"Any Crisis Can Bring About Immediate Shortages" – Food Is A Weapon In The Hands Of The Powerful

Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) via SHTFplan.com,

The U.S. has experienced some record droughts for the past several years, and now that the summer has begun, everyone is speculating on this year’s crop forecasts.  The Midwest has been struck by severe flooding and rainfall levels that are far above average, complicating startups of this year’s crops.  Another dry summer could push the prices up even higher, with an ever-growing demand that always exceeds the available supplies.

One of the problems in the overall food industry in the U.S. is not brought on by weather patterns and rainfall shortages.  The problem is inflation, the rise in the prices due to higher demand, lower supply, and less purchasing power with the fiat dollar; that problem is coupled with (and followed by) deflation, where the grocery industry is forced to lower prices to capture a declining consumer base, but to its own cost.

Wal-Mart’s sales of groceries and food supplies now account for more than 50% of its overall revenues.  That is a staggering fact, and it also outlines the way a large retailer not originally intending to enter the arena of food sales has staked out a claim for itself.  This claim has not been without its effects, however, as what Wal-Mart earns detracts from supermarkets and other concerns whose main bread-and-butter (no pun intended) is income from food sales.

The largest supermarket chain in the U.S. is the Kroger Company, and along with Wal-Mart taking a bite out of its business comes an increase in retail stores such as the Dollar Trees, Dollar General Stores, and others that are rapidly expanding their food sales and cutting a big slice out of that market where traditional grocery concerns have dominated in the past.  Foreign competitors, such as the German firms Aldi’s and Lidl are also posing a challenge to domestic supermarket concerns.

Eight years of Obamanomics has severely crippled the U.S. manufacturing base, and the food industry has not been immune to that destruction by a longshot.  The dramatic rise in entitlements expanded by Obama has also caused the prices of consumer goods to shoot up drastically: more handouts by the government places more money in the hands of the entitlement-society…at taxpayer expense.  This devalues the fiat currency even further and pushes up the prices of food.

The EBT is now looked upon by the sheeple as some sort of “necessity,” or a “status symbol” of some kind…a plethora laughing at the expense of the government, vis-à-vis the productive members of society who are forced to “contribute” to this fiasco in the form of taxes.  What is next?  The Platinum EBT card?  Producers are bearing the burdens of and paying for consumers, and worse: the consumers are parasitic, and their consumption only increases the prices of all goods consumed while decreasing the supply.

Food is also a weapon (as poignantly illustrated by that evil icon of globalism, Henry Kissinger) that can bring other countries or populations of a given country under control.  The prices rise, the supplies dip, and the populace suffers.  The government, remember, always has its warehouses stuffed to the gills with freeze-dried foods and shelf-stable supplies for when the seams on the U.S. come apart.  The politicians in power always have a place to run to in the event of a war or a crisis…on our dime…and you can bet that none of them will miss a meal when it all comes apart.

Raising the prices of food benefits the government, because the grocery stores, retail stores, and businesses then have extra income with the rising prices, providing extra tax income to the politiciansThe people suffer; nevertheless, they’ll pay: they must have the food, and will bear the extra cost or enter the ranks of those nonproductive eaters on the public dole.  The government and the politicians are the only ones who win in the end: endless “authority” and firearms with a smile, to tax and line their own pockets while their serfs labor endlessly to feed their elected feudal overlords.

It is all interrelated, and any crisis can bring about immediate food shortages.  Such a crisis not gone to waste (Rahm Emmanuel) or a crisis contrived?  No matter.  The end state plays into the dynamics of what those in power wish to achieve.  Please refer to an excellent article from a few years back When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop to see one segment that can trigger the burst dam that overflows into a full-blown economic collapse and a dearth (and eventual complete cessation) in the food supply.  Food is a necessity, and is a weapon in the hands of the powerful…against us.


Cognitive Dissonance Tue, 06/13/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

A small garden and the ability to can your own food does wonders for your independence.Oh...wait, now I remember. Food comes from the grocery store and water from the tap.<We pack ourselves into cities, then wonder why we are treated like sardines.>

Cognitive Dissonance Common_Law Tue, 06/13/2017 - 22:16 Permalink

While Mrs. Cog and I do not eat super healthy, we do eat with our health in mind and often eat our own canned food. Tonight I made spaghetti with our own home made tomato sauce. So on those rare occasions when we eat out, more often than not we feel ill afterwards. We simply cannot eat the processed food served in restaurants anymore.Next years veggies, soups, stews and sauces in progress.

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BeanusCountus Bes Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:44 Permalink

Food is one thing, and I admire all of you folks that take control of it to grow your own. Hope you have some space for some wild fish and a tender cow in it, only cuz I love the flavor. But when it comes to weapons.. it's the medical system that offers the most control. We're all going to get sick someday. Imho.

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Endgame Napoleon BeanusCountus Wed, 06/14/2017 - 01:39 Permalink

Housing is the biggest, unaffordable, uncontrollable expense for most. You can theoretically grow your own food and modify your food intake, albeit it makes life pretty miserable.

It is one more outrageous unfairness that single moms and other parents with one traceable household income get free food, on top of free rent, on top of free monthly cash, on top of free energy and Child Tax Credits between $3,237--$6,269.

Yet, one component of their smorgasbord of copulation/reproduction rewards -- free food -- drives up the cost of food for low-income people who do not get free food.

These taxpayer-subsidized workers cost employers less due to the fact that they do not need higher wages and, thus, drive wages down as well, making housing less affordable to those without pay-per-child welfare & taxfare.

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Bwana Bes Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:41 Permalink

Well California is certainly with the program. Last June they passed a law (Legislation) that anybody who hasn't had a vegetable garden before cannot plant one now. If you had a vegetable garden before it is against the law to make it bigger. Like most thinking people in California I know what our lying legislature is up to and will be leaving soon.

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Bigly Cognitive Dissonance Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:50 Permalink

Yes. Mine looks like a stainless  bar tap. It was ~$2500. But we were without power 5 yrs ago for 10 days. It was that freak ice storm before halloween.  WAKE UP CALL!!!  I NEED TO FLUSH MY TOILET! I highly recommend the people withbtheir own wells get rid of that ugly metal cap and put in the manual as well. It does not interfere and it is PIECE OF MIND

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greenskeeper carl Cognitive Dissonance Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:27 Permalink

Thats a nice setup. Wish I had the space. We are just starting out. Yukon gold potatoes and blue berries are all we have right now. I planted 4 apple trees this year too, just hoping to keep them alive and grow a healthy root system through this year so I can get apples in a year or two. According to my neighbor there is wilt fungus in the soil, killed every veggie he tried to grow in the soil, so we have to do everything in pots or in a raised bed high enough so the roots don't go down into the soil. I should have more time next growing season to expand it. A few lime trees, some tomatos, and some herbs will be added next year. Don't have the room to be truly self sufficient, and we are new to this growing food thing, but its been fun so far.

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Bigly greenskeeper carl Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:39 Permalink

I have a lot of shade. Massive trees except 1/2 acre cleared. My garden and well are in the back and not readily apparent from the street.I am not the master but tomatoes are the easiest for me. Go with hardier lettuce like romaine and cabbages/bok choy.  Not bibb. My spinach bolts too fast.Things in the allium family are perennials so chives scallions leeks are no brainers and easy.  My cauliflower is doing better than broccoli. Corn takes up too much real estate for smaller gardens Fwiw 

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The Navigator Cognitive Dissonance Wed, 06/14/2017 - 02:21 Permalink

16 years ago I had 2 acres in Valley Center CA (great place) and only 1/20th of that was our garden. If we were canning, it could have supplied us for 1 year. Good soil, good sunshine and really you don't need a lot of space. Just now learning about aquaponics which may require much less space.Still, a small farm is where you need to be - chickens, goats, garden, and you'll get thru any crap thrown from the .gov, unless/until they come to take that from you. Thieves and Zombies worry me less; those varmints I can deal with.I miss my golden-yoke producing chickens. And the billions of stars at night. Shoulda never sold that place.

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sinbad2 greenskeeper carl Wed, 06/14/2017 - 00:54 Permalink

I don't know about your particular fungus, but most fungi can only survive in a narrow ph band.Check your soil ph, if it is acidic try using a soluble alkali(potassium carbonate) followed up with lime a while later.If the soil is alkali try ammonium sulphate or dilute phosphoric acid.Also iodine, found in seaweed is a fungicide.All of the above also act as fertilizers

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Cognitive Dissonance HRH Feant2 Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:09 Permalink

We ARE trying to be neighborly. They are 'native' locals from a nearby county. Their first responce upon hearing our yankee accents is to look us over with deep suspicion. Especially the wife. We expect that and understand the only way to win them over is to be open, honest and to just be ourselves with no pretenses. And to give them time to adjust their worldview to the new reality.

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Don in Odessa Cognitive Dissonance Wed, 06/14/2017 - 05:50 Permalink

Yep! If you have the room, throw in a chicken or ten and you got a source of daily protein. Half an acre can produce all the protein and vegetables a family of four needs to survive. A wee bit of aquaponics and you will have fish and veggies on the table as often as one likes. Oh wait, doing such a thing would make one a nutball "prepper." God forbid one actually prepare for what ever storm may come along.

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Miffed Microbi… chunga Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

I had one person at work return my eggs because the yokes were too orange so they claimed they were bad. I sold them to a polish friend of mine. She told me that my eggs reminded me of those she had in Poland. She gave me $6 when I normally charge $5. She said the premium $8/doz eggs at Whole Foods were not as good and would pay that for mine. I may have to rethink my hobby.


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The Navigator Miffed Microbi… Wed, 06/14/2017 - 02:39 Permalink

We used to give away our golden-yoke eggs to friends, with 6-8 hens producing more than the 2 of us could consume in a week. But never heard of our friends who received the 'overage' that "too orange" were bad.In the last 15-20 years, we've really gone to Idiocracy in overdrive.Idiocracy was a funny movie - it's now become a sad reality. How did that happen in 15 years?Way to many chemicals in our food and water I suspect.

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Amicus Curiae Miffed Microbi… Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:22 Permalink

;-) my freeranging hens about 30 on 3 acres produce the same superyellow eggs from grass n bugs etc they eatmy cakes are so yellow people  asked why i added colouring!the tasteless pale sick looking commercial ones- i cant bear to eat- dont even like using to cook when i have my ladies in moult the fellow above with wilt might consider letting chooks dig over the soils too sunlight n oxygen kills nasties

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veritas semper… Cognitive Dissonance Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:44 Permalink

Because France experianced the first "paper" money ,brought to them by a British banker,John Law.He screwed the king with this and triggered the French collapse,followed by the French Revolution.After that,the new authorities continued to use paper money( I think it was called assignats) ,leading to the distruction of the society ,like all paper money.Read about John Law and compare to current events

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Ghost who Walks ebworthen Tue, 06/13/2017 - 22:43 Permalink

I know what you meant by the context of the article.There is a lot more to think about arising out of this piece than just food security.This is about trust which is the basic underpinning of all civilizations.There is also Health security, Personal Security, Privacy which is information security and security of property.Once Governments, or any local warlord or robber baron start using these things against people the resentment that is created leads to revolution.

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Miffed Microbi… booboo Tue, 06/13/2017 - 22:18 Permalink

We had a trauma once who believed if he starved his dogs they would be more viscous and guard his home more rigorously. They decided to consume him instead in a viscous feeding frenzy. Not often do you get to observe workings of karma so graphically. He died horribly of infection but served well as a teaching case for my students.

This metaphor is appropriate today as well but those who should heed this probably won't due to false safety and arrogance.


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