There is an impending food crisis across the world. This is something you might not have noticed, but it will affect both you and your family sometime. Maybe that time won’t be today, and it may not be next week, but it will happen. Natural disasters like devastating weather have taken their toll on the agriculture of the world over the past few years.
Oil prices have started to dramatically increase. Our global economy is hinging on the cost of oil, in many ways, as oils is used to produce food cheaply and transport food around the world. If oil is no longer cheap, then food will no longer be cheap, and everything changes. We have seen topsoil erode at alarming rates and aquifers become drained of water at a pace that can’t be kept up with. Food prices around the world are already quite high, and they are only gong to go higher. What happens when there are additional millions of people all across the globe who cannot feed themselves?
Australians are used to going to supermarket that are packed with foods of all kinds that is sold at incredibly low prices. What happens when that era ends, and we start a new one where food is a scarcity? There are plenty of signs that this is coming and that there won’t be enough food to feed everybody. Food inflation is increasing, as more and more people are using fewer and fewer resources. It is only matter of time before food prices skyrocket. There are a number of reasons why an increasing number of people are feeling like the world is going to see a huge food crisis.
Let’s look at 20 of these indications of a global food emergency:
- The World Bank says that since summer of last year, more than 40 million people have been forced into extreme poverty due to increased food prices.
- Topsoil is disappearing quickly, and Lester Brown says that topsoil is being lost at a rate that is faster than new soil is forming naturally.
- About a third of the corn produced in the United States is used in fuel, and that is dramatically increasing the cost of corn, thanks to ethanol subsidies.
- Many Middle Eastern countries are losing water, and they rely almost entirely on surrounding nations for the very basic food supplies. Saudi Arabia has already run out of wheat for all intents and purposes.
- The water tables around the world are diminishing quickly. The World Bank says that there are 175 million people in India and 130 million China who are being fed from grain that is grown using water pumped out of diminishing aquifers. The water is being pumped out at a rate that is faster than it is being refilled. What will those people do once the water runs out?
- The part of America known as America’s Breadbasket could turn into a dust bowl due to the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer.
- A lot of the world’s food is being destroyed by crop diseases, such as UG99 wheat rust.
- Japan experienced a nuclear crisis and tsunami a few years ago, and those events have made a lot of the farming land there unusable. There are people who believe that large portions of Japan will be completely uninhabitable in time, and this economy, which is currently the third largest in the world, may start to collapse. How soon that happens, though, is tough to predict.
- Oil prices are going to play a key role in the food crisis. We use oil to produce and transport food. As those oil prices increase, so too does our entire food production process. If the oil prices do not drop, then food prices are only going to increase as well, and soon it will not make sense to use some of the food production processes we currently use.
- There could be a fertiliser shortage as well. The Global Phosphorous Research Initiative says that there won’t be enough phosphorous to meet the demand for fertiliser in a few decades.
- India is just one of many countries that are dealing with food inflation. Their annual food inflation rate is around 18% right now and likely to increase.
- The United Nations says that food prices around the world have reached new highs.
- The World Bank has revealed a 36% increase in the global price of food in the last year.
- Since summer, the commodity price of wheat has increased by 100%
- The same thing has happened to the price of corn in the same period.
- Soybean commodity rates are up about 50% since the same period.
- If you look at the price of orange juice since 2009, it has more than doubled.
- Around three billion people in the world live on less than two dollars each day. That’s a number that is only increasing according to statistics.
- Global food production is being affected by Middle East revolutions, a Libyan civil war, financial problems in Europe and the slow death of the US dollar.
- Many emergency food suppliers sin the US have experienced food shortages.
What we are saying is that time is short. Many emergency food suppliers are closing down their factories and websites and saying it is due to food shortages and excessive demand. It has already happened to Mountain House and Thyrosafe. How many more will follow? These emergency food suppliers often state on their websites or in their press releases the they hope to reopen at some later date, but that may never happen. The food crisis is not something that has snuck up on everyone. There have been numerous people who have been predicting it for years. Of course, there wasn’t a lot of get worked up about until recently.
Food prices have been on the rise, but our groceries are still packed with inexpensive food. All that is changing now, though. Now, you would have to be blind to not see the signs. Japan saw its store shelves cleared out immediately following the events of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. The food crisis is happening right now, but for many people it isn’t immediately obvious. It hasn’t hit every country or every person yet, but it will. What will you and your family be doing to protect yourselves? It’s something to start thinking about.