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The Price Of Corn Hits A Record High As A Global Food Crisis Looms

Are you ready for the next major global food crisis?  The price of corn hit an all-time record high on Thursday.  So did the price of soybeans.  The price of corn is up about 50 percent since the middle of last month, and the price of wheat has risen by about 50 percent over the past five weeks.  On Thursday, corn for September delivery reached $8.166 per bushel, and many analysts believe that it could hit $10 a bushel before this crisis is over.  The worst drought in the United States in more than 50 years is projected to continue well into August, and more than 1,300 counties in the United States have been declared to be official natural disaster areas.  So how is this crisis going to affect the average person on the street?  Well, most Americans and most Europeans are going to notice their grocery bills go up significantly over the coming months.  That will not be pleasant.  But in other areas of the world this crisis could mean the difference between life and death for some people.  You see, half of all global corn exports come from the United States.  So what happens if the U.S. does not have any corn to export?  About a billion people around the world live on the edge of starvation, and today the Financial Times ran a front page story with the following headline: “World braced for new food crisis“.  Millions upon millions of families in poor countries are barely able to feed themselves right now.  So what happens if the price of the food that they buy goes up dramatically?

You may not think that you eat much corn, but the truth is that it is in most of the things that we buy at the grocery store.  In fact, corn is found in about 74 percent of the products we buy in the supermarket and it is used in more than 3,500 ways.

Americans consume approximately one-third of all the corn grown in the world each year, and we export massive amounts of corn to the rest of the world.  Unfortunately, thanks to the drought of 2012 farmers are watching their corn die right in front of their eyes all over the United States.

The following is from a Washington Post article that was posted on Thursday….

Nearly 40 percent of the corn crop was in poor-to-very-poor condition as of Sunday, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. That compared with just 11 percent a year ago.

“The crop, if you look going south from Illinois and Indiana, is damaged and a lot of it is damaged hopelessly and beyond repair now,” said Sterling Smith, a Citibank Institutional Client Group vice president who specializes in commodities.

About 30 percent of the soybean crop was in poor-to-very-poor condition, which compared with 10 percent a year ago.

Conditions for both crops are expected to worsen in Monday’s agriculture agency report.

More than half of the country is experiencing drought conditions right now, and this is devastating both ranchers and farmers.  Right now, ranchers all over the western United States are slaughtering their herds early as feed prices rise.  It is being projected that the price of meat will rise substantially later this year.

The following is from a recent MSNBC article….

For example, you may want to make room in your freezer for meat because prices for beef and pork are expected to drop in the next few months as farmers slaughter herds to deal with the high cost of grains that are used as livestock feed, said Shawn Hackett of the agricultural commodities firm Hackett Financial Advisors in Boynton Beach, Fla. But, he added, everything from milk to salad dressing is going to cost more in the near term, and eventually the meat deals will evaporate as demand outstrips supply.

So there may be some deals on meat in the short-term as all of these animals are slaughtered, but in the long-term we can expect prices to go up quite a bit.

But it isn’t as if food is not already expensive enough.  The price of food rose much faster than the overall rate of inflation last year.

As I wrote about yesterday, American families found their grocery budgets stretched very thin during 2011.  Just check out these food inflation rates from last year….

  • Beef: +10.2%
  • Pork: +8.5%
  • Fish: +7.1%
  • Eggs: +9.2%
  • Dairy: +6.8%
  • Oils and Fats: +9.3%

If prices rose that fast last year, what will those statistics look like at the end of this year if this drought continues?

Sadly, America is not alone.  According to Bloomberg, the U.S. is not the only place that is having problems with crops right now….

Dry weather in the U.S., as well as the Black Sea region; a poor start to the Indian monsoon and the possibility of emerging El Nino conditions suggest agricultural products may rally, Barclays said in a report e-mailed yesterday.

And all of this is very bad news for a world that is really struggling to feed itself.

In many countries around the globe, the poor spend up to 75 percent of their incomes on food.  Just a 10 percent increase in the price of basic food staples can be absolutely devastating for impoverished families that are living right on the edge.

You may not have ever known what it is like to wonder where your next meal is going to come from, but in many areas around the world that is a daily reality for many families.

Just check out what is happening in Yemen….

Crying and staring at his distended belly, 6-year-old Warood cannot walk on his spindly legs.

“We become so familiar with sickness,” said his mother, who according to social norms here does not give her name to outsiders.

She says she has watched two of her children die. “I have to decide: Do I buy rice or medicine?”

The United Nations estimates that 267,000 Yemeni children are facing life-threatening levels of malnutrition. In the Middle East’s poorest country hunger has doubled since 2009. More than 10 million people — 44% of the population — do not have enough food to eat, according to the United Nation’s World Food Program.

In the United States, we aren’t going to see starvation even if nearly the entire corn crop fails.  Our grocery bills might be more painful, but there is still going to be plenty of food for everyone.

In other areas of the world, a bad year for global crops can mean the difference between life and death.

Sadly, it is being projected that the current drought in the United States will last well into August at least.

But even when this current drought ends, our problems will not be over.  The truth is that we are facing a very severe long-term water crisis in the western United States.

Just check out the following facts from foodandwaterwatch.org….

-California has a 20-year supply of freshwater left

-New Mexico has only a ten-year supply of freshwater left

-The U.S. interior west is probably the driest it has been in 500 years, according to the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Geological Survey

-Lake Mead, the vast reservoir of the Colorado River, has a 50 percent chance of running dry by 2021

The 1,450 mile long Colorado River is probably the most important body of water in the southwestern United States.

Unfortunately, the Colorado River is rapidly dying.

The following is from a recent article by Jonathan Waterman about how the once might Colorado River is running dry…

Fifty miles from the sea, 1.5 miles south of the Mexican border, I saw a river evaporate into a scum of phosphates and discarded water bottles. This dirty water sent me home with feet so badly infected that I couldn’t walk for a week. And a delta once renowned for its wildlife and wetlands is now all but part of the surrounding and parched Sonoran Desert. According to Mexican scientists whom I met with, the river has not flowed to the sea since 1998. If the Endangered Species Act had any teeth in Mexico, we might have a chance to save the giant sea bass (totoaba), clams, the Sea of Cortez shrimp fishery that depends upon freshwater returns, and dozens of bird species.

So let this stand as an open invitation to the former Secretary of the Interior and all water buffalos who insist upon telling us that there is no scarcity of water here or in the Mexican Delta. Leave the sprinklered green lawns outside the Aspen conferences, come with me, and I’ll show you a Colorado River running dry from its headwaters to the sea. It is polluted and compromised by industry and agriculture. It is overallocated, drought stricken, and soon to suffer greatly from population growth. If other leaders in our administration continue the whitewash, the scarcity of knowledge and lack of conservation measures will cripple a western civilization built upon water. “You can either do it in crisis mode,” Pat Mulroy said at this conference, “or you can start educating now.”

People need to wake up because we have some very serious water issues in this country.

In the heartland of America, farmers pump water from a massive underground lake known as the Ogallala Aquifer to irrigate their fields.

The problem is that the Ogallala Aquifer is rapidly being pumped dry.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, “a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in Lake Erie” has been permanently drained from the Ogallala Aquifer since 1940.

Once upon a time, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of about 240 feet.

Today, the average depth of the Ogallala Aquifer is just 80 feet, and in some parts of Texas the water is totally gone.

Right now, the Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute.

Once that water is gone it will not be replaced.

So what will the “breadbasket of America” do then?

Most Americans do not realize this, but we are facing some major, major water problems.

Let us pray that this current drought ends and let us pray that everyone around the world will have enough to eat.

But even if we get through this year okay by some miracle, that doesn’t mean that our problems are over.

 

  • Rodster

    Thought provoking as usual !

    A bigger question is why Gulf Coast cities and towns have not invested more in desalinization plants?

    • Michael

      That is a very good question.

      Michael

    • Rodster

      With the massive amounts of water in our oceans you would think someone would pull that resource and sell the water to States who are in need of it. The revenue would help pay for the cost of the plant.

      I’ve been looking for a portable desalinization filtration system whenever the S. “does” H.T.F. Haven’t seen anything yet other than the usual Berkley stuff.

      • Paul

        It’s very easy: take an old fridge and modify it.

        There is one part that gets hot: use it to evaporate water.

        There is another part that gets cold: use it to condense the evaporated water.

        The result: on the hot part you get salt.
        On the cold part you get distilled water.

        Done.

        If you use a absorption-type fridge which operates on gas, replace the gas with a lens that condenses sun light to provide the necessary heat.

        Tell me when you sold the 1 millionth unit.

      • BillT.

        Did you ever consider setting up a condensation system using sunlight? That’s how mother nature changes saltwater to fresh. Evaporation, condensation, collection. No outside power required.

      • Iceberg

        I think the energy required to run desalinization plants are a problem … Hydro is drying up, coal releases a lot of toxins up the smokestack. If we look to fracking, as the containment pipes crack and age, the chemical soup used in the fracking process migrates into the underground water system.

        I agree that it is a good question. Our traditional approaches to the solutions seem to be bringing more problems that solutions.

        Solar is the cleanest, but are thereany large scale operations set up to do this, and what is the cost?

      • Snow White

        I think Reverse Osmosis does the trick. I think systems are available to produce small quantities without power. Amazing that people living near oceans don’t have something like this for emergencies. The condensate from boiling saltwater is potable, but I hear long-term consumption of distiled water is not good for you. Need a way to replace minerals lost in distillation.

        • Paul

          How about diluting seawater with distilled water? Should be easy enough, provided the seawater is clean?

          And most minerals you get from fruits and veggies anyway.

      • Nexus789

        It takes a lot of energy to run desalination plants. Energy is expensive and so would be the water that is produced.

        • Paul

          Sunlight is free

          And there is no need for expensive photovoltaics when evaporating water. Maybe just a small pump to get the water into the system.

          A person needs 30ml per kg per day to drink.

        • Paul

          Any air conditioner creates distilled water. And where does this water go? Down the drain.

          In “modern” aircons the water is evaporated by the unit.

          If you caught that water, you could at least water the plants. I did with the water I got from my dehumidifier. And I got wonderful tomatos, basil and other herbs on the balcony.

          If you need aircon and a shower you could even combine these two – have the aircon cool the room and heat the shower water with the “waste” heat.

          Could be big business, to make and market these appliances to property owners.

    • alan

      It has rained every day for the last month. There even has been some bad flooding.

    • BillT.

      “…Ocean water desalination is extraordinarily expensive – more than 10 times the cost of Aquifer water, and a plant and pipeline would cost well over $1 billion in today’s dollars…”

      http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/desalination.html

      $$$$$$$ When every city/county/ and state is bankrupt?

    • Mustard Seeds

      Does that process decontaminate the water as well? Would desalinization plants be the answer in water contaminated with nuclear waste like Japan? Or what about the oil and corexit contamination in the Gulf of Mexico?

    • http://ueenslandAustraliahasadesalplantalreadycompleted-howeverit'smothballed-hasneverproducedadrop. Bone Idle

      Because the biggest desal plant in the world is in the process of being built in Victoria Australia.
      It was conceived and given the go ahead to start building about year 9 into an 11 year drought.
      It’s not yet finished. Meanwhile the drought has broken and there is now eleven years of water stored in the dams that the desal plant was supposed to cater for.
      The desal plant only has the capacity to provide for drinking water to homes and not enough to keep industry going.

      The overall cost will be …………….. AUD$27,000,000,000. That’s 27 billion Oz dollars.
      And here’s the crazy part. The plant cannot be used because the dam it’s supposed to feed is at high level.
      And here’s the crazier part. The 27 billion dollars has to be paid if the water is used or not.

      This is a serious political issue in the Australian state of Victoria.

      The plant has had it’s construction delayed by…….. wait for it…………Flooding rains.

      The original cost of construction was supposed to be 3 billion dollars. This blew out to 5,6,7,8,9,10 and now is estimated to be 11 billion before the project is finished
      The operator of the plant is paid around 600 million dollars for 25 years whether or not the water is required or not.

      Then there’s the cost of the power to run it.
      Then there’s the cost of the pipeline to the nearest dam.

      The state of Q

      • paul

        The Victorian drought really was as bad as any of us had seen in living memory at that time. The desal. plant really did look a good idea then. Not being partisan political here, but had the drought continued the way the global warmists kept harping that it would then we’d be thanking however was in power for the Plant. That things didn’t pan out that way is a function of history, but the massive population explosion in Vic coupled with a persistent collapse in rainfall made such decision making sort of inevitable. Its too easy to rubbish it now after the fact.

      • Paul

        I’m sure some people earned a lot of money. Especially politicians and banks.

        When Hong Kong was faced with an increasing population and demand for drinking water, they came up with that ingenious idea: pipelines.

        Get the drinking water per pipeline from a country where 60% of the rivers are too polluted to use for anything – China.
        And drain the sewage out into the sea untreated.

        As a result, for health reasons it is prohibited for Hong Kong’s fishermen to fish near Hong Kong, and for restaurants to use Hong Kong water to keep their fish fresh.

        The alternative would have required a little more brain – build sewage treatment plants to recycle the sewage into something drinkable. It is possible, the technology exists.

        Sewage can be heated to extract methane, which could then be burned to heat the sewage, and used to power a generator to power the pumps and the control system. The resulting dry mass could then be burned to generate more electricity and become less dependent on oil, gas and chinese coal.

        All measures together would have contributed to economic independence, better health and less pollution. And less fuel costs for Hong Kong’s fishermen.

    • Bone Idle

      Continuing:

      The Australian state of Queensland Australia built a desal plant – it’s mothballed and has never produced a drop.
      The Australian state of New South Wales has a desal plant – its mothballed.
      The Australian state of Western Australia has a desal plant – its at least in operation however when the normal cyclic rainfall returns it will not be required.

      • GaryToo

        yes we have a desal plant here in the west, but with it up and running we still have less than 30% dams cpacity and draining the underground water rapidly. There has been no rain this whole winter other than from two big storms that caused a lot of damage and destruction.

        The north west has so much water but instead of piping it south, the grand plan is to allow the chinses to develop the region into a mass farm for their own use. just brilliant.

    • Rebootd

      One word: money.

    • Alasha

      Can anyone say “Agenda 21 and NWO”

      • Gary2

        agenda 21 and nwo. There I said it so I answered your question if anyone could say that. :)

    • Gary2

      excellent point! I had not thought of that idea.

  • Colin

    If a food isn’t made with corn, it will be made with soy. The prices for soy are increasing, as well. Nations that harvest soy, corn, and wheat will be seeing money heading to their country as people seek alternatives. When the United States can’t produce soy, Argentina picks up the slack. When India is experiencing a below normal monsoon season, Argentina picks up the slack.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/americas-drought-pain-is-argentinas-revenue-gain-as-prices-soar-for-soy-corn-wheat/2012/07/19/gJQAqKahvW_story.html

    People in other countries are seeking ways to profit from this drought:

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/07/19/us-drought-a-boon-for-foreign-farmers

    Here is an article on the global impact of the drought:

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201207190386.html

    According to the article, for the past six years, there have been five price spikes in food occasioned by the occurrence of a drought.

    • Paul

      Sorry, how are apples and potatos made from corn or soy?

  • markthetruth

    The amount of Earth covered by water is about 71% , Sounds like we should not have to worry , expect for these problems , without mentioning pollution …

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/fresh-water-supplies-are-going-to-run-
    out-so-what-can-we-do-to-make-the-taps-keep-running-2304481.html

    the end…

  • Scott

    Negotiate with Canada and Build the Grand Canal project from Canada’s Hudson’s Bay. We could offer food in return if needed. The fresh water runoff from James Bay would produce a water flow 2 1/2 times the size of Niagara Falls, more than enough to supply all of North America with fresh water. The project would also replenish the Ogallala Aquifer.

    • MisterC

      Sadly it would probably be blocked by the green weenies. The canal ‘might’ destroy the habitat of some stupid owl or it might affect some non-endangered fish (Klamath Falls ring a bell?). :-(

    • NorthernCanuck

      Grand Canal would never, never get off the ground in Canada. Never, as in ‘period’. Too much is already known up here about the intensive pre-planning to send water from Alaska to the western US coastal states via the Rockies ‘trench’ as well as viav the Grand Canal itself. We know up here that this is a privately-owned project and that the intention is to turn water into ‘liquid gold’ (using an infrastructure planned to be built with public money), thus perpetually enriching its elite investors. Canadian water would be sold into the US, thus permitting US water to be sold into Mexico, and all for private profit. It won’t happen. Among other things, the James Bay power complex, vital to pumping that water uphill on the first stage of any Grand Canal flow, is on Cree land. The Cree have treaties with the Crown (now in the administration of the Federal government)and their land is not technically part of Quebec – it was only later transferred to Quebec by the Crown for administrative purposes. So there would be massive complications: the Cree would oppose this and, unless the Federal government and Quebec both backed it, the Cree might well use their ‘Crown treaty’ lever to demand that the Federal government step in on their behalf. If both levels of government backed it, there would be massive public resistance. The Cree have seen this possibility coming for years, are well informed about it and can no doubt strategize to prevent and endlessly delay it – even up to UN appeal level. It won’t happen. You might find it more profitable to dig into the link between this project and the push for Quebec independence over a decade ago, where the apparent hope of such a three-way civil war (where a ‘defeated’ Quebec found its Cree land taken back under Federal government protection and administration) was the resulting construction of the Grand Canal(with public money, but for private use) by a then-shrunken and divided Canada, now minus Quebec, as the proffered next ‘national dream’ to reunite and reinfuse the remaining Canadian Provinces with patriotism and hope. The argument has also been made that ‘water exports’ capability was slipped into NAFTA under the ‘exported of contained water’ provision, but you have no idea of the emotional attachment their stewardship of Canada’s vast and numerous lakes has for Canadians. Bulk water export has been proposed and defeated again and again. It won’t happen.

      • NorthernCanuck

        Here’s an interesting extract which rtevealingly mentions the GRAND CANAL project from a June, 1996, news release on the 1996 Bilderberg Conference in Toronto, from the now-defunct but ever-excellent ‘New World Order Intelligence Update’. I found this on the web.

        Whether all these allegations are true or not I don’t know, but it certainly makes for thought-provoking reading. For an explanation of the change in the then-proposed ‘Quebec independence’ and the resultant ‘continental union’ dates, see the next-to-last paragraph of this extract:

        “As reported in our previous Press Releases, THE NEW WORLD ORDER INTELLIGENCE UPDATE has also learned from its own sources that one of the items on the agenda of this year’s Bilderberg Conference is a prearranged Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Quebec, leading to the breakup of Canada and its eventual absorbtion into Continental Union with the United States by the year 2005. We anticipate, for a variety of reasons, that this UDI will be declared between February and April, 1997. When we first shared information on the planned destruction of Canada with Canadian journalists and media outlets, over three years ago, it was greeted with incredulity. However, since then our assertions have been confirmed in virtually every detail from an entirely unexpected direction. Lansing Lamont, for 10 years Managing Director of the Canadian Desk of the Americas Society [a Rockefeller organization] published a 1994 book entitled BREAKUP: THE COMING END OF CANADA AND THE STAKES FOR AMERICA. In a chaper entitled “ADIEAU QUEBEC” he confirmed to the last detail every one of our prior assertions, which had been drawn from other, unimpeachable private sources.

        The scenario basically is as follows:

        * Quebec declares UDI. This removes the impediment otherwise faced in attempting to merge a bi-lingual country [Canada] with a uni-lingual one [the U.S.], even as it provides the trigger for the catastrophic and irreversible breakup of Canada.

        * the Cree indians, unwilling to remain in an independent Quebec, rise up in the Ungava Rebellion, appeal to the Canadian government to honour Crown treaties with the Cree, and attempt to retain their lands and loyalty to Canada.

        * a three-way civil war erupts, involving the Cree, Quebec and Canadian Forces. The Cree seize the massive James Bay hydro- generating facilities in Northern Quebec and sabotage them, causing massive power outages in Quebec which ripple through the grid down the entire east coast of North America.

        * the U.S. government, under heavy pressure at home, sends the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, a crack 10,000 shock assault Division permanently stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., just south of the international bridge near Cornwall, Ontario, into Canada to “assist” the overwhelmed Canadian forces and to “re-take” James Bay.

        * at the conclusion of the conflict, the massive James Bay fresh-water reservoir [which, at 500 miles by 121 miles, fed by 20 Arctic rivers, is the largest in the world] and the huge hydro-electrical generating facilities are purchased from the Cree, on whose land they are, for “pennies on the dollar” by the elite-backed GRAND CANAL CORPORATION, some of whose owners are Bilderbergers.

        * Canadians, dispirited by a shattered country, are offered a new “National Dream” – the construction of the massive GRAND CANAL infrastructure, which will channel James Bay fresh water to the Great Lakes, from there to go down the Mississippi and other river systems to Texas and northern Mexico; a second section will funnel water out of Lake Superior westward to Lake Diefenbaker and the Rafferty-Almeda dams, from where it will be piped down to the dry southwestern states. The continuing profits will be astronomical.

        * Canada, by now broken up into regions, will slowly drift into the embrace of the United States by 2005, in full Continental Union. The crippling public debt associated with GRAND CANAL construction will have impoverished the nation indescribably and will have led to a series of financial crises.

        Though he was apparently careful not to mention the massive GRAND CANAL project and its backers, Lamont confirmed the outline above in every other key detail. Since the NEW WORLD ORDER INTELLIGENCE UPDATE editor extensively publicized this huge secret water-diversion scheme on the Internet, during the last Quebec Referendum campaign, the elite appear to have modified their strategy. As one of his last official acts before resigning, Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau announced that the final, essential dam project in the James Bay reservoir system had been cancelled. A subsequent Hydro Quebec Press Release later modified that statement by saying that it had been “postponed until after 2005.”

        Those recipents of the printed edition of this Press Release who still find this too incredible to believe should examine with care the accompanying maps of the entire GRAND CANAL project drawn from ex-Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa’s book, POWER FROM THE NORTH. Bourassa was reported by the reliable WASHINGTON OBSERVER NEWSLETTER to have attended the 1971 Bilderberg Conference at the Rockefeller- owned Woodstock Inn, in Vermont, along with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His book appeared after that meeting. Interested journalists can find background documents and interviews on the GRAND CANAL project and the breakup of Canada archived at Jeff Koftinoff’s excellent GRAND CANAL web site at: http://www.xmission.com/~seer/jdksoftware/canal.html. When decisions and projects of this magnitude are being discussed, Bilderberger secrecy is not a luxury but a necessity!”

        This book was taken very seriously by the elite, and was reviewed in the CFR’s ‘Foreign Affairs’ journal. (you can find THEIR review at http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/50633/david-c-hendrickson/breakup-the-coming-end-of-canada-and-the-stakes-for-america )

      • Scott

        Yes it’s sad that politics gets in the way of genuine solutions which I think is one of the points that Michael tries to make, and is why we’re in the mess we’re in.

    • Canuck dave

      Keep your thieving hands off our water! Makes you think us canadians are willing to compromise our ecosystems so Americans can continue to have green grass in the middle of deserts!

      And we are more than capable of feeding ourselves so you can keep your gmo infested “food” also.

      • Scott

        The Grand Canal project would benefit all of North America including Canada. Capable of feeding yourselves? Hardly, with Canada’s short growing season, that’s why it’s a big importer of fruits and vegetables. Buy the organic stuff if you want but you still have to get it from somewhere. Canada feeds itself because of food production from other nations. And what a shortsighted statement to say that this is all about green grass, the U.S. produces a substantial amount of food for poor and other nations and water is critical to food production. It’s time for Canada to step up to the plate and start contributing. Redirecting some water which is wasted anyway by runoff into the Hudson Bay would be a good start. And redirecting that water would actually enhance sea life in Hudsons Bay by increasing salt levels, enhancing the food supply.

        • NorthernCanuck

          Scott, with all due respect, you don’t know what you are talking about. It would be of no benefit to canada at all. It would irrevokably change Canada’s climate, since those rivers flowing into James Bay which would be diverted for this warm that whole body of water in Hudsons Bay sufficiently to ameliorate our nation’s climate. Why should we want colder weather and a shorter growing season so that you can take and waste our water? You’re duelling with the wsrong person on this. I fought against that project then and I’d fight against it now. Unlike you, I’m fully familiar with the Grand Canal proposal, a privately-owned project whose only real redeeming feature would appear to be that it would perpetually enrich its elite backers. There are unpleasant overtones of “That’s our oil there, Iraq; it just happens to be under your sands!” in the line of argumeent you take – “We want your water, so hand it over!” It isn’t available to you or even on the table. Live with it, and find ways of living without lush green golf courses in Las Vegas instead. That might be the first step in taking adult responsibility for caring for your own national water resources, just as we care for ours. Two additional points: never rely on Wikipedia for your specious arguments and wake up to the fact that Canadians are already, using their own water responsibly, among the most generous donors of food to poor nations. The way things are going, if you keep wasting, misusing and abusing your own water supplies we may have to add the US to the list of nations we help to support with donated food. When you run through your own inheritance, the honourable answer isn’t to steal someone else’s which has been carefully stewarded.

          • Scott

            I don’t know where you get your information from but there are severe water restrictions here in the U.S. I doubt most people in the Southwest even know what green lawns are. And you complain about green lawns but some of those green lawns on farmland are used for cattle grazing. And you mentioned Las Vegas? you mean that popular vacation spot frequented by Canadians?

            But what’s really amusing is how you talk about Canadians using their water responsibly, when Canada is an area larger than the United States with a fraction of the population. And the benefit of this project to Canada would be jobs and revenue, along with a better water distribution system.

            And could you show me a scientific study that’s peer reviewed with a majority of scientists in agreement that such a project would cause an environmental climate disaster for Canada?

        • HecatesMoon

          And here it is- this is PART of why everyone hates us. We WANT so you GIVE it to us. We waste, we spit on what we’ve got, and when we face running out we put our hand out and demand someone give us theirs, and we tell them their selfish for not sharing!
          Like spoiled brat children, like bullies.
          Bang and beat and tear up our toys then demand of another.
          I hate to say it, because I don’t WANT to suffer, but the United States is going to get what it deserves.
          You get what you give….and we’re going to get ours…

          • Scott

            “And here it is- this is PART of why everyone hates us. We WANT so you GIVE it to us.”

            Where was it suggested anything be “given” to us without something in return?

            Also, the U.S. gives a lot of food aid globally.

  • K

    Hit the nail on the head, about the water problem. No starvation in this Country, not so sure about that. What difference does it make what is in the grocery stores. If 40% of the population can not afford it. We are already close to that point. If groceries go up by 35% before Christmas,a lot of people are out of luck. Food pantries, rescue missions, and other feeding programs are stretched to the breaking point. People going to jail for stealing food, is no longer uncommon. At least it is happening here.

  • ReaganVet

    I live over the heart of the Ogallala Aquifer and today, for the first time, I witnessed the Platte River go dry. The waterbed is now sprouting weeds. Not good…

    • Michael

      That is not a good sign.

      Michael

    • Bone Idle

      Ever read the novel Centennial by James A Michener?

      I suggest you get a copy. Even though it was written 30+ years ago, Michener comprehensively researched the area around and the history of the River Platte. There is lots of information about previous drying up of the Plattes.

  • Rodster

    When you think of the insane amounts of water that is required to run Las Vegas is mind boggling.

    • s. beaty

      money, money, money, money……money…….

    • mondobeyondo

      I’m sure half of Lake Mead is being used up for those pirate battles at the Treasure Island casino and the fountains at Caesars Palace.

      • VegasBob

        The huge fountain is at Bellagio, not Caesars Palace…

  • Steve

    I live in Australia and know of the NAWAPA Project which would give the U.S. and Mexico all the water it needs. Glass Steagall has to be rammed through to clean up the Banksters and jail them along with the Federal Reserve criminals. Re-establish Hamiltonian Banking(a credit system for the ignorant)and build out of the mess as FDR did in the thirties. Pay no attention to Greenies as they have no concept of what it is to be Human or Cycles of our Solar System and our Solar System’s relationship to Galactic Cycles. Most people today live in a world of belief systems but know nothing.

    • Rodster

      Thank you Gary2b for bringing up something totally irrelevant to the topic at hand. :P

    • Snow White

      The fact that USA even has greenies shows that some people haave too much time on their hands. They seem to be pretty much nonexistent in so-called third world countries 9who’s really backward?). They have more money than sense.

    • Joe

      When I see Australia on the tv it looks pretty dry. What inovative ways do Australians get water?

      • Bone Idle

        The continent of Australia has just about the same land mass as the lower 48.
        A proportion of Australia lies above the Tropic of Capricorn Many places in these areas receive above 100 inches of rain a year.
        The eastern part of Australia – Where 90% of the population of approx 22million live has plenty of water.
        once or twice a century the eastern states have an 11 or 14 year drought. Dams and water storage have been built to cater for these droughts. There are massive dams that supply water to irrigation farms.

        The artesian reservoirs in Australia are the largest in the world. Many times larger than the Olgalla.

      • paul

        Rain

    • NorthernCanuck

      The NAWAPA Project, which I referred to in passing (as the export of water from Alaska to the US via the perpetual flooding for ‘canal’ purposes of the Rocky Mountain trench in British Columbia) is the ‘evil western twin’ of Grand Canal as far as Canadians are concerned. Again, it won’t happen. It’s not that Canadians are selfish. We know the vast and irreversable climatic. environmental and ecological changes such massive and continuing water transfers would cause, as well as the way in which it would forever change the face and nature of our country. When water overuse, misuse and abuse (as in massive groundwater pollution) is the the issue, the answer (as with debt) is not to expensively throw more of the same at it but to find a way of efficiently and effectivedly utilizing the water resources that currently exist in the US. Drought is a cyclical event. Grand Canal and NAWAPA would be forever – and Canadians want no part of either of these massive, potentially destructive and exploitative water re-engineering projects.

    • David

      Steve, the population dislocation down the Rocky Mountain Trench from something like the NAWAPA project might be fine for something like Communist China, but it wouldn’t work in Canada very well, at all. Whatever theoretical solutions to the United States’ water problems that might come from Canada in time to come, I doubt that drowning the Trench will be one of them. Too politically costly…

    • Donald Wilson

      Rights On.

  • Snow White

    We are NOT running out of water. We are running out of CHEAP water.

  • Paul M

    Back in 1900 our world’s population was 1.6 billion. Today our population is 7 billion people. It is amazing our population has increased by 5.4 billion people in just 112 years. I visited that site Water Facks Food and Water Watch that Michael cited and was shocked to see that 1.4 billion people today live without clean drinking water. This is 20 percent the world’s population. So the 1.4 billion peopole that live without clean water today is only 200 million less than the entire earths’s population of 1900.

    Michael based on reading your articles I have come to the conclusion that the human species is one giant bubble. The human species glutonous consumption of resources, endless wars, hubris, greed, and contempt of their fellow man will eventually lead to a population crash.

    This site has really helped open my eyes to the harsh realities of today’s world. Michael I have to admit it is downright depressing hearing all the news about our collapsing economy, environment, and society. Too many people need instant gratification and do not take a long term view. We need to leave a planet that is rich in resources for future generations. Sadly, I am not optimistic this will happen.

    • Michael

      Paul:

      Yes, it is sad to see what is happening to our economy, but the reason for this site is not to depress everyone.

      I believe that there is hope in understanding what is happening and then doing the three P’s….

      1) Planning
      2) Praying
      3) Preparing

      Michael

    • http://Theeconomiccollapse Gregge Johnson

      People parish for the lack of knowledge

  • tappedops

    Can you say weather weapons… i knew you could…get your 1st grade intro class at California Sky Watch dot com…and if you cant read then please contact us by phone…

  • Paul

    Maybe it’s time to elect some Republicans who can make another shock and awe campaign, this time against the weather and bomb you some water your way?

    Or keep with the Democrats who promise you anything you need.

    Or maybe some preachers to talk about paradise where milk and honey comes flying into your face. Or something like that.

    Or the NRA who can shoot at the sun?

    Or maybe you could start planting some tree and protect the trees you have? Maybe get some hedges in between your cornfields? Sure you lose 5% of the crop to the hedges, and another 5% to animals living in the hedge, but isn’t that better than losing 50% and more to drought?

    Problem with the greens is: Whatever green stuff you do, you won’t see results tomorrow.

  • Paul
  • Paul

    A water saving tip:
    In the morning, we pee into a bucket full of water and then use that water for the flowers outside.
    That way, they get watered and fertilized and the flush water doesn’t go down the drain.

  • Paul

    You need about 10 times more water for the same amount of protein from cattle as from pulses.

    If you’d cut down on the cattle herds, you’d need much less corn and water in the first place.

    When was the last time you ate a good dhal curry?

    You can grow some of your pulses in your garden. And some climbing beans make a handsome windbreak, which slows down the evaporation of surface water.

    And if you have some lawns or meadows, put some goats there. The meat tastes nice, and they won’t eat all the grass down to nothing like sheep would do. And you save the gas for cutting the grass. You don’t like the smell? Well, compared with hunger …

  • Paul

    I am sure America won’t starve.

    As the economy declines, there are dogs and cats abandoned. The Chinese have recipes for dogs and cats and mice. I have never seen feral dogs in China.

    It might be better to eat feral pets while they are fresh, before they get infected with rabies and other diseases.

    And if you get caught eating a cat, you still get free meals in jail.

  • chiller

    A friend of mine drives semi’s back and forth throughout this exact area. Yesterday he said he drove through Kansas and Missouri and saw fields already plowed under, average corn height at 4 ft. tall and little to no discernible corn on the stalks. We believe $10/bu is an underestimate.
    Currently banks are laying off people in droves because they know what’s coming. The major manufacturer of commercial air conditioning units I work for announced zero overtime, a cut in work hours to 32/wk and mandatory time off during the week of Labor Day holiday. This comes at a time during our supposedly biggest selling time of the year and the hottest summer on record. Come fall, layoffs or even plant closure is definitely in the cards. So it would appear all the big corporate players are fully aware of the coming crisis and are making preparations.
    Speaking of cards:
    http://www.deckofdirtydeeds.com

  • john

    Listen our American brothers, we are with you . Some of us Australians know what you are going through and will go through . Our country is blessed in every way and we will never go hungry or poor . Our oceans are clean and we produce 100 times more than we could consume but we know that the USA will be the first of the Western nations to be subjected to forced collapse and we will support you if we can. Ask yourselves, what would have Davy Crockett or Jim Bowie have done under the present circumstances? Would they have allowed their women to be molested by the TSA. Would they have given in to Homeland Security? Fight them as we would fight them, us or them . good luck mates.

  • Note from Idaho

    Let’s see….Nationwide drought leading to possible food crisis in an election year….

    Democrats will seize upon opportunity to expand food stamp usage creating more of their governmental dependency class constituency.

    Republicians will seize upon opportunity to “fight” for their farming constituency, more bailouts via and subsidies and aid for farmers etc.

    As usual no problem is solved, votes bought and paid for through another election.

    More can kicking..

    Another lost opportunity to have an adult conversation about one of the critical problems facing our country that being food production,water suplly and long term consequences.

    Same, need to be done about energy,healthcare,education on and on….

  • a lot more trouble…

    Get ready for everything to go sky high, It is truly frighting we are entering the last days, get prepared spiritually, emotionally and physically these are going to be hard times indeed.

    Milk Prices May Rise as Drought Spreads
    ‎KBOI – 21 hours ago
    Milk Prices May Rise as Drought Spreads. Noel Hendrickson/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The devastating heat and drought that now covers more …

    Get ready for sticker shock, food buyers warned
    Montreal Gazette‎ – by Meghan Potkins‎ – 2 hours ago
    Get ready for sticker shock, food buyers warned … “We’re going to be looking at higher meat prices in the fall and early winter.”

    Gas prices head higher: Up 11 cents in 3 weeks
    ‎CNNMoney – 39 minutes ago
    Gas prices have risen 11 cents this month, following a spike in crude oil prices. Analysts say gas has higher to go.

    Higher liquor prices in Washington send some customers across …
    ‎Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal – 5 hours ago
    SALEM, Ore. — Oregon liquor sales surged 35 percent in June at stores near the border with Washington as new regulations took effect north …

    About Those High Beef Prices: Remember Last Year’s Drought In …
    ‎International Business Times – 2 hours ago
    Your burger won’t get cheaper any time soon, and it’s not just because of the current Midwest drought. (You’ll feel that next year.)

    Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

  • Evie

    Dont forget about people swimming in rivers and oceans who get cuts or rashes and develope the flesh eating bacteria. Test your water loaded with toxic bacteria and maybe radiation from japan. I would not go swimming too unsafe.

  • Barn cat

    We’re in a period of time that’s setting up for the Great Tribulation. There will be worldwide famine and billions will die. After the coming economic collapse 250 million or more will die in the US and the same amount or more will die in the EU.

  • Karen

    I read an article recently of a man who wanted to prove to his self the condition of the colorada river he took a five month trip down the river to the sea he said it was so polluted from run off from fertilizer and phosphates that his feet became infected and he could not walk for a week and ranchers tryed to have him arrested because they feel the river is there’s and he was just boating through the river as said is drying up and all these chemicals flow into the ocean and I heard a new report that the drought will continue until oct the sun is drying most states to complete dust bowls and has no intention of changing water is the most prized gift in some south American countries people die weekly over water Water wars

    • hmlover

      Got a link?

  • http://Survive2balive.com GA

    While we are at it maybe we should stop burning our food as fuel.

  • Rocky

    Can’t wait to hear how taxing productive people would solve the drought problem.

  • Karen

    Also in the south where I live the mighty Mississippi river is drying up the there is an article in rense.com see it is everywhere they say the salt water will back up into the river and that is not a good thing so it is rough everywhere

  • Matt R in MN

    Michael, I haven’t read this article yet, but will do so shortly. I wanted to post because I was hoping you could write up an article on all these executive orders that Obama has been signing and what they mean? The latest I read (just today because it was so quiet and no one is reporting them), is that on July 6th, he signed an order that has the potential for the gov’t to shut down the internet in the time of crisis. Combine this with the order to take over natural resources, to detain American citizens without due process, and I’m afraid of the direction that America is headed. I’d appreciate your thoughts/in depth article on your take.

    Thanks for the website, I truly enjoy reading although it’s tough to be knowledgable on the degrading of the world and more importantly, morals.

    Matt

  • Dave

    Why no discussion of global warming on this site???? Simply amazing. The earth is burning up at an unprecedented rate and all I see on here…….are crickets. Keep those heads buried in the sand.

    • chiller

      Probably because it’s been proven the sun is responsible for the warming, not man. Man’s greed is responsible for the “man-made” cause in order to make money, cap & tax, carbon credits, etc.. ALL the planets in our solar system are warming up due to an unprecedented increase in output from our sun. There has been cycles of warming and cooling since the planet evolved when man was non-existent. Care to argue dinosaur flatulents were responsible? If you wish to argue physics, that’s one thing. If you wish to argue about man’s greed, you’re on the wrong site.

      • GaryToo

        The consensus among peer reviewed climate scientists is global warming is caused by mans activity. XSo no it has not been proven the sun has anything to do with it. our leaders lack of action, gree if you like does not change that. I dont know where you get your temperature stats for the rst of our solar system. earths history has never had the amount of pollution created as today, and overall ocean temp has never been as high. The atmosphere does not vent out to the universe. all heat and pollution created by the once only very recent history of burning fossil fuel, stays in.

        • hmlover

          Better go look up the meaning of the word consensus. The only consensus surrounding anthropological global warming is in the media and all their liberal supporters. There is NO scientific consensus, and in fact there are a growing number of scientists that have expressed doubt and pointed out fraud that has been committed in order to further the liberal global warming agenda.

          • Gay Veteran

            if by “consensus” you mean more that 90% of scientists then yes there IS a consensus

  • http://back2theland.com Old Timer

    This is an election year so I suspect that the big increases at the grocery will be after the election.
    Since we feed the world we have always used food as a control factor in our relations. This will give the state department more clout.
    For the homeowner with space, I have a mew series on underwater gardening and capturing water reserves. Next year I hope to do a video. Grow a garden
    OT

  • i’vegivenup

    By the fall prices will spike for anything connected to corn…wheat…or soybeans(i.e. gas…beef…poultry…farm raised fish…high fructose corn syrup…bread…corn…cereal…vegetables…etc). By 2013 prices will soar (hyperinflation) as GREAT DEPRESSION II is in full swing. Expect food shortages…increased unemployment…business closings…foreclosures…scattered riots. Also take into consideration the Middle East and the possibility of widespread war in
    Afghanistan…Iran…Syria…Iraq…etc. As a result gas prices will continue to rise. We are truly in the beginning stages of THE END OF DAYS. GET ON YOUR KNEES AND MAKE PEACE WITH THE LORD NOW!!

  • davidmpark

    The canal here is dry. Not good.

    This is very, very bad. The US no longer keeps stores of grains and legumes in case of attack or crisis. The entire nation is on a non-storage system; contrary to historical proof that such stores are needed.

    So, what can be done? Well, the prices of seed will go up now – so if you can get it buy some grain and bean seeds. Wheat and rye are easy to grow; barley and millet is easier. Oats is easiest takes about 2 months to grow!

    If you have green grass in the backyard anywhere then grains can grow there. I’d recommend starting by growing oats now – right now. Don’t worry much about it ’cause oats will grow in poor conditions and releases a chemical in the soil that inhibits any other plants growing near it. Oats will be done by close to the end of September, and then try some hard winter wheat and harvest that before April. A drilled space of 10′ X 110′ is said to provide enough grains for a family of 6 for the year if a good harvest.

    Grains do need a large amount of water, but if you can collect rainwater using a large tarp with a tied on hose in the middle (makes a giant funnel), and as many appropriate containers that’ll do to keep it all watered. Only water the soil about 6″ deep at first, then down a foot when the plants need it.

    Something we found out when experimenting with alternative fuels is when hydrogen is burned in this atmosphere water vapor is created. Is there any product on the market like a solar voltaic CPAP machine that also draws hydrogen from the atmosphere that combines oxygen and hydrogen into water?

  • morphiss

    Thanks to Mansanto most of the corn is genetically modified !!!! I try and stay away from most corn related products. I could careless what the price of beef and pork is, I mever eat it. In the US it is totally filled with drugs and butchered in feces. Not me baby !!

  • morphiss

    Just found this site – love it – gooooood work Thanks
    Got my support !!!!

  • Washington

    In his book “Capitalism and Freedom” (1962) Milton Friedman (1912-2006) advocated minimizing the role of government in a free market as a means of creating political and social freedom. An excerpt from an interview with Phil Donahue in 1979.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A

  • drbuzz

    I live in west central Arkansas, I think in the past 3 months we have had only 3 rain showers and two of them barely got the ground damp. Not good, So now what are we gonna burn in our cars in place of Ethanol? OR we can take our corn that did grow and make Ethanol and put it in our cars (and NOT eat). Can you say hip hip horray for Agenda 21.
    Kill two birds with one stone…
    So to speak.

  • Megashellac

    Looks like we have some serious trouble coming.

  • Mustard Seeds

    You got it, Michael. Our problems are not over….even without the droughts, floods and fires. The problems are just BEGINNING.

    Human beings have assumed for too long that infinite growth was possible. That infinite credit/debt was sustainable. That natural resources could outlast our gluttonous over use and abuse.

    Life on this planet needs to detoxify and decentralize. We are going back to a simpler existence. We might still have the benefit of modern medicine and technology (if the oil supply can last), but circumstances will force people to learn how to be more self sufficient. People are going to relearn the skills of gardening, foraging, hunting, fishing, preserving, building and fixing. That requires space. People are going back to the country….and back to more natural ways of doing things. Detoxify and decentralize. Simplify.

  • jerryo

    We are just beginning to see the downfall of America. Prices are going to skyrocket and massive inflation will hit us. After that hyper inflation hits.

    There is still time to prepare yourself for what is coming but you must take action.

    Find out what wealthy individuals are doing and follow their example.

    I am so glad I found a millionaire that I can trust that has opened up
    the black box and is showing people how to prepare themselves and is
    telling it like it is as to what is going to come our way.

    He has a webinar that explains how we got were we are, where we are
    heading and what you can do to prepare yourself.

    http://theelevationgroup.net/presentation/register.php?a_aid=160667&a_bid=e6b01db8&chan=y

    He interviews a lot of top notch individuals who are experts in their field and
    they give out information that can change your life.

    Hope it helps you as much as it has me.

    Whatever, you do, make preparations as we are going to see massive collapse of
    our lifestyles as we know it today.

  • Bad Dawg Bobby

    Can you imagine the Food crisis hitting us JUST after an economic collapse?

    “A word to the wise should be sufficient”

  • Texas

    But here in Texas people still water the lawn like water is in a abundance. I know we need to water some so the grass does not die, leaving the soil to blow away but people are nuts about their lawns here. My neighbor who is from New Mexico has told me that in New Mexico they put down pretty rocks so they have a nice lawn but not at the expense is wasting water. When we can afford the gravel we are going to do just that!

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com Ol’ Grey Ghost

    It is best to understand that all this is cyclical and this, too, will pass. Do what you can to conserve and get you and yours through this temporary crisis. And above all, please don’t panic and begin praying to Caesar and engage in acts of obeisance to his edicts because he can’t control the forces of nature better than anyone else though he can make things worse for the majority of those already suffering.

    I promise that by 2015 y’all will be complaining about the floods and the fields too soggy to plant anything in them…

  • http://TheEconomicVoice Gregge Johnson

    The Army corp of Engineers is planing on draining Lake Superior and that watershed to flow backwards over the continental divide, back into Minnesota to the Mississippi river, and on the Wisconsin side to the St Croix river. 1/3 of the fresh water in the world…..How long will that last????

    • NorthernCanuck

      Not possible nor likely. There are international agreements in place controlling the useage of Great Lakes water and the governors and premiers of the states and Provinces around the Great Lakes are all in mutual solidarity in the defence of these vital water sources.

      • http://Theeconomiccollapse Gregge Johnson

        Did you read the Executive Order signed on March 16 2012 ,Homeland Security will have the last to say on this issue.

        • NorthernCanuck

          No they won’t. They have no power to abrogate treaties between two sovereign nations, and Canada is no pushover. You may be terrified of the Department of Homeland Security, but we still live in freedom up here and couldn’t give a fig for their presumed “powers”. This all kind of reminds me of the fine old historical account from England of King Canute trying to order the tide not to come in! He didn’t have the power he thought he had, either. I’m afraid both your DHS and un-Constitutional “Executive Orders” don’t scare or impress Canadians one whit!

          • http://Theeconomiccollapse Gregge Johnson

            Great opion on The Grand Canal . I own a shared business in Soiux Lookout Ontario .Dealing with VIA Rail was bad. But dealing with Ottawa was horrific as a US citizen . By the way the French do OWN Canada.. Homeland Security will take whatever water they want . Including all the Great Lakes

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    Be a prepper and you will not have to worry.Take my bol fore example,I have a eighty ft well that has always been consistent,also over the yrs I have invested in large and deep watering holes thus assuring that animals no matter what kind will have water available to them all, always welcome, none ever chased away.This
    also supplies me with water for the garden.There are alternatives out there it all depends on what a individual strives for and some money but in the end you will definately glad you did because of the peace of mind it will bring with it.The corn here in parts of Mn are doing very well as we have had some decent
    rainfall.Mn the land of 10,000 lakes got to love it!

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    Just check out these food inflation rates from last year….

    Beef: +10.2%
    Pork: +8.5%
    Fish: +7.1%
    Eggs: +9.2%
    Dairy: +6.8%
    Oils and Fats: +9.3%

    But you don’t know all the world pay for it. It is the dollars miracle.

  • igotadose

    None of the above matters. If we keep producing consumers, they will consume.

    Can’t feed ‘em, don’t breed em. None of this ‘news’ is surprising. Humanity is raping the planet dry, and soon we’ll be turning on each other for basics like food, water, energy.

    Is it any surprise that the average Canadian is wealthier than the average American? They don’t breed uncontrollably and have some modicum of fiscal responsibility, plus way more natural resources per person that we do. Not hamstrung by politics as badly as we are at every turn.

    Me, I’d just enjoy life to the fullest and take out of it everything you can. Say a prayer for the next generations if you must, but they’re out of luck.

    • hmlover

      You’re right about that… I wonder if what’s coming is not simply nature’s response to over population. Nature will always find a way to establish balance.

  • VegasBob

    We can probably solve the corn shortage problem by ending Federal ethanol subsidies. In 2012 we will not have the luxury of putting 1/3 of our corn crop into our gas tanks.

  • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com DL.

    Supposedly, since 60 percent of that corn is GMO–and is supposed to be drought resistant bu tclearly isn’t–maybe, if farmers can figure out a way to bypass Monsanto’s “patent infringement” nonsense and grow REAL CORN that was created by God, then maybe next year if there’s a drought maybe real corn will survive better. That is what you get when you get snookered by the likes of Monsanto! aka ‘the most evil corporation on the planet’

  • Bill

    Michael,

    Please read #46 and post your reaction.

    Bill

  • MichaelR

    “Let us pray that this current drought ends and let us pray that everyone around the world will have enough to eat.”

    “When a man (or nation) turns his heart away from keeping the Law, even his prayer is an abomination (Proverbs 28:9)

    Let us pray that God does whatever it takes to bring this country and the world to its knees before Him.

  • http://AwareAndPrepared.com William

    Michael, another great article as usual. All these signs should emphasise the need for an emergency food/water supply for every household. Many people say they can’t afford to “stockpile” food above and beyond their weekly needs. Even purchasing a measly $5.00 a week extra and storing it will, over the course of time add up to a deep larder.

  • Washington

    Smaller crop, same ethanol production? John Maday, Managing Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork July 20, 2012

    http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/Smaller-crop-same-ethanol-production-163095506.htm

  • stevefraser

    How much corn are we putting in our cars?….Don’t the corn growers want the price to go to the moon?

  • mondobeyondo

    Funny… Ears of corn are on sale, 6 ears for a dollar, at my local Kroger’s store. Looks like the calm before the storm…

    Next year corn may be selling for $1.00 an ear. Maybe $2.00 an ear.

  • mondobeyondo

    There seems to be a lot of denial (not “the Nile”, but denial) about an impending water crisis in the Southwest U.S. It’s seldom mentioned in the local press here in Phoenix. There are no water restrictions in this city. People water their lawns and wash their cars without a second thought. The golf courses are lush and green, and the local water amusement parks are packed with people. Drought? What drought? You must be crazy!!

    We assume the Colorado River will always run because, well, it’s been running for centuries, and besides there’s Lake Mead, the central Arizona desert lakes, water wells, etc. There will ALWAYS be plenty of water! The housing developers and builders could care less. See that gleam in their eyes? That’s a new master planned development! More MONEY! More houses and golf courses! Another new Super Wal-Mart! Build it and they will come!

    There’s a reason why the ancient Hohokam Indians abandoned this place over 1,000 years ago. They ran out of water. Lesson still not learned a millennium later.

    • hmlover

      I’ve always wondered what possessed people to build cities in the middle of the desert in the first place.

  • Lennie Pike

    Get a clue.

    Look up into the sky a couple of times daily for 2 weeks. Try not to go into denial.

    We are under attack by evil globalist criminal enemies of God.

    They are in complete control of the Western World (which includes China) enabled by the acceptance of their fiat money.

    Let’s get rid of them before they get rid of us.

  • michelle

    this is the year that things all fall apart, it’s looking like…

  • bruce

    I have seen the platte river dry numerous times between grand island and where the loup river dump in. Only in the last few years since federal mandates required a minimal flow has this been a rare occurance..The south platte flowing into Nebraska is probably dry the majority of summers. Colorado does not let much water go.
    The south american soy beans harvest in may was poor due to poor growing conditions. Some areas are able to grow 2 crops per year and the secound
    crop seems to be better.
    A poor corn crop can be off set by agood crop the next year. Slaughter of stock cows has a much longer recovery time. From the day a calf is born it is about 21/2-3 years for her offspring to be slaughtered. Pastured land that is severly stressed may take that long to recover, before normal stocking rates can be utilized.

  • 007

    It is a shame so many people will assume that this drought is the result of people exhaling co2 and can not fathom the possibility that it is the result of a very upset God trying desperately to get man’s attention.

    • GaryToo

      not people exhaling, try countless cars, trucks, tractors, and power plants for 8 billion people. same time, forests being cleared for those people. No effect whatsoever.

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    “The United Nations estimates that 267,000 Yemeni children are facing life-threatening levels of malnutrition. In the Middle East’s poorest country hunger has doubled since 2009. More than 10 million people — 44% of the population — do not have enough food to eat, according to the United Nation’s World Food Program.”

    And America bombing Yemen, then they can’t work.

  • GSOB

    Buy another freezer for the beef and pork and then a generator as bugin back up?

  • Michael

    By the way everyone, I am seriously thinking of writing a book.

    Good idea?

    Michael

    • VegasBob

      I think a book is a great idea.

      Unfortunately, most people prefer to stay ignorant about the harsh economic realities facing this country.

      First and foremost, you ought to start with the one simple economic fact that no politician in either party will ever dare to address – namely, that technology has advanced to the point where it now destroys more jobs than it creates.

    • Bill

      Michael,

      I think anyone with a story to tell should write. Most people have a story to tell, but few have the talent to convey it to a wide audience. You do.

      Bill

    • M Charles

      Go for it Michael…..
      If it is anywhere near as good as your articles it would be a best seller…..

      • Michael

        I have never written a book before, so it would be quite an undertaking for me.

        But of course I would keep up with my websites as well so don’t worry. :)

        Michael

    • Rodster

      YES !!!

      Tell us what it will be about? :)

      • Michael

        It am thinking of writing a novel.

        It would incorporate a lot of the things I write about on my sites, but it would be set in a fictional environment in a “future America”.

        Michael

        • Rodster

          A novel that includes the character Gary2. I’ll buy it !

          But you do know that when your book makes it to the NY Times bestseller list. You are required to be taxed 90% of all book sales. That’s because you mentioned Gary2 in your book. :)

          • Michael

            LOL

            I don’t know anyone in the publishing industry, so getting on a bestseller list seems a million miles away at this point.

            Michael

          • Gary2

            I could be the main character and turn America into a liberal country like Norway.

        • imnotoldjustolder

          Yes, I’ve been reading a lot of this genre lately and even back to the Y2K scare. I think not only are they entertaining, but you can learn a lot, as well. Go for it!

          • Michael

            Yes, one of my goals would be to educate. I wouldn’t just do it for entertainment purposes.

            Michael

        • callmecordelia1

          Ooh, I would buy it! I love the idea of having it be entertaining (fiction) along with educational. You can spout off facts all day and all night, but until you are able to relate it to real life and WHY it matters, it’s hard to get people to listen. If you make it entertaining you just might teach something to the “entertain me” crowd. And I agree with Rodster– throw in some “easter eggs” for your regular readers. A character named Gary would be awesome! :D Much luck to you! Keep us posted on your progress!

          • Michael

            Thank you for those encouraging words.

            I wouldn’t have any characters that are directly related to people in real life, but I would definitely try to throw in some “easter eggs” for the regular readers. :)

            Michael

    • chiller

      Then everyone here will know who you are…lol!
      I for one would certainly buy it Michael. You’ve selflessly provided a wealth of valuable material here trying inform the masses and I thank you for it. As I try to sell my “Deck of Dirty Deeds”, I’m finding disposable income for such educational items is becoming scarce.
      I would love to sit down and chat with you personally about your and my expectations of the present and future as we’re both on the same page. But as people awaken and try to make preparations for the coming malaise, buying reading material is low on their priority list.
      Good luck and you definitely have my support.
      -j-

      • Michael

        Chiller:

        Yes it is true – many families have no disposable income at all these days.

        But I think a novel set in the future of America would touch people in some different ways that these websites of mine cannot.

        Michael

    • NorthernCanuck

      Go for it, Michael :)!

    • Gary2

      As long as you do not bash the poor like you do on your web sites! I think it (your book) would be a good expose on the failures of conservatism.

      • Michael

        LOL

        Gary my book would not be a political book. It would be a novel. :)

        Michael

        • Gary2

          Just do not do a book like the one crazy glenn beck wrote…

    • Orange Jean

      I like the novel idea, because you can make the points you want to and reach a wider audience perhaps.

      However, you might want to know you’ve got competition in that genre…. there is this guy, Sterling, who writes novels about similar to what you are describing (some of which are very good, in fact). I’ve found his books helpful and thought provoking when thinking about what our future might look like in the USA if TSHTF and there was no electricity any more.

      One thing that might be quite different from how I imagine you might choose to approach the topic (given some things you’ve shared with us, that you are Christian for example); Sterling appears to be pagan (Wiccan).

      • Michael

        Yes, my book would definitely reflect my Christian perspective.

        Michael

        • Gary2

          Would it have Gog and Magog in it???

    • mondobeyondo

      Sounds like a great idea, Michael! Go for it!

      • Michael

        It would be a lot of work but I think it would be fun.

        But I would be really sad if nobody read it. :(

        Michael

    • Alasha

      i would say a DVD would be better for this ADD generation. LOl. btw: i was trying to find the story where you said it was an earthquake in Turkey and by tomorrow no one will remember” – last night on C2C they had professional blogger talking about how they sway the message of the news and said they write all their blogs on the ONE SECOND rule…. they have ONE SECOND to capture their audience – unreal… yep, earthquakes, mass shootings, murders, mayhem , mob raids…. everything is forgotten by the next day. sigh.

    • Elinor

      I think it would be a great idea! I would buy it if you wrote a book. I also want to thank you for putting this information together and sharing it with us. I’ve learned a lot from your articles and it helps me to prepare for the turbulent years ahead.

      • Michael

        Thank you Elinor. Writing a book would be a huge undertaking but I am warming to the task.

        Michael

  • tappedops

    Dave… Read “Behind the Green Mask” and then you can be a “truthtard” like us… till then happy sheepleing…

  • tappedops

    And Yes Mr. M… by all means… but only if we the regs can title it… hmmm how about— “eMMMinant DooMMM”

    • Michael

      LOL

      I don’t know if that title would sell the book very well. :)

      Michael

  • Orange Jean

    Reporting in from southeast VA:

    We’ve been getting torrential downpours the past few days, some flooding in low lying areas, and it’s expected to continue into the week. It’s a lot more heavy rain than I’ve seen here (even more than the last hurricane) and much of my garden is now showing signs of stress from too much rain. (Kind of makes you think of that saying that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, right?)

    Locally, the least expensive grocery chain (Food Lion) has been having super-duper sales of various meats… which is consistent with what some of you mentioned about ranchers in the Midwest slaughtering cattle to cut back on cost of keeping them alive.

  • CAngel

    Michael, I think it would be a great idea for you to write a book, I would be the first in line to buy it.
    Another good article, but very sad. It seems that mankind is about to find out that the world is not as big as we once thought it was. Mankind is burning through the resources on the planet at an exponential rate. Richard Heinberg stated that we have hit peak everything and will need 4 to 5 more planet earths to sustain this standard of living especially with China now wanting to have the western life style. This is an impossibility. We in the united states live better than any king in history (present day excluded), and it’s about to come to an end. This is just the beginning of our woes.

    • Michael

      Thank you for the encouraging words.

      Michael

  • K

    If your intention is to organize some of your excellent articles into a book, great idea. It would reach some people who do not read blogs. Just remember 95% of the population, can not even recognize what is real anymore. Look at Colorado, even with death staring them in the face. Most could not even accept what was happening. You have seen the interviews. Even days later, they still can not believe what happened. To the few who acted, to protect their loved ones, God bless you.

    • Michael

      K:

      It would not be a rehashing of my old work.

      Instead, I am actually thinking of writing a novel.

      Michael

      • K

        Ah, I see. I have no doubt, with your writing skills, a novel is well within your reach.

  • Sunshine

    Well, the good guys could initiate price controls

    and say NO, we’re not going to starve and impoverish the people, then maybe the bad guys wouldn’t be rubbing greedy hands together about those corn futures soaring. (Where is their conscience?) But the spineless kowtow and big doubt initiating price controls will happen.
    Pop that corn futures bubble in your own small way.. don’t buy corn product. Let it sit on the shelves and rot. Let what little they have go to chicken feed!

    The good guys could say nah.. we’re not going to allow bad guys control the weather, forget that, it’s bad for all life on the good earth.

    Romney ought to consider Jan Brewer and forget Condi! Jan looks like she’ll stand up to these bullies!
    (Not saying Romney’s all good hat and all that but get somebody to stand up for the people!)

  • Paul

    Hmmmn, not a word about the fact that the United States uses 40% of it’s corn to produce biofuels.

  • SidDavis

    The purpose of economic activity is the production of wealth and its distribution. We need to produce it before we can even address what system we use to distribute it.

    In the effort to produce wealth, we use previously created wealth as an input in anticipation that greater amounts of wealth will be produced than used up in the process. Essentially when we talk of this process in accounting terms we speak of revenues, costs, and net profit or net loss.

    When we have crop failures in agriculture we didn’t produce the wealth we anticipated. This means that farmers don’t have as much wealth to trade to others so there is a ripple effect in other sectors of the economy. Historically, there is about a 7 to 1 ratio of other industrial production to agriculture production so if there is a loss of agricultural production, there will be a 7 times effect on the rest of the economy. When wealth production declines, there is less to be distributed and many people experience a decline in their standard of living. This is why droughts or other agricultural failures produce bad economic times. The greater the drought, the greater the resulting economic devastation, and I point out that because droughts are cyclical, they generally don’t just appear one year and disappear the next; they stay for several years, feeding on themselves as soil moisture is not replaced, before the cycles finally reverses and move us back toward the next wet phase of the cycles.

    This looks to be developing similarly to the depression in the 1930’s which began in the failure of the monetary system and then intensified with drought driven agricultural failure.

    But this time, not only are we dealing with economic contraction produced by failure of our unstable, unsustainable, predatory, debt based monetary system, and by failure in agricultural production caused by drought, but we face continuing economic pressure from rising cost to acquire energy as the era of cheap energy has ended. The mining industry suffers from the low hanging fruit principle; we exploit the easiest to acquire resources first, leaving the more difficult and costly to acquire for later, and in the case of many of the energy resources, later is now. The net gain in mining energy resources diminishes with time as costs continue on a relentless advance, so there is less and less net energy left to fuel our economy. The industrial age is terminal.

    The convergence of these three forces, monetary collapse, agricultural failure, and rising cost for mined resources may well be so devastating that revolution results. Revolution comes from intolerable economic pain which causes us to question the system in place to distribute among us what wealth is produced, and the current system of distribution of wealth is simply a government, corporate controlled system of slavery (fascism) where the laws rig the economy against the majority for the benefit of the few who either control the government or are part of it themselves. All the government seems to think about now is how to acquire move of our diminishing wealth for themselves. And the corporations seem to have only an interest in tapping more government benefits for themselves and even more laws that protect their privileged positions.

    The revolution point is reached when the pain and suffering from the current predatory system exceeds the pain and suffering people think will come from revolution; this is when people initiate violence against government and those who support it. Circumstances seem to be accelerating us to this point.

  • Col. Wilson

    I’m going to tell you what Gary2 would say since he is busy….

    Gary2 “Its not a problem, all we have to do is tax the rich, take away all the guns, increase the welfare & turn this country away from the Constitution & Bill of Rights & make it a socialist/communist/elitist country. One where everything is free and no one has to work hard or pay for anything. Its those dumb conservatives that caused this water problem.”

    ;)

  • Col. Wilson

    Its clear what the problem is… the bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NKJV) the following…

    “13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

    We have an IF/THEN statement.

    So IF we…

    1. Humble ourselves
    2. Pray & seek God’s face
    and…
    3. turn from our wicked ways

    THEN God will heal the land. Its pretty simple but the amount of wickedness has far surpassed what God will overlook.

    :)

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    ITS EASY DUDE!! COPY AND PASTE EVERYTHING ON THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE BLOG AND THE END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM ARCHIVES THAT YOU ALREADY WROTE ALONG WITH COMMENTS FROM THE LUNATIC FRINGE PEOPLE LIKE !!!MONDOBEYONDO GARY2 CINDERELLA MAN R BITTING THE GAY VETERAN!!LOL I HOPE HE DON’T BITE HIM!!AND MAYBE EVEN SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE!!YOU GOT A SPIRITUAL ARMY BEHIND YOU GO FOR IT!!YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!! REMEMBER ?I KNOW ONE PERSON THAT DONT WANT YOU TO WRITE THAT BOOK. SATAN. THE FATHER OF LIES!!AND PROBABLY OBAMA ROMNEY AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND THE LIST GOES ON !!

    • Michael

      I wouldn’t want my book to be like the articles I post here every day. I would want it to be different.

      That is why I am very strongly considering writing a novel.

      Michael

      • Gary2

        Michael–you would have to let me write the forward to balance any book out that you would write.

  • Jimmy

    I just bought a Whopper Jr. at Burger King today. Last year it was $0.99, six months ago it was $1.29, 3 months ago it was $1.49 and today, $1.79!

    Same damn thing. An 80% increase in less than one year!

  • Charles

    Ah.. the whopper jr. index. I see what you did there. :)

    Back in the late 80’s I read a decent article about the long term affects of global warming as it relates to disease, people, land masses etc.

    It’s pretty much playing out exactly as laid out in that article. I proceeded w/ my real estate plans pretty much based articles such as that.

    I don’t see the midwest improving ever & a gradual exodus will ensue.

    Winter storms in the NE will get more intense as well as hurricanes. But we’ve already seen the beginning of the ramping of up of the hurricanes.

    Rampant unchecked disease could be the next one to rear its ugly head. We’ll see.

  • jake31

    very soon, people from poor countries will be fighting for food among themselves!

  • Washington

    Opry owner, Wisconsin company sue over Nashville floods By the CNN Wire Staff updated 8:38 PM EDT, Mon April 30, 2012

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/30/us/tennessee-flood-lawsuit/index.html

  • Mind Candy

    Here’s a truly Orwellian article I just saw on yahoo “news.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-drought-cause-food-price-spike-not-inflation-205233724–business.html

    Short version: the price of food is going to go up, but that won’t cause inflation.

  • http://www.infowars.com Anon

    Great! Most corn is GMO, anyway! I’ve been attempting to eat ORGANIC ONLY. Thanks to this drought, there’ll be one less Monsanto-created GMO nightmare out there for people to (mostly unwittingly) poison themselves on!

  • http://www.survivalschool.us Jay

    Would love to see a book from you!
    You could do a short story on Kindle Direct platform, which could be the first chapter of the full novel. The platform is easy to use and is where a lot of novelists are being discovered now.
    I highly recommend reading On Writing by Stephen King for some great style ideas and the tough ride it can be. Using Scrivener writing software will help immensely in coordinating the complexities (characters, scenes, research) of a novel. It reduces the mental clutter and is a bit fun to use.
    If you channel your excellent writing ethic and ability to shock with truth, I see a great novel coming within 12-18 months.
    Keep us informed brother!

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