News Review - 7 June 2019
globalFoodCrisisComing

USA - a million calves dead… stockpiles of wheat, corn and soybeans destroyed… China – 200 million pigs dead… Australia - 500,000 cows dead. Is there a …

Global Food Crisis Coming?

How The Natural Disasters Of 2018 Affect How You Eat In 2019…

“As of October 9, [2018] there have been nearly a dozen weather events that each achieved the dubious award of costing over a billion dollars…

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of specific areas of our food system affected by extreme weather this year, and things you should look out for in 2019.

Corn - When Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina …Much of the state’s corn crop was left shredded by the storm’s powerful winds.

Livestock - Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on North Carolina resulting in an estimated 4 million poultry losses and 5,500 hog losses, according to Reuters.

Hurricane Michael hit hard in Georgia… More than 100 poultry houses were destroyed or damaged.

Peanuts - Hurricane Florence and Michael… Peanuts worth $125 million were left to rot in soaked soil.

Pecans - Georgia’s pecan producers took an estimated $100 million hit on the year’s pecan crop, and lost $260 million worth of pecan trees. Timing was particularly bad, as most farmers were on the cusp of harvesting.

“…your land shall not yield her increase , neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.(Leviticus 26:20)

Sweet Potatoes - North Carolina is the largest sweet potato producer in the country… Sweet potatoes thrive in well-drained soil, so the hurricane’s soaking caused them to become waterlogged and rotten. An initial USDA report after the storm reported that prices for a 40-pound case increased 15 percent.

Vegetables - Due to Hurricane Michael in Georgia, farmers sustained over $2 billion in damages.

Wine Grapes - The Malibu wine region was utterly devastated by the Woolsey fire, which scorched acres of vineyards and destroyed wineries.” ( thekitchn.com)

Could A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?

“It looks like global food production could be well below expectations in 2019, and that could spell big trouble in the months ahead. As many as a million calves were lost to the flooding that hit the state of Nebraska in March, farmers have planted less than half of the corn that is normally in the ground by this time of the year, and a lot of the crops that have been planted in the middle of the country are really struggling due to extremely wet soil.” ( endoftheamericandream.com)

America

If the problems were confined to America, then they could buy food on the world market. But around the world, the problems escalate… starting in America:

“2019 is turning out to be a nightmare that never ends for the agriculture industry. Thanks to endless rain and unprecedented flooding, fields all over the middle part of the country are absolutely soaked right now, and this has prevented many farmers from getting their crops in the ground. I knew that this was a problem, but when I heard that only 30 percent of US corn fields had been planted as of Sunday, I had a really hard time believing it. But it turns out that number is 100 percent accurate.

Can you imagine what this is going to do to food prices? It is no exaggeration to say that what we are facing is a true national catastrophe.( theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

Livestock

“In America it was not the flooding that did the cows in but heavy snowfall, gale-force winds and extreme cold hit multiple dairying regions in Idaho and Washington in midwinter leaving nearly 2,000 dairy cows dead. With the cold gone and the floods in we do not yet know how many cows have died but we do know that the numbers are astronomically higher. Early accounts counted a million calves lost in the flooding.

Stockpiles of wheat, corn and soybeans lost

We have witnessed the loss of massive stockpiles of wheat, corn and soybeans that had been stashed away as farmers hoped for a price increase. According to US Department of Agriculture as of December 1, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois – had 6.75 billion bushels of corn, soybeans and wheat stored on their farms. The amount of food that has just been lost is absolutely staggering. Due to the trade war, farmers were storing more wheat, corn and soybeans than ever before, and now the floodwaters have destroyed much of what had been stored. So future and past production is being wiped out together.( coldclimatechange.com)


“…if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God
Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.(Deuteronomy 28:17)

Global Food Crisis Ahead

Australia

Australia imports wheat for first time in over a decade after worst drought in 116 years.

Australia is normally the biggest wheat exporter in the Southern Hemisphere, but the prolonged drought has fried its grain crop in recent years. In 2018, output tumbled 20% to just over 17 million tonnes, the lowest in more than a decade, according to the US Department of Agriculture. On May 9, 2019 the Australian government had no choice but to import 60,000 tons of wheat from Canada.” ( strangesounds.org)

Livestock Disaster

“Farmers who managed to keep their cattle alive for seven years, through one of Australia’s worst droughts in history, have watched their herds wiped out in a matter of days after unprecedented floods devastated much of Queensland. Australia’s largest cattle company has warned of ‘extreme losses’ after record-breaking floods, as producers said more than 300,000 cows were drowned or washed away in the vast continent’s northeast. The number of estimated dead is now 500,000 dead cows.” ( coldclimatechange.com)

Yucatan, Mexico

“The drought in the Mexican state of Yucatan has put the agrarian sector up against the ropes. According to the president of the Association of Horticulturalists of Yucatan, Jose Filomeno Tejero Poot, if the drought lasts longer, a large part of the state’s harvest will be lost and they will have to bring food from other parts of the country to supply the demand of the population of Yucatan.” ( freshplaza.com)

Argentina

“In a recently released report, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology estimated there are 600,000 ha (1,480,000 acres) of crops affected by heavy rain and flooded roads, which interrupted the harvest of soy, corn and alfalfa crops. In some areas, crops were under 40 cm (15.7 inches) of water, so owners decided to abandon them.

Food demand is steadily increasing, but food production is decreasing. There is a clash between demand and offer… And at the end we will pay the price. Food shortage around the world is true. Prices are set to rise.( telam.com.ar)

North Korea

“North Korea’s worst drought in decades is being driven by the lowest rainfall in a century, according to the country’s official state newspaper. North Korea will need to import more than 1.5 million tons of food to cover the production gaps.” ( newsweek.com)

France

“Corn sowing in France slowed again this week, losing its lead to last year, after persistent cold weather continues to hamper the central European nation’s planting efforts. France was battered by a brutal cold front during the second half of April and first half of May — the key planting window — with the mercury hitting all-time lows and effectively slamming the brakes on sowing efforts. France is the third largest corn exporter in the world, meaning a delayed or poor harvest will have a pronounced impact on global markets.” ( electroverse.net)

China

“Pork prices are expected rise as African swine fever decimates Chinese pigs, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. McDonald’s, Burger King, Jimmy Dean and Dunkin’ all reportedly expect sausage and bacon prices to rise this year as China has to import pigs to make up for the 200 million hogs that are expected to die from the disease. That quantity of lost pigs accounts for roughly 5 percent of the global meat market, according to the Journal.

The US Department of Agriculture has said China could import 33 percent more pigs this year to meet domestic demand. Tyson Foods CEO Noel White said, ‘We’re already seeing that effect - prices are moving higher’.” ( thehill.com)

Italy

“According to some sources, it is estimated that over 70% of Basilicata stone fruit [ peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines] has been lost. Alarming percentages, considering that the agricultural sector is the cornerstone for the economy of this region. ‘Whole stone fruit fields have been destroyed. The watermelon seedlings planted a few weeks ago have been broken by hail,’ says Francesco Musillo, director of Agorà PO, who adds: ‘Even on the covered vineyards, the hail weighed down the covers, breaking the structures’.” ( hummingbird027.com)


…your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.(Leviticus 26:20)


“Olive Oil Catastrophe - Things are so bad in Italy that they soon could be forced to import olive oil to stem a dramatic decline in production, as extreme weather events wreak havoc with harvests and threaten a shortage of one of the country’s most essential culinary products. Puglia, the southern region which produces most of the country’s olive oil, was worst affected, with the region seeing a ‘real massacre of 25 million olive trees’.( coldclimatechange.com)

Philippines

“More than P350 million worth of damage on rice crops due to drought was recorded by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA)-Capiz. Per damage assessment report as of May 10, OPA information officer Florie May Castro said the damage on rice crops already reached P358,452,650 in the entire province of Capiz due to the dry spell. She added that the rice plantation of 8,883 farmers here are affected by the long drought which started last February.” ( reliefweb.int)

Canada

“After a devastating potato growing season, 500 million pounds of Canadian potatoes are feared wasted and many of the survivors are misshapen and undersized, threatening to turn french fries short and brown. United Potato Growers general manager Kevin MacIsaac said, ‘I’ve been involved in the industry myself for 25-plus years and I’ve never seen anything like this,’ he told the Financial Post. ‘It’s pretty bad right now’.” ( coldclimatechange.com)

Pakistan

“Water shortages and crop failure caused by record-low rainfalls in Pakistan are forcing some farming families to abandon their land, fleeing what officials say is the worst drought to hit the country in years, while others are selling their last breeding animals or seed stocks to survive.

Disaster management officials say at least 2.8 million people are affected in the two provinces’ worst-hit districts.” ( thenewhumanitarian.org)

The Curses For Disobedience

“The LORD shall smite thee… with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.” (Deuteronomy 28:22-24)

The Curse: Blasting And Mildew

Note: Blasting – the result of drought… and mildew, the result of flooding.

While flooding is stopping farmers from planting crops, in other parts of the US, they have drought problems.

Texas: Thirst For Water Intensifies

“About 1,000 people arrive in Texas each day, drawn by jobs, newly built homes and other opportunities. But in a state where prolonged drought is a regular occurrence, officials are struggling to ensure they can sate everyone’s thirst. As the planet warms and weather patterns turn more extreme, droughts - as well as floods - in the state generally have worsened.

Water experts are trying to determine how ‘resilient’ the state’s water infrastructure is in keeping safe drinking water flowing through the taps. There are indications that the system is more fragile than once thought: After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, more than 200 public water systems shut down or warned customers to boil their tap water. Months later, 3,700 Texans still lacked access to safe drinking water. Before that storm, 30 towns in 2013 were within six months of running out of water as a drought continued to grip the state.

‘The state is growing so fast that we’re constantly playing catch-up when it comes to building resilient water supplies,’ said Robert Mace, executive director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. ‘The question is: When the bad times come will there be enough water for everybody?’” ( star-telegram.com)

It’s All Happened Before!

Back in the time of Haggai the Prophet, the people were supposed to be building the Temple. But the job was not being done. Because they were not obeying God, see how He dealt with them…

“Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built.

Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.(Haggai 1:2-6)

“Since those days were, when one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty. I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.” (Haggai 2:16-18)

Famine At The End Of The Age

In the Book of Revelation, we see the symbolic four horsemen of the apocalypse revealed. The third horse – the black horse, represents famine.

“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny…(Revelation 6:5-6)

Bread by weight means scarcity… as explained by the Prophet Ezekiel.

“And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it. Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink. And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them…

Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.” (Ezekiel 4:10-13 & 16-17)

Back in New Testament times, it seems that a day’s wages was a “penny” (Matthew 20:2). The Roman coin referred to was the denarius. A days wages was one “denarius”. A “measure” of corn was a slave’s daily ration, an amount usually purchasable for ONE-EIGHTH of a denarius.

This shows that there will be food available, but it will be very expensive, possibly up to 8 times more expensive!

Could people afford to buy rice at over $30 a kilo?

How about eggs at over $16 a dozen?

A loaf of bread for £14?

How about £85 for a kilo of beef?

We Are Now Having Problems Even Sowing Our Crops

Our monthly income is increasingly “…put it into a bag with holes” as food prices rise. As our people drift further and further from God, the weather gets worse and the food supply becomes even more critical. We cannot lose over one million calves, 200 million pigs, and have huge amounts of crops destroyed around the world, without seeing food prices rise dramatically.

End Time Events Are Catching Up With Today’s World

“But IT SHALL COME TO PASS, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.

Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store…(Deuteronomy 28:15-17)

And the ultimate end… national captivity!

“Ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.” (Deuteronomy 28:68)

Yet In All This Devastation – A Promise!

“Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

For IF YE TURN AGAIN UNTO THE LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, IF YE RETURN UNTO HIM.” (2 Chronicles 30:8-9)