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An Update on the Food Supply PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 October 2008 08:59
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This is Steve Shenk, JMS efoodsdirect.com.

The big news these days is about our collapsing financial system. Each day brings another falling domino. Another bank is throwing in the towel. Some are allowed to collapse while most have been "bailed out" or bought out with the future earnings of our great, great, grand-children.

The pundits are all speculating what this will mean to investors and the stock market while some even point fingers at the bankers and our debt based system as being responsible.

The question that remains unasked, or perhaps is even purposely ignored in order to prevent wide-spread panic, is; "How will this global financial meltdown affect our food?"

You need look no further for the answer than your neighborhood grocery store. The now government owned banks are refusing to loan grocery stores enough money to restock their shelves. The stores will have fewer choices and will be forced to jack up prices to stay in business. Get ready for the bare market shelves and breadlines of the late Soviet Union.

Farmers too, are being rejected for the loans they need to harvest and plant crops. This short sighted practice promises to exacerbate the problems that we will be facing in the coming months and years.

Our elected representatives wanted a "good 'ol boy" bailout for the special interests, so they ignored your screams not to do it. They turned off their telephones and email, then voted to print $850 billion dollars out of thin air. This money now owns the American and European banks.

The exploding inflation that WILL result from these "bail-outs" will slash your life savings to nothing and blast the cost of necessities, particularly food, beyond your reach.

In pre-Nazi Germany's super-inflation, the cost of a loaf of bread doubled every two days until it reached over 4 Billion Marks. Food prices are skyrocketing so fast that gold and silver are losing value to food. Super-inflation is about to show its ugly face worldwide.

During the "Great Depression", after the 1929 stock market crash, there was tremendous hardship, unemployment and, millions of Americans actually starved to death.

As more and more families became destitute, parents, who could no longer feed their children, would desperately search for relatives, acquaintances and ultimately even total strangers who could feed them and were willing to take them into their homes.

The parents, of course hoped and told themselves that the children would be okay. Unfortunately, in many cases the children were treated like unpaid servants required to do whatever was demanded of them and be thankful that they were allowed to have food and a place to stay.

During those years, over 80% of the population was closely tied to small family farms, so most of the people could actually get food. Food was available though many had no money to buy it.

Going into our present depression, less than one half of 1% of our population is connected to farming. Further, we are in the third year of a global famine. America will soon see food shortages, even for those who still have money. Credit markets are frozen so solid that grocery stores can't get credit to restock their shelves and farmers can't get the loans needed to plant and harvest crops. America is well on track for runaway inflation where $100 loaves of bread will not be unrealistic.

Before inflation hits and while there is still food, every one of us must get the supplies that we need immediately.

Note from Steve: For years people who bought bulk food were thinking about preparing for an uncertain future. Today, is that future. Those who understand what's happening are accumulating every bit of bulk food they can get because, for many, food is already unaffordable and there will soon be no food available, at any price.

 

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