Drought, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Food Cost: Famine Comes to U.S.

posted by Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 9:56 AM
August 2, 2013

RisingFoodPrices    Global Warming results have hit U.S. pocketbooks in more ways than one.  Food prices are drastically up, farmers beg governments for ever more assistance, and Congress studies to cut food stamp prices––again.

We think his figures are low but Paul Ausick of 24/7 Wall Street in ‘U.S. Food Prices Rising Sharply: Up 9% from December to January, 15% Increase from January 2012,’ writes:  “Prices were 15% higher than in January 2012.

“Food prices paid by consumers will be going up, due in part to continued drought conditions in some of the country’s most productive farmland and due in part to rising costs.”  Mark Koba of CNBC adds:

“The drought will have a significant impact on prices, especially beef, pork and chicken . . . Lack of rain and extremely warm temperatures—thought to be from global warming . . . are blamed for the drought.”

Koba’s most astounding statement: “. . . severe weather put . . . 80 percent of the continental United States in drought conditions. . . . roughly 61 percent of the country still suffers from drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.”

But Koba’s also points out that in 2012 farmers received some $ 8 billion dollars to help cover their loses.  Now to compensate for that Congress plans to cut food stamp programs even further this year.

Ron Nixon of The New York Times in ‘House Plan on Food Stamps Would Cut 5 Million From Program,’ claims:  “Nearly half a million people who receive food stamps but still do not get enough to eat would lose their eligibility for the program under proposed cuts that are expected to be taken up again by Congress.

“An additional 160,000 to 305,000 recipients who do get enough to eat would also lose their eligibility and the ability to adequately feed themselves.  In total, about 5.1 million people would be eliminated from the program.”

Spokespersons for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), add horrifying prospects that such cuts:  “ . . 3 4-SNAPwould not only affect the ability of low-income households to feed themselves but would also increase poverty [and] health.” Nixon says 48 million Americans get food stamps and must choose between food, rent and medicine!

To the further shame of the nation’s politicians, some in Congress want to push Food Stamp program cuts to $ 40 billion, and to require recipients to take drug tests and to follow unemployment rules.  What’s next?  They will require child labor, as some have already suggested?

Those in the U.S. House and Senate claiming to be Christians should recheck their wholesale Christian Bibles which repeatedly command:  “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble (Psalm 41: 1).”  Hmmm.  I guess they don’t think they will need God’s help.

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