When things like oil rise in price, there are stories about pending shortages and future problems – even energy wars. But other crucial shortages and price hikes are pending – in basic things like food and water.I grew up after the war, when food was short in Britain. We had food coupons and bought small – very small - portions of things like meat and sugar with them.
As we moved into the 60s and 70s, things changed. Food became plentiful and was taken for granted. We even started eating out when the first budget-priced Indian and Chinese restaurants opened in Britain! Just the thing for badly-paid young journalists.
After Pat and I married in 1974 I visited America for the first time and was astonished at this land of plenty. As decades rolled by, rolls of fat gathered on the people in both our countries. We were rather too well fed. That may be about to change, worldwide.
As populations in places like India and China can afford to eat better – meat instead of grains –so commodity prices are soaring. Coupled with failing harvests in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere, the world’s food resources are becoming depleted. This was a headline in The Financial Times: World 'dangerously close' to new food crisis, United Nations says.
Many people waste food or just eat too much –you see them waddling round malls everywhere, bulging out of their clothes. This has never happened on such a scale in previous history and it will soon end. We’d better get used to trying to grow our own vegetables where we can and learn to use all our food scraps. I am serious, even though this may seem unlikely to you now. I see the writing on the wall and in the headline reports.
The good times are fast ending, or have ended already for many.The time of food scarcity – even rationing – may soon be here. For no nation has always had the abundance westerners have become used to. None of us has a right to expect platefuls of food every day. Many people round the world don’t have such meals- or much in the way of meals at all. And why should God continue to bless us, when we, for the most part, ignore or ridicule Him?
In the Second World War all spare scraps of land in Britain were used to grow food. Scraps of food were used to make strange delights like “Win the War Pie.” So, having read numerous reports too detailed to go into here (use a search engine to call up “global food shortages” and do your own research) I suggest that anyone with even a tiny garden, like ours, learns how to compost waste and use it to grow food from seeds. You will be surprised what you can achieve and it is most satisfying to walk out of the back door and gather a bowlful of beans. Even apartment dwellers with balconies can, perhaps, grow vegetables in tubs. Or ask elderly neighbors or relatatives if you can grow food on their unused land, and share it with them.Bible prophecy shows that the world’s worst famines are heading our way. Revelation 6:6 predicts a famine during the fast-approaching Great Tribulation, a seven year period. The true Christian church - the remnant church which trusts the Bible and follows the Lord Jesus Christ - will not be here then as the church is not mentioned after chapter three of Revelation. That’s because we are raptured - taken out of the world to be with the Lord- prior to the worst of the troubles coming to the earth.Nonetheless, we will not escape all the troubles gathering like a storm cloud, starting soon with the financial meltdown I have been predicting for years. Best to get right with God and prepare spiritually and materially. Now here are a few paragraphs from the story which started me thinking of this article….
The story started: LONDON - The bill for global food imports will top $1 trillion this year for the second time, putting the world "dangerously close" to a new food crisis, according to the United Nations.
The warning by the world body's Food and Agriculture Organization adds to fears about rising inflation in emerging countries from China to India.
"Prices are dangerously close to the levels of 2007-08," said Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist at the FAO.
The note of worry was sounded Wednesday in the FAO's latest twice-yearly Food Outlook, along with a warning that the world should "be prepared" for even higher prices next year. The report said it was crucial that farm production - particularly of corn and wheat - "expand substantially" in 2011-12 to meet expected demand and rebuild world reserves.
But the FAO also said the production response may be limited, because rising food prices have made other crops, including sugar, soybeans and cotton, attractive to grow.
"This could limit individual crop production responses to levels that would be insufficient to alleviate market tightness. Against this backdrop, consumers may have little choice but to pay higher prices for their food," it said.
And here are a few quotes from another website, complete with out-of-date headline. Now, date-setting is never a good idea but the general theme is correct…The Coming World Famine: Will 2010 Be The Year The World Runs Out Of Food?A "perfect storm" of circumstances is coming together that is leading many agriculture experts to predict that we will soon be experiencing a worldwide food crisis of unprecedented magnitude. Will 2010 be the year that the world runs out of food?
Record setting droughts, exploding populations and crippling crop failures all over the world are combining to set the stage for a potentially devastating food crisis in the coming year.Even in such technologically advanced times, the reality is that the food supply is not immune to droughts and plagues.
Even the United States has been dramatically affected. Just consider the following examples.....*All time record breaking heat and drought continues to plague the state of Texas. In fact, extreme drought conditions can be found in many agricultural areas throughout the United States this summer.*If the drought conditions were not bad enough, a disease known as "late blight" is absolutely devastating tomato and potato plants in the eastern half of the United States.
The prices for those two staple foods could shoot through the roof, hitting already hurting American consumers really hard.*In addition, farmers all over the United States are reporting very disappointing harvests. For example, the very weak wheat harvest this year is seriously disappointing farmers across the state of Illinois.
But it is not just the U.S. that is experiencing serious agricultural problems. In fact, the news from the rest of the world is even more troubling.*Agricultural scientists fear that Ug99, a devastating wheat fungus also known as stem rust, could wipe out over 80 percent of the world's wheat crop as it spreads out from Africa.*Harvests all across the globe are frighteningly low.
Just check out the following troubling reports from the Market Skeptics blog.....------1) Bulgaria harvest will be around 20% lower than last season's output.2) Argentine farmers will plant just 2.6 million hectares of winter wheat for the 2009/10 season, a stunning 2.1 million less than was planted in 2008/09 (down nearly 45%).3) Part of the reason behind lower plantings is a two fingered salute to the government and their export restrictions.4) Brazil, the world's third largest wheat importer, bought 51,000 MT of US wheat last week, more than it bought in the entire first six months of the year.5) With the Brazilian real strengthening against the dollar, Brazilian millers that are being forced to look for supplies are finding US wheat fitting the bill quite nicely.6) Canadian crop development lags with 60% of winter grains are behind normal development. Spring grains development is even further behind, with 75% of crops affected.7) Ukraine will only produce 35 MMT of grain this season, 35 percent less than last year.8 ) 3.3 million hectares of the Russia’s spring crops have been badly damaged by drought. Production this year is seen lower at around 55-60 MMT from 63.7 MMT in 2008.9) Sugar hit its highest in three years last week.10) The lack of monsoon rains in northern India was the main driver of the rally in sugar. World demand is outstripping supply by over six million tonnes at the moment, and India is set to potentially become the world's largest importer this year.11) Spanish wheat output is now projected 32% lower this year at 3.8 MMT.12) Rain is damaging crops in the UK and across Europe.------
When you add up all of the recent agricultural news stories it means one thing: a massive food crisis is on the way.Harvests around the world are going to be much smaller at a time when world demand for food is at an all-time high.In other words, there are going to be food shortages.Very serious food shortages.This is the website link, if you are interested: http://theemergencyfoodsupply.com/emergency-food