News Review - 30 Oct 2020
World Wide Food Shortages

Wars… disrupted supply chains… wild weather… the Covid-19 pandemic… speculators… currency manipulation… inflation… rising food prices… all leading up to…

World Wide Food Shortages

At the end of the age, as the seals on the book of Revelation are removed, a famine situation is revealed.

“And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, ‘A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine’.” (Revelation 6:6, New Living Translation)

When we look at the food supply situation in today’s world, we can see that we are heading for a crisis. Right now, this world’s food supply situation IS under threat – serious threat, as the following articles point out!

Food Shortage In The World’s Biggest Nation

“Over the past few weeks, I have been writing articles regarding a coming food shortage. I’ve been pointing out that the food shortage is going to hit the United States hard but that it is also going to hit the rest of the world.

But while many have dismissed my claims, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that China is now publicly acknowledging a coming food shortage. (And as noted in this article, when they admit there’s a problem, it’s a BIG problem.) In fact, China even has an anti-food-wasting campaign going on across the country right this minute encouraging people to eat half portions or at least make sure to finish their plates.

On the surface, China’s campaign to encourage mealtime thrift has been a cheerful affair, with soldiers, factory workers and schoolchildren shown polishing their plates clean of food. But behind the drive is a harsh reality.

China does not have enough fresh food to go around — and neither does much of the world.

The pandemic and extreme weather have disrupted agricultural supply chains, leaving food prices sharply higher in countries as diverse as Yemen, Sudan, Mexico and South Korea. The United Nations warned in June that the world is on the brink of its worst food crisis in 50 years.

It’s scary and it’s overwhelming,’ Arif Husain, chief economist of the United Nations World Food Program, said in an interview. ‘I don’t think we have seen anything like this ever.’

Those are strong words, to say the least.

Right now, the food products in China that are facing the toughest situation are corn and pork. China’s pork industry was hit hard by African Swine Fever and flooding ruined a large portion of China’s corn crops. But it’s not just those two products that are at risk. Fresh food of every kind is in short supply for the same reasons as the United States, ie insane shutdown policies.

China is claiming that it is not in a food crisis currently and it is attempting to reassure the population that it has enough wheat in reserve to feed everyone for a year. But the reality is different from the claims, as China’s pork prices rose 135 percent in February, and floods killed so many vegetable crops.

Political unrest goes hand in hand with food insecurity.

And it’s true that China’s government may not view the food crisis as the biggest concern. Instead, it views political unrest as the biggest threat. Political unrest, unfortunately for the Chinese Communist Party, is a direct result, especially in China, of food insecurity. Both of its major political disruptions – the 1950s and 1980s – came at a time when food was in scarce supply.” ( theorganicprepper.com)

Global Food Shortages Are Becoming Very Real

“The head of the UN World Food Program repeatedly warned us that we would soon be facing ‘ famines of biblical proportions’, and his predictions are now starting to become a reality. We have already seen food riots in some parts of Africa, and it isn’t too much of a surprise that certain portions of Asia are really hurting right now. But I have to admit that I was kind of shocked when I came across an article about the ‘hunger crisis’ that has erupted in Latin America.

According to Bloomberg, ‘a resurgence of poverty is bringing a vicious wave of hunger in a region that was supposed to have mostly eradicated that kind of malnutrition decades ago’. We are being told that food shortages are becoming acute from Mexico City all the way down to the southern tip of South America , and those that are the poorest are being hit the hardest.” ( endoftheamericandream.com)


What feels like a food shortage in the Western nations is fairly normal in other countries.

Here’s how to adjust your perspective


“Ever since last March, we’ve seen dramatic photos of bare shelves across the country. Initially, we were told it was just an issue with everyone panic-buying due to the lockdown and that those pesky preppers and hoarders were the cause of the whole mess. Some folks are beginning to become worried that this is permanent. And they just might be right.

But here’s another perspective to consider for the bare shelves we’re seeing.

One thing that skews our perspective a little bit is that we have been ‘the land of plenty’ for so long.

We’ve been spoiled for choice and surrounded by abundance, most of us for our entire lives.

A trip to Walmart or a grocery store meant you could spend hours picking and choosing between 29 different brands of ranch salad dressing, dozens of sets of sheets for your bed, or 15 different cuts of beef, all in one stop.

First, in other countries, you see more speciality stores instead of behemoths like Walmart or Kroger.

When I lived in Greece for a few months, I had some regular rounds I made once I got the hang of shopping there. I bought my meat from the butcher shop, my fruits and veggies from a produce stand, my bread from the bakery, cheese from a cheese shop, and a dessert from the pastry shop. It was a pleasant outing to walk around and pick these things up.

The shopkeepers loved to tell you that the mandarins in your hand came straight from the farm of an uncle in the eastern part of the country, or that they have their own farm specifically to provide the juicy heirloom tomatoes that you were looking for, or that a relative raised all the beef available in their shop and how that relative made things more special. The thing that stood out to me was how the owners and workers took great pride in their offerings. This is definitely not something you’ll see at your local Safeway.

Let’s take meat, for example. Here in the United States, our stores have a lengthy expanse with hundreds of packages of meat down one aisle of the store. Outside the United States (at least where I spent most of my time) you had a little corner with a couple of chilled cases of meat. In those cases you could find chicken in perhaps three forms – whole, cut up with bone-in, and chicken breasts. For beef, you might find a roast and ground meat. With pork, you might be able to get a tenderloin, a larger bone-in roast, and some pork chops.

Moving along to other sections of the store, produce is not a vast corner with 25% of the contents of the store. It was a small section and the options were fairly basic. You didn’t have 17 brands or types of potatoes from which to choose. You just had potatoes in general in a large bin where you reached in and bagged your own.

There was food, and plenty of it.

It was just that you didn’t have 29 different brands of salad dressing. You didn’t have as much processed food. You had access to basics.

Our stores look positively barren here in the US right now. We see headlines blaring about ‘shortages’. Many stores are still limiting purchases of meat, toilet paper, and cleaning wipes to two per customer. All of these things add up to provoke an atmosphere of dread. People are panicking because it feels like there’s ‘nothing’ at the store.

I get it because it really is unsettling to see those long, empty shelves. This is not what we’re used to seeing here in the land of plenty. Part of the issue is that our stores were designed to display vast abundance, and now that there are fewer choices, these stores look alarmingly empty.

But perhaps it isn’t quite as bad as it seems. Perhaps it is our perspective that needs to change. Perhaps we’ll just be doing things differently. I’m by no means saying that our economy is just fine or that our supply chain is A-OK. There are some things that you can’t get a hold of for love or money, like yeast, for example.

But at this point, as long as you have the money to make purchases, there are products there to purchase. You just have fewer options for each item you wish to purchase.” ( thefrugalite.com)

Australian Rice Disaster

Australia is running out of RICE - and may not have a single home-grown grain left by Christmas

“Australia is facing a rice shortage with the country predicted to run out of the domestically-grown product by Christmas. SunRice chief executive Rob Gordon warned families would soon be forced to eat rice imported from Vietnam as local supplies continued to dwindle. ‘Our supply chains including Vietnam are a hedge against Australian shortages so we will still have rice products on the shelves but it will not be Australian rice.’ Low rainfall and dry conditions have led harvesting figures to dip by more than 90 per cent since 2017.

Only 54,000 tonnes of rice was harvested - compared to its regular 800,000 tonnes.( dailymail.co.uk)

South Korea’s Food Prices Hike

“South Korea’s food price inflation last month ranked the third highest among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, due to the record-long summer monsoon season soon followed by consecutive typhoons, data showed Wednesday.

The key factors boosting Korea’s food prices were heavily consumed agricultural goods such as Chinese cabbage and sesame leaves.

Sweet potatoes, which were to be harvested in late August, received the hardest blow from the heavy monsoonal rains that swept across the nation from late June to mid-August. The crop marked 56.9 percent in consumer price inflation in August, hitting a 30-year high since the 57 percent on-year rise observed in November 1990.

Other key agricultural products such as zucchini, sesame leaves, tomatoes, onions and white radish all marked more than 40 percent in on-year inflation.( koreaherald.com)

The People In Sudan Are Facing Hardship

Staple food prices rise by 50% in Sudan amid economic strife, floods and Covid.

“Millions of people in Sudan are facing hardship as the cost of food and transport soars amid economic turmoil in the country. The cost of some staple foods like bread and sugar has increased by 50% over the past few weeks, driving inflation to a record high of 167%, up from 144% in July.

Hafiz Ibrahim, an economist in Khartoum, said the price of sugar had risen from 100 to 150 Sudanese pounds (about £1.40 to £2.10) in the past fortnight, while a loaf of bread can cost two pounds in Khartoum and up to seven times more outside the capital. Beef has increased from 500 Sudanese pounds in June to 800 pounds this month.” ( theguardian.com)

The Centralization Of Food Production

Huge corporations control most of the world’s food supply. When a crisis strikes, the effect is immediate, even in the USA, as the following article points out.

“Workers at meat packaging plants have been especially hard hit with the coronavirus. Almost 60% of the employees at one Tyson plant in Iowa have tested positive for COVID. Plants everywhere are shutting down for the safety of their employees and despite President Trump’s invocation of the Defense Production Act to force them to reopen, many workers have refused to return to the plants. Factory farms have culled millions of cows, hogs, and chickens because they cannot be [sent] to plants that are either closed or reducing the amount of meat they’re able to process while practising social distancing.

Historically, the centralization of food has always ended in disaster. Unfortunately, giant CAFO operations and USDA approval have centralized our own food supply, and here we are.” ( theorganicprepper.com)

Pandemic Food Waste

This is the result when you close down all the restaurants, hotels and schools. There is nobody to buy the farmers’ crops. So at a time of rising food prices and food shortages, farmers destroy crops and animals which they cannot sell.

“In Wisconsin and Ohio, farmers are dumping thousands of gallons of fresh milk into lagoons and manure pits. An Idaho farmer has dug huge ditches to bury 1 million pounds of onions. And in South Florida, a region that supplies much of the Eastern half of the United States with produce, tractors are crisscrossing bean and cabbage fields, plowing perfectly ripe vegetables back into the soil.

After weeks of concern about shortages in grocery stores and mad scrambles to find the last box of pasta or toilet paper roll, many of the nation’s largest farms are struggling with another ghastly effect of the pandemic. They are being forced to destroy tens of millions of pounds of fresh food that they can no longer sell.

The closing of restaurants, hotels and schools has left some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops. And even as retailers see spikes in food sales to Americans who are now eating nearly every meal at home, the increases are not enough to absorb all of the perishable food that was planted weeks ago and intended for schools and businesses.

The amount of waste is staggering. The nation’s largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, estimates that farmers are dumping as many as 3.7 million gallons of milk each day. A single chicken processor is smashing 750,000 unhatched eggs every week.” ( nytimes.com)

The Situation Escalates

Food production is cut due to bad weather, floods and droughts. But there are other problems. Tesco chairman warns of short-term food shortages after Brexit – and price hikes of around 20%.

“British supermarkets have been urging government to reach a ‘zero tariff, zero quota’ deal with the EU. Tesco’s chairman John Allan has warned of short-term fresh food shortages for up to ‘a few months’ after the Brexit transition period ends in January.

British supermarkets have been urging government to reach a ‘zero tariff, zero quota’ deal in negotiations with the EU. Food imports from the bloc account for 30% of produce in supermarkets but could face an average tariff of 20% without a deal, according to analysis by the British Retail Consortium.” ( thegrocer.co.uk)

The Lessons Of History

In history, we see whole nations destroyed by rising food prices and food shortages

“Protests over affordable food access are a regular feature of political economy. There was a wave of such demonstrations in 2007-2008, even before the Arab Spring began in late 2010. More generally, social movements responding to food shocks have played a powerful role in shaping modern history. Sharply rising prices were a major driver of the French Revolution. The 1848 revolutions followed several years of European drought that pushed food prices upward, and food protests not only kick-started the 1917 Russian Revolution from which the Soviet Union was born but also, in a historical irony, contributed to the USSR’s demise.( foreignpolicy.com)

The Financial Issue

Food is bought and sold on the world market using the US dollar as a common currency. When it looks like there won’t be enough food to go around, speculators buy up crops with the view of making more profit as the shortages start to bite – this also pushes up prices. Even changes to the value of currencies can cause price increases.

“Another factor has had a dramatic impact on global food prices, and thus political stability: changes within the international money system. Food is expansively traded cross-nationally, which generates a world price that is typically indexed in US dollars (still the currency that is most used internationally, by far). Changes to the value of the greenback have the potential to move a wide range of prices around the world, including the price of food. And the value of the US dollar is most influenced by the actions of the Federal Reserve.

The Federal Reserve is mandated by the United States government to achieve full employment in the US economy, with low and stable inflation, while maintaining financial stability. The Fed uses a range of policy tools — especially interest rate adjustments and asset purchasing (ie ‘quantitative easing’) programs — to expand (or contract) the supply of dollars in pursuit of these goals. Changes to money supply then have an impact on prices and, because the dollar is the most internationalized currency, these price changes are felt globally.

Commodities prices are particularly susceptible to US monetary policy. While other factors — including the stock of inventories, the functioning of distribution networks, and the level of global demand — also play a very important role, expansion of the US dollar supply typically results in commodity price increases, all else equal. And changes to the price of food can have a powerful impact on social stability around the world.( foreignpolicy.com)

The Immediate Future

If the US election causes chaos within America, then the value of the dollar could drop - dramatically! This could cause a huge spike in food prices, which would affect the whole world.

All around the world, we see wars and rumours of wars. We seem to be surrounded by conflict, chaos and confusion. We see terrible weather destroying crops around the world, some areas suffering drought while others have floods. We see the Covid-19 virus causing chaos in many countries, and with the scientific community divided on how to tackle it, there seems no immediate end to the problem.

But for those of us who understand what is really happening in the world, we should be expecting this type of situation.

This is what we should be seeing!

This is what is prophesied to happen as this age draws to a close.

Our Focus

We understand the problems – but more importantly, we understand the solution!

Gone will be centralised food production.

Gone the speculators.

Gone the bad weather.

Gone all the curses revealed in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.

Here is what’s coming – in just a few short years!

“I will make a covenant of peace with my people and drive away the dangerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear. I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing.

The orchards and fields of my people will yield bumper crops, and everyone will live in safety. When I have broken their chains of slavery and rescued them from those who enslaved them, then they will know that I am the LORD. They will no longer be prey for other nations, and wild animals will no longer devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will frighten them.

“And I will make their land famous for its crops, so my people will never again suffer from famines or the insults of foreign nations.

In this way, they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them. And they will know that they, the people of Israel, are my people, says the Sovereign LORD.

You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture.

You are my people, and I am your God.

I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!” (Ezekiel 34:26-31, New Living Translation)