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Are You Ready For The Price Of Food To More Than Double By The End Of This Decade?

Supermarket - Photo by AbrahamiDo you think that the price of food is high now?  Just wait.  If current trends continue, many of the most common food items that Americans buy will cost more than twice as much by the end of this decade.  Global demand for food continues to rise steadily as crippling droughts ravage key agricultural regions all over the planet.  You see, it isn’t just the multi-year California drought that is affecting food prices.  Down in Brazil (one of the leading exporters of food in the world), the drought has gotten so bad that 142 cities were rationing water at one point earlier this year.  And outbreaks of disease are also having a significant impact on our food supply.  A devastating pig virus that has never been seen in the U.S. before has already killed up to 6 million pigs.  Even if nothing else bad happens (and that is a very questionable assumption to make), our food prices are going to be moving aggressively upward for the foreseeable future.  But what if something does happen?  In recent years, global food reserves have dipped to extremely low levels, and a single major global event (war, pandemic, terror attack, planetary natural disaster, etc.) could create an unprecedented global food crisis very rapidly.

A professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University named Timothy Richards has calculated what the drought in California is going to do to produce prices at our supermarkets in the near future.  His projections are quite sobering

  • Avocados likely to go up 17  to 35 cents to as much as $1.60 each.
  • Berries likely to rise 21 to 43 cents to as much as $3.46 per clamshell container.
  • Broccoli likely to go up 20 to 40 cents to a possible $2.18 per pound.
  • Grapes likely to rise 26 to 50 cents to a possible $2.93 per pound.
  • Lettuce likely to rise 31 to 62 cents to as much as $2.44 per head.
  • Packaged salad likely to go up 17 to 34 cents to a possible $3.03 per bag.
  • Peppers likely to go up 18 to 35 cents to a possible $2.48 per pound.
  • Tomatoes likely to rise 22 to 45 cents to a possible $2.84 per pound.

So what happens if the drought does not end any time soon?

Scientist Lynn Ingram, who has studied the climate history of the state of California extensively, told CBS News that we could potentially be facing “a century-long megadrought” in California.  If that does indeed turn out to be the case, we could be facing huge price increases for produce year after year.

And it isn’t just crops that are grown in the United States that we need to be concerned about.  As NBC News recently reported, the price of cocoa is absolutely soaring and that is going to mean much higher prices for chocolate…

As cocoa prices surge to near-record highs on demand for emerging markets, chocoholics brace for a hike in price – and maybe even a different taste, as chocolate makers hunt out cheaper ingredients.

Cocoa futures are up 10 percent so far this year, hitting almost £1,900 on ($3,195) a ton in March. Last year prices rose 20 percent.

In fact, experts are now warning that chocolate may soon become a “high-end luxury item” because it is becoming so expensive.

Meat prices are also starting to spiral out of control.

A virus known as porcine epidemic diarrhea has pushed pork prices up to new all-time record highs.  It has already spread to 27 states, and as I mentioned above, it has already killed up to 6 million pigs.  It is being projected that U.S. pork production will decline by about 7 percent this year as a result, and Americans could end up paying up to 20 percent more for pork by the end of the year.

The price of beef has also soared to a brand new all-time record high.  Due to the drought that never seems to let up in the western half of the country, the total size of the U.S. cattle herd has been declining for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that is has been since 1951.

If the overall price of food in this country increases by just an average of a little more than 12 percent a year, it will double by the end of this decade.

What would you do if you suddenly walked into the grocery store and everything was twice as much?

That is a frightening thing to think about.

Meanwhile, all of our other bills just keep going up as well.  For example, we just learned that the price of electricity hit a brand new all-time record high for the month of March.

If our incomes were keeping up with all of these price increases, that would be one thing.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  As I wrote about earlier this week, the quality of our jobs continues to go down and more Americans fall out of the middle class every single day.

According to CNBC, there are hundreds of thousands of Americans with college degrees that are working for minimum wage right now…

While a college degree might help get a job, it doesn’t necessarily mean a good salary. According to a report released last month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 260,000 workers with bachelor’s degrees and 200,000 workers with associate’s degrees are making the minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and the minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour. Some cities and states have recently raised their minimum wage, but the BLS report defines only those making $7.25 an hour or less as “minimum wage workers.”

And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income in the United States has dropped for five years in a row.

This is why so many families are financially stressed these days.  The cost of living is going up at a steady pace, but for the most part our paychecks are not keeping up.  Average Americans are having to stretch their money farther than ever, and many families have reached the breaking point.

So what is going on in your neck of the woods?  Are you starting to see prices rise at the grocery stores where you live?  Please feel free to join the discussion by leaving a comment below…

  • http://www.southerncrossxray.com americalsgt

    Those look like the prices I’m paying now in RI

    • Orange Jean

      Myself as well (in Virginia).

  • 68Impala

    Growing up poor (early 60’s) we never went hungry, but mom did not buy sugar frosted flakes, breakfast bars, sirloins, skinless chicken legs, boneless breasts, instead we had oatmeal ( not instant) liver (i actually like it!), pork butt, chopped meat (grinded at home from cheaper pieces of meat), potatoes and home made soups, Never went out to eat until I was in my teens due to finances. My sisters and I are all financially doing fine now and we look back on those childhood family dinners fondly. Point I’m trying to make is, people will survive, just with less and their happiness shouldn’t decline if they remember what is important.

    • John Conners

      This is the attitude we all need to survive the declining economy. My uncles told me about growing up during the depression in the deep South. Sometimes they had to pick cotton on Christmas just to pay rent. People in the U.S. need to learn that our happiness doesn’t have to depend on our material circumstances. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir on this website.

      • Hammerstrike

        “People in the U.S. need to learn that our happiness doesn’t have to depend on our material circumstances.”

        Also, what happen when that is forgotten.

        • hon788

          Food is not material items, its a necessary thing, man.

          • Hammerstrike

            True that.

            What I meant is that post-war prosperity made

          • Twidiot1

            But it is not entertainment. Food is for nutrition. In America we have made it a treatment for boredom, depression, etc.

          • Priszilla

            Learn to cook. Every week add a new ingredient and find out what you can do with it.

            I’m buying bones from the butcher to make soup. Add some chicken gizzards (pure muscle) for half the price of beef, celery, carrots and parsley (from the kitchen garden).

            Ever had warm red bean soup (not made from bones :-)) with sago as dessert?
            Rhubarb with custard?
            Sweet and sour pumpkin soup?

            You can save gas by putting pots on top of each other. Long boiling potatoes at the bottom, and use the rising steam to steam veggies, and even lean meat. Chicken, or fish.

            For some color and taste you can still fry the meat or chicken in the end, but for much less time.

            After baking the trout in the oven, use the heat to dry herbs and fruits.

      • DCHeatFan

        It’s one thing to want to have creature comforts but another to not want to work all the time just to survive.

        • JULIA Dunkee III

          Where I live the “work” is all part time, on call, or total scam or intern and we hire in six months. I am so threw with the arrogant MAerican KUNTS who think that I am lazy when I worked all my life and now have to listen to this crap that just because they were thinking total security and stuff I deserve to suffer.
          It’s the same assholes who drive by the homeless on the way to mega churches in big tank cars and then go to Hometown Food Trough Buffet. Santimounious clods.

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      • Mudpie

        My grandmother’s family raised chickens in the back yard. They were a happy group of 9 kids.

        A reckoning, I fear, is coming. We must get back to freedom.

        You will note that during the Depression, we had about a tenth of the govt. people have today. But people disciplined themselves to live a good, happy life with their own values rather than values dictated to them by Big govt. and Big corporate America.

        • WellLahdidah

          Exactly. If we fail to govern ourselves, then others will only be too happy to do so.
          “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”Patrick Henry

          • Mudpie

            Well said.

      • none

        GOOD NEWS EVERYONE:
        it won’t really matter what the price of California produce is anyway?
        After Fucshima starts dumping all that radioactive waste on the shores. (Then the heat starts to carry over the mist water). Not many people will be wanting to eat it?

      • WellLahdidah

        Yes, and people need to re-learn that prosperity comes to those who work for it. It does not require government sponsored “charity” in its various forms. Your uncles were clearly motivated to work. And while that was really tough, and seems unfair, from the tenor of your commentary– it doesn’t sound like they found life so horribly, horribly, unjust, riddled with “inequality” or “income inequality” or any other excuse that is pandered to nowadays that they were unable to ultimately prosper. Your last statement is telling of that.

        • Danielle Thomas

          You seem to imply that those who receive government aid and those who complain of the racist inequality that affects their ability to obtain employment and good housing of their choice; are really lying as to the inequality hardship obstacle.

          You need to read the history of America’s legalized racism (which you can easily google on the internet) in both the North and South wherein it was legal to put in employment advertisements that NO BLACKS ALLOWED.

          Yes! even if the Black person had in some way worked and “slaved” themselves to receive a Bachelor or PHD Degree, he or she was forced to get work as a servant, if even that was available, because the poor European immigrants during the 1930s to 1950s also especially sought that servant work and of course were given it first, and at a better wage. But, at least poor white immigrants who, also, often were illiterate;…they had the freedom of equality to seek better wages and better employment and better housing.

    • YahNo

      68: If we were self-sufficient, how on earth would total strangers with a complete lack of morals make scads of money off our backs selling us food poison and pitifully-made junk we don’t need, say I with extreme disgust as evidenced by curled lip and growling?

      • Mudpie

        Because we are no longer a free society – crony capitalists and big corporations and politicians dictate to us by laws and regulations how we can do business and they tilt these laws in their favor. Free enterprise no longer exists.

        But do not fool yourselves. I do not see the sleazy Wall Street oligarchy letting the average guy or gal do their own thing anytime soon.

        They like their farm subsidies to grow products like ethanol that are politically trumped up as necessary. Let the market decide. Permit freedom. Foster growth based on individual market preferences, not political contributions and regulations.

        Yet the tipping point is coming. People are killing themselves to keep up.

    • piccadillybabe

      It’s amazing the wonderful nutritious meals that can be made on a dime by someone who is a frugal and experienced cook. The old addage “waste not want not” will keep you alive, healthy and with enough to buy the essentials to survive hard times. Those skills cannot be learned overnight and people are gonna need em soon.

      • Hammerstrike

        Can tell you that there are people in their 90s that have their minds intact and have better health than others in their 60s.

    • bwoboe1

      You are a fool. You have been brainwashed to think that suffering in the most wealthy and rich country on earth is somehow noble. The PR campaign by the plutocracy to demonize a fair distribution of production between capital and labor means you are quite willing to subsist while there are vast amounts of hoarded wealth.

      Only a sycophant to the ideology that “all greed is indeed good” would decide to accept this lot in life and suffer like it’s the depression with all of this hoarded wealth.

      • 68Impala

        I’ll take George Carlins advice.
        “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

        • Hammerstrike

          youtube.c o m/ watch?v=oUouD2Ndhqs

        • guguciao

          Good advice and I liked George Carlin, but Mark Twain is the person who came up with those words of wisdom.

      • K2

        You can also disagree without abuse and name calling.

        • TW

          Thank you… you just emphasized one of the reasons I don’t make comments to news articles anymore.

      • Hammerstrike

        There is no hoarded wealth, there is only what has been borrowed and what has been stolen through inflation, favoritism and taxes. I find Fort Knox a metaphor to the current system of wealth, supposed to hold massive amounts of gold but has been empty for years.

        Labor is in China and have supported hundreds of millions living first-world conditions on the other side of the Eurasian continent and Pacific.
        As the 1992 LA riots showed, don´t mess with asian shopekeepers with guns, or biological weapons for that matter…

      • Mudpie

        If they earned it freely what they do is their own business. But these plutocrats have earned their money from lobbying our corruption politicians to support their businesses with tax dollars and regulation that stifles competition.

        Where are the Republicans? You recall Reagan at least paid lip service to rolling back regulations?

        Well, now we get the likes of Jeb Bush arguing for more regulations in the form of Common Core.

        These people are slime.Accept this and then you see why the protections against overweaning government were built into the Constitution.

      • Priszilla

        If your maintenance cost is low, you need to work less for others.

        Yes, there is an uneven distribution of wealth. Can’t change that now. Just don’t give them more than necessary. Reuse and recycle everything you have.

        If you think you can run society better than the current “elite”, learn how to do it. Spread your wealth. Invite friends and family to goood old fashioned family fun, with ball games and tag and a dinner made of hawthorn and nettles on strips of self-caught pike.

        Don’t put your savings into gold. Instead, put them into cellulose, or mineral wool, or other things to insulate your home. Keep the heat you generate inside the house.

        I think, welding is a very useful skill to have.

      • JULIA Dunkee III

        Yes and the stupid clods are the same that man the Prison Industrial System for the 1% and quote Bible Scripture to the inmates. This is the Land of the Free LOL

    • durango

      Those cheap cuts will more than double as more people fall into poverty and increase the demand for cheaper foods.

      • djdog

        I assure you there are no longer any “Cheap Cuts…..”

      • JF

        That’s why I get what I can from each piece of meat. Buy the bone in versions (boneless costs more anyway) and use the bones for soup.

    • JULIA Dunkee III

      Great! The USSA FEMA GOV will hire you to guard the rest of do nothing welfare scum to work in the banker slave camps. Thank Jesus for us will you.

    • Danielle Thomas

      And you ate healthy meals instead of the junk food that a lot of our food today is, like frosted flakes, instead of the very healthy oatmeal or plain cornflakes, plain unfrosted cherrios, or the highly nutritious shredded wheat.

      I also came from a family of very limited income, and moma pinched the brown off a penny making sure every cent paid for what would provide quality nutrition and as much quality life as possible, like our 50 cents a month allowance could only be spent for a hair ribbon or socks; …for candy I had to do some extra work, like run an errand for a neighbor or lawn or snow removal work for a neighbor. That also taught me the value of earning money and spending it prudently, because the less than 25 cents paid to do an errand did not last long nor buy a lot.

  • hero Honolulu

    Actually, food in US is cheap with those numbers. Even if prices were to double, it’s still low by international standards. With globalization, prices will rise even higher with US consumers competing with foreignors.

    In Japan, you’ll get a shock…..or even Hawaii is bad. If you ever lived in Hawaii, you’ll know what I mean. At least in Japan, they put a lot of effort reducing the cost including labor. On the other hand, US retailers sell you expensive products to maximize profits & don’t put effort reducing cost….especially labor. I suspected prices in the US would rise long ago.

    100 yen shops in Japan offer great products. 100 or called dollar shops in the US is really a Japanese invention. Or go online shopping at Japanese sites to buy quality stuffs…like Rakuten. Or buy duty free stuffs from the net such as cigariettes. I’ve once bought Mild Seven tax-free from the net when I was in Hawaii.

    Just my casual observation…..nothing personal.

  • jimstix66

    Food prices have been on the rise for a number of years now which is why I’ve decided this is the year to start gardening. Better quality at lower cost. I also plan on canning and storing my harvest for use during our cold Northeast winters. While it’s certainly unfortunate that prices are rising especially for people who are already stretched to the limit, the bright side may be more of us becoming more self sufficient which in my opinion is never a bad idea.

    • Mari

      Totally agree. I have a small yard but with containers and raised beds, I will continue to produce food for immediate consumption and some to preserve. A pick your own place about 25 miles away also sells seconds of tomatoes, peaches, apples, etc. I will be canning and freezing even more this fall. I have also worked on not letting good go bad and am doing a better, but not perfect, at that. Remember, garden like your family’s life depends on it because it just might.

  • davidmpark

    Back the dollar with oil and natural (methane) gas.

    Destruct the overbearing regulations that restrict growing of foods on residential and undeveloped land. Keep only nuisance ordinances.

    End payments to farmers to not farm. End the practice of destroying foods that are edible, but not highly marketable.

    Open up and transfer ownership of BLM and NFS land to the states.

    Close the EPA and USDA.

    Put humans first.

    It’s not hard to do this. Just not popular with the “kill people” cliques and those who profit off the misery (usually those folks who say that population control is necessary after closing off large swaths of land for “endangered species” to starve a population.

    • marleyman

      The dollar is already backed by oil. Ever heard the term, petrodollar? Hence the reason we’ve been at war with Iraq and Afghanistan for so long. Ever wonder why Gaddafi and saddam are dead and we want Iran so bad? They all have this one thing in common. They all quit using the dollar in their oil transactions, undermining the federal reserves strangle hold on the world. Ever since Nixon took us off the gold standard, we’ve been backed by oil. That’s the only reason our standard of living has made it this long. Now countries are starting to move away from the dollar and look what is happening.

      • davidmpark

        The dollar’s backed by credit. Petrodollar is an international arrangement. If the dollar was directly pegged to oil and natural gas production in the US only, then it would have a greater worth.

        • Hammerstrike

          Oil in the US itself is far less profitable to pump out than oil in Saudomite Arabia for example.

          • davidmpark

            Then let’s make it profitable: federal flat gas tax of 0.2%, cut out the EPA to let the states handle that role, and allow more exploration and production. I’m all for fracking, too.

            Easy to do.

          • marleyman

            Sure, it may be an international arrangement, but that arrangement still props our dollar up and essentially backs it. I don’t completely disagree with you by any means. We have enough resources here to fill our own tanks for sure. I just don’t think backing our currency with oil is wise. Gold and silver, in my opinion, is smarter. Sound money principles. I think If we reinstated tariffs, that would move us miles in the right direction. However, that’s not in the agenda.

          • davidmpark

            I agree – it’s even in the Constitution. The only problem is there isn’t enough gold and silver mined to cover where the dollar is currently.

            The idea behind backing the dollar with domestic oil and gas is account for the inflation and other debts. If we went back to gold and silver, the price per troy oz would crash the dollar with the amounts already in circulation. One ounce of gold could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

            I’d love to see the dollar again in gold and silver. But as an interim step in that direction, it needs matching intrinsic value right now; oil and gas would serve that temporary purpose ’til the inflation is managed downward.

          • Hammerstrike

            In practical terms, raise the flag over Washington DC the way Red Army Soldiers raised their own over the Reichtag nearly 69 years ago.

          • Hammerstrike

            End the strangehold of political correctness and liberalism over the education system, “Affirmative Action” and “Positive Discrimnination” too.

            This would give oil companies the engineers, technicians and scientists that are competent enough to do a proper job.
            I would support nuclear fracking, as long as any resulting radioative isotopes have a short half-life.

            In practical terms, for that to happen, all you need is to subtract by 208,
            1984 – 208 = 1776.

          • PotHead69

            Wow, you are really ignorant. Keep drinking up buddy. So brainwashed

    • DJohn1

      You are right. Until we get a new Congress that is not controlled by the Demoncrats none of what you say is likely to happen. Even if we get a new set of Republicans controlling the Congress not much is likely to change. I have been following the Bundy Ranch public relations disaster. I cannot figure out if they are just too stupid or if they are living in the past. Or their time is limited and they just don’t care what they do.
      The single most significant thing is the number of ranchers driven out of business by this insanity.
      Then you have the Harry Reid, Democrat, head of the Senate, with the internet having caught his hands in the pie with the Chinese Company and his corrupt buddies in the agencies trying to shut this rancher down. That all effects grocery prices everywhere.

      The courts side with the officials most of the time despite the facts. Why are we surprised by any of this?
      Until we see a day when they are all caught, put in jail, and this government brought down and replaced with people a little more honest, I think it is fate accomplished. It is nothing new. It has been going on for a very long time.

      • davidmpark

        We are getting a new congress! The death worshipers are on their way out and they know it!

        As for jail time, that may have to be started on the state level. Convention of State’s is still needed as the damage and the Administration remains. A new Congress under decent, accountable men and women would bring charges, impeachments, and trials backed with open declarations of support from both people and states.

        The more I look into this whole social and economic collapse the more I believe that it can be reversed and halted.

    • old fart

      It coming it still will take more time but the national upset is still on track to hit the USA.

    • Richard

      David all points you make are good and beneficial BUT do not stand a “Snow balls chance in Hades” of Ever being implemented – Not even one of them. Our Government has been co-opted by a crime syndicate of International Banksters. The Crime Syndicate calls All the shots for their benefit and our demise in the USSA. “Government of the People” has been gone at least since 911. Unless “We the People” can throw off this Crime Syndicate of soulless and Evil International Banksters, They will enslave and impoverish us all along with our children.

      • davidmpark

        Well, not with that attitude!

        I’ve contacted these governing bodies. Most are willing to make changes so long as there is documented proof that they committed a hardship, and have come through with those changes. And those that won’t are still elected by us; we can replace them with folks who will do the job. Problem is the majority has given up on making their voice heard, that’s how this whole thing is collapsing.

        The crime syndicate is barely a sliver minority compared to a majority of 30%. Locally, when we fought city and county councils, ALL of the criminal types came to back their causes against us: they numbered 8 – 13 people total! Out of a city of 100,000 and a county of 4 million, only a microscopic very vocal minority were making their voices heard; the vast majority didn’t care about what was going on.

        My ideas do work and can be implemented; the American people can do this. The oppressor is tiny and can be ended.

  • Killer Virus

    It wouldn’t be so bad if the government wasn’t enacting laws to keep you from growing your own food. What makes it even worse in people like Monsanto can sue you if your crops get pollinated by their GMOs. Not to mention the health consequences. Coming from a father who got exposed to Agent Orange in Nam’, I wouldn’t trust them with our safety if you paid me.

    • Priszilla

      Sue Monsanto if their GMO pollen pollute your homegrown plants.

      That’s rape.

      • Killer Virus

        Suing Monsanto is like hitting your head against a wall. They have almost complete immunity by the U.S . government. Sen. Blumenthal is trying to get S.1602, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act passed. If he does, believe me, the first thing I’m doing is getting a lawyer along with many other people. Except this time we are not letting the lawyers agree to a settlement.

        • Hammerstrike

          A lot of manpower would be needed to effectively protect Monsanto crops from angry farmers and of course, looters.

          • Killer Virus

            I have to be honest, I don’t understand where you are going with this. My whole point was that Monsanto, the main manufacturer of agent orange, is also genetically modifying a huge amount of the crops we eat. Like splicing Atlantic fish genes with tomatoes so they can withstand colder climates. They say it’s harmless but from their past I can’t trust them.

          • Hammerstrike

            I suspect that sometimes in the near future, the system will become much more forcefull. There might not be elections in 2016. There would be martial law for the US and the UK at the very least.
            A purge of the US military is underway.

            In numbers of troops and sheer firepower, the system forces would be able to crush open opposition.
            Hovewer maintaing a massive police state is very expensive while the working population is much smaller and less motivated.
            The logical response is for any serious resistance is to do what the Iraqi resistance did, increase the costs of maintaing that police state, make the whole thing unprofitable.

            Monsanto is part of that system, so…

      • Hammerstrike

        Pre-emptive suing.

        There is a lot to learn from French peasants.

    • Tim

      My father was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He died three years ago at the age of 67. Dioxin is very toxic. My siblings and I have health problems, which I believe are due to my father’s exposure. My sister is deceased.

      • Killer Virus

        I have health issues directly linked as well. Google COVVHA. It is an organization pushing congress to help us and our children. The mutations that it causes in the male reproduction are generational and not recognized,only the female, even though the evidence shows otherwise. If we don’t speak out it will be a “Deny until they die” campaign.

        • Tim

          Thanks for the info. I’ll admit that my problems are minor compared to some of the stories of other children of Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to AO. I’ve read about women going through menopause in their 30s, people who have had heart attacks in their 30s, etc. And now we’re learning that that grandchildren of Vietnam Vets are suffering! What the U.S. Government did in Vietnam is a CRIME against humanity.

          • Killer Virus

            The Vietnamese children have suffered irreversible harm for many generation. I’m thinking of going their to do some missionary work.

          • PotHead69

            You know what? Why don’t you Yankees stay home, you’ve done enough damage in SE Asia.

          • Killer Virus

            OOHH!! Look we have a screen beret.

          • Danielle Thomas

            I suspect that Pothead wrote you that comment because most persons, usually White, who speak about going to do missionary in Asian and other so-called 3rd world Countries do it with a Egotism, a paternalism toward the same race they practice racial prejudice toward here in America, so their missionary desire is really hypocrisy of the worst kind.

          • Killer Virus

            So are you saying I’m racist toward Asians?

          • Hammerstrike

            You think they knew what the effects would be?

          • Tim

            I don’t know. But they probably didn’t care. There was a term thrown around by someone in G.W. Bush’s administration. I think it was Rumsfeld. That term was “collateral damage.”

          • Killer Virus

            Seems like we were thinking the same thing.

          • Killer Virus

            Evidence shows they did to some extent. The fact is they didn’t do a lot of research period. That makes them libel. Monsanto isn’t here to kill people, they just want to make a profit, everything else is collateral damage.

      • jaxon64

        my father died at 59–buried on his 60th b-day. Also got angent oranged in Nam–

      • Pat Wagner

        my husband was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and he died at age 30yrs old leaving behind our 2 little girls 3 yrs and 5 yrs. Monsanto can go to HELL! Other countries are banning GMO’s but not the good ole USA all because of $$$$$

        • Killer Virus

          Yeah, my father watched them spray it overhead when they were on patrol around Hue and the A Shau Valley. He said they always knew where it had been sprayed because everything felt oily. Little did they know that they were touching death.

        • Tim

          I’m so sorry your daughters had to grow up without their father, Pat.

          • Pat Wagner

            Thank you Tim.

  • K

    On some items prices have already doubled. Four years ago, I could get tomatoes for 99 cents a pound. Now you never see them under $ 2.25 a pound. Most canned goods are up by a third, in the same time period. Eating healthy is already unaffordable for many Americans. Now with the killer pig virus, old emergency food like spam, are becoming too costly. Did you ever think a day would come, that you could not afford spam?

    • Priszilla

      Just got me 300g of tomatoes for 80p.

      • mesquite

        Speak English, please :)

        • K2

          p means pence. pence make up a pound the britisih currency

      • davidmpark

        US Conversion: 10.58 ounces, close to 2/3rd’s pounds of tomatoes for $1.34.

        • Priszilla

          And well, now is winter. No season for tomatoes in England.

          A can (400g) of tomatoes is 34p.

    • Hammerstrike

      I saw a lot of individuals not eatimng healthy in a southern asian country, they where not obese at all.

    • Yupparoo

      now that the can and box shrinkage has reached a level where they cannot be shrunk any more without requiring consumer use of a magnifying glass to identify said product, yes, food prices are rising.

      • JF

        Already using a magnifying glass to read some of the print on a lot of items.

  • Rebecca

    I miss the good old days when you could get a cart full of groceries for around 100 bucks. That was about 10 years ago. Now you’re lucky if you get three bags of groceries for 100 bucks.

    • laura m.

      Some of you rem shopping in the 50’s 60’s when Tbone/P’house was 59 cents a lb and eggs 39 cents dz. Retirees, others on tight budget: you can live high on ground sirloin, buy bogo’s on frozen fish filets, fz veg. canned goods, and most imp. cook from scratch granny style. O. Oil, spices, cheese watch sales. Get that crock pot out and cook a pot of collard greens or veg soup.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is true Rebecca. I still remember the days when I could buy all of my groceries for the week for about 20 bucks.

      Michael

      • Annette Smith

        When I was a little kid in the 50’s, my neighbor would give me a quarter to go to the store and get loaf of bread for her. 25 cents? Yep, I do remember!

        • Arno Krause

          I remember those times as well. A 50 dollar bill was almost like a deity.

      • Jospeh

        I’m guessing there’s something wrong if i try to make a comment with a link it in. But just wanted to point out I’ve seen a few articles recently about different plant diseases killing off some crops, Orange prices will be going up due to a disease killing off the florida orange crop, also there is a disease killing off banana crop, especially a variety of banana’s that’s mostly found in american supermarkets in the united states “Cavendish”

    • Annette Smith

      We save a lot on meat. Not a lot of people can afford it, anymore. So, the grocery store has to mark it down. A $14.00 roast is now just $8.00. We have Farmer’s Markets and I think that is the better way to get your produce. If you can garden, then do so!

      • djdog

        At the first of the month I go to the local grocery store and look for what I call the “used food” in the meat section. It is meat that is close to the expiration date but still good. We get what we can and cook some and freeze some. It saves, like you said, around half the cost… dj

      • WellLahdidah

        Yeah, I only by meat on mark down, nowadays. the only way to do it, short of buying half side of beef (from the farmer).

  • Priszilla

    Right now 50% of farmed food does not reach the market because it does not look good. Perfectly good food is ploughed under to keep the price high.
    And then look at all the food not sold by the supermarkets and thrown away.

    • Killer Virus

      That has been going on for a long time. They paid dairy farmer to destroy milk as well.

    • Yasha7

      Yup, I can confirm that. I live in the Salinas Valley of California. I’ve see field half-full of cauliflower, broccoli, head lettuce, and the like plowed under. And people can’t glean, either. I’ve been here for 32 years, and it’s always really bugged me.

  • Priszilla

    Well Michael, you missed one more item – epidemics.

    Malnourished people, sitting in cold homes, ravaged by epidemics. In this year’s flu epidemic in the US, 50% of the adult victims were obese.

    I should buy some pharma shares.

  • Daystrom2012

    Everything is in place for this soon future event to transpire…Revelation 6:5-8 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come
    and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had
    a pair of balances in his hand.And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of
    wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was
    Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over
    the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and
    with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

    • GSOB

      This is fulfilled.

      • Hammerstrike

        Same for Ragnarök.

        • GSOB

          By definition…
          there can only be one God.

          • Chris Lehman

            Yes, and that God is Zeus.

          • Hammerstrike

            A billion Hindus disagrees.

            God = dog = blasphemy

  • marty

    Have no fear there will be plenty of soylent green to eat.

    • laura m.

      Yes, eating recycled corpses may come sooner than later, if people don’t quit breeding like rats/roaches. In some African countries and other parts of the undev. world, some are eating rats and other ilk just to survive from over breeding as resources become depleted. The year 2022 isn’t that far off and the movie made sense as a warning forty years ago.

      • Priszilla

        Don’t worry, the pro-life people will save us all. LOL

        • jaxon64

          We haven’t been able to save the nearly 60 million American babies that have been murdered while in the supposed safety of their mother’s wombs. What makes you think we can protect you from the death-loving elite that have convinced millions that infanticide is a viable choice?
          Interesting to see that you find a holocoust of innocents so funny ( lol??-really?)

          • Priszilla

            You are not concerned about the living. “Pro-Life” is just concerned about making more children, soldiers, followers, a great army of unemployed to push wages down. A great army of worshippers to appear great.

            If you’d be more concerned about those who are already alive people might believe you that you are “pro-life”. But with chaplans in the army blessing weapons of destruction? Hardly.

            A great army of hypocrites.

          • PotHead69

            Don’t forget the 10% payola to the church. That’s really what it’s all about $ money C.R.E.A.M.

          • Priszilla

            The Rizal Monument in Manila is quite interesting: the Chaplain is on the side of the executioners, not on the side of the freedom fighter.

            And that’s how it always has been.

            The church is always on the side of the rulers, against the poor.

            Right now American evangelists in Africa, Orthodox Christians in Russia inciting hatred and killing.

          • Priszilla

            Just imaging America having 60 million more unemployed and starving right now, or China 300 milllion more.

            Would you feed them?

            Would you pay for their products and services so they can feed themselves?

            Would you permit them to live next door?

          • Gay Veteran

            “We haven’t been able to save the nearly 60 million American babies that have been murdered ….”

            who is this “we”? YOU? you adopt any unwanted children?

          • aghast

            HaVE YOU?

          • Gay Veteran

            sorry troll, I’m not the one trying to enslave women

          • Gay Veteran

            hey aghAZt, I’m not the one seeking to turn women into slaves

          • PotHead69

            I’m sure the country would be much better off with 60 million more unwanted poor children.

        • Hammerstrike

          youtube.c om /watch?v=icmRCixQrx8

      • Gigglez

        ahhh, no…it’s a texture thing

      • Hammerstrike

        If anything, the world population is going to fall quickly.

      • PotHead69

        Overbreeding? What an asshat. Africa is screwed because Europeans have been stealing all the resources and keeping the populace down for centuries.

        • Danielle Thomas

          AMEN! You really speak the truth!

    • Hammerstrike

      I laugh when liberals goes on about overpopulation, 9 billions by 2050 or whatever.

      Nope, ain´t going to be that way.

  • GayVeteran

    A CONFESSION

    I just wanted to apologize to everyone here at the blog. I’ve been coming here for quite some time. I have been deliberately antagonistic and disruptive here because that’s what I was paid to do. But God has got a hold of me and showed me what I really am, apart from Him. I have been so wrong, not only in my shameless Sodomy, but also in my stinking pride and immaturity. I am so sorry for that. Like I said, God has gotten a hold on me. I’m a changed man now. I will never troll for anyone again. And for now on, I will come here and do my best to kind, harmonious, considerate and respectful of others. Please forgive me.

    Sincerely,
    Gay Veteran

    • Priszilla

      Forgot “your” password, too? LOL

    • YesZeeBob

      God loves a gay with a good sense of humor!!

      • jaxon64

        God loves everyone–but mockery He takes quite seriously.

        • Hammerstrike

          I love everyone…. as long as they debase themselves in front of me and thanks me when I spite them square in the face (or when I kill their families to win a bet against my twin brother)…. If not? They will face eternal damnation!

        • WatEver

          Apply for the judge job, now did ya?

        • PotHead69

          Good to know you have a direct line to jeeeezzzuuussss

    • GayVeteran

      Disclaimer:

      This post was not written by Gay Veteran.
      It was only a prank.

      • Gay Veteran

        wow, being a TROLL in more that one place with your BS

        • GayVet-Is-a-Troll

          If you had any shame at all, there would be hope for you.

          • Gay Veteran

            if you had any brains at all, there would be hope for your

          • Gay Veteran

            If you had any brains at all, there would be hope for you.

  • Kim

    I have many relatives that live in SoCal. They frequently say how nice it is (and it is very nice) in California. Sometimes they ask about the Oregon rain (yes, it is very rainy in the part of Oregon where I live). I say, how nice for you that is it sunny where you are and I leave it at that.

    My advice– I’ve said this many times before and I will say it again now: find out what comes up locally in your area. For example, u can forage a variety of high protein local wild greens, asparagus, mushrooms, berries…stock up on these local edibles now. Stock up on other cheap, clean protein sources like (chia) seeds, nuts and grains. Develop a taste for these foods. They may save your life down the road.

    • sonofseawolf

      Hi kim,
      Dibs on some marionberries please.
      Local grocer Albertsons put an extra drumstick now 6 instead of the five pack that I usually use for my chicken soup same price. They just merged with Safeway which they call Vons here in las vegas.

      protect yourself at all times 14/5

    • Hammerstrike

      Exactly where do you think broke and desperate populations will flock after SHTF and most can´t afford heating? Montana?

      They´ll move toward areas with better climate.

  • Mike Smithy

    Miichael, you are way too optimistic in your cost projections. I have plenty of anecdotal evidence that the cost of food is skyrocketing. Last year, I was paying $1.99 per gallon for skim milk. Today, I am paying $3.59. Last year, I was paying $2.99 for a pound of bacon. Today, I am paying $5.69 a pound. Last year, I was paying $5.99 a pound for ribeye steaks. I am now paying $7.99 per pound. I could go on, but I won’t.

    • Killer Virus

      Look at peanut butter, still the same price? Look under the jar and see the deep indentation? You just lost 5% of product so in away you are paying more. That’s a trick they like to use. Same size Chip bag ,but only half full, same thing.

      • Mike Smithy

        I have also noticed that packaging for many products is getting smaller. Isn’t it bizarre how the CPI does not include the price of food or energy in their official government calculations. The aforementioned are clear examples of hidden inflation.

        • Mondobeyondo

          Absolutely. The packaging is smaller, and you get less product for the same price, or higher price.

      • Priszilla

        Peanut butter and Nutella went up 50% since the last time I bought some.

        • Killer Virus

          I haven’t had Nutella since I live in Paris in 98′, they love that stuff like Americans love peanut butter.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is true. Things are probably going to be much worse than a doubling of food prices when other events are taken into account.

      Michael

    • VegasBob

      Brand name bacon is now $8.49 a pound at one of the big chain grocers in the Pacific Northwest. Unbelievable!

      • Mike Smithy

        Ouch. I feel better now.

        • Sandbagger

          We’re seeing more homesteading going on where we live in Oregon. Just the other day, a family who recently purchased a piece of property and set up pens for pigs and goats were plowing their garden…with an old fashioned push plow. Small acreage is in demand.

          You know those “preppers” when you see them! ;)

  • Bill

    Wholesale Coffee up 8% today alone.

  • Bill

    Michael, you started early today. Hope your time away was restful. After the Easter weekend I have a feeling things will get very interesting on many fronts. I sense from conversations with many people that they are extremely annoyed with a variety of issues. I think there are two links to most if not all issues:

    1. No trust because of so many lies.

    2. The destruction of America, its economy, and most important, our precious freedoms.

    May all faiths pray this weekend for strength to MAKE the changes that are needed.

    • PotHead69

      Lemme guess? You want machine guns?

      • Danielle Thomas

        Your response is sardonic but probably true.
        A lot of the so-called patriot Americans are really persons who want a return to the era of the
        “good ole boys” of the KKK and other organizations that seek a privileged place in America and
        “for- whites- only, and that is the freedoms they mourn for, Lol.

        America and it’s power was built by 200years of brutal Black African enslavement and genocide on the American Indian from whom they stole the land and forced these Native Americans to live in comparably small areas called Indian reservations.
        Europeans came to America as starving illiterates and mostly extremely barbaric and criminals; hence, their barbarity on peoples of color to steal for themselves a great piece of life that they did not earn by themselves, but by the literal life and blood of the enslaved African and the genocide of the American Indian.

        Jews also got rich from this, but worked as the merchant middleman instead of the plantation owner. Ironically, European barbarism against races of color; produced Hitler(s) and in hypocrisy they then said ” Oh God how could he do what he did?” But, their horror was only because Hitler did it to White persons, Jews.
        But, lynchings and mutilations of Blacks continued after slavery throughout America in the North and South in thousands of innocent Black men, women and even a few children lynched and babies massacred on thru the 1970s and no White ever prosecuted, although the Whites even publicized their lynchings and massacres in their public town newspapers – however, Americana law remained law for Whites only, no Black person had protection under the law; hence, the continued police brutality of today against Black people. And the racist unequal employment and housing, etc.

        So no person of European descent is innocent and the criminal greed behavior of American government therefore is not new, it is merely now also doing it against the White Americans and still motivated by the White greed of the colonial days.

        My point is American government as a greedy barbaric Oligarchy instead of a true Democracy has always been and will always continue, because that’s how Whites built America and each White person continues to enjoy a privileged place of entitlement irregardless of merit.

        • PotHead69

          We killed 20 times more Africans during slavery than hitler killed Jews in the Second World War. You are right, it doesn’t count if the victims are dark skinned. When I hear these people spewing racial hatred in this day, after all we’ve been through, it makes me want to puke on their face.

  • jim

    I’ve been reading this website and the other one, the American dream for about two years now and the more I read it, the more I see how bible prophecy is being full field and how we are truly living in the end of days. It’s exactly how jesus said and prophesied about how things were going to happen in the end of days before he comes back. things are only going to get worse, so the question is, is anybody that reads this ready to meet jesus when he comes back, I hope so.

    • Guest

      I’m ready. :-)

    • Hammerstrike

      Prophecy according to the WBC. -)

  • wally

    Food has already doubled or more for me in California. Small call of tuna fish – Was .99 now 1.99, Ground Beef – Was 1.99lb now 5.99lb I can get the cheaper Ground Chuck (I don’t even want to know what is in that) was .99lb now 3.99lb. Gas – Over 4.25 Gallon.

    What is going to happen? Gas prices go up >>> Trucking companies have to charge more (tack on drought, disease and other factors and prices will easily more than triple or quadruple.) >>> Lower paying jobs if one has a job at all >>> Can’t afford to buy food, can’t even get to the market because of no money for gas. It is a vicious cycle isn’t it.

    We volunteer at a church food distribution and the lines are getting longer and the food supply is getting smaller.

    We are in serious trouble and I an afraid that this is just the tip of the iceberg. I don’t see a way out. Jobs are not being created, wealth is not being created. Pray to God, get your life right with God is all you can do.

    • Killer Virus

      You wouldn’t know all this by watching the main stream media. Makes me wonder if they just think we are stupid or if they just have so much money they hardly notice.

      • Sandbagger

        I read recently that most advertised things are now affordable to just the top earners now. It’s sad that most people watching tv can’t afford most of what’s in the ads. They sit there watching smiling men and women and wonder who these people are.

        They used to be THEM.

        Off topic a bit: Recently I heard that an owner of a large number of trailer parks said that the people he’s seeing moving in today are the downward mobile family. They used to have a stick-built home, but lost it. Before the ’08 crash, those who bought into trailer parks used to be upwardly mobile first-time buyers.

        Upside down world, huh?

      • Whereeveryougothereyouare

        A little of both. They think we are THAT dumb, AND they have so much material success that they just don’t notice how real folks live… I’m with Wally — Jesus is our only hope!

      • K2

        Two things the main stream media these days, never does…..exposing corporations and governments.

      • JULIA Dunkee III

        The lamestream media knows that it is turning to crap. Just “invested” in the system. The “homeless” are all mentally ill, drug addicts, vets that are pyschos, ect. You get the picture. Until it happens to them they don’t give arats az.

      • WellLahdidah

        Both.

    • K2

      When you said ‘was’……how long ago was it?

      • wally

        a year ago

    • JULIA Dunkee III

      You are a good man. About a year and half ago I was going to part time job in summer and waiting for a bus. I drank a soda and tossed it into the overflowing container. A well dressed older man jumped and retrieved it and put it in his satchel. Happened more than once. I live in area that has driver with nice cars. Go figure.

  • BWL

    Many food items we buy have gone 50% or more in the last 2 years. 80% ground beef is $3.99 a lb and some places as high as $4.69 a lb. 2 years ago it was $2.99 a lb. 2 years ago large can of tomatoes was$.99 a can. Now they are $1.49 a can.

  • Rodster

    You can also add pollution and contamination to farmlands. Just reported today that up to 20% of China’s farmlands are contaminated with cadmium, nickel and arsenic.

    • K2

      But but david park says EPA should not exist.

    • Hammerstrike

      So says your medias.

      • Gay Veteran

        do you doubt it with China’s lack of environmental laws and regulations?

        • Hammerstrike

          No but not to a point where it would threaten the power of the Chinese elite.
          Mind you, an actual elite, not a make-belief one, because they must.

          Medias in the west are filled with propaganda with just as much if not even more than th Chinese ones.
          The difference is, Chinks knows that well, Westerners still believes their medias is “free”, that is changing thought.

          • Gay Veteran

            the corporate owned media is the propaganda arm of the government

          • PotHead69

            No, more of a propaganda arm for corporations. Just like the fascist government

          • Gay Veteran

            fascism=merger of state and corporate power

  • Jodi

    Yep, prices are going up especially beef. It’s around $7 lb for steak. Yikes!

  • Ken Jensen

    Would like to add the cost increases we saw here in British Columbia, Canada on April 01 2014 remember our government has stated inflation only grew at 1.5% so far this year. Amazing, We as a people are so lied to it makes me sick. We have also had no wage increases in the past 3 years. How any of us will survive with more increases is beyond me.
    Hydro: 10%
    Medical: 4%
    Cable 10%
    Stamps 35%
    Ferry 7.5 %
    Gas $6.39 Gallon Canadian dollars.
    Food is way up at least 15% this year cannot determine exact percentage

    • squashpants

      They sure are good at lying!

    • SDZ

      I lived in BC for 30 years, I have not been there since 2010 what is going on there now? I know how bad real estate is (van) and how it’s one of the least affordable cities in the world. has anything Bad happened recently? I live in Ontario now but may move to AB

    • Annette Smith

      Dump cable! You can get it all free over the internet. Serious! I can send you links to the sources we use. We have not had cable in at least a year!

      • Killer Virus

        Comcast is trying to mess that up by charging you an overage fee for going over 300gb a month. I do everything on the internet. If you have a wife and kids you can go over that fairly quick, if you don’t all do such activities together.

        • PotHead69

          Apparently you don’t have a problem breaking international copyright laws

          • Killer Virus

            Nope, I sure don’t

      • Hammerstrike

        Links? Do it!

        Never pay for a movie unless it is a good one, Hollywood is the enemy, it needs to be hit where it hurt the most, the wallet.

        • PotHead69

          Hey I’m a teamster driver in Hollywood. Eat a dink

    • hon788

      Gas at 1.20 a litre is 4.90 a gallon.

      • Ken Jensen

        Gas is 1.42 a litre here and 1.48 a litre in Vancouver. Where are you finding gas @ 1.20

        • hon788

          O, yea B.C is higher.

  • Mondobeyondo

    It’s all a plot to get us to eat ramen noodle soup. Because that’ll be the only thing affordable to eat…

    • Sandbagger

      We have Ramen from ten years ago. It’s a bit stale, but fills the belly nonetheless.
      We throw out the MSG flavor pack and add our own seasonings and whatever veggies we have.

  • marc

    At least the Government says there’s no inflation …..

  • alan

    I’m going to guess prices will double in 2 or 3 years. Once this sprialling inflation starts rolling it will pick up speed. They are trying all kinds of tricks to hide it now, but soon it will be too much to hide. High food inflation will bleed over into other things and off we go.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      All I have to do is listen to my wife and the other neighborhood women squawk about the high price of groceries to know something is afoot! I also ask them if they voted for Obama and plan to vote for Hillary. They glare but I reply you ain’t seen anything yet.

  • cherylmeril

    Normal people don’t project that far into the future that’s in God’s hands. Leave it there.

    • Killer Virus

      Normal people think ahead instead of waiting on a deity, otherwise we would still live in caves. Religion doesn’t give you the right to be rude. Leave it there.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        …and yet it was you that was rude.

        • 35 wormhole

          god is a IFOFIB(imaginary friend or foe irrational belief)

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Ummkay. That’s for your militant atheist input.
            I’d say that physics indicates your militant atheism is irrational but then believers are anti-science, or some such nonsense.
            You’re dismissed.

          • 35 wormhole

            based on what evidence creationist nonsense?.and you are anti science

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Seek out the laws of physics. You know, especially the part where matter cannot be created.
            And nah, I’m not anti-science. I’m prolly more pro science than you are, nutter.

          • PotHead69

            Oh now you are a scientist?

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            As a matter of fact, I’m a computer scientist.
            But aside from that, please cite how the atheist fantasy that everything came from nothing does NOT violate the laws of conservation of matter.

          • GSOB

            The Holy Bible has been translated into 2,018 languages, with countless more partial translations and audio translations for unwritten languages.

            This is an enormous amount of translations.

            In comparison, Shakespeare, considered by many to be the master writer of the English language, has only been translated into 50 languages.

            Have you heard the Word?

          • 35 wormhole

            proving the bible with the bible is circular reasoning and thus invaild

          • GSOB

            Thems are just interesting facts about the Bible itself.

            Ignoring the Bible’s existence is natural for us Gentiles to do.

            The Bible says that believers at one time were alienated in their minds against God.

            But now that they are being saved, they are to renewed in the spirit of their minds.

            Yes, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

            It’s a book for believers and in it they find God’s wisdom to mankind.

            Satan, now limited by the Gospel, wants to deceive,… to have God’s purposes ruptured and thwarted.

            Their are only two categories of sinners in this world,… the righteous and the wicked.

            Ask the Lord to save your soul from the just penalty, death, which is comes upon us all… there is no escape, then the judgment.

          • 35 wormhole

            you have a psychosis and anything you say or do is tainted by your psychosis.and proving the bible with the bible is circular reasoning and thus invaild

          • PotHead69

            Brainwashed much?

          • K2

            Thinking that god doesnt exist, is also an imagination using that same logic.

          • 35 wormhole

            why because i don’t have an IFOFIB(imaginary friend or foe irrational belief)

          • K2

            You have an imaginary belief.

          • 35 wormhole

            why because i don’t have an IFOFIB(imaginary friend or foe irrational belief)

          • K2

            No because you are ‘imagining’ there is no god.

    • neal

      Have to respectfully disagree with you.
      Remember in the Bible you have many examples of men planning for tough times ahead. Noah building the ark for the Flood or Pharoah laying down feed stocks in the 7 good years in preparation for the 7 bad years.
      God helps those who help themselves and the prepper is doing just that.

      • Killer Virus

        I couldn’t agree more. People like that chase others away from Christianity. Christ was humble. He asked his followers to do the same and to lead by example.

  • jaxon64

    Michael, if I may with all respect–I’d like to use this chance to remind or educate some of our readers on the evil banksters favorite bludgeon–compound interest!
    You stated-“If the overall price of food in this country increases by just an average of a little more than 12 percent a year, it will double by the end of this decade.”
    Let’s look at the math for this at say-a $200 weekly grocery bill with a 12% average annual increase–
    year one: simple= $224
    year 2: $268.80
    year3: $322.56
    year 4: $387.07
    year 5: $464.48…and so on and on..
    So as you can see, with just a 12% annual increase in the costs of groceries the average household in just 5 years will be paying well more than double just to subsist.
    PS: I saw a pretty good number breakdown on how to keep some of your hard earned money out of the banksters hands. If you get a modest $2000 tax return and have an average priced home of $300K–if you sent your 2,000 into your mortgage “for principal” it would take 7 months off of the back end of your mortgage!!..If you did this every year you sent a $2000 check against the principal…it would take 7 years off of a 30 year mortgage ( of 4.5%) !!
    Be wise with your money everyone and find some way to reduce how much the banksters ( and govt) profit from your labor. Good luck with your gardening skills everyone and God Bless.

    • jaxon64

      oops…math is slightly off as I got thinking–I missed a step…
      year 1= $224
      year 2= $258.80
      year 3= $289.85
      year 4=$334.62
      year 5= $374.72
      year 6= $424.68
      So it actually would take 6 years for your food costs to more than double at current food-flation rates.

      • hahahaha

        6 = end of decade = article right.

    • Hammerstrike

      No more bread and games.

    • Richard

      Jax it won’t take even to year one with your math problem, I’m sad to say. What is about to happen and it is imminent we will likely go to year 5 of your price projections very soon, like in the next few weeks. Why? It is the GlobalCurrencyReset which is imminent and will reset the $ lower by 30%. This will immediately spike the price of necessities (food&gas) and then this will be quickly followed by the repudiation of the PetroDollar by the nations, which will cause another spike in our daily needs, followed by another devaluation of the $ a few months later. (and yes, another spike in prices) So, these math exercises are really detached from what is really about to soon take place geopolitically and geo/economically. We are talking huge seismic world events bigger than anything in the last 1,000 years. The nation and the world we live in today is about to change RADICALLY.

      • jaxon64

        I fear you may be very close to the truth..if not in the next 12 months–certainly the house of cards ( or initiating the end game moves-pending their viewpoints) will escalate in its crumbling down WAY before 2020.

  • Sandbagger

    Red, yellow and orange peppers are going for $2 each since last year. Recently a store in town had them for a $1 a piece and we stocked up.

    It’s become imperative to watch for sales and freeze/can what you find.

    I think in the future, our diets are going to narrow considerably. Where most Americans now enjoy a wide variety of foods, soon it will be cost prohibitive to have things like peppers in most of the states. :(

  • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

    1/3 of USA is obese. less food can be only beneficial!

    • Killer Virus

      When I was in Europe I ate like a pig and boozed like a frat boy. I lost 15 lbs. That leads me to believe that the obesity epidemic could have a lot to do with what the U.S puts in the food.

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        Absolutely right!

      • ian

        probably because in Europe you do alot of walking.

        • Killer Virus

          I didn’t, I stayed hammered on alcohol and took the metro everywhere. It was so bad I only remember half of my time there. I was young.

          • guguciao

            Young people have higher metabolisms and burn more calories… even if they are not active.

          • Killer Virus

            This really isn’t a hard concept guys. I ate and drink more at the same age and was less active, but lost weight. Your statement could be correct if I went at 19 and then came back at 37 and did the same thing, but I didn’t, I spent most of being 19 in Europe being a total slob. Came back to America stop drinking and became more active and gained it back really fast. I’m 6’4 so it’s not a ton for a guy my size but significant enough to prove a point.

          • Drud

            I have heard that testing done on wheat grown in US today has a much higher concentration of starch than samples from 100 years ago. This is right off the stalk. Of course, wheat is just one example. “Organic,”–typically a silly government approved (hurray!) labeling system and nothing more–makes no difference. Our soils are depleted, our crops are chemically and genetically “enhance” to grow huge quantities, quality be damned. There is nothing to be done about this problem, except for rampant de-centralization and de-commercialization of the food growing process. Now, both of these things WILL happen, massive complex systems always fragment when they reach the point of collapse, the questions are: how long will the process take (as in how many years and decades)? and how many will die in this process?

  • old fart

    I am busy planting again. this time I am enlarging our garden to aprox 1 acre as my kids have decided to aid in the garden, I might sudjest if you have any place to raise any vegies do so.

    • Killer Virus

      People who have small plots can do vertical gardens as well. It’s fun, but a little more complicated.

  • PK

    I eat a lot of eggs. I have noticed that they have gone up about 20% in the last six months. I’m considering buying a few laying hens. Will have to calculate the cost of feed verses eggs. Yes, everything at the grocery store seems to be getting more expensive quickly. I have increased the size of my garden this year. I have to constantly fight off the deer, raccoons and insects. Hope I don’t have to fight off my neighbors in the future.

    • Danielle Thomas

      That’s why it seems to me that unless you have a large family and live in a rural area the maintenance of a produce garden would be an extreme burden that out weighs even the inflated cost for food from the store. Instead, a person must seek to find stores that cost less and there buy in quantity. Also, we Americans over eat, so we must eat in smaller quantities that still provide adequate health. Also, seek other ways to not spend as much or get the item for free or nearly free like from a flea market. Even, today I will get free used clothing and although they look extremely clean take them first to the cleaners or put in washing machine before wearing. And almost all my furniture is free used furniture I found on the street, except for person items such as bed and sofa. Also, I buy used shoes that are in good condition and clean them very good before wearing. I have a pair of high quality used shoes that I’ve worn every day for the past 20years and they are still wearable, but am now retiring them to only use while cleaning my cellar.

      I am not poor, but just a prudent working class person of moderate wages in an office and my clothes and shoes look just as good as do my co-workers who pride themselves on spending large amounts for their apparel in stores.

  • cjw

    Currently there is a disease killing off US Orange production down in Florida due to a disease called “huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease” which is spread by a The gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid

  • Banjo Plucker

    A doubling of food prices in 10 years ? Maybe we should consider doubling of prices in 2 years, and a 10 fold increase by the next decade (6 years). When food prices start up in this money printing environment I think we should plan on total currency destruction…..

  • alan

    I just read the Swiss are proposing raising their minimum wage to $25 and hour! Thats how you do it, straight to the moon.

    • Killer Virus

      That may seem like a lot but the cost of living in Switzerland is balanced by their pay scale.134.04 for a pair of Levi 501, 14.73 for a Mcdonalds combo meal, 1,290.53 for a 1bedroom apt. outside the city, Chicken Breasts 27.59 (1kg) . It’s not that much when you put it context. Plus what’s left of that $25 after taxes I do not know, but they do have one of the lowest tax rates in the world from what I understand.

      • ian

        and yet poverty is next to zero in switzerland.

        • guestpotato

          because they keep them out

          • PotHead69

            Nope it’s a direct result of policies that actually help the population instead of big biz dummy

  • Backhoe

    A few years ago my 100 year old aunt was in the nursing home. She always told me stories of her growing up. Through the depression, working a large garden, fishing in the river for food, having a cow and raising pigs and chickens. I now believe that she lived in the worst of times of America and into the best of times. Me, I was raised in the best of times and at 70 I may now get to live in the worst of times.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      What goes around, comes around. We are in for it.

  • http://www.southerncrossxray.com americalsgt

    Have noted here earlier that I’m already paying the prices which Michael claims are coming our way and it occurred to me that I would need to either make more money or cut back which too me to wondering when congress will increase the cash on individual EBT cards.

  • Jerry Herrington

    those soon to be food prices are already showing up at Fred Meyers here in Oregon. I was grocery shopping yesterday and some of the prices are even higher.

  • masmpg

    The price of food will double in three years if it keeps going the way it is. I bought a dozen eggs two weeks ago 2.19, the same dozen last week was 2.49. Food has gone up close to 70% under nobama, and 20% in the last three months!

  • none

    Good news Michael:
    .
    The reason why all of those government agencies backed down to that guys ranch in Utah?
    He told them that his cattle where Illegal aliens. And they where just seeking greener pastures!
    He was just showing them compassion Michael.

  • nohomehere

    If food by end of decade x 2 in price ? then Mcdonalds will cost 14 dollars, yeah! all joking aside! we should see food riots in 2016-2017 amoung the poorer while the not so poor keep thinking it won’t happen to me . Got Frog soup1

  • Guestyam

    all of this is bologna

    • Guest

      Are you sure it’s not salami? Or maybe pastrami?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.harper.520562 Jack Harper

    The way things are going prices could double by Christmas.
    War has a habit of doing that.

  • ugh!

    Ah, dandelion tender leafs are edible and super healthy…provided you wash them well. Purslane is considered a weed but it is incredibly nutritious too and grows like wildfire in some areas. A ‘nopal’ plant provides edible cactus leafs rich in calcium, fiber and other essential nutrients. The nopal plant requires minimum care and a grown one can provide plenty of leafs and sweet juicy fruit. The leafs can be processed as preserves. I guess we’ll just need to improvise. Can’t find decent produce at the supermarkets anyways, most fruits and veggies taste off and yucky. Will have to grow our own…

    • Orange Jean

      Good suggestions, it helps to learn if possible about things that are local to your area, wild, and don’t look like “food” to most people… tho with wild foods you have to be very careful to make sure you don’t mistake a poisonous plant for something eatable (common problem the poisonous ones often mimic eatable ones).

      I think what you call “nopal” is also called prickly pear in some places – and if not, that plant is also delicious (especially the fruit – though you need heavy work gloves and knife to scrape off the needles first – and will have to fight off the birds, who love it).

      In the Southeast, the oft hated kudzu is also eatable and has good protein, although you can’t eat it if it’s been sprayed with weed killers… not quite sure how it’s prepared, but a friend of mine was married to a Japanese guy and got a cookbook for a gift that was recipes for kudzu.

      In the Northeast, you might want to look for wild berries of all sorts and include choke cherries. They taste horrible if no sugar, but will make an excellent jelly (the best)!

  • BS1986

    The essentials FOOD, WATER, SHELTER and most IMPORTANT SECURITY.
    Remember those things and you should do ok. Its not going to be easy but really what has me scared and armed is the rise in crime. Its driving me crazy with worry all the time. It used to be really nice where I live but now its trash. Id like to move but where……..

  • Drgold

    Hi Michael

    It may be sooner than at the end of this decade.. like at the end of 2014!

    Here is more unsettling news:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-15/soaring-food-inflation-full-frontal-beef-and-shrimp-prices-explode

    This is just a small example of rising inflation in the double figures (%). Hyperinflation may be next in the triple figures.

    Beside droughts, extreme winter weather, & natural disasters, sharply rising prices are due to world instability (Ukraine, Mid-East), & most importantly, to the weakening US$ internationally. Don’t be surprised when gasoline goes up 100% to $8 per gal. At Costco in Honolulu on Feb 17, 2014 gas was $3.71/gal. On Apr 14, it was $4.04/gal., about a 9% increase in 2 months.

  • Twidiot1

    Raised Bed Gardens, bitchez!

    • PotHead69

      I like!

  • Orange Jean

    One thing to bear in mind… this has happened before, not all that new.

    In the 70s I used to feed myself and my son with a budget of $10 a week and could get enough healthy food for that to get by. My rent then was around $85/month. When I had a full time job though… the take home was about $75/week. I remember my brother bought a “fixer up” 3 bedroom house in Concord NH for $20K. It’s really all relative.

    • quagmire

      i agree other than the food prices

      • Orange Jean

        Actual food costs (including today) I suspect depend a lot on where you live. Mostly I was living in my hometown (South Attleboro, MA), some time in ME, UT, and part of the time back in Boston area during the 70s. But I cooked everything from scratch as well, not a big meat eater (though I do eat meat but probably half my meals were vegetarian), both things can save on your food budget.

  • garbagefacesEQUALlibwomen

    one thing to bear in mind…. progressives are total excrement

    • PotHead69

      Everything you kooks bitch and moan about are mostly from republican agendas.

      • Topeka_T

        you are a very mean person. I bet you smoke a lot of marijuana and it has affected you

        • PotHead69

          Well now, that’s a very incitefull prognosis doc. Maybe I need to spend some time on myself, try to figure out where all this hostility comes from. Oh yeah, it’s from retarded right winger racist mysoganists. Thanks, I feel much better now.

  • Mudpie

    That is what kills me. The Govt. gives perverse incentives to grow wheat for ethanol instead of letting a normal market dictate how farmers use their land. Called subsidies to big companies. They tell us what we can pay people in an allegedly free society. They dictate to us whom we can hire. We cannot fire people without facing obscenely expensive lawsuits. And speaking of lawyers, we must hire some absurdly expensive suit just to start a business and deal with the stranglehold of regulations. And now add 20 million illegals to the rolls if Jeb Bush or Marco or the Democrats have their way.

    Wanna fix it? Cut regulations by half, at least. Get the obscene EPA out of our lives. Use a loser pays legal system.

    That would be a tenth of what we need now. But it would be a start.

    America, corruption via regulation is strangling us to death.

    • PotHead69

      So brainwashed. Yea the EPA and regulations are killing our freedoms. If you step back and take a fresh perspective on your views you will see that you have been bombarded by corporate misinformation on your favorite websites that you read instead of actual news

      • Mudpie

        You are insane. I will leave it at that.

        • PotHead69

          Nope, informed.

          • Mudpie

            Well, the name says it all. I believe in legalization but also think we are responsible for thinking rationally about things. And it concerns me that the bong has gone wrong, so to speak.

          • PotHead69

            Meh, just a few hobbies of mine. Nothing wrong with hitting the bong and eating some pie

  • merlin

    Well, eggs in this neck of the wood have reached $1.99 a dozen and the new good sale price is “only” $0.98 a dozen. Milk is nearly $4 a gallon. And pork prices have already soared — no need to wait ’til the end of the year.

  • GayVeteran’sConscience

    “Hmmm, I really oughta not be trollin’
    But the money sure comes in handy.

  • alan

    Another thought I have is a slow gringing collapse favors the powers that be. Over time people with Gold and Silver will have to cash in to pay bills and eat. People with guns will likely have to do the same at pawn shops. The poor are the most likey to revolt. They would be the first to surender any guns or gold they might have or steal. With time the middle class would be effected.

    • Priszilla

      You think too much in terms of possessions.

      Try to think more in activities, creativity. Growing plants, learning skills, walking, getting and keeping nimble, mending your stuff, learning how they work so you can take care of them better, fix stuff.

      Don’t find obstacles and moan what can’t be done. Find ways to do things, or doing alternatives. Things nobody else does, or doing things in ways long forgotten by everybody else.

      The poor get poor because they pay the rich.
      If one rich guy only takes a dollar of a million poor guys, he’s got a million.

      Perishable goods. Like food, drugs, tickets, cut flowers, games, fashion – that’s what makes buyers poor and sellers rich.

      Well, time to do some ironing.

  • Priszilla

    Try to eat something different every week. Something new, something seasonal.

    And check out vertical gardens.

    And, as always, keep a composter in your garden or backyard.

    With vertical gardens in the city, the place will also become more beautiful. Moss and ferns store water. Keep all low rise plants, just don’t leave the soil bare. If you have a lawn, the first step to be would be to stop using fertilizer on it. And keep the moss. It doesn’t grow high and doesn’t need to be cut. Let the flowers grow to feed bees, beetles, butterflies.

    You can grow plants anywhere, even in high rise buildings. Herbs, for example, for cooking.

  • Priszilla

    My most important possessions are health, family and friends. In the end, that’s all that counts.

    • PotHead69

      You must not be Merican. My fav is my Ak-47

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    LOL, no you dolt. It means your view that everything just spontaneously formed from nothing is delusional.

    • PotHead69

      Religion is just another scare tactic to keep children in line. Just like Santa Claus. Anyone who takes that crap into adulthood really should be considered mentally deficient.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        “should be considered mentally deficient”
        said the pot head. LMAO!
        But that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it. Whatever, you’re opinion doesn’t mean spit in the grand scheme of things.

  • Savgal1211

    The Poor are, largely, POOR, Because they keep making the decisions that keep them impoverished. The ( so called) Rich, are Rich, because they keep doing and living the decisions that Keep them Rich! BTW, remove Cable TV out o fthose on Welfare? You would pretty much SOLVE Unemployment in that cohort!! Oh, I came from a Background where I had dropped out of HS, I got my Masters, ( eventually) and graduated with honors in all degrees!! I came from a lower class family life.. So, Please, No whining that I was “Lucky”.. Use very WISEL, your Power OF choice!! That is the 1 sentence that Changes a person’s life..

  • Mondobeyondo

    “Let ‘em eat cake” – Marie Antoinette

    Which reminds me, time to check the prices of flour, eggs and vanilla extract…

  • djdog

    It truly has hit our family. To put it in perspective so folks will understand where we are now, today, I have exactly $29 left to make it to the end of the month. That $29 has been in there for four days and I just stay inside or work in the garden with the prayer for a good harvest. It in fact has hit and I can assure you this ugly stick smarts when it becomes up close and personal….

  • horse777res

    It rain’s on the rich and the poor!!

  • JF

    Check out local farm stands for good deals on produce. If you live where the farms aren’t too far away, you can get some great deals. A lot of family owned farms have popped up in our part of Florida, and, it seems, they are selling all their crops locally instead of dealing with the chains.

  • Ben

    Nothing more to blog about. Economicrecoveryblog coming soon, seriously

    • Drud

      So, Ben, you must believe that permanent exponential growth is a realistic model?

  • Dewey Olsen

    The Struggle within America—Isaiah Saw It All!
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Many regard Isaiah’s prophecy as a sealed book. Who does it address, only people in the past? A key to this mystery exists in the linear and synchronous structures that govern the book of Isaiah. These enable us to read it as a prophecy about the past but also as a prediction of the future. The book of Isaiah, in other words, serves a twofold purpose. Without taking anything away from what happened in the past, it uses the past as an allegory of the future. In that case, persons and nations of Isaiah’s day typify ones who perform similar roles at the end of the world. The names of past persons and nations function as codenames for their endtime counterparts.

    The importance of understanding Isaiah’s message increases daily as world events line up like planets for the fulfillment of his prophecy. Under the codename “Egypt”—the great superpower of Isaiah’s day—America is predicted to suffer spiritual decline, political ineptitude, economic collapse, internal anarchy, and invasion by a foreign military world power from the North—a latter-day “Assyria.” On the other hand, a community of covenanters in “Egypt” will turn back to Jehovah,
    who will send them a savior and deliver them. In the end, at the commencement of the millennial age, America will again become “my people”—a covenant people of God (Isaiah 19).

    5. 20. 2010

  • Dewey Olsen

    End-Time “Egypt”—A Superpower in Decline
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Isaiah’s use of types of ancient world powers that foreshadow End-Time ones extends to the great superpower Egypt. As with all nations and persons who appear in the book of Isaiah, their true identity emerges when we observe how Isaiah characterizes them, not when we apply historical or archaeological data, though at times that may help. In searching the world today for a nation that matches Isaiah’s description of “Egypt,” the sole candidate is America. That connection is further strengthened by the fact that God’s people anciently dwelt in Egypt, that Joseph ruled Egypt, and that the birthright tribe of Ephraim sprang from Joseph and Asenath, an Egyptian woman.

    Isaiah’s “Egypt,” however, is a superpower in decline: “The ministers of Zoan have been foolish, the officials of Noph deluded; the heads of state have led Egypt astray. Jehovah has permeated them with a spirit of confusion; they have misled Egypt in all that it does, causing it to stagger like a drunkard into his vomit. . . . Manufacturers of combed linen and weavers of fine fabrics will be dismayed. The textile workers will know despair, and all who work for wages suffer distress. . . . I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians; they will fight brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor, city against city and state against state” (Isaiah 19:2, 9–10, 13–14).

    11. 16. 2011

  • Stuey

    I see many many empty fields across two states I often travel. Why is this? Is the govt. paying them not to plant? My point is, there is tons of land ready to be farmed and much more we could clear for farming instead of more housing developments, and we would have plenty of food.

    • PotHead69

      Good plan, then you can have said housing development residents pick the cotton for free.

  • PotHead69

    Let em have it Big Worm

  • ZombieApocMan

    All the prices in Supermarkets they speak about well those prices are already a reality. And now with $5 a gallon gasoline coming rather quickly I’m sure those prices will spike yet again. Does anyone notice the sizes of packaging is getting smaller by the oz or lb but yet the price remains the same or slightly higher? Besides a house payment food is now my #2 expense I have put all other expenses on the back burner. I/we no longer spend our money on unnecessary crap. It’s nothing but living expenses now and food.

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