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California’s Drought to Affect Food Prices in U.S. & Around the World

posted by Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 9:00 AM
February 20, 2014

California-Serious-Drought       Few Americans realize how much this year’s food prices will greatly increase here and around the world because the nation’s food basket is largely filled by the state of California. That basket is under severe attack from drought.

In addition to pointing out that “. . . the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been since 1951?,” in ’15 Reasons Why Your Food Bill Is Going To Start Soaring,‘ The Economic Collapse further astonishes with:

“If the drought that has been devastating farmers and ranchers out west continues, we are going to see prices for meat, fruits and vegetables soar into the stratosphere.  Already, the federal government has declared portions of 11 states to be ‘disaster areas,’ and California farmers are going to leave half a million acres sitting idle this year because of the extremely dry conditions.”

What’s more, the writer points out, some experts fear this drought season could last for decades.  Among those US-Drought-Monitor15 reasons, that writer adds: 1) 2013 was the driest year on record for California; 2) 91.6% of that state is in “severe to exceptional drought;” 3) Other western states are dry as well causing those farmers to sell off live stock; and 4) Drought also affects food production in other nations.

On that point, Americans probably can’t count on food supplies from overseas:  In ‘It has Begun:  Wise Up and Stock Up As Food Shortages and Price Hikes Are Coming Before Years End, Lizzie Bennett of ‘Underground Medic says:

“Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia have experienced rainfall heavy enough to flood fields and rot crops; Rice production in China has been affected by record low temperatures; Parts of Australia have been in drought for years affecting cattle and agricultural production, etc.”

Celeste Cantu, General Manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority insists:  “ . . . this drought could have a “cataclysmic” impact on food prices . . . as 80 percent of California’s freshwater supply is used for agriculture, The cost of fruits and vegetables could soar.”

Writing for NBC News, Miguel Almaguer and Daniel Arkin reveal: “In the state’s Central Valley—where nearly 40 percent of all jobs are tied to agriculture production and related processing—the pain has already trickled down. Businesses across a wide swath of the region have shuttered, casting countless workers adrift in a downturn that calls to mind the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.”

As food prices go up, most incomes are stagnant.  In ‘Food Prices Soar as Incomes Stand Still,’ Michelle Miller of CBS News points out: “While the government says prices are up 6.4 percent since 2011, chicken is up 18.4 percent, ground beef is up 16.8 percent and bacon has skyrocketed up 22.8 percent. . . while economists paint a benign picture, middle-class families are quietly struggling.”

One side of Bible prophecies says believers will be blessed in drought: “Blessed is the man that trusteth in The LORD, and whose hope The LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit  (Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8).”

Another side pronounces that drought is a curse:  “Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned (Job 24: 19).” It is time for all to repent, and pray, pray, pray for God’s grace to send rain!

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