inflation if they'd put their collective minds to it.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Thank you to Global Banking quantitative easing, Inflation is mathematical certainty. Only question remain is if hyper inflation and collapse is ensue with complete deterioration in faith and trust.

max2205's picture

This guy is worse than Graham Summers

chunga's picture

Now, that's plain harsh.

Not to make light of the drought but I think Tyler is on vacation or something.

qqqqtrader's picture

100 Reasons Why Your Food Prices Are About To Start Soaring


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twh99's picture

They could forestall this if they chose farmers over smelt.

James_Cole's picture

#1 2013 was the driest year on record for the state of California, and 2014 has been exceptionally dry so far as well.

Huh, wonder if there's some overreaching cause for this, like some cause that could explain the concurrent year after year extreme 'once in a lifetime' weather worldwide?

Cast Iron Skillet's picture

no. There's no such thing as global warming, because it still gets cold in the winter. It's all a government plot. Got it?     

and there's plenty, plenty, plenty of oil, so don't even ask.



Tortfeasor's picture

Maybe y'all missed the part where this happens a lot in that region. I admit, it was a subtle point, must've slipped your bias, uh I mean mind.

Got drought? Try permaculture.

Pool Shark's picture



Those of us who have lived in California for awhile, and whose memories and attention spans exceed five minutes; will recall several "worst droughts in history" here. In fact, we had a drought that was just as bad the last time Governor Moonbeam was in office.

Every crisis is always "the end of the world" until it isn't.

In a couple years we'll be seeing flooding and mudslides again, and everyone will be wailing about El Nino...

bunch of stupid Chicken Littles...


James_Cole's picture

Those of us who have lived in California for awhile, and whose memories and attention spans exceed five minutes; will recall several "worst droughts in history" here.

Whenever I want to factually analyze something I always stick strictly to my memory and intuition. Totally failsafe.


^ oh, nothing to see here, move along. It's all just temporary weather anomalies, all back to normal soon!

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

my memory and intuition reminds me of food inflation being the unspoken driver of the 'arab spring'

CheapBastard's picture

I stopped eatin g Fuki Veggies from Cali a while back.

The Mist's picture

"15 reasons"

Can summarize all by saying there's a drought.

i doubt that that's going to impact me.

Theo P Neustic's picture

Not just smelt but more importantly, salmon.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Let's not forget Herbert Hoover, FDR, Michael O'Shaughnessy, and William Mulholland.

Water in the western US the result of government "solutions" to government "solutions." Only the Fedgov government would allow a dam yo be built in a Natonal Park.

wallstreetaposteriori's picture

I'll eat all the bitcoins no one is going to want in about 1 month...  Fuck Fonestar.

Anusocracy's picture

Why don't the dumassians in Kali start using cisterns?

And also take a look at how the Israelis grow crops.


"We basically supply the conditions of springtime, not summer, not winter, for 12 months a year,” explains Hessel.

The company is developing a series of growing machines for different kinds of produce, and currently sells GrowTech 2000, a standard 40-foot container that uses a specially developed fluorescent light and computers that monitor oxygen, light, carbon dioxide, humidity and temperature levels.

GrowTech 2000 offers the best solution for growers in cold climates where land and labor are relatively expensive. Another version, GrowTech 2500, was designed for climates with more available land and sunlight, using a more traditional greenhouse structure to take advantage of the natural light from the outdoors."

"At around $180,000 for a greenhouse version, and nearly double that for a container using artificial light, the hydroponic platforms can produce from 150,000 to 400,000 heads of lettuce per year, but can be an expensive proposition, admits Hessel. Then again, the system can lead to a reduction of up to 80% of the costs for heating and labor, two of the most serious costs in the greenhouse industry, according to the company’s figures."



Irene's picture

The Israeli hydroponics are fine as far as they go, but it's for smaller plants. You can't grow many crops, e.g., almonds, walnuts, etc. that way.

Mitzibitzi's picture

Actually walnuts grow pretty well in hydroponic systems, though you have to kinda 'bansai' the trees down to about 6-8' to balance yield over physical space. Almonds I've no idea about; never seen, tried nor read about that one. I'd hazard a guess that it's possible, given the structure of the trees, but I wouldn't like to guess about how productive you could get them. Some nuts for sure but maybe not too many.

Dwarf oranges (some small varieties of all citrus types, really) work OK in hydroponic/aquaponic setups, though. And there are smaller apple and pear tree varieties that can work. Plums seem OK. As do apricots.

So there's a bunch of stuff you can do. But not, as you quite rightly say, everything.


A Nanny Moose's picture

Bingo. I think hydroponics are bassackwards. How is the water usage compared to current farming methods? Water only just doesn't make sense when there is a shortage of the preferred medium. What am I missing?

Additionally, why do we use water to flush feces, and urine?

I think the permaculture people have proven, and more sustainable methods with Food Forests. Check out Bill Mollison, and Geoff Lawton.


Not Too Important's picture

The water is all radioactive, too, and increasing daily:

'NPR: Scientists test for Fukushima plutonium being transported in Pacific — Study: Plutonium particles found to have “high environmental mobility” — Expert: Fuel materials may be flowing from plant, “What is actually contained in releases?”'


And the rain comes from the ocean . . . round and round the plutonium goes.

Mitzibitzi's picture

"How is the water usage compared to current farming methods?"

Between 1/2 and 1/10th, depending on technique and crop, as it happens. A properly designed system only loses water only through incorporation into the plants and transpiration through them. Both of which occur at similar rates to conventional agriculture.

Start up costs, if you're using new hardware throughout, not McGuyver-ing as much as possible, is high, however.

krispkritter's picture

Yes, water usage is much lower.  I do different forms of aquaponics and this is the last bed still up and this was from December so it's twice as overgrown as now: http://1drv.ms/M7JEC8   A local outfit does this on a commercial scale and almost all their stuff is a closed loop.  If I was to use nothing but rainwater I could run easily run 10 tanks like this just on runoff alone for the year using a cistern.  And this includes the tanks I grow the tilapia's feed(duckweed) in.

Anusocracy's picture

People want decentralization, here it is.

An 8'x40' container system churning out 500 'heads' of lettuce a day - on site, no pesticides.

That's like getting 500 heads of lettuce a day from the area of a typical driveway.

Mitzibitzi's picture

Nice one, dude! I just pulled my current domestic lettuce, etc crop to do a deep clean (seen a few greenfly on the chives, as the kids left the door open), so the bed is empty, but I've been getting ~20Ibs of lettuce, watercress, rocket and chives per week out of a 9'x4' bed in a greenhouse through the UK winter. Heating it with compost and a 76W frost heater, plus about £30 of mixed christmas lights and 12v LED strings (which run off the household battery bank as a maintenance load).

Mostly spinach and watercress going in next: fast, nutricious and entirely grown from saved seeds. You can't live on hunted rabbits (deficient in a whole bunch of amino acids), nor pigeons - both of which is about all you can count on in quantity here - but add spinach, watercress and some foraged nettles, etc and you can.

Then you have the conservatory on the back of the house, which does a good job of tomatoes, chillis, cumin, fenugreek, etc, etc.

We'll win.

DormRoom's picture

You can hedge by buying Potash stocks.  Arable land is a finite resource, and if the distribution of it changes with climate change, farmers will need to increase yield, and protect existing crops against drought, with potash.

However, world governments will not allow food prices to get too high.


Radical Marijuana's picture

DornRoom, do you really have that much faith in "big daddy" that "world governments will not allow food prices to get too high."

balolalo's picture

This is called a culling. By whom? Mother Nature, the biggest bitch around and she doesn't give a fuck about who falls.   Less fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein = more malnutrition, lower quality adults and offspring.   Watch out neighbors, a human refugee migration is headed your way. 

Not Too Important's picture

It could be argued that Mother Nature's pretty pissed off. With the ongoing biocollapse, we should all be gone within 100 years or so.

GE - We bring an end to life.

jimmytorpedo's picture

I hold a lot of POT(.TSE)

I also have a lot of standing beef.

And a 10k gallon cistern.

I just hope they don't point HARRP my way.

Not Too Important's picture

How about the radiation in fertilizers?

"It's well-recognized that smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer. What isn't clear is exactly what it is in the cigarette or its smoke that causes it. Interestingly, while it may seem obvious that added chemicals would be prime culprits, research suggests it may be something else entirely.

This "something else" in turn could also have potential ramifications for our food supply, and might be an indicator of potential carcinogenicity in genetically engineered foods as well as tobacco, although there's no evidence of such a link as of yet.

The factor I'm talking about is polonium-210—a highly radioactive element1 that releases alpha particles as it decays. It's also chemically toxic.2 While alpha particles cannot penetrate deeply into your body, they can cause serious damage to cells they do come into contact with.

While naturally present in small amounts in the environment, one of the primary sources of exposure is via calcium phosphate fertilizers, used on tobacco fields and food crops respectively."



Dave's picture

It's tar. You'll will get lung cancer from organic cigaretts.

butchee's picture

Cold PDO is associated with CA drought.  Scripps is predicting an El Nino event for  Dec-Feb 2014-15  http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/CDB/Forecast/figf11.shtml

johnQpublic's picture

you should be growing most of these crops already


i know you cant grow avacadoes or lemons just because you want to

but i grow so much in such a small plot that i cant even can it all

i waste hundreds of pounds of vegies a year

cant even give it all away

as i move north it will be greenhouse and hydro, so the yield may even increase

Rafferty's picture

you should be growing most of these crops already


Try it and armed Feds will drag you off to the slammer.  It's happened lready.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

I no longer make important decisions in life based upon the possibility that someone may just drag me down with guns and a cage.

I tried waking the masses around me, but found the beer and football haze to be too much to fight through. I then took to and succeeded in government petitioning to allow citizens to vote to reclaim 1% of their income, but found myself on the political radar. I argue with revenue generating cops for non-violent code enforcement, while understanding I may end up on the wrong end of a steroid ridden bully.

To each their own and I wish I knew of the most effective means to gain back my liberty, but can't seem to locate the best possible path.

In the end, sometimes we become the useful idiot to show an example of the police state around us and maybe a few more open their eyes. It still won't stop me from living the life I can, while avoiding the arbitrary caging of government by fighting and kicking any way I can.

swmnguy's picture

Those cases are pretty questionable.  They involved people in towns or developments that had rules restricting vegetable gardening, and the people ignored them.  They weren't arrested by Feds but by local cops; for ignoring citations for breaking the ordinances, not for growing vegetables.  I know this because I read those stories too, and carefully revisited Minneapolis' gardening ordinances.  Pretty much the only restrictions here involve growing plants on the boulevard, which can't be tall enough to block visibility; and growing legal plants, tending them, and removing invasive weeds.

People also get into trouble for putting up greenhouse structures that are too large or don't meet zoning requirements in some way. And they get in trouble for having their own Farmer's Markets and drawing a crowd in their yards, selling vegies and annoying their neighbors.

Since I was planning to till up most of my front yard, build garden boxes and plant vegetables here in inner Minneapolis, I reviewed this carefully and checked out the cases we all heard about.  They weren't busted for growing vegetables. They were busted for ignoring the rules and pissing everybody off.  I don't agree with the rules and it would probably drive my residency decisions.  I won't live anyplace with a Management Association, for one thing.  But growing vegetables in your front yard is just fine in Minneapolis as long as you follow basic stewardship practices, which you should be doing anyway unless you're an asshole neighbor.

Australian Economist's picture

Well inflation isn't rising prices, it's expanding money supply, so nothing to worry about there.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

It's kind of a double fucking, really.  Inflation + food price increases.  Not to mention, with the "bio" part of "biofuel" about to get way, way pricey, along with already record high crude prices for the season, it should be a real interesting summer/fall.  

LawsofPhysics's picture

triple fucking really, remind us, what have wages been doing again?

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Probably joe average sheeple will look at this article and realize none of these vegetables are on the McDollar menu so they'd figure this inflation won't affect them. So I guess I won't email this article out, seeing its effectiveness would be for naught. However, I'm planning a bigger garden this year and hope my judicious use of my well water will see me through. Living here can be really strange. No one seems overly concerned at all and are using water normally. I wonder what will happen if nothing comes out of the fawcet.


Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

Who are the two assholes that junked you for your accurate comment?

Not Too Important's picture

And when the American population realizes all their food is radioactive:

'Gov’t Test: Cattle feed at California dairy farm had 300 pCi/kg of radioactive cesium after Fukushima; 9-month gap between when sample harvested and when received by lab — New UC Berkeley study reveals over 3,500 pCi/kg of cesium deposited on nearby roadside'


It's a good thing they don't test for enriched uranium and plutonium . . .

And, heaven forbid, the FDA raises the acceptable limits of radiation in food:

'With radiation in food safety limits 10x weaker than Japan's, North American food and agricultural imports from Japan escalate'


And these 'limits' pertain to domestic production, also. And as domestic foodstuffs become more radioative, the standards will be weakened much further.

Wait till the mothers of the US realize the milk they're giving their kids is going to kill them horribly, and who is covering it up.


SquirrelButtDan's picture

On the same topic today I read this:


Hmm...Fukushima radioactivity might have something to do with this. I dunno...just sayin'.

IridiumRebel's picture

Hanford is more likely or a combo there of.....