In the face of today`s burgeoning loss of seed diversity, the need for a doubling in food production in the next fifty years and the threatened spread of deadly food fungus has instigated seed hunters to scour world markets in a desperate search for the last varieties of wheat, rice, barley, lentils and chickpeas.
Food diversity extinction is rampant. In the USA, 90 percent of historic fruit and vegetable varieties have vanished. In the Philippines thousands of varieties of rice are now shrunk to a few hundred. China has lost perhaps 90 percent of wheat varieties. This former diversity was the result of more than 10,000 years of domestication.
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Associated Press writers from around the world recently reported in: In Mauritania in West Africa, rice prices doubled over the first three months of the year, according to the World Food Program. Over the same period, the price of corn rose 59 percent in Zimbabwe and 57 percent in neighboring Mozambique. In Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mami Monga pays $25 for a box of fish that cost $10 a year ago. The price of a 25-kilogram bag of rice has doubled to $30. In China, food costs rose 5.9 percent in April over a year ago. India’s food prices were up 17 percent in April over a year earlier.
The world we eat in is changing. The situation is not good. Going into the year 2010 a billion people in our world were already going hungry and well on their way to pandemic malnutrition and starvation. Conditions have rapidly been getting worse for families around the world that are being battered by surging food prices. Rising food costs are dragging more people into poverty, fueling political tensions and forcing more and more people to go hungry.
Food is now costing up to 70 percent of family income in the poorest areas of the world as rising prices are squeezing household budgets. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s food price index — which includes grains, meat, dairy and other items in 90 countries — was up 22 percent in March from a year earlier. In some Asian markets, rice and wheat prices are 20 to 70 percent above 2008 levels.
Less Food Planted Because of Heavy Rains
Well what it is bringing is less food to the world’s tables with vast tracks of land implantable this year and with the incredible food bowel of the Gulf of Mexico being destroyed by the oil volcano. In Canada unusually heavy rain is forcing farmers to abandon approximately 1 million acres unplanted. About 30 percent of northeastern Saskatchewan, or more than 1 million acres designated for wheat, canola and barley, might go unplanted this year. Conditions for late spring planting are among the wettest ever on the Canadian Prairies. The average temperature so far this May in Idaho has been 48.1 degrees, a full 5 degrees below normal. A cold spring is not helping matters at all in the agricultural sector.
Poland, Hungary and Slovakia have launched major operations to move thousands of people from houses threatened by rising water. In Croatia, more than 90 per cent of farmland in eastern regions was under water and a state of emergency was declared. Farmlands are being damaged by excess rain this year, and in Eastern Europe there is a lot of devastation to infra-structure. More than 220,000 hectares of land — one 20th of Hungary’s arable land — is under water with about 50,000 hectares of farmland destroyed, causing estimated 300 million Euros damage to the farm sector. Neither local governments, nor anyone else, has money to spare to repair damages with economies already on their backs.
In Oregon, record-setting June rains and a wetter than usual May have put farm crops at risk for disease and have pushed backed the date that fruits and vegetables will be ready for market. “It looks a lot more like March than it looks like June,” said Tom Lively of Lively Organics. “We haven’t been able to get in with tillers or hoes because it’s so muddy that it would just clump up in the equipment.” “By Saturday, pretty much all the melons we had planted had root rotted and died in spots,” Lively said. “We just had big rows of dead melons.” Meanwhile, the garlic crop isn’t doing any better. A fungus – caused by the excess rain – is destroying the garlic bulbs. At 18 people are dead in Arkansas following severe flooding in the southwestern area of the state in Montgomery County.
And now as the true depth and scope of the Gulf oil mega disaster unfolds before our very eyes America is taking a dramatic hit to its seafood supply. Not only is the entire Gulf threatened but the Eastern Seaboard as well as the North Atlantic. And all the fresh water fish are contaminated with mercury and fresh water fish don’t have the same levels of selenium to protect themselves and us from the mercury toxicity.
Less Food Grows in the Cold
The mercury dipped to minus 1.7 C (29 F) on June 3rd in the Daegwallyeong region in Pyeongchang County, Korea, the lowest temperature in June since record-taking began in the region in 1971, the Korea Meteorological Administration said. The cold wave began at the end of last month. According to the state-run agency’s statistics, the average temperature of the East Sea regions was 15.4 degrees, 2.8 degrees lower than the average for this time of year.
Many parts of Sweden also endured a record number of days with of sub-zero temperatures this past winter. The northern Swedish towns of Sveg and Delsbo had 84 and 71 consecutive days of minus temperatures, while the Härjedalen town of Sveg endured sub-zero temperatures from December 13th to March 6th – the longest consecutive period since records began in 1875.
Summer is coming but what kind of summer is it going to be? And next winter, will it be even colder and wetter than this last one? Mainstream scientific experts are weighing in on this incredibly crucial issue. Mainstream Fox News reported on Dr. Don Easterbrook, emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University and author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, who has unveiled evidence for his prediction that global cooling is arriving on center stage no matter what you might read to the contrary in the mainstream press.
Easterbrook spoke before a group of about 700 scientists and government officials at the fourth International Conference on Climate Change. The conference is presented annually in Chicago by the Heartland Institute, a conservative nonprofit think tank that actively questions the theory of man’s role in global warming. “Global warming is over — at least for a few decades,” Easterbrook told conference attendees. “However, the bad news is that global cooling is even more harmful to humans than global warming, and a cause for even greater concern.”
Easterbrook made several stunning claims about the effects of the coming cold. There will be twice as many people killed by extreme cold than by extreme heat, he predicted, and global food production will suffer because of the shorter, cooler growing seasons and bad weather during harvest seasons. Another presenter at the conference, James M. Taylor, an environmental policy expert and a fellow at the Heartland Institute, said that global cooling is already happening. Based on figures provided by the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, he noted that snow records from the last 10 years exceeded the records set in the 1960s and 1970s.
It’s Getting Colder Didn’t You Know?
On Tuesday the 8th of June, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham told reporters that he would vote against the climate bill he helped author. Now he’s going one step further. Graham, one of the few Republicans who claimed to care about climate change, now says global warming is no big deal. But the United Nation still believes that the world’s nations is a huge deal and that we have no choice but to join forces to stop global warming, “Governments will meet this challenge, for the simple reason that humanity must meet this challenge. We just don’t have another option,” said the new U.N. climate chief said. So much for the integrity of the UN!
National surveys released during the last eight months have been interpreted as showing that fewer and fewer Americans believe that climate change is real, human-caused and threatening to people yet the American Senate is still trying to pass global warming legislation. Life and civilization does not get much more ridiculous except of course when it comes to discussions about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
It can get worse than we Imagine
This essay does not pretend to go into all the factors affecting global food production and the looming shortages, price rises, diminishing world food stocks, water shortages, soil depletion and tragic use of food supplies for making fuel. Humanity is in the beginning stages of a dramatic world crisis of epic proportions and even mother earth is raging with her volcanoes.
Looks like a nuclear bomb going off but actually it’s a volcano and there are many of them around the world who are blowing their tops putting vast amounts of materials into the atmosphere and this is destined to make the cooling trend worse making food even more difficult to grow in the extreme latitudes. Major eruptions alter the Earth’s radiative balance because volcanic aerosol clouds absorb terrestrial radiation, and scatter a significant amount of the incoming solar radiation, an effect known as “radiative forcing” that can last from two to three years following a volcanic eruption.
San Diego State University’s geology department noted that “Thirty years later, in 1815, the eruption of Mt. Tambora, Indonesia, resulted in an extremely cold spring and summer in 1816, which became known as the year without a summer.” It was so cold that summer that it snowed in June, July and August. Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption won’t cause anything like that to happen, because it simply wasn’t strong enough but there is increased activity around the globe with strong eruptions and plumes going up to fifty thousand feet or more. The cumulative effect will be slightly cooling but it will take a really major eruption for this type of cooling to become dramatic. One is threatening from an even larger volcano right down the block from Eyjafjallajokull, which just this week is demonstrating increasing earthquake activity.
“On April 14th, the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokul, violently erupted, disrupting air travel over Europe and the UK. Six days later, on April 20th, a BP deepwater drilling platform exploded, gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico causing what will be the greatest environmental disaster in US history; and, in May, the Greek debt crisis exploded bringing into question the future of the euro and, indeed, Europe. What will June bring,” asks Darryl Schoon. For a frightening view of where we are heading with the oil disaster please see Lindsey Williams on the Alex Jones Show.
It’s time to move to Mars! And would you believe that in the news this month we do read about an international group being locked away for 365 days to simulate such a voyage. I kid you not. It’s amazing the things people still have money for.
What I am going to suggest you spend your money on, if you have any to spare, is on Survival Medicines like magnesium chloride, iodine and sodium bicarbonate.
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