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U.S. Drought Monitor California February 11 2014Did 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

  • Joe

    We are repeating history…we haven’t learned a thing. It’s time to wake up, and change our ways, before it’s too late.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Joe, we never learn from history.

    • garand555

      Too late? Is it time for Honey Boo Boo yet? Did I miss it? Please, please tell me I didn’t miss it.

  • seth

    When you look at who runs the country, the common denominator and where a lot of disproportionate support goes, we can see that one group of people is responsible for the manipulated banking crisis and associated calamities. The Talmud is a racist book that advocates genocide of all those who are not of this race, who are truly Edomites, as they are from the Caucasus mountains and are counterfeit Israelites, having had manipulated events to kill off the real Israelites (most of them) during world war 2.

    This small but genocidal group of people forge Western foreign policy, particularly in the US and UK. This is why democracy/libertarianism is a sham – they give you a choice of their shills to vote for. There is no left nor right, and even though the majority say ‘no’, they still democide by proxy (genocide by government/ bankers) places like the UK through mass immigration, as well as genociding abroad through contrived wars, all intended to centralize the banks of nations that are outside the grip of this cabal.

    Hard as it may to believe, this group have subverted EVERYTHING. Foreign governments, western governments, religious institutions… The source of their power over humanity has its roots in economics, which they use to manipulate governments (and therefore peoples) to their whim. When you look at the banks today, where no arrests had been made after the financial crisis, you need only look at the names and owners of such institutions, to know whom is to blame. Worse still, Obama heads the UN, a global government, and cannot be trusted when his duties are to such an institution. And being a puppet, he reports to the Rockefellers and Rothschilds, who see us as ‘useless eaters’ and ‘slaves’.

    All the pieces are in place now. Global austerity. The encroaching police state of TSA groping, NSA monitoring, drones who don’t say no..The nation of Israel plans to rebuild the third temple, which will start WW3 with 1.3 billion Muslims, who fear this small band of dangerous people. Some of this group, perhaps many are innocent. But many of this group are also arguably beyond redemption – its not racist to call out a group, when by all indications, several billion people around the world concur that this small group are really planning to kill them.

    • Bruce

      Your responce has NOTHING to do with an article about drought!

      • seth

        Discredit the argument, eh? The DISPROPORTIONATELY RISING FOOD PRICES are due to this group manipulating the economy. So it is a valid response.

    • rentslave

      Now who can argue with that?

  • snootyelites

    This article is utter horse manure by a liberal on antidepressant medication. If Califirnia can’t supply South America will. We got NAFTA. If South America can’t Asia will. Besides summer is around the corner and midwest has plenty of snowpack and high water table. Californians think the world revolves around them. No saree! If this article is true commodities and commodity mutual funds will be on fire. They are in a massive slump still.

    • Colin

      Climate is not localized to one state. It is global.

      • snootyelites

        So you are saying global warming is causing global draught. Again junk science – Asia is having bumper crops. What gives gringo? We need very little land to feed the world. What a load of unadulterated pig manure.

        • cannuck21

          Troll alert!
          Hope that the NSA pay well!

        • Uh-hUh

          Colin: Had a relative who went to China 10 years ago on business and when they got home, they absolutely reeked of carbon monoxide — enough to make you sick. Every single article of clothing reeked, every single piece of luggage reeked, things from INSIDE the luggage reeked. And China’s pollution has NOT gotten any better.

          So you go ahead and get your food from China…please, you can be first in line.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Umm, carbon monoxide is a colorless and ODORLESS gas.
            Perhaps you meant to just say air pollution or smog.

            Granted, Colin is a lefty and that’s typically synonymous with lack of thinking skills, but please let’s not lower ourselves to that level to make a retort.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It has been a very long time since anyone has accused me of being a liberal.

      And I most definitely am not on antidepressant medication.

      If you want to trust that South America and Asia will be keeping you well fed throughout the coming years, please feel free.

      Michael

      • cannuck21

        Michael
        I suspect that the above comment may well be posted by some ‘troll’ – paid for by a third party! This perhaps is part of the reward of a growing web site – so keep on posting – please!
        PS – I observed this ‘troll’ activity on a web site (Resource Insights) which tried to explain the issue of peak oil using as much published data as is available. When the administration was poised to invade Syria the amount of ‘nonsense’ about how the invasion was right was amazing – NSA – who knows.

      • Jimbo

        I live in Australia and back in 2008, a cyclone in Queensland damaged the Banana plantations. Prices shot up to $12.50 a kilo and stayed there for 18 months. Bananas became a luxury food and cost more than prime steak.
        It does happen.

      • K

        I too believe we may be having a minor troll problem. Notice you get minimum trolling on financial articles? But mention Fukashima, or the California drought, and out come the trolls. Example Asia can supply our vegetable needs. No one can believe that. The food is tainted, and they do not have enough for themselves. Sure the people who are buying up American farmland and the Smithfield company, they will take care of us. Yeah in Troll world.

        • old fart

          Most of the Asian countrys use Human Manure which will make you rather ill as your stomach bacteria wont accept it.

          • K

            That and a few of their other agricultural practices. Food from that area is a no go, for me.

        • davidmpark

          Agreed!

      • Bubba Johnson

        Some people can not tell their right from left. Sadly, most teachers are like that.

    • Mondobeyondo

      I’ve seen those TV commercials about how Chile has such great, bountiful produce during the winter months (in our Northern Hemisphere). Be that as it may…

      Our U.S. farmers are well capable of providing for us (for the moment). Thank you, Chileans, for the offer of help though.

    • ism

      “If Califirnia can’t supply South America will. We got NAFTA. If South America can’t Asia will. “

      That’s exactly right approach Sir

      Old “socialist” school would start blabbering about need of “planing”, updating obsolete infrastructure, building new irrigation pipes , perhaps sea water desalination plant.

      But we know of course it complete c%%p What we need is to just say loudly “Free Market” , “Supply, demand” “free Enterprise” And Free Market will starting to work its magic. Its “invisible hand” will move back and forward faster and faster . “Supply” will meet “demand”, prices will fail and everything will be fine.. Most important is not to worry and be happy.

    • garand555

      I have this sneaking suspicion that there was some sarcasm in that post.

    • Bubba Johnson

      Check the prices at a grocery store lately?

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Of course, the premise of the article was that your food bill is going to soar due to the California drought.

      And when you spout that we can just get the food from south America, which would cost mucho money to ship here, then indeed, your food bill rises.

      You may wanna stop foaming at the mouth about democrats (This author is not one) and think before replying… Just sayin’

    • Mondobeyondo

      Wrong on several counts. But I’ll concentrate on your comments about California.

      Californians do NOT think the world revolves around them, for the most part. They know that New York City is the center of the known universe. Heh. Nothing east of the Mississippi River really matters.

    • ItIsWell

      Despite your beliefs and faith that this world will always have enough food supply everyone (despite history) a food pantry is very economical. For instance a local grocery store today advertised tomatoe soup $.25 and spaghetti sauce $.49. If you buy the amount you believe you will use before the sell by date you will save a bundle. Not to mention that the exp dates are generally off by two years or more. Our food city also has shelves of canned goods in the front of the store that are close to the exp dates and are 75% off. My pantry is growing and my grocery bill is generally the same as it was before i stored a thing.

  • Bruce

    This is but one of the MANY political, financial and enviromental asteriods headed our way. The odds are overwhelming that one will hit it’s mark. Obviosuly, one is all it will take. Sadly there is NO way out. We all will be forced to sit and watch these things unfold in front of us. Prepping means you get to sit in the back row versus the front but, you still have to watch the horror show……………Bruce

    • Priszilla

      instead of sitting and watching and praying, you can always get your a s s up and plant a tree, or collect the seeds of fruits and veggies, and spread them around.

      google guerilla gardening.

      • old fart

        Yep they were hungry and happy at the same time

  • Rebecca

    Grow your own food. Even if you don’t have a yard, get some 5 gallon pots and start a container garden on your deck, porch, whatever you have. I did one last year and it gave us lots of food. 2 cucumber plants gave my family of 4 more cucumbers than we knew what to do with. We also grew lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and onions all in pots. Get a little bag of fertilizer, and water twice daily on the hot days. The rabbits couldn’t get to anything either because the pots were too tall and narrow. :)

    • dan

      Is there a website on how to do this?

      • davidmpark

        Just drill some holes in the bottom of a cheap 5-gallon bucket. Use generic potting soil and some triple-16 for cost control. Water only when the potting soil is dry on top. Works well.

      • Priszilla

        Google container gardening, or urban gardening.

        i like pfaf dot org

      • aliceinwonder

        The Survival Podcast is my favorite place in the whole world. I am a lifetime member there. You will find all the info on growing your own food and much, much more there.

      • Buddi74

        Look up your local “Cooperative Extension” office for your state. They have tons of free resources online for growing vegetables, fruits, working the land, preserving your harvest, and lots more.

    • Mondobeyondo

      1) Run to your nearest Home Depot store
      2) Buy a couple of tomato plants
      3) Buy a couple of 5 or 10 gallon pots
      4) Buy some fertilizer
      5) Water regularly
      6) Wait a month or two
      7) Salad time!

      • Priszilla

        My dad always grew tomatoes from seeds. We always had compost, never bought fertilizer, except manure for the tomatoes. But the manure had to be worked in before the winter.

        And when the tomatoes were ripe for harvest, they all came at the same time. We had tomatoes from morning till evening, tomato soup, tomato salad, tomato raw, tomato fried, tomato boiled, tomato cut, tomato smashed, and my mom was conserving tomatoes in glasses. And we were still sellling tomatoes and giving to family. And from selected fruits my dad was collecting the seeds for next year.

        Deep red tomato, red inside and outside, grown and ripened on the plant – I miss that.

      • HairRazor

        Lowes.. Run to your nearest Lowes and not support the homosexual advocates at Home Depot.

    • Mike Smithy

      Great advice. Over the past 18 months, I have been getting free empty frosting buckets from local grocery store bakery department. Thus far, I have collected about 800 buckets of various sizes to include 1 gallon, 3 gallon and 5 gallon. Drill a couple of holes in the bottom for proper drainage, fill with good soil. I bought a gasoline powered pump and draw water from my farm pond. It has turned out to be a fun hobby as I have been able to donate my excess vegetables to members of my church.

  • Sparkie

    Wow. An article about drought that doesn’t mention climate change. And the need to ‘do something’. For the kids…..
    Well done. Another balanced well written article.

    • Ando Arike

      I was amazed by this, too, that an article about a millennial drought did not once mention — not even hint at — the possibility that global warming aka climate change might bear some responsibility… When 98% of climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is REAL, and that higher average temperatures will cause rainfall patterns to shift….

      • Vlad Lenin

        Back to your kool aid. 98% of scientists is pure crap! A majority, yes, but not 98%. That’s plain propaganda from the left. And let’s talk about that majority. ALL OF THESE “SCIENTISTS” make their living from government funded research of some kind. Climate change is good for business now, so follow the money. Grow up, grow a pair and get a clue!

        • cal

          follow the money – does it lead to universities and professors driving around in volvos or does it lead to the multinational oil and gas companies that make up 50% of the worlds 10 largest companies? Companies that are considerably larger and much more powerfull than many of the countries on this plant! Good point Vlad – follow the money…..

          • Hammerstrike

            opensecrets.o rg/orgs/list.p hp
            LOL!

      • Airedale

        Hey, pay me a 6-figure salary and I will be a “climate scientist” too!
        Wheeeee…

        • http://karmaeconomics.blogspot.com/ lavista4u

          We were fooled…Do we really really think the folks who rule this planet earth for 1000s of years would not know what is coming?

          It was all a gigantic PSY-OP..They made themselves look fool while making sure that human race would never be prepared for what is coming.

          The Global Warming was not a Hoax but a PSY-OP they exactly knew it was Mini Ice Age ..Just exact opposite of what was really coming and then Now they are saying “Climate Change”

          Guys…These are not FOOLs…..Al gore and the cabal are anything but stupid

          Please whatever you believe in PREPARE for the sake of your family and kids…which is what they don’t want you to do….

  • David Fuhriman

    I just drove from Vacaville, CA to Eugene, Oregon on I-5. I-5 runs up the middle of California-through the northern heart of California’s farmland. I drove past Lake Shasta and the water level was incredibly low. I took pictures if somebody can tell me where/how to post them on this site. Mt. Shasta, however, was covered in snow. Hopefully, the mountain’s snow will provide some water later this summer.

  • Brandon Bowers

    If you don’t have a few hundred pounds of rice and beans put away already …. do it.

    • cateye

      If you don’t already know this…dried beans that are stored can get hard, real hard. When cooking them, add baking soda, a little at a time and the beans will soften up. Otherwise they are pretty hard to eat.

      • dosomis

        Now that is a VERY valuable piece of advice that I was not aware of. Have tried to cook some pintos that just wouldn’t get soft no matter how long in the pot. Thank you, thank you thank you..

        • cateye

          You are welcome dosomis, it was actually my brother who told me this fact about the beans. We are all in this coming mess together.

      • Michele

        If you soak the beans overnight in a pot of water, the beans will get softer. You can then cook them on the stove for about an hour more or less and add some chicken broth or just salt and onion for flavor. Good Luck and God Bless.

      • Priszilla

        You need to soak the beans overnight anyway to leak some poisonous chemicals inside. (and then discard the water)

        And only add the salt when the beans are cooked.

  • Mondobeyondo

    California may not be known for cattle production (that’s more of a Midwestern thing – Nebraska, Texas, Iowa, etc) but when it comes to veggies and fruits, especially during the winter months, they lead the way. (Florida and Georgia will beg to differ, in regards to oranges and peaches, respectively.)

    The Central Valley of California is incredibly fertile. It is also incredibly dry. The two do not mix.

    If they sold stock in salad veggies, I’d buy some immediately.

    • tex may

      Wrong.

      It is incredibly fertile BECAUSE it is dry. In areas of heavy rain the soluble nutrients and minerals in the soil leach away as the rains fall. Even in temperate forest and tropical jungle areas. This is why farmers in the Rainforest practice slash and burn farming- moving on every few years to start the cycle again and again. Without the constant renewal of the soil from growth and rotting vegetation the soil leaches and wears out in only a few years. This is one of the main reasons the early settlers in America kept moving west after clearing the contiguous hardwood forests.

      By way of comparison, the areas of prairie or even semi desert grassland have humus rich soils that are deep after centuries of accumulated dead and rotted grasses and dropped manure from free roaming herds of animals. This soil has never been “scoured” by the heavy winter rains of warmer wetter regions.

      It is no accident that the bread baskets of the world, California, Australia, the American and Canadian prairies and the steppes of the Ukraine are very arid… there is just not enough moisture to wash the soil nutrients away.

      Blame the current situation on greed and corporate chemical based agriculture. The various regions of America, and indeed the world used to feed themselves. With the almost complete death of the family farm across America the chickens are coming home to roost.

      • Mondobeyondo

        How can you have any vegetative growth – besides cactus – when the land is so dry?

    • Priszilla

      I’d buy me a composter and throw in all fruit and veggie scraps to make compost.
      When it rains i take a little glass with me and collect earthworms while I’m walking. They find a new home in my garden.

  • xander cross

    They’re even talking about the Mendota drought on ESPN now. They’re trying to talk about football, but they showing the severe poverty and drought the most. You know something is up when they show this on a sports news channel.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention…
    Many tree nuts are also grown in California.

    Almonds. Pistachios. Walnuts. Pecans.
    You like granola? Sticker shock is coming your way.

    • FirstGarden

      Many other nuts are from California as well, lol. :-)

      • Mondobeyondo

        Indeed they are… LOL!

        • Uh-hUh

          Not being that chocolate is a requirement for most people to “survive,” my husband just shook his head when I loaded up on chocolate (including Almond Joy) this past Christmas, as I knew prices were rising and quickly….now he just smiles.

    • davidmpark

      Growing my own Hazels out here. Might go for Filberts some day.

    • Katy

      Unless they are vacuum-packed, nuts are hard to store, too. They do not keep well in those plastic packages from the store. Most nuts get “stale” tasting about 6 months after the “best by” date. The best-kept nuts I have found is Planter’s vacuum-packed which keep for 2 years or more.

  • Linda

    The drought is certainly of grave concern. Coupled with the radiation from Japan reaching California, we will not only have a lack of food, but what little food there is may not even be safe to eat. How can we be assured that what is in our grocery store is radiation free?

    • Watchmanonwall

      Didn’t you hear? The EPA raised the amount of radiation ‘deemed’ safe. So, therefore, you are safe. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • FirstGarden

    Wild edible #1:

    All grass is edible / non-toxic. The masses do not know this. If it comes down to survival, go to the fields – places where no lawn fertilizer is used. And don’t go where the huskies go, if you know what I mean.

    Too much grass can cause nausea, however, so don’t look to this as a sole staple. (Cows have 4 stomachs and we only have one.) One suggestion is to chew the grass, swallow the fluid and spit out the remaining solids. All vegetables have high water content, which reduces the need for water.

    There are plenty of other North American wild edibles that are in plentiful supply, which I will be happy to share. Any suggestions are welcome.

    • davidmpark

      Look up “silage bread WWII”: made of grass clippings, silage, shredded tree bark, and fermented rye. Came out black: both from the oven and in the Loo. :P

      Besides, wheat, oats, barley, millet and such can be grown to support a family. An area of 110′ X 10′ will grow an average of 210 lbs. of grain. That is half the size of the average lawn. I’m sure that people can pressure their local gov into allowing it, and more.

      • tex may

        You still need water. In fact, you need water to P–s!

        • garand555

          Mwahahahahahahah!

          (I live in a desert and yet the water table is close enough that I can hit it with some muscle, sweat and a shovel.)

    • Priszilla

      wikipedia: underutilized crops

    • Michele Melanson

      I got a small farm(2.2 acres) in SW Ohio six years ago. I have been restoring the soil, it had been “borrowed” by a local farmer whom leases the land. When I first got here it did not even have earthworms in it, and all all that grew was prickle-weeds and horse-weed. Now after fertilizing from our barns and spreading red clover seeds yearly a variety of wildweeds grow. I would like to know which are edible, could you reccommend a website that shows the plants?

  • quercus454

    As a person that just this past summer drove the length of the San Joaquin Valley, I can verify that the water shortage is indeed bad. We passed almond ranches that had acres of dead trees, fields that were not planted and several areas of the valley that were brown. California has historically been known as the agricultural capital of the country. There are very few crops that can’t be grown there. In better times I can remember the entire floor of the valley being green.

    • Uh-hUh

      Yes, when the dust bowl took its toll, a lot of people headed to California. So where do Californians go when their state dries up? I vote NY (subliminal suggestion).

    • Buddi74

      Almonds need bees to pollinate, and bees are dying in record numbers due to the neonicotinic pesticides used on GMO crops. We will be lucky to have any almonds at all.

    • Yasha7

      Obummer came to our state last week. Some legislators and many farmers were hoping that he’d ease the environmental regulation stranglehold on our agricultural industry, but, no. He pledged to give $$$. Very nice, but that doesn’t solve the problems.

  • davidmpark

    FYI: Utah’s snow pack and water reserves are at 95%, a lot better than originally projected. Nevada and California are having a terrible drought. Unfortunately, from rumors I’m hearing, Utah might shut off water to both states again due to non-payment of water bills.

    Grow your own foods. We are heading into interesting times, and the old idea of the victory garden may become fashionable again. :)

    To add to this fun environment of upheaval: Utah Legislators have filed numerous bills to LIMIT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! HB 67, HB 70, HB 128, HB 225, HB 276, SB 46, SB 167, and SB 185 are all designed to end any and all federal encroachments (including wire tapping, data collections, and drones) and makes the elected County Sheriff the indisputable lead law enforcement. There is a lot of support for these. There is also a lot of bills to free up the local economy: HB 258, HB 306, and rumors of a Senate bill to make a person’s home off limits and untaxable for a home-based production business; especially for folks like me! I COULD GET MY RIGHT TO WORK BACK!!!

    We should find out on March 1st about getting the rabbits back. The City is going through plans to approve residential chickens and ducks (especially since many of us raised a big stink and I proved the ban caused harm to my family).

    And just out of curiosity; do farmers in California practice dryland farming, or is it strictly irrigation? We have farmers here who plow deep furrows to grow wheat and other things in near desert conditions with no irrigation. Guess it’s time to look into that.

    • garand555

      You might want to look into drought adapted crops in general. nativeseeds dot org is one place to start.

      (What can I say, I live in a desert.)

    • davidmpark

      Poor Man’s Rain Collector and Filter (includes instructions for creating sodium hypocholride, i.e.: bleach)

      1 extra large plastic sheet 10’X10′ minimum. Food grade is best; plastic grocery bags work great, just fuse them together and back with sturdy but flexible material

      Rope

      2 RV hoses with a 5/8″ plastic washers/gaskets that fits on male connector, and 5/8″ female hose bibs/gaskets

      2 buckets; one large 5 gal and one medium 3 gal or close to it

      bag of sand

      bag of hardwood, non-treated virgin charcoal. Homemade works just as good

      1 bag gravel

      Attach rope to all four corners of the plastic and hoist above the ground. Next, cut a hole in the middle of the plastic about 1/2″ diameter. Undo one corner of the plastic sheet and attach the RV hose through the hole.

      Punch holes in the bottom of the 3 gallon bucket. Place the female hose bibs on the upper part of the 5 gallon bucket and that bucket’s lid. Fill the 5 gallon bucket with 2″ of charcoal, place 3 gallon bucket on top. Fill both with about 3″ gravel. Fill both half way with sand, then a layer of gravel. Place 5 gallon lid on tight. Flush water through top several times ’til water is clear. Filter is ready. Attach the other end of RV hose from plastic sheet to top of filter. Attach other RV hose to side of filter and place into where you want to store your water.

      For making bleach to sanitize water: cut the bottom off a 2 liter soda bottle. Get the carbon rods out of two dead D batteries and attach one through the lid – seal with silicone – so the rod is half way through (this is the positive terminal). Attach other rod to another alligator clip and dangle through the open top of the bottle (this is the neutral terminal). Attach both alligator clips to a wall plug, add solution, then plug in. Use 1 liter of water, 1 handful of salt, and wait one hour, or ’til it turns that light yellow color. USE OUTDOORS ONLY!!! Add 1 oz to every 200 gallons of water.

    • TRex

      I live in Utah and since I live on less than a half an acre I am not zoned for chickens. Keeping chickens in area that less than a half acre is not zoned for farm animals and will result in criminal prosecution. The other side of the story is that neighbors across the street and to the east side of my home and behind me have chickens. The neighbors properties are less than a half acre. It appears that the county chooses selective enforcement. I hope this zoning law changes because its not worth losing your property to host a chicken but fresh eggs are nice and would be beneficial as grocery prices continue to rise exponentially.

      • davidmpark

        Most counties here allow chickens. It’s only in places where corrupt councilmen and mayors reside that banned them to increase sales tax revenue. It’s an accounting scheme – not an actual necessity.

        What you need to do is provide documented proof that the ban causes you or someone you know actual harm – and it needs to be done publicly. We did this at a town hall with plenty of candidates.

        Right now, with the rising food prices, all you’d need to do is show that the ban will result in hardship. If enough of your neighbors get behind you, then there’s a good chance of getting that ban lifted. If not, then replace them in the next cycle, or start a recall campaign.

  • Priszilla

    Unless wheat and cattle you can grow veggies in your garden. I was growing tomatoes and bitter gourd on a balcony in China. The foliage of bitter gourd is even better than the fruit and takes less time to grow. And some herbs like basil, which goes well with tomatoes. My parents grow onions on their balcony. They grow them for the green stems to fill their sandwich and mix into scrambled eggs.

    If you have a garden, you can grow more. You can even mix the veggies with the flowers. Beans provide a good screen. Kale and rocket can be continually harvested.

    • Bubba Johnson

      If you have the time and place, one can grow a lot of ones own food.

  • Priszilla

    We need more trees and hedgerows. Less mono culture and more multicropping.

    In Bali they grow fruits and veggies under coconut palms and durian trees.

    In China, rice farmers grow fish in rice paddies.

  • garand555

    “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.”

    If you cut past the lies put out by DC, the Fed, BLS, etc… you’ll start to understand that we are already experiencing a period that would be just as bad as the great depression were it not for our technological advances. What is in store for us is much worse. While I expect things to get interesting (i.e. supply chains break) between this year and 2016, I could be wrong. We will not make it past 2020 or 2021 without a massive breakthrough in science and technology without experiencing conditions that are unimaginable to us today.

    There is a reason that I am accumulating seed and am moving towards breeding crops that are adapted to my area during the worst of times, and I have experienced what California is experiencing.

  • fedsisko

    Amazing! The most powerful nation on earth and you can’t solve a water issue. Perhaps if you stopped spending so much on weapons of mass destruction and more on things that matter. I’m sure the technology exists to solve the problem. It’s a shame that the Federal Reserve and the other private bankers stop you. You Arab friends get their water from where?

    • Bubba Johnson

      We have enviro wackos everywhere. We must save the spotted owl but can kill the bald eagle with a wind turbine. Go figure.

  • tom

    What sparked the “Arab Spring”? The rising cost of food. I don’t recall reading about food shortages there. What happens here if both occur?
    Learn how to grow your own garden now.

  • Bubba Johnson

    Prep of the day
    Since the Liberals want US to put corn in our gas tanks, fight back.
    Make sure your garden includes popping corn. A great inexpensive snack that stores very well.

    • garand555

      Liberals? No, farmers want to. It is a backdoor subsidy. Cui Bono.

      • Bubba Johnson

        Well, Pelosi is considered a type of wino farmer. So I guess you are correct. Liberals can almost look human too.

    • davidmpark

      For urban and suburban gardens, yes. Popcorn is much better to grow than field corn for long term storage.

      For those who don’t know, sweet corn doesn’t store too well nor makes a good cornmeal. Popcorn is much better for cornmeal.

  • Libsare Ajoke

    it may choke artie but it ain’t gonna choke stymie

    • Mondobeyondo

      Artie-choke? Sorry, couldn’t resist that one

      • watchmanonthetower

        We think that’s where Libsare was going; like the old joke:

        Arthur gets tired of
        working so hard and decides to join the Mafia, and has heard that if he kills for money, even if it’s only for a buck or two, which he knows they can afford, he might get accepted to the local Mob.

        Art convinces himself that they will pay him at least a Washington for his effort and sets off for Jon’s, a neighborhood supermarket, and seeing an old lady pushing a cart, decides that she’s lived a full life, proceeds to strangle her to death.
        The would-be goon sees a bag boy watching him, so grabs the employee by the neck and cuts off his air to eliminate a witness.

        The morning newspaper headlines read, ” ARTIE CHOKES TWO FOR A DOLLAR AT JON’S!”

        (Talk about a really old joke: check out the price of artichokes!)

        Click -here- to get the last :39 seconds of your life back.

        ~W

  • aliceinwonder

    Another factor not mentioned here is the rise in minimum wage which will mean the rise in prices to pay these wages, ship the food, etc. So whatever you thought the costs were going to be, add more to it.

    • Priszilla

      Minimum wages grow by cents, profits grow by millions.

      You bark up the wrong tree.

      Minimum wages stay in the country and pay for goods and services.

    • Synthia Fagen

      If only we could lower the minimum wage so we could all get cheaper food. It would actually be great if those people just worked for free. Then, we could get things as cheap as we possibly can.

      Whew, I feel better now.

    • Hammerstrike

      Dude, 1968 US minimum wages where much higher even when taking official inflation into account .
      Nope, ain´t the minimum wages that are the problem.

  • Beanodle

    Suddenly you may find that fruit and vegetables from Chile or some other nearby country will take up the slack in supply from Califonia.
    You may also find that the imported goods maybe cheaper than the homegrown stuff.

    • Bubba Johnson

      Cheaper than growing your own food? Doubt it. My orchard and perennial vegetables produce well with little additional money.

  • Joe Kleinkamp

    The other extreme is too much water. Record snow in much of the country combined with the extreme cold that’s allowed it to accumulate will probably lead to massive flooding when it all melts at once. Think hard about flood insurance if you live in one of these vicinities.

    • Bubba Johnson

      Coming to a midwest state near me.

  • GSOB

    Ever hear of the Eole system?

    Create water out of thin air.

    • Bubba Johnson

      The links?

      • GSOB

        I did not supply them because it would immediately get held up in moderation. Take the ABC news. There is a great video there.

        Just google:

        A Wind Turbine That Creates Fresh Water Out of Thin Air

        • Bubba Johnson

          Thanks, will check it out.

    • FirstGarden

      Also this:

      How to Get Water from a Tree with a Plastic Bag

      1) Get a plastic bag. Ideally, it should be transparent, and big enough to cover the chosen branch on the tree completely.

      2) Go to a tree that is healthy, and looks green, dependent on your location.

      3) Find a branch that has a lot of healthy leaves on it.

      4) Take the plastic sheet and some zip ties or elastic bands.

      5) Put the branch into the bag, allowing some material to hang below the tree. This will allow the water to gather

      6) Wrap the zip tight around the edge of the bag or secure the rubber band on, sealing the edge of the bag around the tree

      7) Wait, and over time, the tree will transpire water, which will be caught by the plastic bag, and gather in the bottom.

  • Bubba Johnson

    A pizza with a 3 year shelf life.
    Join the armed forces and dodge a few bullets and then rest with a Pizza MRE.

  • Selaretus

    In spite or all mans’ technology and accomplishments, he still owes his existence to four inches of top soil and the fact that it rains.

    I continue to marvel at cities and towns with expansive mowed lawns, highways, yards and parks.
    All that precious non-renewable oil wasted to cut grass which we cannot even use as food. (please don’t bring up biofuel made from grass clippings. I will only ask you to investigate the ‘rule of ten': for every step in an energy or food chain, only 10% is passed on; 90% is lost due to friction, metabolic heat loss, and inefficiencies of the system)
    I also picture all these parking lots and buildings paving over precious bottom farm land.
    Our proud arrogance and ignorance astounds me.
    The earth does not need us; we can be replaced.

  • DJohn1

    One of the key foundations of the 30s that is supposed to be so is keeping our agriculture healthy. Again the Congress has been messing with that foundation just like they have with every other foundation this country was founded on.
    Everyone remembers our history of dust bowls in Oklahoma in the 30s. What isn’t remembered is that we were able to reverse it by letting crop rotation be financially feasible for farmers.
    Water is gold. Without water our farming communities will be bankrupt in a real big hurry.
    So it is something that we have to make a priority before it is too late. Or is it too late already?
    If our dollars buy food, that is one of the basics of keeping things going. If half the country is on food stamps and the food supply is threatened, something will have to give and it will not be popular no matter who has to make the decisions.
    All zoning laws concerning gardens will have to be outlawed. Probably not going to happen but that is what will become necessary.
    My own experience with gardens is not necessarily good. The problem being insect invasions big time in the last few years. They try to eat the tomatoes before they are ready to pick.
    The water problem I resolved by localizing the water. I placed small $.79 funnels in the ground next to the root system of the plants. I placed small drill holes in the bottom stalk of the funnels then watered the funnels twice a day. The funnels fed the water to the plant roots slowly. So they had adequate water at a fraction of the soaking the ground method. Put them approximately 7 inches from the base of the plant so as not to rot the roots.

    We have went to factory farming at a tremendous cost to the nutrition we would normally get from our meat products. Grass-fed is expensive compared with the cruel grain fed cattle that seldom if ever leave a stall in a barn. Grass fed livestock can be almost twice the cost of factory farmed meat. You are basically what you eat. So you have junk mass produced livestock or you have expensive livestock.
    It is time to design toilets different. Toilets basically use water pressure to flush waste into a sewer system. They can use anywhere from a couple of gallons to over 5 gallons per flush. We could use some help from some engineers to come up with one that uses a whole lot less water and safely dispose of the waste products of any home.
    Or you can design one that directly uses sea water instead of drinking water. The problem is the salts and mineral content of seawater. But I see no problem with designing a corrosion resistant system to use the useless waters of the oceans to do this. But it needs engineering and it needs water management.
    That little change might mean a whole lot of water suddenly becoming available that wasn’t available before. The key here is sanitation engineering in our water disposable plants all over the country. Because changes are going to have to be made for this to even be feasible.
    These same engineers had chemical products in our dishwashers made illegal because they didn’t want to change anything in sanitation engineering of our sewage plants.

    There are two types of engineers. One is by the book no matter what and very frozen in their methods of doing things. The other engineer thinks outside the box and comes up with new ways of doing things. That is the engineer we need. Good old fashioned innovation to make things work. Naturally we teach engineers to be very frozen in their way of doing things.
    Patterson and Kettering did the impossible in Ohio because they thought outside the box. That is the kind of engineering we need today.

  • Mondobeyondo

    For those who don’t know, or have never visited or lived there – California is several distinct regions.

    There’s northern California (San Francisco, Sacramento, etc – the fertile Central Valley where most of the crops are grown (including the Napa and Sonoma regions – wine country) – and the madhouse known as SoCal – Los Angeles, Disneyland, Hollyweird, etc.

    L.A, tends to be quite liberal. San Francisco pushes the liberalism chart off the scale.

    I really hope the farmers there are able to pull through. No rain expected anytime soon though. This is going to be an extremely rough time..

  • Mondobeyondo

    Everyone needs food, and everyone needs water.

    Do without either, and you can survive, but not for long. Especially without water, or some other fluid to replenish your body. You can get by without food for awhile (your stomach will rebel…)

    You can make it without electricity, or gas, or an iPhone 5, People like Napoleon, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, etc. managed to survive without these conveniences. But even they needed food and water.

    “Give us this day, our daily bread…”

  • GSOB

    Let’s face it folks.

    America has the technologies. If they were
    implemented along with convservation measures, with the same commitment as if going to war….
    she would even be more beautiful today.

  • GSOB

    As a minimum, plan your water consumption to be

    1 GAL PER PERSON PER DAY.

    • Mondobeyondo

      It’s possible, but it sure isn’t fun.

      I can’t count the number of times I walked down to Watermill Express and plunked down a quarter for a gallon of water. Not because I wanted to. Because the water was shut off at my house. Add a family – especially with babies or young children, and…

  • Bubba Johnson

    How about a true story about a big city water company that would not fix a water main leak on my property. For years that claimed the soggy front yard was my responsibility and just underground water seepage. It got so bad I installed a french drain and collected the water and then pumped it for other uses. They finally replaced the entire main pipe throughout the neighborhood and guess what. The water stopped leaking on my property. Glad I live in the country now and have a well.

  • Mondobeyondo

    …”(W)e have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.

    My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

    Robert F. Kennedy
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    April 4, 1968

    • Bubba Johnson

      I like it.
      My favorite
      ” Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem”.
      Wish I could take credit for the quote but conservatives would know I was lying.

  • 22yearsfrom03

    On the Christian Science Monitor website, there is a vid of Pres Obama talking about climate shift, drought, and the coming scarcity of water. It’s time to grow up and realize that our planet’s resources are in a precarious state and we are staring in the face of what could possibly be the 6th Great Extinction event. Extreme weather worldwide is straining food supplies. How many people on this rock? One would be sadly mistaken to continue with the whole “normalcy bias” attitude. I believe we, all Earthlings, are in for the fight of our lives.

    • chris

      And yet have you seen your President telling the people to stop consuming cheap Asian tat they don’t really need that has been shipped halfway around the world? No, i don’t think so.

  • DB

    If you’d like lower prices on beef and pork products, get the gov to repeal or modify COOL (Country Of Origin Labelling). Canadian producers are able to supply a large amount of livestock but can’t because of protectionist policies. Google Tyson Foods stops buying Canadian Beef.

    • Bubba Johnson

      How about the dairy farmers that must have a spilled milk procedure posted at their farms? HEE HEE Government sure is silly.

  • watchmanonthetower

    The suggestions here for growing your own food are well advised. Unfortunately, the virulent enforcement of some provisions of the UN’s Agenda 21 will eventually eliminate this option. Much as a rainstorm starts with a few, tiny leading-edge drops, so is this heinous effort already under way to deprive citizens of the natural right to survive.

    If the goal is total control, then they who rule will seek to own you, body and soul.
    And that includes food.

    Nothing short of IR-shielded underground hydroponics will suffice when the full force of the storm arrives.

    Prepare…or perish.
    ~Watchman

    • Mike Smithy

      The ultimate goal of Agenda 21 is genocide.

  • old fart

    Why worry be happy Oslamma will figure out a way that the whole US can have all they want with the new improved food stamp plan along with the free medical they all want. Sing Be Happy what could possibly go wrong?.

  • Aha

    The only good thing coming out of California drought is that we will not worry much about Fukushima radiation that contaminates farming products and diary products .

  • Gilligan

    What is the impact of chemspraying having on the drought. The skies in ca are a chemtrail haze everyday now.

  • HuntzHall

    Not to worry, I am sure our federal gov’t will authorize a water pipeline running from the soggy East to the bone dry West very soon. This public works project will also provide thousands to millions of jobs, and guarantee we don’t starve our fellow citizens but rather return to blissful abundance. Just like Kaddafi tried to provide guaranteed sustenance for the Libyan people. Oh wait, we blew that up for them! What’s going on here???

  • HuntzHallthe7th

    Transcontinental water pipeline, East to West?

  • piccadillybabe

    People who grow their own gardens are being called “extremists” in some areas as they are stepping out of bounds and trying to cut into someone else’s market. Some individuals become irate to the point of calling in law enforcement when their neighbors grow vegetables in containers in their backyard for their own use. It will get to the point where the only way you can grow vegetables is with a license to grow and you will have to go through an strict inspection process, registration and pay annual dues, etc. Many road side vegetable stands in my area (New England) have been shut down or just closed their doors. There was only 1 stand open last summer supplying produce and that one was connected with a large farm that is registered within the state to sell vegetables. All the others are gone. What is up with this? Can’t even grow your own vegetables anymore.

    • Mike Smithy

      That is sad. If I were you, I would get the hell out of New England.

    • https://www.facebook.com/beth.s.owens1?ref=tn_tnmn Beth

      not us. we have a very lively Farmers market scene here. I’m a vendor and have so much fun—these are the kind of folks I love knowing!

    • Hammerstrike

      As one MS-13 dude once said, snitches likes their stitches.

  • TR

    Maybe another title could be: “Drought, why real estate values could collapse.”

  • gawxxx

    what is coming for this” cesspool ” of a nation is far worse than what we are dealing right now, the “CREATOR” of it all , who has given this nation all of it’s blessings is now taking them away ,there is not anything that we can do to stop it , no one is going to be prepared for what is about to happen , mankind has earned the ” asskicking” it is about to recieve ,

  • Anon

    Fishing poles are going to go right through the roof. I glad I already have mine.

    • Bubba Johnson

      What it costs me to put crappie in my freezer could put lobster and steak on the table instead. But still worth putting up the shingle that I am gone fishing.

      • Guest

        Your doing something wrong buddy. I have an 8′ plastic bass bout I can throw right in the back of my 10 year old pickup ( no trailer needed) . I paid $300 for it new at year end 2 years ago I probably could have found one used for $100. I have a used 2.5 hp outboard and can fish all day on less than a quart of gas. I always have a freezer full of pan fish, pike and walleye filets I live less than an hour’s drive from more than 100 lakes. When the filets that little boat has put on my table exceed the cost of the boat and motor it made it even more satisfying to put that gone fishing shingle out.

        • Bubba Johnson

          HEE HEE Love it, my favorite place is 2 hours away, with kids water skies working into retirement with wife and motel rentals. Wanna buy some used camping equipment from me?

  • cannuck21

    Ha Ha Ha. The N.Y. Times. Just a tad above USA Today. Nonsense written for people who find can just about read above grade 2. Ha Ha. Did the artivcle have pictures?

  • Patrick Williams

    During World War II, people planted “victory gardens” to alleviate the strain of food going to the war effort.

    It would be wise for people to begin growing gardens in their yard again no matter how small – even if you star out with one of those upside-down hanging tomato plants that are advertised on TV.

    My wife and I planted a small garden last year and it did OK – I realized I need to raise the soil some more due to the poor drainage of the soil.

    So, this year, I am going to make some more soil that drains well, and raise the garden up another 3″ or so so that the Central Florida rains to not over-water my garden.

    We also found bugs and a cute bunny rabbit to be a problem. I was trying to stay away from pesticides and tried to kill the army caterpillars by hand but I think I need to try some pesticide this year – any thoughts?

    As for the bunny, I will just put chicken wire around the garden.

    We are learning as we go but, as we keep doing this, we will get better and better at it.

    Anyway, it is something everyone could consider – it was so nice when I made a homemade pizza to be able to walk into our garden and pick the tomato and basil for the toppings! Really feels great, actually.

    • Jimbo

      In Britain, houses built in Victorian times were built on narrow lots. The houses were terraced (joined together) and each lot would be 18ft wide and 150ft long to give a back yard of 18ft wide by 80ft long. This is where people grew their own vegetables and kept chickens.

      These type of houses are still evident in London today, but many have shorter back yards due to subdivision.

      My father grew up in Londons East End and he tells me that they never bought vegetables or eggs back in the forties. They ate what their gardens produced and only shopped for red meats on the rare occasions when they could afford it.
      Their diets were heavily green vegetable based with carbs coming from potatoes and apples.
      Proteins came from the eggs and chickens. Fish would also be purchased direct from the fishing boat as it came in to harbour.

      They threw nothing away with all organic waste composted to fertilize next years crop.

      My dad is in his mid seventies and as fit as a fiddle.

    • dosomis

      Don’t know if you have heard this but you can grow/buy some hot type peppers, blend them down with lots of water, let it settle the solids and then use a spray bottle on the plants. It is quite effective as the “bugs” don’t like spicy seasoning any better than my stomach… true and not kidding about the effectiveness of this. I read it on a number of sites but I think mother earth news has an article on it that you can research for yourself… good luck.

      • Bubba Johnson

        I have taken old hot sauce and mix with water and spray. It works as well as soaps and oils but all wash right off after a rain. Gardening is a fantastic learning experience and the flavor is great.

  • dave

    You know this is only California and its fruit/veggies.. The rest of the worlds 2013 harvest is still sitting on the farm as the harvest was so good everywhere, the prices are too low to sell at.

  • Bill

    I think it can be said that the price of diesel fuel has a direct bearing on all food items. Does anyone recall how much less diesel fuel was than regular gas just a few years ago? That is the question I asked myself today as I noticed diesel at a 90 cent premium over regular gas. I bet someone like Michael could but this in the proper prospective to show the effect this price inversion has had on food prices. Yes I believe this is just another part of the plan to shred the middle class and destroy America.

  • Brother Tim

    Great article Micheal, I hope people are storing up food or even planing to move to other area.

    • FirstGarden

      Here! Here!

      Other area is planned!

  • Watchmanonwall

    When 1/4 of the population does not know that Earth obits the glowing warm orb, there is no hope they will start a garden or do anything to prevent starvation or fema camp.

    • Jimbo

      I mentioned that survey to someone yesterday and he said “I know the Earth revolves around the Sun but I still don’t get how it moves south in the winter? Why is that?”
      Time to get some new friends….

      • Watchmanonwall

        scary thing is; they vote. and reproduce.

  • Jimbo

    There are some basic facts of life and what Michael is talking about is a very basic fact.
    In order to live we need food, water and shelter. Everything else is a luxury.
    The more complex the world becomes, the more we lose sight of the basics. Most of us have never lined up to buy food or wondered where the next meal would come from. We line up for the latest iPhone or a new release movie but we take our everyday stuff for granted.
    Water comes from a device attached to the kitchen sink and food comes from the supermarket. It is always there and we can get it anytime we want.
    So what would happen to you if one day you turned on the tap and water didn’t come out? What would happen if you lived in a city and everybody was without water? How long would you survive?
    What would you eat if the supermarkets were closed and your cupboards were bare?
    I am in my early fifties and I have lived through three events where food and water were unavailable for up to a week.
    One was a snowstorm, the second was a cyclone and the third was a strike by truck drivers.
    The first two left me with no source of electricity and closed shops. The truck strike caused fuel stations to run out after two days and shops to empty of stock.
    In each instance I have been OK. I don’t have ten years worth of dried food stored in a bug out location, but I always make sure that I have a weeks worth of stuff in the house and that my fuel tank is full.
    I have now extended my supplies to a month or more by buying more long term storage items like rice, cereals and tinned foods.
    I don’t buy things I wouldn’t normally use. I just keep a bit more of the stuff I use everyday and what I buy now I will use within a month and what I use this week I will replace next week (simple stock rotation).
    Prepping is all about what you are prepping for. I am not prepping for an asteroid strike, nuclear disaster or WWIII. If anything like that happened, I am not sure if I would want to be around.
    I am prepping for supply chain disruption caused by seasonal drought, industrial action, freak weather or sudden economic slump. I am prepping for things that will happen and have happened already in my own experience.
    I am prepping in the same way that everybody prepped 50 years ago when food, water and shelter were not taken for granted.

  • Phillip

    there are so many edible plants in the wild its not even funny. maybe not gourmet cuisine but healthy and nutritous. they call them famine foods. Pine nuts and acorns to name a few. plenty of edible roots. pine needles are chock full of vitamin c and the layer under the bark makes a decent flour and contains sugars. acorns make flour too. so yeah, the key is locally-grown produce but really if it gets bad just find an oak tree. hemp seeds were considered a famine food in China at one time…..

    • Watchmanonwall

      Good info. We have been growing the wrong grasses and killing the wrong grasses for generations.
      There are many good books. But; one guy who has done this for many years (decades) recommends finding a mentor to go with you and teach you. There is a lot to learn. Different parts are edible, others not. Different times of the year, some require processing, etc.
      Please be careful on the bark. This should be a method of last resort as it can kill the tree from exposure to disease and insects.

      • FirstGarden

        If in doubt whether to eat, one trick is to eat a tiny part of the food in question. If you feel nauseous, don’t eat any more.

        Another trick is to put some on your lip. If your lip goes numb, it’s poison.
        Or on the inside your upper arm. If a rash forms, don’t eat it.

        Does anyone have any experience, or comments about this?

  • rentslave

    Maybe this will get Obama out of office.The public didn’t care about Watergate until food prices went wild in the spring of 1973.Perhaps they’ll care about Obama’s indentity if the same conditions occur this spring.

    • Watchmanonwall

      Really?! Like they handled the solar industry. Hire cronies, waste 100’s of millions of our money, companies go bankrupt. owners pocket our money. not one single photo cell built. His concept of “shared sacrifice” always excludes him, moochelle antionette, and their ilk

    • Mike Smithy

      Let them eat cake.

      • FirstGarden

        Would that be yellow cake?

  • Watchmanonwall

    One thing I don’t understand. I have seen photos of de-salination plants in China on one company’s webpage. Does Kalifornia have these? Or, are they outlawed like everything else that may help solve problems? There should be 50 or 100 of them being constructed — RIGHT NOW. opps, what was I thinking, that makes too much sense. Plus, we can’t “fundamentally transform America” until we destroy it.

    • Mike Smithy

      Well stated Watchman. De-salinization on a large scale requires massive amounts of electricity and in order to satisfy this requirement, you need nuclear power to make it cost effective,

    • FirstGarden

      Hold that oil pipeline, too.
      It runs right over an anthill.

      • FirstGarden

        Oh, I’m a treehugger alright.
        Just not the watermelon kind –
        green on the outside,
        red on the inside.

  • Mondobeyondo

    This is probably how things are going to play out… it’s an analogy, of course, and an incomplete one at that.

    George Foreman vs. Joe Frazier
    January 22, 1973

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9q7mvc6bsY

    I can’t say who Foreman is in this analogy. It could be a single nation (China), or a number of nations. But one thing is for certain – the U.S. is Joe Frazier.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    Who eats artichokes, broccoli, carrots and the other rabbit food listed?

    • davidmpark

      I do. And I’ll eat the rabbits, too!

  • Mondobeyondo

    I kind of have it figured out. Why all of this is happening. Why there is a drought in California and the southwest U.S. and why there’s extreme cold in the eastern U.S.

    But I am reluctant to tell many people, for obvious reasons. I’d be labeled a “nutcase”, a “kook”, “crazy” – and any number of other superlatives. Oh well. Guess there’s a straitjacket with my name on in somewhere.

    Some people intuitively know this. But for those who do not –

    1. The drought in California will not end soon at all.
    2. Weather extremes will continue.
    3. We are being cursed by God for our sins.
    “What sins?” you ask? Ummm, when was the last time you read the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)?

    There is no secret to what and why this is happening.

    • davidmpark

      Proverbs 22:16 “He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

    • Bubba Johnson

      I knew Obama was Damien

  • davidmpark

    This is very true. Oil is made in the earth’s mantle and is renewable.

  • John

    The government has diverted 3 million acre-feet of water from agricultural and other uses to flow directly into the ocean in CA. This is at least a partially man-made disaster, not by climate change, but by government decree.

  • Daystrom2012

    Repent America…..
    Isaiah 1:4
    Ah sinful nation, a people
    laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters:
    they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel
    unto anger, they are gone away backward.

    Isaiah 1:7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

  • Mike Smithy

    I admire your resourcefulness.

  • Mondobeyondo

    As I’ve said before – we are in a war, and Earth is now the battlefield. It started in heaven, continues on this planet, and will soon reach critical mass. You DO NOT want it to reach critical mass.

    You think it’s bad now? Ha. Ha ha ha. Hee hee hoo hooo!
    There is a period of time coming known to many as “The Great Tribulation” (aka “the time of Jacob’s trouble”). A seven year period where hell releases itself upon the face of the earth.

    Satan will first unleash his wrath.
    Then God will unleash His wrath.

    It will be horrific beyond words.

  • Priszilla

    I see opportunities – for the other states to supply these veggies.

  • trikstergod

    Two words: Democrat Fail. Gov. Moonbeam created this with environmental policies that protected snails and fish, fried birds with solar panels, killed eagles with windmills, etc. Caliphornia is copying the Detroit model of stupid Progressive policies.

    • Bubba Johnson

      I agree, pretty sad watching the New Amerika.

  • Bubba Johnson

    Truly amazing what a determined individual can do.

  • aliceinwonder

    Priszilla • 21 hours ago
    If you were living in a democracy you’d be able to choose the government you want. In North Korea and countries like that you can’t.
    Prisz…we ARE living in a democracy. That’s the PROBLEM. We need our Constitutional Sovereign Republic restored. We must rid ourselves of the infestation of the Federal Reserve as well. After that the IRS and CIA would crumble which would be fabulous.
    As for your comments on minimum wage…clearly you have never owned a small business. You are 100% in the dark on this subject. I will highly likely lose my job because my boss will not be able to pay the higher wages, extra costs that come with the increase. So thanks a lot Prisz…you going to take care of all of us who lose our jobs?

    • Priszilla

      North Korea is a republic, too.

      I gave up my business because there wasn’t much interest in the market to pay for it.
      I then got a job in my former occupation where people were still paying.

      I am unemployed now, for almost two years.

      If you can’t survive on minimum wage, then what’s the point of working?
      You might be better off not working. At least ytou won’t have to pay for travel to work, won’t have to eat out, no need to clean the uniform, no stress.
      And you have more time to grow your own food, take care of your own body, your health, the health of your family. Shop the cheapest but most nutritious food, cook properly from raw material, no more junk food, no more cigarettes to calm down from that meeting with the boss, no more binge drinking at those business dinners.

      I never felt so good in the last 20 years of working.

      I don’t need an alarm clock and still wake up between 5 and 7 in the morning, properly refreshed.

      You need to save some money, of course, to be able to survive over the non-income time. Just like a farmer needs to save some food to survive from harvest to harvest.

      The purpose of minimum wage is to make sure that employees are paid by employers (customers), not by taxpayers.

      The minimum wage must cover the minimum living expenses.

      So, if you are not needed by your employer, then why does he employ you now?

      When I managed a small company, the rising rent was a bigger problem than giving a wage increase of 20% to the lowest paid employees.

      Actually, the wage increase always benefited the company. It freed the mind of the people. They could focus on the job, not needing to search for another job. Making less mistakes, requiring less rework.
      Spending more time playing sports in the evening, or studying.

      • aliceinwonder

        Nice to meet someone who is part of the problem vs. part of the solution. You voted for Obama…didn’t you? I voted Ron Paul. Nuff said. Have a great day.

        • Priszilla

          I don’t live in America. Never would.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    Prices are going to skyrocket for food. The cattle numbers will likely never get back to their previous totals. It would take several years of nothing but cows having heifers to do so, and that will take away from available beef.

    You can go for grow veggies locally. How does that help folks in the drought stricken areas? Its not just CA that is dry. How many farmers have spare change to invest in what is needed to grow veggies. The EPA and other gov agencies don’t make it very easy to grow produce. That isn’t even calculating liability issues. Many farmers here in PA are moving back to wheat and corn due to the things like insurance and regulations.

    The future food shortages have been destined to come to us as far back as the eighties. Blame the government. It takes some time to reap what it sows. They wanted subdivisions. A lot of good American farmland now has houses growing on it. Now God is just finishing things off with what I I suspect is a Biblical lesson. My suggestion is a garden and pressure canner. For those of you in apts, try hydroponics.

  • maniac

    Look up the book called square foot gardening. It’s a super efficient way of rotation gardening with limited space.

  • James Walton

    I had a scientist on my show I Am Liberty and basically he told the truth about climate change. There is simply not enough info to make a claim either way. Thats the reality. The other reality is weather patterns are changing whether we can stop it or not. Prepare for it. http://www.iamliberty.wordpress.com

  • JulietteofOhio

    We grow everything on the list in Ohio, except artichokes and cauliflower. I’m having one ton of rock dust put on the garden this year because, even with compost, my mineral levels are bottoming out. Take care of your ground and have it tested. You may only have this year to learn what you need to know, and maybe not even that long. Read, read, read, and ask questions. Plant some Rosa Rugosa bushes and take care of them. They produce Vitamin C packed rose hips and scurvy is most unpleasant. Even if you have a small yard, plant some dwarf apple trees and get some chemicals to spray on them. I’ve tried for twelve years to garden totally organically and it just doesn’t work here in farm country. I don’t care if they glow in the dark, as long as I get a crop. Plant some berry bushes which will live a long time and may save your life. My two produce gardens are lined with them which makes it hard to harvest since they are quite thorny. All the better to discourage others from helping themselves to your crops. If you’re just starting out, buy some expensive Vulcanite which is powdered lava, basically, and put a tablespoon in each hole you dig. Buy extra nitrogen and phosphate while you can still get them. As oil prices rise, you can be priced out of the market. Good luck and learn to take care of yourself. You can’t count on others to do it, as they’re busy with their own problems.

  • none

    GOOD NEWS Michael:
    You didn’t really have room to include the National Geographic movie on the tilting of the earth.
    Every 25,000 years it will travel 23 degrees in one direction.
    The last time the rain belts? jet zones? Brought all the water to the African deserts. Giving them three larger lakes than the great lakes in America.
    Right now the top of the earth is about 1 degree facing the sun?
    I think the U.S. basically turned into a desert? I am not sure?

  • prestodo

    I guess it pays to live on the East Coast.

  • ian

    same exact article form 4 years ago.

  • Melissa

    A well-stocked food pantry isn’t going to BEGIN to cut it.

    Instead of buying food, buy seeds. Invest in as many biodiverse, open-pollinated, drought-tolerant, heirloom seeds as possible – for read food crops. Plant seedlings of trees that produce staple food crops (chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, etc) for decades without needing the water or maintenance that annual crops do. Go learn the principles of permaculture, how to make the most of what little water there is, how to design resilient agricultural ecosystems that heal the biosphere And produce food. Do it Now.

    One good place to start for people with access to large areas of land (like those poor farmers in Mendota) is “Restoration Agriculture” by Mark Shepard. Try “Gaia’s Garden” if you’re in the suburbs, and look into living-cities principles if you’re urban.

    We cannot waste water. We cannot waste fertility (with annual tilling, topsoil blows away in the wind…). We cannot waste biodiversity (by letting robust heirloom plants go exinct.) And we cannot waste time.

  • Enoch and Elias

    People everywhere are becoming complete aXXholes. Could this coincide with the fact that we are entering a worldwide famine? God has plenty of surprises for you all. Thanks for worshipping money and sex instead of the creator. Every one of you are the cause of this. Time for God to put his foot down and show everyone who’s the man.

  • http://www.FounderChurch.Blogspot.Com/ “FounderChurch”

    We have cursed and abandoned God, and He has turned His wrath loose on us in response. The murderous crimes of Americans are:

    1. Christian Republican Conservatives are Murdering their own innocent babies by the tens of millions with BIRTH CONTROL, not Abortion mind you, but BIRTH CONTROL. This is producing most all of our problems,

    2. Christian Republican Conservatives are too lazy to grow their own food on their own property, and have been supporting zoning regulations that prevent most food production activities on their own lots in order to protect their ungodly love of money property values which they place way above their children or their God.

    This is just two of many monstrous crimes committed by Christian Republican Conservatives who are serving Satan not God, and who would gladly vote to kill Christ again if He showed His face again. They are Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

    Search “FounderChurch” to save yourselves from your endless stream of sins.

    • larry751

      Abortion is Murder. Pregnancy Prevention is Not Murder. It is Not a Human Life until Conception happens.
      Both of our Two Main Political Party’s are Equally Guilty for the Sins of the Nation. God Help us.

      • http://www.FounderChurch.Blogspot.Com/ “FounderChurch”

        Says you. God thinks differently. Keep on killing babies with Birth Control and burn in hell.

        • larry751

          I am Anti-Abortion. How is it that you have come up with the Idea that Pre Conception is Baby Killing ?

          • http://www.FounderChurch.Blogspot.Com/ “FounderChurch”

            I’m not going to spoon feed you on here. Google “FounderChurch” and read my teachings or read my hundreds of posts on Disqus or search me on G* or search founderchurch on twitter IF you really want to know all my reasonings. Or just use your common sense that God gave a goose.

          • larry751

            You are Promoting Your Church and IF Your Church is so Radical that you consider an Unfertilized Egg to be a Human Life then you are just a NUT Case. Put your Particular Radical Church where the Sun Don’t Shine. And ONE Last Time I am Anti-Abortion but an Unfertilized Egg is NOT a Human Life. Once Conception Happens Then and Only THEN it becomes a Human Life.

          • Natasha

            You pretty much just told larry751 to believe what you say just because you said it. That is one of the most delusional things I’ve ever heard or read.
            Assuming god is real, you’re the type of person he hates, not the people involved in the completely irrelevant crap you’re spewing.

  • red

    i just returned from Florida where they are in crisis mode over a bug that could devastate the citrus crops in the lower SE states from Texas, through Florida, up through the Carolinas…so add that to the mix. Nothing to do with climate however.

  • Big Daddy Amin

    Your completely wrong. Most of North Carolina is rural and the state is an agricultural powerhouse. Down here, the growing season is long enough to get in two planting of most vegetables. Try that in Maine. Urban sprawl? What do you can the entire DC-to-Boston corridor? Drive I-95 fom Portland to Florida. From Boston down to Manassas, it’s all urban. South of Richmond, it’s farmland. We’ll be fine.

    • Ben

      Maine is mostly rural; the Census shows our farmland is expanding again. And, probably most important of all, we have an abundance of fresh water.
      I guarantee NC is moving in the very far opposite direction. I lived in central NC for 9 years; nothing but a constant wave of urban sprawl for most of that time, especially Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Orange County, so forth. And giventhe usual drought conditions, combined with the fracking, you folks aren’t looking well off.
      I want NC to improve, but it seems that the state is not looking into the interest of the people right now.

  • Washington65

    Let’s send the dictator back to Indonesia so that we can get back to sanity as usual.

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