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31 Percent Of All Food In America Is Wasted – And Why That Is About To End

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Burger And Fries - Photo by Ewan MunroAccording to a stunning new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly a third of all food produced in the United States gets wasted.  We are probably the most wasteful society in the history of the planet, and we are also one of the most gluttonous.  More than 35 percent of all Americans are considered to be officially “obese” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Unfortunately, this era of gluttony and taking food for granted will soon be coming to an end.  Thanks to crippling drought in key growing areas and other extremely bizarre weather patterns, a massive food crisis is beginning to emerge all over the planet.  If you don’t think that this is going to affect you, then you simply are not paying attention.  Approximately half of all produce grown in the United States comes from the state of California, and right now California is suffering through the worst stretch of drought on record.  Food prices are going to start soaring, and that is going to affect the household budget of every family in America.

Needless to say, a time is coming when Americans will not waste food so recklessly.  But for the moment, we still have a tremendous amount of disrespect for the value of food.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we waste a staggering 133 billion pounds of food each year

Nearly a third of the 430 billion pounds of food produced for Americans to eat is wasted, a potential catastrophe for landfills and a wake-up call to officials scrambling to feed the hungry, according to a stunning new report from the Department of Agriculture.

The just-issued report revealed that in 2010, 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of food produced for Americans to eat was wasted, either molded or improperly cooked, suffered “natural shrinkage” due to moisture loss, or because people became disinterested in what they purchased.

Not that we need to stuff any more food into our mouths.  As I mentioned above, we have an epidemic of obesity in this nation.  In fact, the CDC says that 35 percent of the entire population is “obese”…

Meanwhile, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of US adults (35.7 percent) are obese, which is perhaps the best argument that Americans can offset a large part of the food waste problem by simply eating less. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the US was $147 billion in 2008; the costs of providing medical assistance for individuals who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight, thereby placing an enormous strain on healthcare costs.

Since we are such gluttons and we are so incredibly wasteful, we should have plenty of food to share with those in need, right?

Unfortunately, we are also extremely greedy and greatly lacking in compassion.

As I have written about previously, feeding the homeless has been banned in cities all over the nation, and other cities have passed regulations that greatly discourage the feeding of the homeless

Feeding the homeless is about to get harder as a new policy is set to begin this Saturday, Feb. 15, in Columbia, SC. Charities and non-profits will be required to pay a fee and obtain a permit 15 days in advance in order to feed the homeless in parks.

One impacted charity that was interviewed by the Free Times, Food Not Bombs, has been serving food to the homeless in Finlay Park every Sunday for 12 years. The group’s organizer, Judith Turnipseed, noted that the group has an impeccable track record and always tidies up after the meal. But with the new crackdown, Food Not Bombs will have to pay at least $120 per week for the right to feed the homeless.

Since the Columbia City Council approved its exile plan in August, the city has been trying to herd its homeless people to a shelter on the outskirts of town and keep them away from downtown. If charities continue to provide food in downtown parks, the thinking goes, it will allow homeless people to continue to live downtown, rather than being forced to leave.

What is wrong with us?

While we stuff our faces with more french fries and chicken wings, we have an appalling lack of compassion for those that are not able to take care of themselves.

Perhaps we deserve what is coming.

The horrible drought that never seems to end is rapidly turning much of the western half of the country into a barren wasteland.

You can see some incredible before and after photos of the drought in California right here.

If a miracle does not happen, the upcoming growing season is going to be absolutely disastrous.  As I have written about previously, California farmers have already decided to allow half a million acres of farmland to sit idle this year because of the extremely dry conditions.

And it certainly does not help that the government has decided to cut off water supplies to many of the farmers.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Holly Deyo

Government has lost its mind. It is no more evident than their decision last week to cut off water to America’s food basket. Squeezed by the worst-ever drought in the state’s history, California is dying of thirst. Crushing news was delivered to farmer’s that no water would be coming from the Federal government. This dreaded decision was compounded by the Sierra Mountains getting just 25% of normal snowpack. There is no water to replenish already dangerously low reservoirs, so no water for farmers.

Needless to say, there are a lot of farmers that are going to be absolutely crippled by this.  The following is from Fox News

A federal agency’s recent announcement that the California’s Central Valley will get zero percent water allocation this year was devastating for farmers already dealing with the worst drought seen in decades.

One of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, the enormous valley is reeling after the driest year in more than a century. But last week, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, which supplies water to a third of the irrigated farmland in California through a 500-mile network of canals and tunnel, said it won’t be able to deliver any of the water sought by farmers.

“It goes beyond devastation, you’re going to see farms that have been in business 30 and 40 years, they do not have any water, they are out of business,” said Dennis Falaschi, general manager of the Panoche Water District.

If California produces much less food than it normally does, that means that food prices are going to start skyrocketing.  Here is more from Holly Deyo

As one Millennium-Ark reader pointed out in an email last week, after the jump in beef prices, people will look to chicken, pork, fish and turkey. Chicken is already up though not as much as beef.  This will, in turn, drive up their costs and affect availability of these other meats. Keep in mind that California also produces all of these proteins plus lamb. Then consider this: Ag Specialists Warn of Higher Wheat Prices Due to Drought. It’s not just beef, weather is clobbering food from all angles.

And please keep in mind that the total size of the U.S. cattle herd has already been shrinking for seven years in a row, and that it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951.

But back in 1951, the size of the U.S. population was less than half of what it is today.

For much more on the emerging food crisis, please see this video.

Let us certainly hope and pray that the drought in California ends soon and that things get back to normal.

But I wouldn’t count on that.

According to National Geographic, the scientific experts that have studied these things tell us that it has been quite common throughout history for that region of North America to suffer through extended droughts that last for a decade or more.

One drought even lasted for about 200 years.

So the current drought in California might end next year.

Or it might last for the rest of our lifetimes.

We simply do not know.

But what does seem clear is that the days of taking our food for granted will soon be coming to an end.

In-N-Out_triple_cheeseburger_fries -  Photo by Christian Razukas

  • K

    This is why I encourage people to prep. It may not be a hurricane, or an earthquake, or even an EMP. It may just be you can no longer afford the food you need. Also remember as the dollar loses value, imported food will also go way up. At the rate things are going, meat and certain other foods, may only be for the rich.

  • Rodster

    I’m just the opposite. I refuse to throw food away. My reasoning is that one day when the SHTF I will hate the day I threw something away I shouldn’t have. If anything I tend to donate food to someone who needs it rather than throw it away.

  • peter j

    It would also be prudent to clip the wings of the EPA as they thrive on destroying anything that might boost the economy. Growing corn for ethanol is another stupid idea which should be stopped. Obama couldn’t run a hot dog stand, never mind the economy and is completely oblivious to the destruction in his wake. California is also its own worst enemy with their thousands of rules and regulations, as well as the inability to see beyond the next election. Perhaps some hard times will wake up the electorate, but I doubt it. No shortage of Nancy Pelosi type valley girls and Joe Biden’s that are power hungry and dumb as a stick. To survive we need real people, and they are hard to find in the political arena.

    • pablo consuelo

      Add the delta smelt to the list of EPA boondoggles. Part of this mess in California is due to a man made drought over the delta smelt. (A tiny fish)

    • FirstGarden

      “It would also be prudent to clip the wings of the EPA as they thrive on destroying anything that might boost the economy.”

      But wait, there’s an anthill under that pipeline.

  • Paul

    That looks like a might tasty burger and fries. On a more serious note I used to be bad about not eating leftovers. Now I make a point to eat all leftovers. The money saved by not buying extra food really adds up. Also, it saves landfill space by not having to throw away food that has spoiled.

    • DownWithLibs

      I have taken to really utilizing my freezer. Very much helps keep food cooked or uncooked from going bad too fast.

  • college boy

    Im Super hungry now. Oh and I miss Gary2 too.

  • Jane OfVirginia

    Food isn’t wasted at my house. If the people don’t eat it, then the dogs, ducks or chickens, horses or livestock will. Also, bread products can be frozen and defrosted and warmed in the oven when it’s time to use them. People actually can do most of their cooking for the month, freeze the food and then have homemade prepared food if dinner times are busy. This is another strategy for using and eating all that you have, while keeping your food fresh.

    • Sandbagger

      We treat our chickens to bread that for one reason or another has started to mold. It’s fun to watch them chuck a dinner roll around like a football.

      • 2Gary2

        my brother does this. It was amazing how good the chickens ate at the last cookout. The smaller kids dropped things and the chickens were right there.

      • davidmpark

        I miss my chickens… 🙁

  • Boo-urns

    If you all would just devote your lives to Jeeebus no more food would be wasted, ever! The Baibull tells me so, therefore it must be true!

  • 2Gary2

    Michael-Have you ever been to a all you can eat place like Golden Corral? The amount of waste I saw when I ate there back in 2003 was incredible. I heard a stat that 20% of coffee is wasted.

    • Sandbagger

      We rarely go to buffets to eat, but when we do, I tell our six year old son that what he puts on his plate he has to eat. I do the same. It really forces you to choose wisely and not go overboard.

      Meanwhile, I’ll pass people with heaped up food and later see half of it getting cleared off the table and dumped in the bussers bin.

      Some people have no shame and think nothing of looking like greedy gluttons at those places.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I haven’t been to a buffet in a long time, but writing about this sure is making me hungry.


    • El Pollo de Oro

      Gary2: I knew a very obese woman here in Philly who used to go to one of those all you can eat Indian buffets. She ate so much that the dude asked her not to come back (guess she really liked tandoori chicken). Yeah, you know someone has an eating problem when they get banned from an all you can eat buffet.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        LMAO! I remember a cartoon I saw a long time ago of a family of super fat people walking towards the front door of a buffet and the owner was peeking out the window with huge eyes, flipping the open sign to closed.

        • El Pollo de Oro

          Malcolm: The woman I mentioned would order a pizza and eat the whole thing herself. Not just one or two or three slices, the whole pizza.

          • Malcolm Reynolds


          • garand555

            I used to do that. But then again, that was when I was a gym rat and was actually burning all of those calories.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Speaking of all you can eat (AYCE). There’s a new AYCE mandarin grill place here in town that me and my co-workers go to. We went today and I kid you not, they have new signs on the tables that you can only get one bowl cooked at a time because they’ve been throwing away almost a half ton of wasted food PER MONTH. :-O

      • garand555

        Heh, I went to a sushi place with my sister and her family a couple of years ago, and they had an all you can eat deal that was kind of funny. You ordered all of your sushi at once. If you finished it all, you got the all you can eat price. If you did not finish it all, you had to pay by the roll. My nephew and I were expected to take up the slack when everybody else realized that they ordered more than they should have. It was almost worth it to not finish that last roll.

      • davidmpark

        Is that place downtown?

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          No. It’s called HuHot. Just south of 106th on State.

  • Many rude awakenings are headed our way. Food prices have been steadily rising. That will only accelerate. Americans must be force fed to make a change. In this case, the lack of “feeding” might do the trick.

  • 2Gary2

    remember to tell the order taker at McDonalds to hold the e. coli from your burger

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      When I was a teen, I actually worked at McDonald’s.


      • Uh-hUh

        What teen didn’t? LOL!!!

        • Mondobeyondo

          My first job was at Burger King. 🙂

      • FirstGarden

        I once worked at a Wendys. I never saw so much grease in all my life!

        In the walk-in freezer there were boxes of “cheese”, and the brand was “Pretend.” True story.

  • Tim

    I’ve shared this before, but I’ll mention it again because it’s something that I’d like to see more of. There is a businessman here in the upstate of SC who buys food that is close to or has reached its Best By date and sells it at a deep discount. He now has 5 stores. Most prepackaged food is good for quite some time after its Best By date. Tonight I ate a box of Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers that had a Best By date of 10/11/13. They were fine. I go to the store closest to me a few times per week. And I have found some tremendous bargains there. For example, I have gotten 8 oz. tubs of guacamole (good brands like Wholly Guacamole) for $1, something that would be $3 or $4 in a regular grocery store. I think this is wonderful because this food would otherwise be thrown away.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      That is a great tip Tim.


    • Hambone

      Bear in mind a lot of the name brand stores will start to offload or deep-discount stock when it’s within a YEAR of the use-by date. Stores like the one you mention can scoop them up for pennies on the dollar and still sell them cheap. I’m with you. I’ll use them a year past the “use-by” date. Even raw eggs. Okay, maybe not raw eggs.

      We had a great one in Fort Worth, TX called “Town Talk” for anyone who lives in that area, and there are small ones to be found all over the place.

    • Jodi

      Wow! I wish I had one of those stores around me. At least I don’t know of any. I hate paying full price for something that has reached its best buy date & sometimes I don’t notice it until I get home. But if its discounted I don’t mind.

      I do know that Super Target sells discounted food items. If you look at their end caps in the grocery section you’ll find discounted food items.

    • Dr. G.

      I have to ask this question even though its really off topic: What is anyone doing buying processed foods that were stripped of all their nutrients and then had salt and/or sugar added back into the mix. If it can sit on the shelf for more than a week, and its not salt, or honey, or an herb, do you really think its not going to lead to a host of chronic illnesses and worse? The processed food industry (one of the largest industries in the USA) is one of the major reasons we’re obese. If it isn’t fresh, stay away from it. The only long shelf life stuff you should be buying is food storage for a time of famine or economic trouble. Your body can live a few years on wheat and stored foods, but it will eventually lead to all sorts of chronic disease.

      • Tim

        These discount stores that I speak of sell refrigerated grocery items, like guacamole, which is very healthy. I have also found quite a few non-refrigerated items that are relatively healthy. For example, I have gotten bags of popcorn (from non-GMO corn). These stores do carry a lot of things that nobody should eat, and I avoid those things.

    • masmpg

      We have several stores like that here in CA. I call them the “out of date” store. We also have gleaners. An organization that buys foods from the stores and people pay by the month and pick up whatever they are giving out once a week. The cost is very minimal around 25.00 per month but you get a lot of food.
      I HATE TO SEE PEOPLE THROW FOOD AWAY! BUT as long as we live in a capitalistic society we will have much waste. If it cannot be sold for a profit, instead of giving it to the poor or reducing the price like they use to do, they throw it away, in the garbage.

    • Mondobeyondo

      A lot of “99 cent” stores have canned goods that are past their “Best By…” dates as well. The food’s just fine. It may not be as fresh as it was the day it came out of the packing plant, but it’s not like it’s inedible.

  • John

    Do what we did and get some chickens. They eat almost ALL leftovers, including moldy bread and wilted lettuce, and turn them into delicious eggs and fertilizer for our vegetable garden.

    • Roger Smith

      our chickens also eat a lot of the slugs and other garden pests, making everything grow a little better.

  • Wizard of AUS

    To change the story, it has just been reported QANTAS is slashing 5,000 jobs.

  • Bubba Johnson

    Good article, makes me anxious for spring and getting my food plots going.

    • Drud

      Me too. I have to start from scratch and have a long way to go.

  • 2Gary2

    This is way off topic but:

    Michael have you heard of this: Mixing DNA from three people to produce one healthy baby. We’ll look at
    the controversial world of mitochondrial manipulation therapies to avoid
    inherited disease.

    This was the topic on the onpoint radio show today. I did not have a chance to listen but I downloaded the podcast for later. I thought you may be interested in this.

    If you google onpoint radio you will get the link.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is something that I am very interested in. In fact, here is one of my articles where I discussed this sort of thing…


      • 2Gary2

        I wonder if the three parent thing will somehow blur the gay marriage debate…

        • mikeymike61

          why, have you and your BF found some willing woman to help you out?

      • FirstGarden

        Think “Master Race” and made-to-order babies.

  • Daystrom2012

    We are in the days of Lot and the days of Noah, throw in Genesis 12:3 and how we are treating Israel it’s amazing that we are still standing. Though I think that is about to change.

    Revelation 8:13 Woe,woe,woe to inhabiters of the Earth.(kjv)

    • 2Gary2

      as in woe woe woe your boat gently down the stream…

      • Bubba Johnson

        Hee hee but i am probably gonna get struck by lightning now

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        I’ll give it to you, that’s funny right there.

    • jonno

      We are NOT in the days of Noah and Lot, that was a long time ago and probably did not happen as documented, or even happen at all. Israel is sucking the life from America and has from 1948. They are also the most ungrateful nation on earth. How many billions per year is given to this murderous, sick faux nation? Murderers and thieves who actually believe they are chosen by their faux god. I look forward to the day the Israelites are pushed into the sea. A great day for the world.

      • FirstGarden

        There are over 250 flood legends in cultures around the world that are entirely independent of the Genesis record. The “educated elite” know about this and are keeping the matter quiet.

      • FirstGarden

        Wow, such hate.
        It leads to the dark side.

    • GSOB


  • Tim

    Thanks for sharing that link. I’m going to check it out. Feeding a family of 9 on $100 a month is simply phenomenal. I need to learn how to cut down on my grocery bill. 🙂

  • davidmpark

    And yet, growing your own foods is still very restricted and violently discouraged. Didn’t those who did such things get labeled as “terrorists”? Why, yes; we were!

    All dictators and power hungry psychopaths prefer their people starving to force love and obedience. Good thing this won’t last long. The only way the 20th and today’s dictators survived so long was because of the more-free nations feeding them for cheap. Just wait, all levels of government and their crony’s and fanboy’s will do their best to make this situation worse. It’s their pleasure, their religion, and reason for living.

    Will we suffer? Most likely. Will we deserve it? Most definitely. Will we recover? Some will – those that survive it. Will things get better? Eventually.

    • Drud

      I made a comment yesterday about how ruthlessness is the common trait that allows people to climb the pyramid of hierarchical structures, and so society always ends up with psychopaths at the highest position of power. I am sure most people on this site have been accused at one time or another of being a “conspiracy theorist.” I always say I am, in fact, the opposite. Extremely powerful megalomaniacs do not, as a rule, play well with others. Sure, there are instances where truces are called and partnerships entered into by people who despise one-another, but this is not a conspiracy. I have been searching for an analogy to express this idea and I got an email that gave it to me just yesterday: The global ruling elite class acts very much like a swarm of locusts. A locust swarm is cooperative, after a fashion, because they do not attack one another as long as there is still any food source. A locust swarm is orgiastic for any locust and absolutely devastating to everyone and everything that is not a locust. A locust swarm cannot and will not be stopped until all resources are consumed and the swarm starves. This is exactly the behavior of the ruling elite. Would anyone call a swarm of locusts a “conspiracy?”

      • davidmpark

        Excellent point!

      • El Pollo de Oro

        I’ve been called a “conspiracy theorist” so many times I’ve lost count.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Being an aging Gen-X who is old enough to remember the ‘70s, I remember seeing “Soylent Green” as a kid. For years, Charlton Heston’s line “Soylent green is made of people” was a favorite punchline among folks I knew. Well, when I talk to preppers now, we agree that “Soylent Green” ain’t looking so far-fetched anymore. An economic meltdown worse than the Great Depression, World War III, political unrest all over the world, food shortages…..not exactly a combination that makes you optimistic about the future.

    Just last week in Caracas, a gang of thugs on motorcycles robbed a CNN (Corporate News Nonsense) crew blind. Took their cameras and everything. The punch line: people
    who saw what happened swore the thugs were plain-clothes policías. That’s the type of thing that happens when a society breaks down on all levels. To paraphrase Bette Davis: fasten your seatbelts, patriots and preppers….it’s going to be a bumpy night. Y bienvenidos todos al infierno que nos espera.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Remember, S.G. was made of the old people that had lived past what society deemed was useful. See: The Complete Lives system. Popular among this administration’s science people. HIGHLY eugenicist that way.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        That’s right. When Edward G. Robinson’s character “outlived his usefulness,” he went to one of those “put ’em to death centers” to get his lethal injection (and become soylent green).

      • Roger Smith

        That’s right, and in “Logan’s Run” I think the age was 30. You were over the hill and needed to go to the Carrousel.

        • Uh-hUh

          All I know if if my neighbor knocks on my door holding a bottle of B-B-Q sauce, I am NOT opening the door.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          Aww, I’ve never seen it. I’ll check it out.

          • davidmpark

            It’s a head trip, and Michael York did a good performance. Check with the SLC library, they have a copy.

    • K

      Yes, I to remember soylent green. And you are right, not so far fetched anymore. While that would be bad enough. The way some people act, I might be more concerned about the Donner Party scenario.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        K: A Donner Party scenario wouldn’t surprise me. If people are willing to trample others to death on Black Friday in the hope of getting a good deal on a flatscreen TV, I can only imagine how they’ll act after two or three days without eating.

      • joey

        The thing is that once you realized how many edible plants there are, juicing them can be easy and cheap. Dandelions are typically healthier than spinach (relative to a large number of minerals per serving) and they and other edibles can be dried and used all year in soups and stews.
        It’d be so easy to boost the nutrition of everyone in the country, by just not keeping perfectly manicured lawns and allowing ‘ugly’ weeds/herbs to grow instead.

        • K

          Yes during the growing season, dandelions, and blackberries both grow in great abundance on my property.

    • watchmanonthetower

      …’member the old joke?

      Man: “I just had some Soylent Green for dinner.”
      Woman: “Really? How does it taste?”
      Man: “Well, it varies from person to person.”


  • K

    A most helpful link. Thank-you so much.

  • Jodi

    It was $6 dollars a pound for steak last week at the grocery store. Ouch!

    • midwestprepper

      6 dollars a pound? That must be one cheap cut of ‘steak’

    • davidmpark

      Yep. Saw that too. The Harmon’s off 7th near Midvale had the good cuts for $6.39/lbs. Reams off 45th near the 215 ramp has very thin cuts for around $4/lbs.

      This is painful.

    • Drud

      What type of steak and where do you live? In Denver, $6/lb is a fairly good price for sirloin, an excellent price for NY Strip or Rib Eye (although it can still be found occasionally) and an extremely high price for London Broil or Skirt Steak.

    • Mondobeyondo

      T-bone steaks are up to $11.99 a pound here.

  • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

    I like the pictures… Yami! One day it s all we will get,. Food pictures, and we will remember the time when people quit restaurant with full plates of food going to trash.

  • 2Gary2

    Michael–you succeeded in writing an article that regardless of politics we all agree that food waste is a bad thing. I sort of like these non controversial subjects. It is exhausting always having to point out how conservatism is to blame for the countries woes (there I go with that woe thing again)

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Interesting claim since conservatives have been the opposition for DECADES.
      The failure all around you that you’re noticing is the system you pine for being implemented “progressively”.

      • Veteranforpeace

        Well it is progressively.
        Progressively down the pathway to decadence and moral decline.

    • Veteranforpeace

      Stuck on stupid.

  • markthetruth

    The Farms will be dry up in California but the golf courses will be nice and Green so the players can win Millions .

    the end…

    • joey

      What if they removed the fairways’ grass and replaced it with kales, dandelions and other edible greens. When they mow, they could collect the greens and make juices and soup bases … maybe even something marketed like “Soylent Green” without the people part.

  • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

    Michael, could you write an article on pilots they say there is a pilot shortage and it s time to become a pilot.

    True ?

    • Old pilot

      Multi engine Jet is a hard ticket to get especially with Passenger endorsments> for a long time the military supplied a huge amount of pilots for the civilian market, The last few years the Military pilot supply has remained stable with low turnover and the civilian pilot supply has been dwindling due to pilot ageing and retirement. A student pilot training has a long costly training course so it will be quite a while before they are plentiful if ever.

      • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

        It takes 9 to 12 months to Train a pilot. I could fill an entire class room tomorrow if airlines were really hiring.

        • Roger Smith

          A large chunk of the pilot shortage is due to the overreaction and idiotic moves by congress to the Colgan air crash is Buffalo a few years ago. In a crash mostly caused by a captain’s decision to continue into ice, the government remedy is, of course, require 1st officers to have 1500 hours before they can fly for the airlines. Great call. That basically equates to an additional $150,000 training cost to pilot wannabees. My prediction is that eventually the government fix to the pilot shortage (that they have caused), will be to relax rules on foreign pilots coming here to take jobs away from American pilots. And they will use the same line of B.S. they’ve been using to outsource other jobs to imigrants……”We can’t find enough Americans willing to do these jobs”

          • Guest

            Colgan Air had nothing to do with ice. Extreme crew fatigue combined with poor CRM lead to two pilots allowing a Q400 to stall and enter a spin. Incorrect recovery techniques were initiated by the Captain and well…you know the rest.

        • Guest

          Oh really…please enlighten me with what quals your pilots would have in 9-12 months….? Commercial/Multi-IFR? How many hours? Anyone can train and acquire bare-bones requirements… But can they sit in the right seat of an A320? Maybe some but not too many.

  • Trailer Park Investor

    The more we turn away from God the more God turns from us.
    Expect more of the same.

    • jonno

      That’s nice of him isn’t it. An all loving, all knowing god who turns away from you instead of doing what he can to make you love him. Sounds a bit abusive.

      • Uh-hUh

        No, it is called actions and consequences.

        Our idea of God is a being who has rules and if you break those rules, there are consequences, and once we are truly sorry for the mess we have made and make amends, he helps us out.

        YOUR idea of God is a being who lets you do whatever you want to whomever you want without conscience and then helps you out of the mess you have made for yourself and others without any consequences at all, thus encouraging you to continue doing whatever you want to whomever you want without any consequences at all, thereby perpetuating the nightmare you have created.

        • jonno

          sounds like a catholic priest to me.

      • FirstGarden

        Free Will.
        If God ended all evil in the universe, He would have to remove it, both:

        #1 – In the ACTUAL

        #2 – In the POTENTIAL

        That would leave no one left but Him.

        • Kent Harris

          Plus we glorify our heavenly Father during those times.


      conversely, the more we give (in the right spirit) the more God adds back to us. The more eggs I give away to friends and family, the more eggs my chickens lay, even in sub-zero temps. Example–today was -11 (windchill -24) while most chickens are not laying, I get 95% out of my flock. God is working through my chickens. All our scraps go to them (or the rabbits) plus what we get from the short-dated food store if it is too gone for humans. Give, and it will be given back, is what I take from the lesson.

  • John

    Yes, they cut off the water to the farmers, and divert it to the golf courses…idiots.

    • FirstGarden

      But they need it for his next vacation.

  • ConcernedAmerican

    I think obesity is another symptom of depression in America. Instead of drinking or taking drugs, some people overeat. Others don’t each much but are obese anyway which makes one wonder if it might have to do with the additives and modifying of our food. Obesity is a symptom of all of the problems in this country.

    • John

      You are correct. Another symptom of a very sick society. As our family “runs away” from foods with too many additives, the bill goes up, but we do feel better. Processed foods…another symptom and assault on an already burdened, stressed family unit.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Concerned: I totally agree. Many Americans self-medicate with food instead of booze, cocaine, heroin, cigarettes or meth. And I think the “fat acceptance” crowd encourages that. I’ve always been a non-smoker, but I find it amusing that some of the same people who try to shame smokers into quitting run around preaching “fat acceptance” and telling us it’s healthy to weigh 300 pounds.

    • Drud

      I think it is absolutely a symptom of depression as well as additives in and modifications of our food, and not only are the additives in the food making us sick they are enhancing our cravings. Isn’t there a chip company’s motto is “Bet you can’t eat just one?” That is by design. Also, research has been done comparing wheat grown today vs that of 100 years ago, and right off the stalk modern wheat has much more starch (carbs) than that from just a century ago. Our bodies aren’t meant to absorb that much starch that quickly.
      As a side note, I got married in Bogota, Columbia in 2011. I have never been a good vegetable eater, but I couldn’t get enough of the vegetables down there. They were just so much richer and heartier than here.

  • David Fuhriman

    FYI, I live in Monterey and it has been raining all day today in Central California. The forecast is for several inches today and a big storm is heading our way on Friday. Let’s hope this rain helps to alleviate the drought conditions in California.

    • Tim

      That’s great news! Thanks for sharing.

  • HBK

    I remember eating at a Sizzler a few years ago. It was all you can eat shrimp night. This obese lady ate so much that she got stuck in her booth. After the restaurant staff tried unsuccessfully to get her out, the fire department was called to help. They had to break down the table portion of the booth in order to free her. She ate a lot of shrimp

  • Phil from Germany

    There are 2 photos in this article showing what alot of people call food. To me it all belongs in the bin, no wonder so many people world wide are so chronically ill

    • mikeymike61

      as long as da cost a king kobra 40’s don’t be goin up no mo I be ok wid it.

  • blackciti_fo5

    I saw an interesting video a few months ago. It was with Margaret Sanger. The interview was from the 50s. In it the interviewer told her that there were over a billion acres of land that could be used for agriculture but wasn’t. I can’t remember what her answer was but I don’t think she cared anyways. Reading this article had me wondering is it true that not only is there a drought but is it true that billions of acres of land is dormant?

    You can find this black and white video on youtube. Just type “Margaret Sanger interview”.

  • mikeymike61

    I read that the government lowered the California reservoir level prematurely because of some stupid fish that is not even native to the area.
    Im all for saving wildlife and conservation efforts, but at what point do we say screw the stupid non-native fish and place importance back on people?
    PC & liberal ideaology sickness has infiltrated absolutely every portion of our life in the USA. Other countries put people first, we put fish first.

  • DJohn1

    The reason homeless people are banned from cities is the amount of baggage they come with.
    They are often thieves. We had a homeless shelter close to where I worked. Parking near the center was a guarantee you would get your car broken into. Police everywhere are constantly aware of the situation. A major department store could not keep its doors open because of theft in that area.
    Legitimate customers were often asked for money constantly and it really got embarrassing to walk two blocks and get accosted by these people constantly. SO the city put in licenses to beg. The cost was $25. Police still could not keep up with them.
    The numbers become a hazard to people. Not that they would riot or anything, but anytime you have groups of a couple of hundred all in a small area they are intimidating.
    The irony of California is there is water everywhere but not a drop to drink. The average toilet can go through at least 5-10 gallons of water a day. There is the Paciific Ocean full of water and none of it is useable because of the salts and mineral contents. Washing Machines go through water. Dishwashers also go through a lot of water. That is our modern day lifestyle.
    President F. Roosevelt put them to work. We had a conservation corp that made a lot of parks with flowers and enjoyable things in them. At the time welfare hadn’t come into its own.
    I suggest that we put all these excess unemployed people to work on public projects. Feed them by all means. But make them work for it.
    Same with the handicapped on welfare. Find something to give them back their pride in accomplishing something even if it is something as simple as planting flowers in the park.
    I suggest we start businesses. By that I mean that we get people trained to run a business. After they are trained then give them the welfare money to start the business for at least two-five years. That is what it takes to get a new business profitable.
    I suggest we outlaw zoning against vegetable gardens.
    I am not suggesting vegetable gardens in front yards or eyesores. I am suggesting what you do in your back yard is your business, not the state’s business.
    We have to find a way to utilize the ocean water to end the drought in California. That is going to take innovative engineering. It is not going to come that cheap. But if we want to protect our food supply then we are going to have to do it.
    I maintain that any government agency with complex rules that cannot be readily understood is illegal and unconstitutional. The question is why are our courts allowing these agencies to exist. Any time you get 17,000 regulations to tell you how to enforce a 4,000 word law then something is definitely wrong with how we are enforcing the law.
    The food situation is a repeat performance. It happened in the 30s when numerous farmers were put out of business by the depression.
    We as a people are directly responsible for protecting our food supply with what ever it takes to do so. I think you only have to look as far as Disneyworld in Florida to see how a new way of farming in drought conditions might work. Drip bottles above plants there have produced some fairly good results.
    The basic thing wrong with the homeless situation is that government wants to give them things instead of making them earn things. It is an established fact that the reward for working is often less than what the government will give you if you are down and out. Specifically on Medicare and Medicaid you can get first class benefits. But lord help you if you are working making close to $25,000 a year. They penalize entire groups of people with the rules.

    • americalsgt

      and when were homeless banned from cities? There is no sun in my back yard, and my neighbors love my front yard eyesore when I given them tomatoes, peppers and onions. I’ll decide the best place for my garden.

      • DJohn1

        They are banded from cities all the time. Some are bussed to other cities.
        Fairly sure your place is not an eyesore of any kind. However zoning departments determine where you can place a garden if any place.
        To my way of thinking zoning departments should be illegal.

    • mikeymike61

      that sounds like a good idea, except for the fact that most people will not work hard.
      Im self employed and work my freakin a$$ off. I work harder than anyone I know, I have friends that constantly tell me they wish they could do what I do and have their own business. My one friend in particular is very smart, but I know it will never happen for him because he will not put in the hours necessary. most people reach a certain comfort level and then they are done. The protestant work ethic died and was buried long ago.

      • DJohn1

        I agree with you 100%. There is also the discrimination shown small businesses by the tax system of this country. It is all about large corporations with tax lawyers and accountants.

        • mikeymike61

          absolutely look at the corporate tax rates for 2013, they spike up considerably from 100k to 300k of revenue and then back down, obviously designed to nail the more successful small businesses.

    • americalsgt

      Of course the government wants to feed the poor. There’s votes in that soup line. Try to open a soup kitchen in any city controlled by the Democrats. My guess is you will be shut down in a month or less. It will be for heath concerns of course, but the real reason is the D’s will fear a loss of votes.

      • DJohn1

        Only if they have a residence and are registered to vote.

  • pulltheweeds

    i was told google can send the west coast virtual rain

  • FirstGarden

    Wild Edibles #4 CLOVERS

    Here’s what some folks say about clover:

    Lucky you-clovers are actually edible. And they’re found just about everywhere there’s an open grassy area. You can spot them by their distinctive trefoil leaflets. You can eat clovers raw, but they taste better boiled.

    Many different types of clovers are edible, including the red clover, which is easily distinguishable by its rounded purple flower bud and leaves marked with a v-shaped white stripe. Clover flowers generally bloom from April through September, and they can be eaten raw. Clover leaves and stems can also be eaten raw, but they are easier to eat if they’re soaked or boiled. Clovers are a good protein source, and any leftover boiling water can make a nice nutrient-rich tea.

    Clovers are abundant worldwide, and they’re a part of the pea family. They’re often found in pastureland. Choose to eat white, pink, and red flowers instead of brown ones, and digest clover either fresh or dried, not in-between.

    This is a wild edible plant everyone knows. The clover leafs are delicious in salads or juices. Clovers are a valuable survival food, as they are high in protein, widespread, and abundant. They are not easy to digest raw, but this can be easily fixed by juicing them. Dried flower heads and seed pods can also be ground up into a nutritious flour and mixed with other foods. Dried flower heads can also be steeped in hot water for a healthy, tasty tea.

    Clover, Available Around The World

    One of the more surprising sides of clover is that it’s in the pea family, and its blossom is actually a bunch of little pea-like blossoms, called ”wings and keels.” Clover is also a native of Europe and western Asia but has been used as a pasture crop worldwide. And while there are few pasture in the Arctic, clover grows from the top of the earth to the bottom and all around, nearly every location on the rotation. Though well-known as totally edible, from blossom to root, it is not choice “eating wild.” Some call it a survival food, and perhaps rightly so for only the blossoms are truly pleasant to human tastes. The leaves are an acquired or tolerated taste.

    In reference to the blossoms, don’t select brown ones. You want young and fresh whether white or pink or red though white clover is the better tasting of them all. Besides a tea you can pan roast the blossoms until nice and crispy. The leaves are another matter. Young ones are digestible raw in small amounts, half a cup or so. Older leaves should be cooked, but I think you’d have to be hungry to eat them. It is a survival or famine food.

    While it may not be that good in taste, clover can be good for you. It is high in protein, has beta carotene, vitamin C, most of the B vitamins, biotin, choline, inositol, and bioflavonoids. Clover does come with three words of warning, however: One is that quite a few people are allergic to it and don’t know it, so go easy at first until you know one way or the other. Secondly, NEVER …. did you see that word? NEVER ferment and eat any part of it. You want your clover either completely fresh or completely dried, Never in between.

    • Joe Shmo

      Thank you for that post.

      • FirstGarden


    • david

      weeds grow practically anywhere and everywhere. check out the guys website and youtube channel called “eat the weeds”

      • FirstGarden

        Maybe we should ask pulltheweeds. He posts here and may have a few tips for us. 🙂

  • masmpg

    As long as everything in this country has been hijacked by lying hypocrite politicians we will

  • americalsgt

    I wonder how many gazillion gallons of water have been wasted on keeping yards green. That is the biggest waste ever. What good is a front yard of green grass? Unless you have goats, I’d say not much. My brother in law who was in the business said in reality, grass is healthier if you let it die in the summer months anyway, so what good is there in all the water being used for watering private yards?

  • disqus_wjRWRKTHgI

    Eze 14:13
    “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent
    unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply
    of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it.

    Eze 14:14
    “Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it,
    they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God

  • Joey M

    My thoughts about feeding the homeless: Wrap the food up and put “Happy Birthday” on it and don’t give it as a meal, give it as a birthday present. It’s not illegal to hive out birthday presents, right?

  • Joey M

    Last year there was a series of articles about the British starting a campaign to get people to eat uglier food, since they reportedly wasted about 50% of the food *grown* including leaving ‘less beautiful’ food in the fields or on the trees to rot since it wasn’t pretty enough to get people to eat.
    Hence, our family has juicers. A partially eaten kale leaf full of bug holes doesn’t look good in a salad, but it still juices and blends-into-a-smoothy very nicely. But from a corporate farm mentality, you still can’t harvest kale for the fresh-to-consumer market unless you are in the business of harvesting and processing the veges and selling ciders/juices or other process foods.
    I think that the 3x% here would be much higher if they also counted the “energy invested to plant and grow but not harvest” food as well.


    if one has not already started, it is time to get going on our backyard gardens, meat rabbits, windowsill gardens, and any other food we can produce if we have not already started! Our plan is to double our production to help out other families. One can really produce a lot in a backyard and in the windows. ***Grow food, not grass*** it is not about pride anymore, it is what we NEED to do.

    • Responding to another post of yours here that I can’t find…..LOVE Kathy Harrison. Saw her first on Doomsday Preppers; she was a sound voice of wisdom and reason. You are going to love her book!


        perfect, thanks!

  • Baas

    United States of Assholes

    • Veteranforpeace

      What country are *you* from?

      • garand555

        I think the stereotypical American was better described by Carlin: Huge piles of redundant protoplasm lumbering through malls like a fleet of interstate buses. The people in this country are immense…

        I would also add that they are apathetic.


    I just ordered “Just In Case” by Kathy Harrison, has anyone read that? Each article like the above gets me thinking about what I can do to prepare.

  • cachon

    ban the (low price) buffet!!

  • Mondobeyondo

    It is appalling to see how much food is wasted in this country. We Americans are so spoiled. Half-eaten Big Macs get dumped in the trash. All-you-can-eat buffets (and most people get much more than they can eat. They throw the rest away).

    When steak becomes a luxury item – and I don’t mean filet mignon or a porterhouse, more like a basic chuck roast – we’ll see just how much food gets thrown away.



  • Anon

    Anyone who shops knows why food and energy aren’t calculated into the Consumer Price Index and that food prices have skyrocketed in the last 5 years. It’s only going to get worse. We’re all going to be eating hog jowels ( actually I’ve had hog jowels and they’re not bad ) and pickled crow gizzards pretty soon. As for the obesity problem , 100 years ago people did physical labor at work, on the farm and at home. Does anyone remember cutting grass with an old hand push mower? Does anyone remember crawling under their car and changing their own starter. Today the heaviest thing most people lift at work is their I pad and hard work is having to stand for an hour straight without sitting down.. Recently I dropped my car off at a local repair shop and started walking the 2.5 miles home. A local police officer and two of my neighbors saw me walking and stopped to offer me a ride. One of them was actually mildly offended when I told him I didn’t mind the walk.

  • fleabug

    Like I keep telling my wife; next year (or sooner) you won’t be wondering what to get the kids for Christmas… will be wondering what will we be able to eat.

  • peace angel

    The food being grown in Cali is also being heavily tainted by the Fukushima FOG and is highly radioactive.

    THE FEDS admitted to the mainstream news last Christmas that they are herding the homeless off to the FEMA camps. THEY left out “concentration camps.”

    THEY will come for you next IF you allow these homeless people to be herded off. TENT cities have been housing millions of can’t find a job Americans since 2008. NOW they are tearing them down and fining or relocating the homeless.

  • mikeymike61

    Id rather be lying there thinking I did too much instead of laying there regretting that I was too lazy, once again the last remnants of the protestant work ethic.

  • GSOB


    • Guest

      Why is she a troll? She’s helping others by sharing tips on ways to save money on healthy food. What’s wrong with that?

      I think you’re the troll, GSOB.

      • GSOB

        Define troll.

  • GSOB

    …”to show us that we all need 12 disciples, ” far reaching propaganda…

    “All loners are losers and all losers are loners.”

    John 2:24

    But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men,

    25 and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.

    Matthew 23:8
    Amplified Bible (AMP)

    8 But you are not to be called rabbi (teacher), for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers.

  • Daniel

    Hell, they can control the weather so they’ll make it rain. The slaves have to eat.

  • GSOB

    Burger King is better overall then McDonalds
    That flame broiled whopper and fries just can’t be beat.

  • voice in the wilderness

    Human mis-rule of the earth is about up.Only Gods’ Kingdom
    ( in the hands of Jesus ) can remove all the human constructed obstacles to real peace, prosperity and security namely ; greed , corruption,disunity and rejecting the rightful Sovereignty of our Heavenly Father.
    World events aren’t just happening aimlessly, but are being carefully directed by Gods’ hand to bring to pass the vindication of his name and the overthrow of Satan and his visible human ruling powers who have, since the rebellion in eden, all but wrecked the earth. Bend your knee to the real God appointed ruler of heaven and earth, Jesus!

  • People are extremely wasteful. The amount of food I see that gets thrown out is astonishing to say the least.

  • Hiroshi Yamamoto

    Decay and the collapse of the society. USA is experiencing worst drought since at least 100 years (especially in California).
    Things in Ukraine are also getting worse. Russians could start WW III.

  • Top Gun

    I do believe that this article should be read by everyone. The high cost of food is mostly due to severe weather changes. You had better be growing at least some of what you eat. Food can be grown indoors, in tubs. Use organic seeds. GMO food will kill you. Learn canning. Water should be a major concern also. As the dollar fades, hyperinflation has the power to starve. Prepare.

  • JoeThePimpernel

    No mention of the shameless waste associated with turning food into “renewable energy” that is only viable because of massive feral government subsidies.

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