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The Meat Crisis Is Here: Price Of Shrimp Up 61% – 7 Million Pigs Dead – Beef At All-Time High

California Drought 2014As the price of meat continues to skyrocket, will it soon be considered a "luxury item" for most American families?  This week we learned that the price of meat in the United States rose at the fastest pace in more than 10 years last month.  Leading the way is the price of shrimp.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of shrimp has jumped an astounding 61 percent compared to a year ago.  The price of pork is also moving upward aggressively thanks to a disease which has already killed about 10 percent of all of the pigs in the entire country.  And the endless drought in the western half of the country has caused the size of the U.S. cattle herd to shrink to a 63 year low and has pushed the price of beef to an all-time high.  This is really bad news if you like to eat meat.  The truth is that the coming "meat crisis" is already here, and it looks like it is going to get a lot worse in the months ahead.

A devastating bacterial disease called "early mortality syndrome" is crippling the shrimping industry all over Asia right now.  According to Bloomberg, this has pushed the price of shrimp up 61 percent over the past 12 months...

In March, shrimp prices jumped 61 percent from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The climb is mainly due to a bacterial disease known as early mortality syndrome. While the ailment has no effect on humans, it’s wreaking havoc on young shrimp farmed in Southeast Asia, shrinking supplies.

This disease has an extremely high mortality rate.  In fact, according to the article that I just quoted, it kills approximately nine out of every ten shrimp that it infects...

Cases of early mortality syndrome, which destroys the digestive systems of young shrimp, were first reported in China in 2009, said Donald Lightner, a professor of animal and comparative biomedical sciences at University of Arizona in Tucson.

The disease, which kills about 90 percent of the shrimp it infects, traveled from China to Vietnam to Malaysia and then to Thailand, he said. Cases also were reported in Mexico last year, Lightner said.

A different disease is driving up the price of pork in the United States.  It is known as the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, and in less than a year it has spread to 30 states and has killed approximately 7 million pigs.

The price of bacon is already up 13.1 percent over the past year, but this is just the beginning.

It is being projected that U.S. pork production could be down by as much as 10 percent this year, and Americans could end up paying up to 20 percent more for pork by the end of 2014.

The price of beef has also moved to unprecedented heights.  Thanks to the crippling drought that never seems to end in the western half of the nation, the 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.

Over the past year, the price of ground chuck beef is up 5.9 percent.  It would have been worse, but ranchers have been slaughtering lots of cattle in order to thin their herds in a desperate attempt to get through this drought.  If this drought does not end soon, the price of beef is going to go much, much higher.

As prices for shrimp, pork and beef have risen, many consumers have been eating more chicken.  But the price of chicken is rising rapidly as well.

In fact, the price of chicken breast is up 12.4 percent over the past 12 months.

Unfortunately, this could just be the very beginning of this meat crisis.  As I wrote about recently, some scientists are warning that we could potentially be facing "a century-long megadrought".

And right now, there are no signs that the drought out west is letting up.  Just check out the map posted below.  It comes from the U.S. Drought Monitor, and it shows how the drought in California has significantly intensified since the beginning of the year...

California Drought 2014

And considering how much the rest of the nation relies on the agricultural production coming out of California, it is very alarming to see that the drought is getting even worse.

Right now, things are so bone dry in most of the state that it is easy for wildfires to get out of control.  In fact, Governor Jerry Brown has just declared a state of emergency in San Diego County because of the vicious wildfires that are raging there...

Officials ordered another round of evacuations early Thursday north of San Diego as gusty winds and near 100-degree temperatures offer little relief from at least nine fires that have consumed a 14-square mile area of Southern California.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for San Diego County, which frees up special resources and funding for the firefight.

The fires, coming earlier than normal in the wildfire season, are being fed by brush and trees left brittle by prolonged drought. They are also being whipped by a Santa Ana wind system that reverses the normal flow of wind from the Pacific Ocean and creates tinderbox fire conditions.

For the first time in its 14-year-history, the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal website that tracks drought, designated the entire state of California as in a severe (or worse) drought.

If you do not live out west, you may have no idea how very serious this all really is.

For years, I have been warning about the potential for dust bowl conditions to return to the western half of the country.

Now it is actually starting to happen.

And we already have tens of millions of people in this country that are struggling to feed themselves.  If you doubt this, please see my previous article entitled "Epidemic Of Hunger: New Report Says 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity".

So what happens if drought, diseases and plagues continue to cause food production in this country to plummet?

Those that have studied these things tell us that there is a clear correlation between food prices and civil unrest.  For example, the following is a short excerpt from a recent Scientific American article...

Since the beginning of 2014, riots have occurred in countries including Thailand and Venezuela. Although they’re different cultures on different continents, these mass protests movements may all have one commonality; increasing food prices may have contributed to their occurrence. The cost of food has been steadily increasing in both Thailand and Venezuela; last month demonstrators in Caracas took to the streets marching with empty pots to protest food shortages. According to Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam and fellow researchers at the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), events such as these may be anticipated by a mathematical model that examines rising food costs.

The events of 2014 aren’t without precedent; the price of food has provoked (and placated) throughout history, beginning in Imperial Rome when Augustus introduced grain subsidies. In recent years, the Middle East has been particularly affected by the cost of grain. Centuries after Egypt developed bread as we recognize it, the nation experienced a bread intifada – the country rioted for two days in January 1977 following Anwar Sadat’s decision to drastically decrease food subsidies. More recently, under the rule of Hosni Mubarak, the price of grain rose 30 percent between 2010 and 2011. Then, on January 25, 2011 a new revolution began in Egypt.

Could rapidly rising food prices cause civil unrest in the United States eventually?

It won't happen today, and it won't happen tomorrow, but some day it might.

Meanwhile, you might want to start carving out a significantly larger portion of the family budget for food for the foreseeable future.

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  • Mondobeyondo

    The decline of food stocks due to disease, drought, etc
    + food inflation
    + rising demand for meat in other countries
    _________________________________
    = very bad news for U.S. meat lovers

    (by stocks, I mean the supply, not a mercantile exchange…)

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Good to hear from you Mondo!

      How have you been?

      Michael

      • Mondobeyondo

        Things are a bit better, but it’s still a struggle. Thanks for asking :)

  • Captain Canuck

    Anyone who denies global warming needs to join the 21st Century. It is accepted science.

    Meat SHOULD be a luxury item. Factory farming is cruel, inhumane, and ultimately unprofitable. I just about puked from 20 miles away from the stench methane gas from a factory ranch on the I5 in central California. Just heartbreaking driving past seeing the condition of the animals.

    Preppers should read Joel Salitin, as his family farm is both sustainable and profitable. Their land thrives, and they butcher and process meat on site.

    Ranchers should move away from cattle and start switching to bison. I was shocked to learn how superior bison ranching is in every way.

    Until we start working in balance with nature, instead of trying to ultimately command it, we will be doomed.

    • HA_LIBERALMENSWALLOWSEMEN

      bwahaaaaaa

    • Tim

      Joel Salatin is AWESOME. I visited his farm in 2004, and it was one of the most inspiring days of my life. His wife once joked that if she could figure out how to make toilet paper from the trees on their property, they wouldn’t have to go to store for anything! Now that’s self-sufficiency. :-)

    • Bill

      Is that I5 facility thoroughly disgusting? I hate driving by – poor babies. :(

      • Bill

        Michael, How did a 2nd Bill get registered?

        • Bill

          Michael, fair question deserves a fair answer.

      • quercus454

        There is a lot of bad on both sides of the cattle argument. Factory farms vs traditional ranching. Ranchers are
        not without blame themselves. I live in an area that is heavily cattle
        ranched. Open grazing laws. What some of these guys get away with would also make you puke.

        Farmers are not ranchers and visa versa. Drive thru any farm land and look at the quality of roads vs ranch land. Striking difference. Farmers move expensive equipment, the roads have to be good. Rancher’s not so much.

    • Mike Smithy

      Accepted Science. Really? I can direct you to numerous climatologists that have debunked the theory of global warming. Global warming/climate change is a scam of the first order.

      • davidmpark

        What’s the new name for it now? Climate Chaos, or something like that.

        They’ve been saying it’s 5 – 10 away since early 1900′s. It’s a religion.

        • Mike Smithy

          I would classify the hysteria behind the myth as more of a cult than a religion.

          • davidmpark

            Yeah, “cult” does seem to work better.

          • jazzfeed

            I would classify the hysteria foaming over the denial of reality ignorant.

        • Hammerstrike

          Climate Cooling
          Climate Change
          Climate Warming
          Climate Change
          Climate Chaos

        • kfilly

          It has a few names. I call it weather or four seasons. It is really volatile here in Wisconsin.

          • jazzfeed

            Ever thought there’s a reason for the volatility, the volatility that is historically abnormal?

        • jazzfeed

          Not quite David. “They” are saying it’s here today, AKA NOW, not starting tomorrow. Today is yesterday’s future and it’s here, with unprecedented extreme weather.

          • davidmpark

            Nope, it’s a fairytale. Empirical evidence has not shown global… whatever it is now. That only exists in simulations and forecasts, and I’ve got copies of articles about this fairytale dating back to 1895. Seriously, this is just another pseudoscience cult religion that wants money and influence.

      • Phil from Germany

        Accepted Science ?, its an accepted scam designed to scare people into paying more for energy. The IPPCC who runs this show, has been shown up to be a bunch of money grabbing crooks. Any information they give out is to be treated with the upmost caution. You know alot of their weather models are based on data from weather stations that dont exist.

        • Priszilla

          “its an accepted scam designed to scare people into paying more for energy.”

          Actually, when you use less you pay less.

          Where my sis lives the unit prices of electricity and gas are higher, and her house is bigger than my rented accommodation here.
          But her house is insulated and my rented accommodation in England is not.

          She pays less per year than I pay.

          The tax on energy use is not to make you pay more but to make you use less.

          Since Germany introduced the tax on energy use, they created hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors.

          • Phil from Germany

            No wrong again, the German private household is paying for the Electric bill for German industry, been a huge political row over that. German Industial giants pay alot less for energy, to protect jobs, the bill is paid for by Joe Public. Where are these thousands of new jobs here ?. If you are livivg in an unisulated accomodation then thats your own fault for living there

            On a recent trip to NZ I was asked if I wished to pay fot my “Carbon footprint”, seeing as I had come from the other side of the world. At the moment it was a voluntary payment, soon be standard. I didnt pay.

      • Bruce

        The ice caps are melting at an unprecedented rate. California is burning up and has no water. Common sence indicators are everywhere yet some still DO not see the writing on the wall. Is it possible that climate change is REAL and the PTB are trying to take advantage of every bad situation. No, they wouldn’t do that, right?

        • jaxon64

          it also snowed in Chicago this morning..may 16th…

      • Priszilla

        “At present, the Antarctic ice sheet is at all time record level.”

        Thickness or expansion?

        • Hammerstrike

          Growing number of earthquakes and increased volcanic activity.

          • Priszilla

            Maybe the pressure of glaciers is shifting, so tectonic plates can move at different rates to each other.

            Shanghai will be flooded. Not so much because of the rising sea, but all the skyscrapers in the sand make the city sinking.

          • Hammerstrike

            The earth´s core is warming and the other planets are seeing some changes as well, even Pluto.
            Thermal expansion is bound to cause earthquakes.

            Already the heat is coming closer to the surface, more volcanic activities.

            Massive tidale waves hitting most coastal and low regions, global cooling caused by ashes in the Earth´s atmosphere.

            The solar system is already facing a big storm of some kind.

        • Mike Smithy

          Either way, I don’t see how it matters. The mere presence of record levels of ice proves the planet is cooling not warming. The bottom line is that Global Warming/Climate Change is fraud laden junk science.

          • Priszilla

            Thickness could mean there is more ice.

            Expansion could mean the ice is melting faster and sliding into the ocean, where it will float and break off as icebergs.

            Actually, the Earth is in a cooling cycle. It should be much cooler now.

            But isn’t because of global warming.

            Doesn’t matter. My house is insulated.

            .

          • sharonsj

            You do not know what you’re talking about. Skeptic arguments that Antarctica is gaining ice are based on an error of omission, namely ignoring the difference between land ice and sea ice. Satellites show Antarctica is gaining sea ice but losing land ice at an accelerating rate which results in a rise in sea level. I told you guys before that Breitbart and these other organizations twist the facts.

      • sharonsj

        97% of the world’s climate scientists say the climate is changing, but you listen to the 3% that disagree with the methodology. The Antarctic ice sheet is NOT at a record level; it has has thinned out considerably. If you don’t stop watching Fox or listening to Rush, you’ll be posting ignorant comments right up to the moment some global-warming flood washes you away.

        • Priszilla

          At least, that would be the evidence he is waiting for.

    • davidmpark

      Mmmm… love Bison. Beeffalo is even better.

    • chilller

      Mother Earth has been warming and cooling all by itself for millions of years without our help…thank you very much.

      • Bruce

        The arguement over man made versus natural is an act in futility. Who the hell cares about it’s root cause. Even if it is a natural occurence is that going to make you any less hungry when food is unavailable?

        • jaxon64

          Sorry but that is an unintelligent argument. If it is natural, we must adapt. However if it is anthropogenic, then humans must curb our lifestyles and put limits on our carbon footprints and have mandatory euthanasia of the great unwashed masses for the greater good–the long term preservation of the planet and species.
          No futility or meaningless argument–in fact I’d challenge that it is the TRUE discussion that should be going on–is man the cause or not??? Prove that humans in their arrogance have greater influence over long-term climate changes than normal cycles, solar cycles and volcanology—anyone…you could hear crickets chirping from the “scientific” community. Remeber, if they can write a paper that there is a problem that needs government regulation–then they get their “cut” by a new billion dollar grant and 10 more years of funding….it’s rigged..you must look at how the “researchers” profit from rigging the results to blame it on mankind.
          Wake up!! This is like all of the other issues –war, GMO food control, dumbing down the populace and slow poisoning–it all profits the elite, increases their power and control and furthers the eventuality of the proletariat society.

        • Mike Smithy

          Even if global warming was true, which it’s not. Food production would actually increase in places that have traditionally cooler climates by extension of the growing season. Thus your argument lacks merit.

      • Priszilla

        Yes, nothing to worry about. The earth will survive even without humans.

        • Teresa Ann Ramsey

          Not only will she survive but will thrive . We, the human population are terrible stewards of our time and resources in our own arrogance.

    • rms

      I live in California.

      While I like much of what Joel Salitin has to say and does, it has only a little bit to do with this article. The point here is the drought, so I will say only a little bit here about that.

      Southern California is, and always has been, a very dry part of the state. The drought, as it is now, is caused almost entirely by the extremists in the governments of California and the US EPA and other agencies. Regardless of the economics, BOTH the state and the feds have decided that it’s more important to protect a minnow (the delta smelt) than it is to provide life-giving water to human beings and their life-giving agricultural land.

      A couple of years ago (2012, I believe) the state and feds had the opportunity to capture an enormous amount of water in already built and available reservoirs throughout the state. Instead, they chose to allow the water to flow to the sea.

      I absolutely love the state, but I’m nearly done fighting in California. I’m able to live just about anywhere I want to, but most are not. I’m just about done.

    • Hammerstrike

      False, it is official science.

      Those scientists denying global warming faces consequences and those who agrees gets billions from governements and have been caught faking the data.

      • K2

        I bet it never occurred to you that scientists denying global warming are paid by fossil fuel companies.

        And those scientists who say the globe is warming have been saying so even when bush was president. And i dont have to tell you they couldnt have beenon his payroll right?

        • kfilly

          So, shipping our manufacturing base over to China so that we can go green is a good thing? I am so glad that our environmentally green government is making it necessary for a lot of companies to ship their operations abroad due to excessive regulations. It is so much better for those companies to operate in China where they have no pollution control laws and then ship their products back to the states. I see the positive impact that has on the environment. Yes, it’s so good to be green. In case you missed it, I was totally sarcastic.

          • K2

            Dont twist what i said, into something else. Did is say shipping jobs to china is good.

  • K

    Let me add to this story. Beans often sighted as a protein substitute for meat, have a little draw back. They require more water then most other crops. Not great, when drought is one of the problems. Folks if you have not taken reasonable steps. You can not say, you have not been warned.

    • davidmpark

      Okay, I’m compelled to do this. I know it’s juvenile and probably in poor taste, but the kids chant this every time I push beans on ‘em. :)

      “Beans, beans – the musical fruit;
      The more you eat, the more you toot!

      Beans, beans – they’re good for your heart; the more you eat, the more you fart!

      The more you fart, the better you feel;
      Beans, beans for every meal!”

      • K

        Your levity is good, it relieves tension and the fear of death. Terminator 3

      • Sandbagger

        In the 70′s recession, my parents bought beans by the 55-gallon drum. I ate them at least three times a week, but can’t recall ever hearing that song. :)

      • Orange Jean

        You must have an old fashioned family… that was one of my dad’s favorite songs… AND one of his favorite foods; he grew up during the Great Depression.

    • HecatesMoon

      … I lost the first of my starts this year when I forgot to turn the heater on in the greenhouse one night. I started over, finally got to plant, and then… I guess it was a tornado. I didn’t have any time as the only warning I got came from me checking the internet right before the lights went out…. and I made some mistakes…. and came close to making a very, very serious one. If I’d just had a minute more I would have been outside trying to gather up my animals.
      Among those mistakes were taking the time to put on shoes instead of going directly to the basement regardless, and I didn’t have a weather radio for alerts. I just didn’t think one of those was really all that important. I know… I’m an embarrassment.
      It destroyed my garden, destroyed my greenhouse, and killed my baby rabbits.
      I had planted a lot of pinto beans figuring in a bad situation, we wouldn’t be eating meat every night even with the chickens and rabbits and turkeys and ducks. Only a few of the bean seedlings hadn’t come up yet so I have some, but I know it won’t be much.
      On the plus side, all of my chickens and other poultry came through just fine. Even Mr. Pickles the mini pig was ok. Not a scratch on him.
      And our friends up North gave me starts to replace some of what I lost so we will still have a garden. They are also going to come and help build a new greenhouse. :)
      It all could have been a lot worse for us really. Some people lost whole barns, someone lost the roof to their house, some people had to have trees cut out from theirs… but it still sure feels like everything is against me this year.
      Dull witted, distractable, forgetfulness on my part, and nature herself.

      • K

        The weather has been severe Your family and house are intact, and friends are coming to help.Sounds like more is going right than wrong. Please do get a weather radio, they are a good investment. This last winter I had record cold, and my well froze for the first time ever.These little setbacks are part of life. Never let the setbacks overshadow, all the progress you have made.Glad you did not have the time to try to save the animals. I am sure your family would rather have you.

        • HecatesMoon

          :) I did sit and think about it after, thinking about what my priorities are supposed to be and in what order.
          We went out that night and got one of those radios. Now that I have it, I rather like it. Hit the button and it tells me current conditions and weather for the week. It would have been nice to have then too if for no other reason than to just have another voice to listen to while I was in the basement. lol
          I got some other stuff too! I got a rechargeable spotlight that plugs into an outlet or a vehicle, and I got a solar battery charger for batteries for the regular flashlights and such. It charges all kinds too– 9 volt, D’s, C’s AA’s, and AAA’s. It’s really neat.
          We also bought our first solar panels!
          Oh! Guess what!! Lol
          We processed our first rabbits awhile back too. Um… my cat stole one rabbit. …The dogs stole my hides. Lol
          It was sooooo good though, what we did get to eat, and as soon as I figure out how to keep them out of reach, and we can grow some more babies out, I’m going to start learning how to tan hides. :D
          Mmmmm…. yeah…. things could have gone worse… and there *is* quite a bit going right, isn’t there? I’m just kind of annoyed with my first responses and reactions right now.
          How are you most recently, K?? :)

          • K

            I am doing well. Wish I could put in some solar capability. Just too many hail storms in the course of the year. Well done on turning this setback, into a learning experience. Good hearing from you.

          • alan

            You could install a shield over it at an angle so the sun isn’t blocked. Also put all together and make sure it works then store it. You can do quit a bit with one 250w panel.

          • K

            Also a valid thought. Thanks.

          • davidmpark

            We bought the cheaper panels and they’re impact resistant. The sales guy smacked our very panels with a ball peen hammer to prove it. :P

          • K

            I have given some thought to wind power. It sounds like solar has improved, since I last looked at it. Thanks.

          • none

            If you have a wind generator. People will know you are prepared!
            Would come over and try to take some of it.

          • davidmpark

            No they won’t. Mine is made from an old automotive alternator, some scrap lumber, leftover wires, extra breakers, and homemade batteries. If they come over, I’m teaching them how to do it – or maybe they could pay me to do it for ‘em. And while on the subject, I’ll teach ‘em how to build a methane digester, some basic skills, and we’ll all have an old fashioned picnic later on.

            I’m preparing to do my part for an entire community – not hide. Why just survive; where’s the fun in that? I wanna thrive! Need a community of a few hundred to thrive. About half are doing preparations around here now. The other half will be easy to educate.

      • Ameen

        You are a DISGRACE, leaving baby rabbits and other vulnerable, defenceless creatures at nature’s whim!!!! Better that you should have died at least having the decency to TRY to save them!!! You are an offence to the human species, a DISGRACE!!! Baby rabbits?!?!?! Poor, defenceless little things!!!!!

        • HecatesMoon

          Ameen, the animals in my care are loved so long as they are here. It is my job so long as they live to keep them healthy, to keep them happy. And they ARE. My “farm” revolves most specifically around my chickens. But ultimately, almost all of them will die and the cause will not be old age, because as much as I enjoy them, they are here to feed me and mine. They are here for MY survival. If protecting them or saving them conflicts with their purpose here, I must make a choice. But beyond even being able to choose, sometimes things are not in my control or anyone else’s for that matter. And I don’t beat myself up over a loss when I find that nature,in whatever form it takes on at any moment, has bested me and taken one of my beautiful birds, or a litter of rabbits.
          And to suggest that another human being should have died– not that I haven’t shed concern for my own safety for them before, because quite frankly, I have– is a twisted mentality. One out of touch with the natural world and twisted enough to disregard the value of life of one’s OWN species. Lacking balance of mind and thought, and a traitor to your own kind.
          …And you’re a dill hole. ;)

          • K

            As you can see. The one drawback to the blog being re posted, in so many places. It seems to cause a little extra troll activity. Good response.

          • inogen

            Revolting, and you even have young who have obviously been infected with your hideous and selfish ideas. Leave the animals alone.

        • davidmpark

          That’s how agriculture is. Nature is brutal. Farmers must be tougher and resilient. Be grateful for what’s produced – it comes through a lot of failures and hardships.

          • inogen

            We are a clever species. We do not need to be cruel. It is time to grow up and start taking care of all the life around us.

      • Mondobeyondo

        Please be grateful for what you do have. There are people living in hillside homes in San Diego who are scared to death of a wildfire destroying everything they own.

        Perspective, perspective…

        (and please say a prayer for the poor folks in SoCal who are going through such extreme trauma)

    • alan

      A friend of mine went on a vegetarian diet and after a couple years got sick and had some issues. The doctor told him you must eat meat there is no substitute. So he went back to eating meat and got better.

      • jazzfeed

        There is so much information missing from this simplstic description it can safely be ignored as meaningless, particularly since your friend’s doctor is ignorant – ignorant that humans can thrive without eating animal flesh.

  • Tim

    We may soon see inflation in food items other than meat. If Russia begins to accept payment for oil and natural gas in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, as Michael wrote about the other day, foreign demand for the dollar will drop. This in turn will cause things that we import to be more expensive. While a lot of the fresh produce in U.S. grocery stores comes from California, many produce items are imported. For example, I frequently buy avocados, which are usually from either Mexico or Chile. And the asparagus that I see in the stores where I shop is usually from Mexico or Peru. The organic ground beef at Trader Joe’s is usually from Uruguay. Even the frozen organic broccoli at Costco is grown in Ecuador.

    • Susan

      I just grow my own, then can, dehydrate, freeze or whatever. Lucky me. I buy my beef from the rancher down the road. By the way, those who raise beef are ranchers, not farmer.

    • quercus454

      It’s amazing how much food isn’t grown here.
      Back when we used to go to Costco, I was astounded by the fact that the tomatoes were imported from Canada. It was July and I lived in Ca at the time. How can it be more profitable to ship tomatoes from Canada, rather then buy them locally?

      • Tim

        Very good point.

        • jazzfeed

          It’s a question, not a point. Do you have an answer? I’d like to know too.

  • Maneb

    More people….less food! What could go wrong?

    • Priszilla

      What should go wrong if you churn out children like theres no tomorrow.

      • jakartaman

        China is kicking themselve’s rgarding the 1 child rule. no youg generation to work for the old generation – sound familiar?

        • Priszilla

          Nothing to worry about.

          The old will die, and then the population will shrink, after about 2050.

          Target: down to 1 billion until 2100.
          2nd target: down to 300 million by 2200.

          Chinese don’t think in election periods.

        • K2

          says who? some financial analysts bankrolled by the bankers?

          China would have been in a much worse shape if it had 3000 million people as opposed to the current 1500 millions.

    • Mondobeyondo

      “Tastes great, less filling!” used to be the tag line for a lite beer commercial. Politicians have changed it to “Wastes great, less killing!”

    • Mondobeyondo

      In a word – everything.
      Everything could go wrong.

  • Moment

    The lord tells us two things about food at the end of times

    1. You will be told to abstain from meats

    2. You will work all day to feed yourself

    Are we there yet ??

    • RedPillPlease

      I think Adam Weishaupt would say … “very close!

    • jaxon64

      ” A day’s wages for a quart of wheat or 3 quarts of barley” “But touch not the wine or the oil” ( peasants/serfs) –for those things are for the rich, not for those whose labor has been promised to the banksters and foreign countries who hold the t-bills

      • Moment

        That’s right

    • jazzfeed

      You, I and We can do #1 NOW, thereby putting off “end of times”, no matter what form it takes.

      • Moment

        He said this command comes from demons

        Here let me just show it to you

        1 Timothy 4:4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

        2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

        3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats,

  • JulietteofOhio

    And yet inflation is under 2%…. Amazing, isn’t it?

    • Albert8184

      Thanks to the Messiah. And he’s putting America back to work…..

      hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

      I knew I couldn’t keep a straight face

      • Mondobeyondo

        You’re looking to the wrong Messiah.

        • Albert8184

          Sarcasm isn’t your forte, ey?

          • Mondobeyondo

            This evening, I took a copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. put 1 cup of oil and sprinkled some flour on it, and put it in the microwave for 10 minutes. Now that’s what I call “cooking the books”!

            Where’s the rim shot?

            “Ba-dumm-bumm”.. there it is.

          • Albert8184

            You and I would probably get along well together.

          • whatrimshot?

            hey i like jokes too.

      • Hammerstrike

        Don´t listen to Fox News! There are more shovel-ready jobs by the hour!

        • kfilly

          I suppose they’ll need someone to dig the mass graves when our socialist government turns on the people. Socialist and communist governments always turn on their own people.

    • Bruce

      My GOD how deceptive is that. A practice of decepton that will not change. Our Government is lying to our faces and think we’re stupid enough t buy the 2% bull crap.

      • RedPillPlease

        I can surely understand your outrage, but unfortunately, as we have already witnessed with the last 6 presidential elections, our society (at least a full majority) has come to believe nearly anything this government can dish out.

    • RedPillPlease

      That is surely a large pill to swallow, but I’d also like to know how any mention of an “economic recovery” can be made with a straight face considering that during Obama’s time in office, our entire GDP has grown by $4.2, yet the National Debt has increased by $6.5 trillion. Can you balance a checkbook with those figures?

      Note: I also, by no means, wish to offer any pardon to the Bush crime family and his warmongering cohorts. His role in our massive debt crisis includes an Obama-Lite honorable [sic] mention as well.

      • alan

        I suspect that since all numbers are bogus I would guess our GDP is probably about half of what they say it is, maybe lower.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Yes, it is amazing how the inflation numbers are manipulated.

      Michael

      • TtT Engine

        There is very little that comes out of the OB administration that is truthful or accurate. Whether it be Fast Furious, IRS, Benghazi, Unemployment, Nat’l Debt, etc. Holder and OB parade around life in a constant state of contempt of court. This has become a banana republic. They are all a bunch of liars. Jay Carney is a shifty, sleazy, ducking, dodging weasel. My skin crawls every time he speaks while he makes those dishonest facial expressions. He is a walking cover up machine for OB. He should start a make-up company for all his cronies after he leaves the White House. They are despicable human beings. The human sacrifice in Benghazi is a moral outrage to the soul of America. Christi Fidelis !

      • Hammerstrike

        What I find really amazing is that so many believes these numbers!

    • Mondobeyondo

      You don’t really believe everything you hear, do you?

    • Priszilla

      Actually I noticed some food prices dropping in England. 4 quarts of milk down from £1 to £0.95, 6 eggs down from 95p to 89p.

      No idea about the meat. Didn’t buy any beef or pork for three months now.

  • DJohn1

    Yet the land grab in the South West continues? Ranchers driven off the Federal Ranges of the West. Duh! Maybe they should start supporting the farmer instead of bankrupting them. But that is Republican Territory. Demoncrats want nothing to do with it.
    One reason we are going through all this problem with meat is the way it is produced. I can see where a lot of what is going on is just plain wrong. Factory farms need to be outlawed in this country.
    We need our farmers. I am talking about real farmers that do things in a manner that produces food of all kinds in a healthy environment in tune with the natural way of doing things.
    What the West needs is to get rid of all this Liberal mess that they have gotten themselves into. That has got to be part of the problem. Strong conservative government might help.
    We need engineers. Basically engineers that can think outside the box and come up with answers.
    One answer sits right off the California Coast. It is called the Pacific Ocean. It isn’t drinkable. But it is a ready source of water and with proper management it might become a ready source of water for several states. It means making it into drinking water. That means we need some pretty smart engineers to come up with a way of doing it.
    What is likely to happen is we will see a complete collapse instead. Whenever the parasites exceed 15%, then nature sets things back to rights eventually. Well I think the parasites have gone a long way past 15%. Between the lawyers and the bankers alone they are way beyond the 15/85% level.
    Only 3% of the water on this planet is currently useable. The other 97% is in the form of ocean water. If Kettering and Paterson were still alive, they would have found an answer all ready. That is what is needed right now. That and a way for them to make money at it without breaking the rest of us.

  • Wakulla Prepper

    For those that may not be aware: while the west is very dry here in the southeast we are having another wet year. My area is already 12″ of rainfall ahead for the year, resulting in minor flooding, and exceptional flow from the Wakulla Spring, which is one of the World’s largest, output of several hundred million gallons of pure water a day. This may lead to a good scallop season here, where the Wakulla river (formed by the spring) meets the Gulf of Mexico.

    • GunsnGold

      Ok.. but the point of the story is that central California grows 90% of the worlds food… and because of the natural drought as well as the California government not allowing full irrigation to the farms (damned libs wanting to protect a specie of the spotted toad..) food prices will go up!

      • Bruce

        That’s exactly right! If people with their tin foil hat’s would loosen the binders a little they’d see that arquing over mad made versus natural is a stupid waste of time. They can’t see the forest for the trees.
        Things are changing PERIOD! A drought is a drought. As they sit at their table with no food they will still be arquing over man made versus a natural climate change versus conspiracy. Yadda, yadda

        • HecatesMoon

          I agree. It *is* changing. It doesn’t really matter why, and we’d all best be open to that so we can all try to adapt rather than pretending nothing is happening at all.

        • jakartaman

          But, the arrogance of man thinks they can manage climate – I don’t think so!!

      • Wakulla Prepper

        90% of the world’s food…get real and do some reading. They are #1 in the U. S. at 17% of U.S. ag. production. Florida is # 6 in production at 4% of U.S. production. Food prices will go up, yet food will be produced.

  • olld fart

    As long as the batteries last for their hand held idiot toys the average young adult will not care about any thing. if the toys go dead then it will hit the fan. My wife and I are children of the Depression and I will guriantee you will not like any part of a National crash. Food was very expensive in the currency of the times as you have probally seen old movie shots of Soup lines. Half of the nation was in them. Of course we now have half of the nation on food stamps, Most of the unemployed gathered at Hobo Camps called Hoovervills named after the President at that time, Now called Tent Cities. A lot of the problems started in the dust Bowls killing the farms Caused by a drought, Starting to sound familiar? as we watch the west coast burn up all things go in cycles guess what cycle we are entering. it will not be a very happy time.

    • RedPillPlease

      I can definitely agree with your summation of events to come. The writing is all over the wall and with the brain-dead idiots whose humanistic lusts cover our landscape today, it’s difficult to fathom what lies ahead.

      Personally, I can’t help but view our current situation as being anything other than a planned assault, the epitome of tyrants within our midst, to force upon us a dark-age-esque feudal system back into the world of lords and serfs.

      • Priszilla

        Of course it is all planned – by the creator HIMself.

        So, worry not. Pray and everything will be fine.

        • RedPillPlease

          Absolutely! Being one whose worldview is founded upon Scripture, I know positively that Lucifer hasn’t been on vacation since the Garden and fall of mankind.

          • Priszilla

            Every second you are in the Internet could have been better used praying.

          • RedPillPlease

            Ok, you’ve made your point …

      • apeiron

        I don’t hear that idea much, but I’ve recently begun to think of the movers behind the liberal/progressive/Marxists as neo-feudalists….and so call the whole lot of them by that title.

        • RedPillPlease

          Author and activist Mark Dice has penned a title for them … the often forgotten but alive and well organization known as the Illuminati. American’s (the TV watchers primarily) have been programmed to shy away from any “conspiratorial” activity actually involved in our current events, afraid of being labeled a kook. I recently finished Dice’s Illuminati: Facts & Fiction, and when one is introduced with documented evidence of such a group very much in existence today, I no longer call for the straight jacket team to assemble. Very compelling read with none of that gibberish voodoo nonsense we see plastered on the web!

  • Spitty

    I have a freezer full of deer steaks. All this talk about meat is causing me to take some out for the grill. Mmmmm mmmm!

  • Daystrom2012

    America, in my opinion, has gone from the protective hand of God to the judgment of God upon our land. Our treatment of Israel (Gen 12:3) and the same culture as the days of Lot and Noah. The good news, Jesus is coming back very soon. The bad news, it’s going to get a lot worse until He does(Rev 6-18). Unless America repents,she will perish.

    • Mondobeyondo

      God is lifting His protective hand off of our nation. Instead, it’s being replaced with His judgments. And if things still don’t change, if we continue to live in sin, we will all feel His wrath. Something you do NOT, ever, EVER want to see. (Hebrews 10:31)

  • Kim

    Oregon has plenty of nutria and squirrel.

    Kidding aside (not really) we are in for some big changes.

    • Hammerstrike

      Yes, change you can believe in!

  • Mike Smithy

    Sylent Green coming to a store near you. mmmmmm good!

    • davidmpark

      Nice! :)

    • watchmanonthetower

      He: “Soylent Green is made from people”
      She: “Really? How does it taste?”
      He: “Well, it varies from person to person.”

      {Sorry; just had to…]

      ~Watchman

      • neal

        Bet it will be like the “meat” in McDonalds with each patty containing meat from 1,000 animals?
        So lots of Soylent will contain hormones from gym junkie steroids, women taking the Pill or using hormone patches and nicotine from smokers. YUCK!
        I hope there is 100% pure USDA approved organic Soylent Green, made from Amazon rainforest Indians.
        Or will the good Soylent be really expensive and only affordable by the .1%?/Sarc

      • Mike Smithy

        Tastes like chicken.

        • Hammerstrike

          Kentucky Fried Chicken? Expect A lot of mysterious disappearances in da hood.

          • Mike Smithy

            On a positive note, Liberals/Progressives may yet prove to be useful mammal’s if we can transform them into delightful protein laden Soylent Green wafers. In the event Hormel runs out of spam, it could be a viable new product.

          • davidmpark

            Dunno; might cause indigestion. And the stores would quickly run out of “Pinko-Dismal”. :)

        • Mondobeyondo

          You beat me to it! :)

      • Nlouise

        Soylent Green….the other white meat.

        • alan

          Long pork!

        • watchmanonthetower

          “…the other white-privileged meat.”

          ~W

      • Mike Smithy

        Q: Why don’t cannibals eat clowns?
        A: The meat tastes “funny”.

        • watchmanonthetower

          Ha! Classic!

          Reminds me of the time the cannibal husband arrived home very late on the night of his wedding anniversary; Mrs. Cannibal had cooked a nice meal. She was mad and all he got was a cold shoulder.

          ~W

      • Guest

        Tastes like chicken…

  • davidmpark

    This is EXACTLY why I fought all those governments and bureaucracies to free up the rights to keep residential livestock in Utah. We won the rabbits, chickens, and ducks; but didn’t win the milk goats… yet.

    This ensures those on food stamps, trapped in poverty, and otherwise afflicted to have another income-via-savings stream. no more need to rely on government confiscation of mountains and handouts in crushed dreams. If done right, residential husbandry and gardening is a permanent, self-contained, self-reliable way to produce the majority of their own foods on a small to average lot size or in a community garden area.

    As for the dust bowl, there are ways to fix that. The first thing to do is stop with this environmentalist bull#$%&. Seriously, because of concerns for “endangered species” (i.e.: better off in a zoo), cost the farmers and ranchers their water rights, which killed off the local vegetation in a drought situation. When the crops and pastures die from thirst, the winds come upon the unprotected soil and there’s the dust bowl. Seriously, free the water now, plant drought resistant grasses (Inter-mountain Wheatgrass and rye grass is good for this) and the dust bowl threat will eventually subside.

    • quercus454

      Water issues are not as simple as you make it sound. While farmers do need water and I support that need wholeheartedly, there are a lot of wasteful practices going on. A major source of AG water use in California is rice. Flooding fields for rice cultivation is wasteful in California’s arid environment. Another wasteful AG practice is overhead irrigation. Evaporation loss can be significant.

      Non AG water conservation is often not looked at as a way to insure water usage for AG use. How much water goes down the drain? How much goes for golf courses, median strips and other non essential uses. How much water is lost due to pavement and run off?
      Even low flush toilets use 3.5 gallons.

      Fresh potable water is probably the most important resource this country has. While desalinization is an option, it is expensive on a large scale.

      The most critical part of the water problem is population growth. With an ever decreasing supply of water, arable land and the resources to move water, should we be increasing our population? At current rates the US population is expected to reach 400 million in 35 years or less. Immigration is a driving factor in that growth. Currently every new person added to this country, regardless of being native born or an immigrant causes 25 acres of undeveloped land to become developed. Infrastructure needs to accommodate this growth constitute most of the development. That development not only takes away land for AG purposes, but increases water pollution and run off.

      • Bruce

        All that you say is true and valid. However, that doesn’t address the issue that California and most south western states get water from sources that are drying up.

      • davidmpark

        I have to disagree on some of this.

        Population in a locale is only an issue if the population is stationary and there’s no piping of water to and from other areas. Utah is a major water exporter. Some of the drought issues came due to our state cutting off water supply to agricultural areas of California due to non-payment.

        And I do agree that more modern methods of irrigation are needed. Out here we’re shifting from canal and flood irrigation to pipe and sprinkler systems. The argument against sprinklers was evaporation – so the farmers just irrigate at night. The systems are autonomous, so no big problems there. Farmers have reduced their water usage down to such a degree that they’re own catch basins and watersheds are able to supply all their needs. Austerity is becoming fashionable in Utah.

        Water supply, for the most part, comes down to management. Rainfalls and snow packs vary year to year. We had the same problem ’til an audit a while ago found multiple leaks and in reservoirs, cisterns, and piping. Since repairing those and more reclamation plants opened, we’ve has had a lot less water loss.

  • davidmpark

    Mike, we seriously need a way to post up photos. Just finished building the new hutches: single level, 2 cells each (health department insisted), water collection system attached, and some my best work yet. Would love to show it off with the garden space they’re built into.

    • HecatesMoon

      I’d like to see! Pics of people’s gardens, projects, and such would be fun!

      • Priszilla

        There are other sites on the Internet. search for urban gardening, vertical gardens, etc.

      • davidmpark

        I will. How’s the clean-up effort going? Did you find all your animals?

        • HecatesMoon

          Everything managed to get through it but those little rabbits. I was really, really shocked. I don’t know HOW they all did it.
          I didn’t want to go outside at first, afraid of what I’d find, but it didn’t take long. Someone crowed and it was the happiest sound in the world for me. lol
          We could all use photo bucket, couldn’t we? And post pics that way? OR… I know Michael has a FB page BUT… he could make an Economic Collapse Fb *group* where we can all post pics and such. :D

          • davidmpark

            We’ve had losses like that with our rabbits, too. The old buck killed 11 newborn bunnies after biting through the wire and trying to service the doe while she was in labor.

            Rabbits kindle 56 days (about 2 months) after servicing. You’ll recover quickly. Just stay steadfast.

          • HecatesMoon

            That must have been a disturbing find. It’s always rather unsettling when it is a baby or babies lost of any kind, isn’t it?
            I have two more does pregnant now so there are more on the way. But we’ve been wondering how long we should wait to try and put this girl back with the buck. We don’t want to push her too hard, and we don’t know what is a healthy wait.
            Someone told us they don’t wait at all. Is that the more common practice?

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      You could post a link to the photos. Links automatically go to the moderation que, but I would definitely approve a link to such pictures.

      Michael

      • Bill

        Please

      • davidmpark

        Alright, I’ll get a photo account somewhere…

        • HecatesMoon

          I just posted an album using photobucket. Hope it works! I don’t have a lot to show, but I do sure love chickens. :P

  • chilller

    And just like during the Great Depression…people will be breaking out the cans of Spam…

  • jakartaman

    Back to rice and noodles like the rest of the planet

  • CaptainUSA

    Record profits for the select few.

  • omish

    Squirrel is looking pretty good to me :)

  • Kate in Colorado

    So many of us comment on the problems we are all facing, but how many of you out there are doing something to help yourselves? Are you learning any skills such as gardening, safe food processing, and raising small food animals? Are you learning how to save water?
    So many of the people I try to talk to “know” what they should be doing, but the hard work of “doing” the task never seems to happen. If you think you can just magically grow food and be self sufficient without practise you are seriously mistaken. For the love of heaven folks,please get busy NOW.

    • Priszilla

      I made me a nice chicken curry yesterday. They had cheap chicken thighs at the supermarket 1kg for £2.70.
      I froze half of them right away and added veggies to the other half, and spices.

      200g tomatos, 2 onions, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 leek, 3 bell peppers, 1 punnet of price reduced cut mangos from the shop.
      1 teaspoon chilli, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1tsp salt, pepper, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, garam masala. and a small tin of coconut milk at the end.

      no added water, no added fat.

      I couldn’t resist. I had to eat another portion.

  • Joe Kleinkamp

    Fresh produce is no bargain either. Where I shop they always reduce the price of meat cuts by around 50% the day before their “sell by” date. What’s the difference if I buy meat at full price and sits in my refrigerator until that date or it sits refrigerated at the store? Not much I figure. So when we go grocery shopping I always tell my wife I’m heading over the “rancid meat aisle” to see what looks good.

    • HecatesMoon

      Lol When money is good, most people go for the meat. We go for the vegetables and fruits and stuff. Zucchini and Portabello mushrooms and strawberries and such.
      For pork and beef we shop that discounted aisle and we also found a meat shop where we can buy meat packages and get it for $3 something per pound.

      • Priszilla

        In China I learned to eat meat as a side dish. The main dish always being veggies. For the chinese the main dish is rice, then veggies, then meat.

        And you know, they eat all kinds of meat. Not so much beef, mostly pork, mutton, chucken, duck, seafood, dog, cat, snake, mouse, insects, etc.

        And from yje pig they eat everything, from ear to tail, including intestines, stomach, liver, lung, heart, blood.

        Chicken gizzard, duck tongue, chicken feet, duck feet, etc. etc.

        • Alleged Comment

          And they are very sickly people over there. Pale as the moon and skinny as reeds.

          • Priszilla

            When was the last time you’ve been in China?

          • Alleged Comment

            Why? Have they gotten more skinnier?

          • Priszilla

            well, they aren’t yet as fat as americans, although a few are following in that path.

          • K2

            Thats not sickness. Its their natural skin colour. And it doesnt look too bad.

        • Nlouise

          Duck tongue?

          • Priszilla

            Yes, not too bad.
            They also eat worms and rooster testicles.

            In the West we throw too much food away.

            In Singapore I saw a cookbook for insects.

        • K2

          For indians too the main dish is rice/wheat, then veggies and pulses, then meat.

          But there is slight difference in indian meat habits as compared to china and the west. Among meats most of them they only eat chicken and mutton, some eat fish and some beef/pork too.

  • Trailer Park Investor

    I can’t believe the idiot’s who are still talking about Global Warming. Seems like we have a new Ice Age coming, NOT Global Warming. Just had the worst winter we have ever had here in my state, coldest temps. ever recorded, most snow and stayed the longest than ever recorded. Then May 15th we had FROST in the Northern sections or our state. More record lows. Global warming has NOT been an issue for 15 years now. When you guys going to quit trying to ride that dead horse? We are all freezing and you guys are STILL talking global warming.

  • rawiron1

    If you can’t afford to buy meat call your “guy” in the White House and complain about it. You got what you voted for.

    • Priszilla

      Ask your boss to increase your salary?

      Oh wait, can’t do that, it will cut into his profit.

      • jakartaman

        No – He will fire your malcontent butt stupid!

        • Priszilla

          That will also cut into his profit as he won’t be able to do my job, and customers won’t be happy.

  • Priszilla

    Well, you know, as the draught is not man made, you don’t need to change your water management. Just pray and wait for the messiah.

    In the mean time cut down every last tree, so they won’t use up water.

    • Priszilla

      /sarc

  • jakartaman

    Micheal,,
    What would be good to see is a chart on a lot of common products – cost when Barry took office and now with % increase. Maybe throw in % in wage increase.
    It would show that Americans are in fact losing ground in the imagined recovery

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      That is a very good idea.

      I will have to see what I can find.

      Michael

    • davidmpark

      “Inflation dot us” did that years ago.

  • jakartaman

    You are obviously a specialist in the OT.
    Here’s some NT education: JC is YAH – Does Trinity ring a bell with you???

  • Geezer

    Every year will be worst from now until the return of Jesus Christ. Repent, get saved, get raptured and avoid hell on earth because the tribulation period is coming.

    • GSOB

      The ‘Great Tribulation’ has passed….

      What remains is faith, hope and love…

      Matthew 16:18 -19
      King James Version (KJV)

      18 b….. upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

      19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

  • dndgaddy

    Welcome to the last days and pestilence in the land!

  • Priszilla

    We have lots of American restaurants over here – Burger King, KFC, McDonalds.

    Only, nobody knows what it is they are really eating.

  • 2Gary2

    According to Gallup,
    the Democratic Party’s favorable rating is at 44%. The party’s
    unfavorable rating is 50%, which equals a net (-6) approval rating. The
    Democratic situation is relatively rosy compared to what Republicans are
    facing. The Republicans have a 34% favorable rating, and a 59%
    unfavorable rating. This equals a net (-25) favorable ratings. The
    Republican Party has been on a nine year losing streak that has seen it
    post higher negatives than positives since the first year of George W.
    Bush’s second term in office.

    THERE WILL NEVER BE A CONSERVATIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN EVER!!! SUCKS TO BE CONSERVATIVE.

    • HA_LIBERALMENSWALLOWSEMEN

      COMPLETE.REPUBLICAN.ELECTORAL.SLAUGHTER. IN NOVEMBER

    • HA_LIBERALMENSWALLOWSEMEN

      YOU ARE A RACIST

    • HA_LIBERALMENSWALLOWSEMEN

      JIM CROW LAWS – A GIFT FROM DEMOCRATS

    • kfilly

      Nice to know that the indoctrinated sheep will keep voting for fascism and their own slavery. Things the Demoncratic Party has in common with Hitler’s agenda:

      1) Both curtailed free speech as a way to control people. That’s what the PC movement is designed to accomplish.
      2) Both support abortion. Hitler chose to exterminate “undesirables” just as Dems do. Most abortion clinics in the US are in low income neighborhoods.
      3) Both persecuted Christians.
      4) Both are for socialized medicine.
      5) Both are anti-gun ownership.
      6) Both indoctrinated their society, and yes, it is liberals who control the education system and media.
      7) Both had their own special youth movement. Hitler had his Hitler Youth Brigade, and Obama has Obama Youth Brigade.
      8) Hitler infiltrated unions so that he could transform them into one union he could control. Dems. pretty much control all unions.

      I did not even mention how similar a background Bama is to Hitler. It is so good to see that Amerikans are choosing so wisely.

  • Bubba Johnson

    2014 Republicans take the Senate
    Republicans will be blamed for the bad economy
    Should be interesting the next few years

  • Bosnian Serb

    Two countries-Bosnia and Serbia are totally flooded at this moment. Many dead bodies float. Rain keeps pouring. God help these suffering countries. AMERICA MANAGED DO DONATE $100,000

  • deciodantas

    “a century-long megadrought”.
    not different fm USA here in Brazil in Sao Paulo where a year ago water potable reserves were 60 % capacity, before yesterday it reached a minimum 8,5 % making the authorities act a B Plan they pumped the emergency safety reserve to this reserve if no rain by november a real catastrophe will happen here.
    On the opposite side in the Amazon region rivers have risen some 20 meters something like a building with 7 floors, flooding entire cities…
    The good thing of our people is that we don t harm homeless, and could not believe reading this excellent blog what some authorities are doing there in the USA, ok it is not yr biz ..
    USA was always since I was born and much more than that be know of a country that help the others, it is a example of a country to the world, I could n t believe that people were being fined to help their own brothers….

    • oldtoady

      If you were not cutting down the Amazon rain forest, more water would remain in the watershed, voiding much of your problems.

      • deciodantas

        oldtoady, you have no idea what is going on on yr yard, this is all about El Nino and La Nina that are currents in the Pacific at Peru and Chile that makes the change of clouds currents changing the course. Not to do with Amazon, probably as I can see you thing that Brazil capital is Buenos Aires…So here in South America there s a union of mountains called Cordillera de Los Andes and one of the cause of the flooding of Amazon region rivers were caused by snow melting. Before you write nonsense you should at least have a look at wikepedia….

        • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

          Did not deforestation in the highlands of Bolivia and Peru contribute to the flooding of the Madeira River ?

          • deciodantas

            Jodie, i don t believe, it is caused by the clima in itself, deforestation can cause sliding as happened in the USA 2 months ago is a local cause. Fyi yesterday a phenomenon never seen before in Sao Paulo downtown some 300 tons of ice fell fm the clouds as rain, caused by the contact of very warm and cold clouds. You can see in the Balkans at Serbia region flooding not caused by doforestation but the planet is changing I don t believe humankind can cause such major transformation . Scientists are skeptical to blame humankind for the great transformation, I believe that a city wholly covered by asphalt and cars everywhere can contribute to the feeling of heating in that small area, when you drive like I do by motorcycle across a city then comeback to the countryside I feel the difference. We are little ants in regard to the great catastrophe caused by vulcans tornadoes earthquackes etc….

  • williaml

    I guess am going to see what BBQ carrots taste like

    • Alleged Comment

      They taste good with BBQ meat.

      • williaml

        Yes but I don’t get food stamps so I won’t be able to afford any meat.
        The only meat I would be able to get would be road kill or critter.
        Obummer saw to that

  • Ray Williams

    As the price of meat continues to skyrocket, will it soon be considered a “luxury item” for most American families?

    It already is at my house!

  • Alleged Comment

    Yes, it is coming and should be obvious. We have MANY WARNING SIGNS!

    The MOST RECENT? The USDA has ordered SUB-MACHINE guns. USDA guards our MEAT supply.

    Past warnings? Billions of bullets bought by Homoland security. Arming the Postal service and I think they bought some more bullets. Then some more bullets bought by other agencies. So much I can’t even remember anymore.

    Why should they be arming agencies and police like an army across America?

    The answer is THEY SHOULDN’T! That means YOU are the TARGET!!!

    • Hammerstrike

      How long does these bullets last before they go bad?

      • HA_LIBERALMENSWALLOWSEMEN

        decades if stored propery

  • K2

    While draught and disease are definitely responsible for shortage…thereby driving up the price, another factor that is maing it worse is…………..speculation.

    The main stream deliberately never talks about it.

    Meet, grain are also traded in the futures market. And shortages lead to increase in those prices on the market. And market prices affect real world prices.

    • K2

      I mean, mainstream media.

  • K2

    Surprisingly and sadly, michael too never talks about it. Michael, Dont you usually like to tell us what the MSM doesnt tell us. Then why no mention of this.

  • alan

    I went in a small supermarket in Seoul today and looked at fruit. Strawberries, Cherries and seedless grapes were all around $9. a pound. I don’t know what normal is for here, but I skipped fruit.

    • oldtoady

      I bought 4lbs of seedless grapes at Costco for 9 dollars.

  • DJohn1

    How about an article telling us what California is doing to resolve the drought issue? Or are they?
    Ohio just went through one of the worst winters I have ever seen here. Water is not a problem. We have plenty of rain this Spring. I think they said on TV the other day that we had a record 55 inches of snow this year. The temperatures still have not warmed up. The temperatures are in the 40s right now. Yesterday, there were tornadoes south of here.
    I have not put in a garden yet. I did take a lawn mower to the weeds. And I intend to start a small garden at the end of May.
    Normally frost doesn’t happen here much after Easter. This is the year that it frosted two nights ago. I use a cultivator, small oil mix gas engine to plow the ground each year.
    Normally I put some kind of weed control fabric down and plant things like tomatoes. Thinking about expanding that to green beans, peas, and lettuce.
    Most gardens are eaten up by the wild life and weeds. Unless you really know what you are doing. I don’t.
    Normally around July and August things get really dry around here. What I do is put small funnels in the ground. I drill 1/8 holes in the bottom length of pipe in the funnels. Then I hand water the funnels buried next to the plants I am trying to raise. Usually should do it once in the morning before the Sun goes too high and once in the evening around 7 as the Sun is not too intense.
    I don’t have a generator. Need to get one as the power goes off regularly with thunderstorms in the summer. High winds do it too. We are fortunate in being on the same power grid as the local pharmacy. So they get a priority for fixing power outages over the normal public.
    Right now we use an inductor that plugs into the car battery. I normally run extention cord from the inductor to the house and use it to power a few florescent garage lights. Though I have run a small room AC unit before on it. A small generator at Harbor Freight in the area is down to $89.95.
    It won’t power much but we are usually down for less than 2 hours. The longest time was a couple of days during some 100 mile an hour winds that blew everything down.
    The inductors are cheap and strictly temporary means of keeping things going. Though I am fairly sure one would work in a camping ground if necessary.
    The weather channel is local. I can pick it up off rabbit ear antennas. In this area, the major cities all run this service through local channels. Ours is 7.2 on the dial or channel 23 on the cable. 5.2 is the Cincinnati one.
    I think if I had it to do over, I would have bought a 5-7 acre farm out in the country, but close enough to stores not to be a problem. I would have kept it mostly in a greenhouse environment with plenty of building storage. I probably would have a diesel generator rather than gasoline. And the heat source would probably be propane. Though I have a good respect for wood burning stoves and the new wood pellet stoves on the market.
    I am basically lazy. So IF I worked a farm, it would be set up a little bit different than most normal ones are. I think Disney Epcot has the right idea with their hydroponic gardens.
    I would plant in rows with 3 feet wide lawn sod between the rows. Since I am only feeding my family, I would plant selectively in a green house then replant in late May into the garden patch. I would put drip bottles on stakes over the plants to water and feed them. Instead of watering the plants, I would refill the bottles as needed.
    I would keep the grass about 2-3 inches high all the time.
    At least that is what I would try.

  • Gregge K Johnson

    GeoEngineered weather so I can make a ton of money on commodities

  • David

    for years americans have elected demorats and rethuglicans (Crips & the Bloods)to the white house & congress and everyone whom isn’t blind can see the results we have today in our economy. hopefully with this operation american spring underway we can get some independents with “no party affliation” to replace these criminals and outlaw the electoral college and outlaw lobbying and special interest groups that influence them. nice way of calling them bribe fore hire politicians.
    I know,, i’m asking for a lot of miracles but it doesn’t hurt to wish. I for 1 voted for obama and have been kicking myself ever since.

    • Mike Smithy

      I appreciate your intellectual honesty and pragmatic approach for real and substantive positive change The only chance we have is to endorse and support a viable 3rd political party.

  • sharonsj

    Stop quoting known liars. From the Associated Press: “The huge West Antarctic ice sheet is starting a glacially slow
    collapse in an unstoppable way, two new studies show. Alarmed scientists
    say that means even more sea level rise than they figured.”

    Fox, Rush, Breitbart–they are all paid by conservative corporations to lie to fools like you.

    • kfilly

      My question is this. How will the sea rise if the ice caps melt? The ice is already displaced in the seawater. If it melts, it will not increase the depth of the water. Fill a glass of ice water to the brim. I bet the water doesn’t overflow the glass as the ice melts.

  • JailBanksters

    But this just means, the Government is not borrowing enough money from the future to pay for the kickbacks (subsidies) to the Food Industry. You can’t have the Low Prices and the Government living within it’s means, so which do you want?

  • Melinda Barnes Blackburn

    When has the Ever been a shortage of chickens!?!? Lmao! If anything chicken should be CHEAP!

    • HecatesMoon

      Mmmm…. not so much that there’s a shortage of chicken, but with the push toward more humane treatment for both laying and meat birds, price will go up. Fewer birds in a space = fewer birds= fewer eggs or less meat per facility or in the other direction, expanding facilities to accomodate the same number of hens or meat birds and everything that goes along with that. Also chicken feed in the U.S. is corn based so if the price of corn rises, regardless of why, so does the cost to feed the birds which is then passed on to the consumer.

      • K

        Let me add another factor. As the price of beef and pork continue up. People who did not eat that much chicken, will be driven to eating far more of it. More demand, higher prices. Oh, nice pictures.

        • HecatesMoon

          Ahhh! Good point!
          Thanks. :)

  • Mondobeyondo

    Beef. It’s (not) what’s for dinner.
    Got milk?

  • Mondobeyondo

    A guy who looked rather disheveled, was rummaging through a dumpster behind the nearby Jack in the Box a couple mornings ago.

    Yeah, he was looking for stolen jewelry.

    An estimated 1 in 7 Americans suffer from some form of food insecurity. It is sad, and frankly shocking, that the world’s wealthiest nation can’t adequately feed 1 in 7 of its own citizens.

  • Priszilla

    I’m watching the draught monitor for quite a while now.

    And I notice, that when I first watched it, there was almost no white area, now the east and the north are white for some time.

    It also seems that the focus of the most severe draught moved from the east to the west.

    So, it could be a weather pattern. Some sort of cycle.

    In two years California will be green again and hawaii and china will be dry.

    But then, a dry china has its own problems.

    Sand storms from Gobi Desert reaching the west coast of the US, for example.

  • Mondobeyondo

    So I climb up to this high mountaintop to meet this great guru type person, because I had some questions about life.. When I finally arrived at the mountaintop, I asked the guru…
    “Why is life so hard?”
    And the guru replied:
    “Because life isn’t easy.”
    Wow! How profound!

    Having said that – I think we as Americans, are in for the shock of our lives, as far as our standard of living is concerned. It’s not 1964 anymore. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

    Allow me to peer into my new crystal ball (bought at Sears for $14.99! Going out of business sale!!)

    - Stock market will crash in late 2014-mid 2015
    - New diseases (MERS is just the start)
    - Terrorism will increase worldwide

    You want a pretty picture? Here, let me paint you a Van Gogh replica…

    I apologize for getting off track from the topic,,,

  • Mondobeyondo

    “I can’t take it anymoreeeeee!!”

    First of all – calm down. Relax- and realize
    that we WILL make it through this.

    Second of all – read Proverbs 3:5-6.
    Third- get on your knees and pray.

  • ManaMoffa

    It’s not 7 million pigs , it’s 7 million lbs.

    It not reallly 7 million lbs of infected pigs,
    The disease kills the newborns , they didn’t grow up but they represent 7 million lbs of would-have-been pig meat

  • Walhei

    Shovel ready jobs? Tens of millions of dollars lost bailing out failing Solar Panels makers? Big Democrat contributors. Half a billion dollars spent on Health Care websites, now closed? Hundreds of millions spent on Biden, Obama, vacations? Two or three billion wasted by Internal Revenue Service, through fraud? Not counting the 5,000 dollars chairs the IRS bought?
    The only people worried about spending money are the taxpayers who are being fleeced, big time!

  • Mondobeyondo

    Few people seem to realize how bad it is here in the West and Southwest U.S.

    California produces a great deal of the nation’s fruits and vegetables, especially in the Central Valley. The entire state is in drought. And it’s spreading.

    At my house here in Phoenix, it has rained exactly two times since January 1, 2014. That’s right, TWICE. And one of those times doesn’t even count, because it was just drizzles and sprinkles. Winter is our rainy season. What will summer bring?

    It’s turning from extremely bad to horrific.

    • HecatesMoon

      It sure would be good if you could get out of there, Mondo….

    • spittybobnez

      You will have Monsoons like you have never seen before. Nature has a way of balancing things out. Unfortunately, humans sometimes get in the way.

  • Mondobeyondo

    [off topic for a moment]

    Facebleech has caused me enough drama and trauma, that is has ended a [former] friendship of someone whom I had cared about for the past 23 years. For obvious reasons, the details are, and will remain confidential. Yes, it’s irreconcilable. It’s over. Done. Finished. It HURTS. No, nothing romantic about it. whatsoever. We are, um, WERE friends, and friends only. That’s all I wanna say about this subject for now.
    ———————————————–
    Having said that…
    [back on topic]

    • HecatesMoon

      :( Sorry, Mondo.
      If it was belief related (it seems these things usually are with people), I have friends from all walks and political beliefs, but yes, sometimes it is a very fine line to talk with them when it comes to certain topics.
      I would hate to lose them though.
      Maybe in time, they will come back around?

  • hahaliberalsareAjoke

    gary hopes the gay veteran can help him with his meat problem

  • Ota Benga

    Switch to eating meat only a few times a week. Start consuming more dairy products like cheese, yogurt, milk. It won’t kill us to have a spike in meat prices, although it will cause a *lot* of problems. Still, just get ready for dietary changes if ur budget can’t handle the increase.

  • spittybobnez

    Update, the deer meat was sooooo good and tasty too! I marinated it for two days-tender meat from the Lord. Also, everyday a new war, economic collapse or other issue related to the “end times.” These are really interesting times-more faith needed daily. It won’t be long. The entire world is coming loose.

  • none

    Great news everyone:
    .
    The shrimp are dying,
    The pigs are dying.
    Thank you China!
    .
    The Bundies cattle are slaughtered and buried in mass graves.
    .
    Can you see how well the Chinese and Americans can get along!

  • Tom B

    Check out inflation since America got involved with the federal reserve 1913-2014!The numbers are astounding!

  • waldo

    We eat only Lobster which is collapsing in price.

  • Glacis

    Just change to Lobster. The price continues to drop.

  • Brother Tim

    It amazes me that the federal government continue to worry and uses billions of dollars in resources worrying about China and Russia and who ever they can get involved in. Somebody need to smack those people upside the head to bring them back to reality. The country is slowly falling apart there many many issues that needs to be dealt with but they continue to support the federal reserves agenda. Instead of doing what they supposed to do and help the American people. This drought is very serious and food prices will keep going up. People have to learn to depend on GOD and them self.

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