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« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2015, 08:52:37 am »

Is The U.S. Food Supply Cursed?

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Why are so many catastrophes hitting U.S. food production?  This week, we have learned that more than 7 million turkeys and chickens have already been killed as the result of a devastating bird flu outbreak here in the United States.  This particular strain of the bird flu has already spread to the states of Minnesota, Iowa, California, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin, and scientists are mystified as to why it is moving so rapidly.  But what we do know is that this flu has the potential to kill an entire flock of chickens or turkeys in just 48 hours.  This pandemic is quickly becoming a major national crisis all by itself, but when you combine this with all of the other disasters hitting our food supply, a very troubling picture emerges.  Could it be possible that the U.S. food supply is cursed?

Before we talk about the bird flu some more, let’s first review some of the other ways that our food supply is under assault.

-Due to the worst drought in the recorded history of the state, much of California is turning back into a desert.  And considering the fact that California produces nearly half of all the fresh produce grown in the entire nation, that is a very frightening thing.  Prices for many fruits and vegetables have already gone up substantially in our grocery stores.

-The multi-year drought in the southwest United States has also had a crippling impact on many ranchers.  At this point, the size of the U.S. cattle herd is the smallest that it has been since the 1950s, and the price of beef has doubled since the last recession.

-Over the past couple of years, porcine epidemic diarrhea wiped out approximately 10 percent of the entire pig population in the United States.  This particular plague seems to have subsided at least for now, but scientists tell us that it could come back strong at any moment.

-As my friend Mac Slavo wrote about the other day, the sardine population off the west coast has declined by 91 percent since 2007.  This is having a devastating affect on the food chain in the Pacific Ocean.

-Speaking of the Pacific, a whole host of other sea creatures appear to be dying off in large numbers as well.  For much more on this, please see this article.

-Down in Florida, citrus greening disease has hit the citrus industry extremely hard.  The price of Florida oranges has approximately doubled over the past 12 years, and crops keep getting even smaller every year…

    The big squeeze is on in citrus industry, and it isn’t expected to lessen anytime soon.

    Florida growers have yielded far fewer oranges over the past decade due to citrus greening, resulting in less juice in the market and fewer dollars in their pockets.

    “Everything starts and ends with citrus greening,” said Fritz Roka, a University of Florida agricultural economist at the Southwest Florida Research & Education Center in Immokalee. “For the next several years, citrus greening will still be the focus of attention.”

-A plague known as the TR4 fungus has hit global banana production in a big way.  According to CNBC, this nightmare fungus may eventually completely wipe out the variety of bananas that we commonly eat today…

    Banana lovers take note: The world’s supply of the fruit is under attack from a fungus strain that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

    “It’s a very serious situation,” said Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of Panama disease, called TR4, that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. supplies of the fruit and Latin American producers.

    “There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

On top of all that, now we have a major bird flu outbreak to deal with.

According to USA Today, 3.8 million hens will be destroyed at one farm in Iowa alone in an attempt to keep this flu from spreading even more…

    Poultry producers in several states are bracing for more losses as a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza forced producers to kill millions of chickens and turkeys in the USA in recent weeks.

    The fast-moving H5N2 virus was confirmed on Monday at a chicken laying facility in Osceola County, Iowa. Some 3.8 million layer hens at the farm affiliated with Sonstegard Foods Company will be euthanized to try to prevent the spread of the disease, according to the company.

If this bird flu continues to spread in states such as Iowa, we could have a nightmare scenario on our hands.  Most people don’t realize this, but almost one out of every five eggs that we eat comes from that state…

    Because of avian influenza, the state’s $2 billion commercial egg-laying industry has been on high alert this spring. Iowa, the nation’s largest egg producer, has about 50 million hens and supplies nearly 1 in every 5 eggs consumed in the United States.

    “Anybody that has a poultry operation — whether large or small, whether you’ve got hundreds of birds or one bird — this should be a wake-up call,” said Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association.

Unfortunately, this new outbreak is extremely puzzling to our scientists.  At this point, they really don’t know why it is spreading so fast…

    The deadly flu virus that has wiped out nearly 5 percent of Minnesota’s turkey industry is a part of a global disease outbreak, but scientists still don’t understand it.

    After emerging in Asia, the avian flu spread to poultry farms in the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Germany.

    Its quick arrival in North America has alarmed scientists who are trying to unravel the mystery of how these deadly bugs have infected so many turkey farms in such a short period of time.

    “It’s been really troubling to understand how in the world this can possibly be happening,” said Carol Cardona, a professor of avian medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Have we ever seen a time when so many major catastrophes have hit our food production all at once?

It appears that this is a “perfect storm” of sorts, and we all get to feel the pain of this onslaught when we visit our local grocery stores.

So are we witnessing a convergence of unrelated coincidences, or could it be possible that there is another explanation?

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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2015, 10:23:39 am »

Goat plague hits poor farmers in Africa, Asia, wider vaccination needed

Goat plague, a fast spreading virus, impoverishes millions of small farmers across Africa and Asia, but a campaign to eradicate it has drawn far less support than halting mad cow disease or Ebola, a U.N. veterinary official said on Wednesday.

'Peste des petits ruminants' (PPR) or goat plague, attacks sheep and goats - crucial to the livelihood of more than 300 million herders in the developing world - and costs those who can least afford it some $2 billion a year, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported.

Despite an effective vaccine which can protect animals, PPR has spread rapidly in the past 15 years into more than 60 countries, it said.

"We have the tools to eradicate this at its source," FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Wednesday. "But we don't have the political will or the resources because it's affecting poor countries."

A plan to eliminate the virus by 2030 through vaccinations and other means is expected to cost between $4 billion and $7 billion, he said.

UN agencies have yet to issue a formal call for donations and the bulk of the money for eradication efforts is expected to come from national governments in affected countries.

In its current form, the virus cannot be passed to humans. But other diseases, including Ebola, MERS and anthrax eventually made the jump from animals to people.

The disease is still affecting people by depriving farmers of their livelihoods and stopping children in poor countries from getting the protein they need, Lubroth added.

Demand for meat and milk from goats and sheep in Africa is expected to rise by 137 percent from 2000 to 2030, and by even more in Asia, according to the FAO.

Goat plague is set to hit the supply of these foodstuffs, pushing up prices and making it harder for the poor to buy them.

Eighty percent of the world's 2.1 billion sheep and goats live in regions affected by goat plague, the FAO said.

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« Reply #32 on: May 06, 2015, 05:36:50 am »

U.S. bird flu outbreak may mean no turkey for Thanksgiving

The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say.

The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 21 million birds, including 3.3 million turkeys in Minnesota, the nation’s top turkey producer.

And now, with Thanksgiving just seven months away, farmers say they may be running out of time to raise enough turkeys –the traditional centerpiece of holiday feasts – to meet the demand.

Once a farm has been infected, flocks must be culled, composted in barns, then disposed of. Buildings must then be thoroughly disinfected. The whole process can take up to three months before a new flock of turkey poults can be brought in, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

After chicks are re-introduced to the barns, farmers say, it typically takes about four months to produce a full-sized hen – the type of turkey most Americans prefer for their holiday feasts.

If breeder farms that supply the young birds have also been infected – as some in Minnesota have – simply acquiring the chicks could prove challenging.

And in Minnesota, there’s still no sign of an end to the outbreak, despite tight biosecurity measures and quarantines. Already, at least one turkey processing plant has cut back on workers’ shifts because of a lack of birds to slaughter.

“We’re going to have fewer turkeys coming out because of this,” Olson said.

“The question we can’t answer is how much this is going to impact our total system, because this isn’t over yet,” he added.

Of the nearly 240 million turkeys raised last year in the United States, nearly one in five came from Minnesota farms. About 30 per cent of the Minnesota birds are sold as whole turkeys at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The remaining 70 per cent are sold year-round for deli meat, frozen meals, ground turkey and other products, according to industry data.

“There’s a sense of pride in farmers, in what they do,” Olson said, in a state where farms have often been in the same family for generations. “This is challenging their belief in their ability to raise turkeys, because they have not been able to stop the disease, despite them doing everything they can do from a biosecurity standpoint.”

As the reach of the virus continues to expand, companies up and down the turkey supply chain are watching closely.

Tyson Foods Inc said on Monday that the avian influenza has affected some of its turkey contract farms in neighboring Iowa, where farmers have had to euthanize birds.

While that loss could affect production levels at its turkey plant sometime this summer, Tyson does not produce the whole turkeys typically used at Thanksgiving dinners. Its turkey division is a small part of the company’s overall business, and Tyson does not expect the loss to have a material financial impact.

Food retailers are also monitoring the spread of the virus.

Boston Market Corp. said it has been assured by Butterball LLC, one of its main turkey suppliers, that the company’s birds are being raised in areas not affected by the flu outbreak.

But Boston Market Chief Financial Officer Greg Uhing said the company is watching the situation. Butterball declined to discuss specific supply-chain arrangements it has in place with its customers.

Meanwhile, some help for holiday feasts could come from cold storage, where stocks of whole turkey hens were at 98.7 million pounds as of the end of March, a 24 per cent jump over February and up 16 per cent over the same period a year earlier, according to federal Agriculture Department data.

Raising birds for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals begins early in the year, with turkeys slaughtered and stored in cold storage to meet the demand at year’s end, say industry officials.

Some producers are confident that supplies will largely keep pace with demand.

“There is some wiggle room” for the holidays, said Darrell Glaser, who raises 600,000 turkeys a year for Cargill Inc at his family’s Bar G Ranch in Rogers, Texas.

“You may see a small impact,” said Glaser, who raises the variety of turkeys sold for Thanksgiving. “Unless this outbreak gets a lot worse, I don’t see it having a huge impact on our overall supply.”

Still, Glaser’s not taking any chances. He has increased biosecurity measures on his farm and told staff not to get close to any wild birds. Visits to nearby farms have stopped, and any trips to the Midwest have been put on hold

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« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2015, 12:38:24 pm »

Egg, turkey meat prices begin to rise as bird flu spreads

Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there's no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.

The cost of a carton of large eggs in the Midwest has jumped nearly 17 percent to $1.39 a dozen from $1.19 since mid-April when the virus began appearing in Iowa's chicken flocks and farmers culled their flocks to contain any spread.

A much bigger increase has emerged in the eggs used as ingredients in processed products like cake mix and mayonnaise, which account for the majority of what Iowa produces. Those eggs have jumped 63 percent to $1.03 a dozen from 63 cents in the last three weeks, said Rick Brown, senior vice president of Urner Barry, a commodity market analysis firm.

Turkey prices, which had been expected to fall this year, are up slightly as the bird flu claimed about 5.6 million turkeys nationwide so far. About 238 million turkeys were raised in the U.S. last year.

The price of fresh boneless and skinless tom breast meat primarily used for deli meat has risen 10 percent since mid-April to $3.37 a pound, a USDA report said Friday. Frozen hens in the 8- to 16-pound range, those often used for home roasting, were up about 3 percent to $1.06 a pound.

Egg supplies are falling short of demand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has indicated, and Brown said egg buyers such as grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up for fear that another large farm with millions of chickens will be stricken - causing prices to spike higher.

"We're starting to see a little bit of that demand increase, and the sellers are reluctant to give clients too much more than they normally have because they know what's going on and they don't want to be caught short either," he said.

The number of Iowa chickens lost exceeds 26 million, the vast majority of which lay eggs for food use. That's about 41 percent of the leading egg state's layers and about 8 percent of the nation's laying hens. That many chickens would lay more than 500 million table eggs a month. For comparison, Iowa chickens laid 1.4 billion table eggs in March, before the disease struck. U.S. egg production for March stood at 7.42 billion table eggs.

Some companies are beginning to notice the impact of fewer eggs. Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc., which bought egg products supplier Michael Foods last year, said in its May 7 quarterly earnings report that about 14 percent of its egg supply has been affected by the bird flu outbreak. Post estimated the impact at about $20 million through the end of September.

Michael Foods primarily supplies extended shelf-life liquid and precooked egg products and eggs used in food ingredients.

The poultry industry can replenish the supply of chickens more quickly than beef or pork industries can rebound, but it still takes time to rebuild a flock.

"They're going to have to phase in replacing those flocks so they can get them get back into a laying schedule that results in a more even flow of eggs, and that's going to take six to nine months," said Tom Elam, an agricultural economist and poultry industry consultant.

It takes about four months for a hatched chick to be old enough to begin laying eggs, and it will typically be productive for about two years, Elam said. Many of the hens dying from the disease are younger and no pullets had been planned to replace them yet, Elam said. More than 350,000 pullets have been lost to bird flu - a very small portion of the 50 million egg-type chicks hatched in March, but it compounds the replenishment problem.

While new bird flu outbreaks are occurring in the turkey market - Minnesota, the nation's leading turkey producer, has 4 million confirmed dead birds so far - Elam said cold storage stocks and the number of hens still on farms suggest turkeys will be available for Thanksgiving.

"Anybody who wants a Thanksgiving turkey is going to be able to get one," he said. "They may have to pay a little more for it but we're not going to have national stock-outs for Thanksgiving turkeys, yet."

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« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2015, 04:16:55 pm »

How the worst avian flu outbreak in U.S. history is costing you money

The outbreak of avian flu that some experts are calling the worst in U.S. history has claimed more than 32 million birds in 16 states. And it’s beginning to take its toll at the grocery store as well.

The cost of a carton of large eggs in the Midwest, where the disease has had the biggest impact, jumped 17 percent in the past month, the Associated Press reported. Meanwhile turkey prices, which were expected to fall this year, have risen between 3 and 10 percent, depending on the cut of meat.

But shoppers are most likely to feel the flu’s effects when buying processed products that include eggs as ingredients, like cake mix and mayonnaise. In Iowa, where most eggs go to these types of products, more than 40 percent of the state’s roughly 60 million egg-laying chickens have been killed by the disease or authorities working to prevent it from spreading.

The price of those eggs has jumped 63 percent in the past 3 weeks, commodity market analyst Rick Brown told the AP.

The rapidly worsening outbreak has killed more birds than any other incidence of avian flu, researchers at the University of Illinois reported last week. First detected among a tiny backyard flock in southern Oregon, it reached the Midwest in early March and has since devastated the region’s poultry industry. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have all declared states of emergency in response to the outbreak. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Nebraska had become the 16th state hit by the virus — a flock of 1.7 million chickens is the first to be infected in the state.

According to the USDA, the virus is being spread by wild geese and ducks, which carry the disease without appearing sick. Though two strains of the virus are currently circulating among wild and domestic flocks, the vast majority of deaths have been caused by a strain called H5N2, the USDA reported. This “highly pathogenic” form of the disease can wipe out huge flocks in a matter of days, but poses little risk to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Still, the agency urged people to avoid contact with sick or dead birds and noted the slim chance that the disease could jump into humans.

The number of confirmed cases represents a fraction of the 8.7 billion birds slaughtered in the U.S. each year, the University of Illinois researchers pointed out. Even among the country’s 360 million-bird laying population, which has been hit the hardest, only about 1 in 20 hens has been infected — a significant portion, but not enough to drastically affect the nation’s egg supply.

The outbreak has raised alarms in countries that import U.S. poultry. China, South Korea and Angola — three of the top 10 markets for American poultry — have imposed total bans on imports from the U.S., Reuters reported last month.

But the biggest impact has been on affected farmers, who have had to cull their entire flocks in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading. Once a flock has been destroyed, the farm must be quarantined, scrubbed and disinfected before it can be repopulated with birds, according to the Sioux City Journal.

“The stress level is very high among all my farmers at this point,” Gretta Irwin, executive director of the Iowa Turkey Federation, told the Journal. “Whether you have the virus and have to deal with the emotional grief of losing your flock of turkeys, or if you don’t have the virus and you’re worrying about those who do and what happens next.”

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« Reply #35 on: May 17, 2015, 07:54:19 am »

Sysco sees U.S. bird flu hurting egg supply up to 18 months

 Food distributor Sysco Corp said on Friday that a record U.S. outbreak of avian flu would limit its supply of eggs and chickens that lay them for nine to 18 months, based on information provided to the company by its suppliers.

Sysco is the biggest U.S. food distributor, whose clients include restaurants, hotels and hospitals. The company is discussing options with its customers, including creating alternative menu items during the period, a Sysco spokesman said in an email.

It is too soon to tell whether the supply squeeze will have a material impact on financial results, spokesman Charley Wilson said. Eggs represent a small portion of the company's dairy products segment, which accounted for 11 percent of revenue in 2014.

The U.S. poultry and egg industry is grappling with the country's biggest outbreak on record of avian influenza, which has proven highly infectious and deadly for poultry. Governors in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa have declared a state of emergency, and the outbreak has shown few signs of waning.

Earlier this week, Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] said it has implemented increased biosecurity measures at its facilities receiving liquid egg tankers and shell eggs from impacted states and that it is working with egg suppliers to ensure they are employing measures to prevent spread of the flu.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Post Holdings Inc, calling the flu a "force majeure event," said it now estimates that 25 percent of its egg supply has been affected. Sysco is a major customer for Post's Michael Foods business, which sells egg products, according to filings.

Stifel Nicolaus analyst Christopher Growe expects Post's previous estimate of a $20 million financial impact in 2015 to at least double, according to a research note.

Growe said that Post's contracts require the company to go to the open market and to third parties to replace the lost supply at high prices. "We believe that by declaring force majeure, the company will be able to either pass higher prices onto customers or be relieved from the mandatory supply requirements," he wrote.

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« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2015, 05:20:15 am »

A national egg shortage is threatening fast food breakfast

Fast food chain Whataburger is scaling back on breakfast. 

Because of a national egg shortage, the San Antonio-based fast food chain says it will now only be serving breakfast from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays. The brand previously served breakfast until 11 a.m.

The national egg shortage is a result of bird flu, which NBC News reports has sickened more than 44 million chickens.

Whataburger stressed that the egg shortage is a supply issue and that consumers' food is safe.

It's unclear whether other fast food chains will be forced to follow suit.

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« Reply #37 on: June 04, 2015, 09:41:17 am »

Egg Shortage In America As Bird Flu Has Already Killed 45 MILLION Chickens And Turkeys

Did you know that 25 percent of all egg production in the United States has already been taken offline due to the bird flu crisis?  You aren’t hearing much about this in the mainstream media, but at this point bird flu has claimed the lives of 45 million chickens and turkeys in America.  When I wrote about this a month ago, the number of dead birds was sitting at about 20 million.  In just 30 days, the death toll has risen by an astounding 20 million.  This is a major crisis and it is already causing egg shortages around the country, and yet very few people seem alarmed about this?  Why is that?

And it isn’t just one strain of the bird flu virus that we are talking about.  Right now, there are two strains which are spreading like wildfire.

So far, the H5N2 strain has hit the states of Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.  It has also been identified in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.

The H5N8 strain has not been doing quite as much damage yet, but it has been killing birds in California, Idaho, Indiana, Oregon and Washington.

In addition, Canadian officials have discovered that the H5N1 strain is spreading in British Columbia.

This is the worst bird flu outbreak in the history of North America, and it continues to spiral out of control.  Things have already gotten so bad that some manufacturers are considering switching to “eggless eggs”…

    America is facing a major egg crisis due to bird flu, experts have warned.

    They say 25 percent of the country’s egg production is already offline due to the virus, with more producers expecting to be hit.

    To replace eggs, manufacturers are increasingly turning a hi-tech San Francisco firm that makes an ‘eggless egg’ using a secret blend of plants.

With egg production down 25 percent at this point, and the worst probably still to come, some fast food chains are already cutting back.  For instance, Whataburger has announced that it is going to be limiting the number of hours that it serves breakfast…

    Whataburger says it is limiting its breakfast-serving hours, citing egg shortages due to the Midwest bird flu crisis.

    The fast-food chain will serve breakfast 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends. It previously was available 12 hours a day. Whataburger says in a statement that the changes will allow it to supply all of its locations.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says confirmed outbreaks in the Midwest have cost chicken and turkey producers more than 44 million birds. Egg prices have soared.

    Major chains such as Taco Bell, Dunkin’ Donuts and IHOP say they’re monitoring the situation but haven’t yet been affected.

I hope that people start waking up and taking this more seriously, because this is a really big deal.

But of course of even greater concern is what would happen if the bird flu started spreading among the human population.

At this point, the CDC says that there are no human cases, but they are urging caution…

    “While these recently identified HPAI H5 viruses are not known to have caused disease in humans, their appearance in North American birds may increase the likelihood of human infection in the United States,” the CDC said.

In fact, the CDC has issued a special alert to medical professionals instructing them to watch for any signs that this virus has crossed over…

    “Clinicians should consider the possibility of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 virus infection in persons showing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness who have relevant exposure history,” the CDC said in a health alert issued to doctors.

    “This includes persons who have had contact with potentially infected birds (e.g., handling, slaughtering, defeathering, butchering, culling, preparation for consumption); direct contact with surfaces contaminated with feces or parts (carcasses, internal organs, etc.) of potentially-infected birds; and persons who have had prolonged exposure to potentially-infected birds in a confined space.”

I know that we have had some false alarms with swine flu and ebola in the past few years.

But without a doubt, a major pandemic is one of the greatest potential threats that we face.  Throughout history, there have been massive pandemics that have killed millions upon millions of people, and scientists assure us that it is only a matter of time before the next one strikes.

Just the other day, Bill Gates spoke about his belief that a future pandemic could come along at any time and kill tens of millions of us…

    One of the world’s richest men, who spoke in 2010 about how vaccines (which he heavily pushes throughout the world) are helping to cull the world’s population, is now predicting that as many as 33 million people could soon die from a modern-day pandemic similar to the 1918-1919 Spanish flu.

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates hasn’t said how such an event will culminate, but he’s sure it will, and he’s actually spent a pretty penny working on predictive models to show what sort of event will kill the most people in the near future. It won’t be a big volcanic explosion, a gigantic earthquake, an asteroid, or even impending world war, according to Gates — at least not in his lifetime. Instead, it will be an outbreak of some horrific disease like Ebola.

Of course for many in the scientific community, a major pandemic like that would be a perfect solution to the “overpopulation problem” that they believe the world is facing.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “46 Population Control Quotes That Show How Badly The Elite Want To Wipe Us All Out“.

Most Americans seem to believe that there could never possibly be major food shortages in this country.  But in my new book, my co-author and I discuss how incredibly fragile our food chain really is.  We live at a time when the entire planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and we need to realize that it is not wise to be dependent on the “system” because the “system” is failing.

In the months ahead, we are likely to see significant shortages of eggs, chicken and turkey.  And certainly prices for all of those items will never be lower than they are right now.

So now is the time to stock up and to add to your food storage supplies.  Because once the general public starts freaking out about all of this, it will be far too late to do anything about it then.

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« Reply #38 on: June 18, 2015, 05:24:15 am »

Meat sale sparks near riot in Tesco

An ugly scene broke out in a Tesco store in Northampton as customers milled around staff merchandising reduced price meat.

Filmed and put on Youtube by a concerned shopper, customers were repeatedly asked to give the staff space and allow them to move out of the way. Once the staff had finished stocking the reduced price area, customers then piled in, grabbing meat products and pushing each other out of the way.

There were no reports of any injuries in the incident.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “The safety of our customers and colleagues is of paramount importance to us. The manager of the store has conducted a thorough investigation and will take steps to prevent a similar situation happening again. We are continually trying to improve the way we deal with surplus food, this includes making better reductions earlier in the day to make it easier for customers and colleagues in the evening." 

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« Reply #39 on: August 12, 2015, 09:55:39 am »

Bacon Prices At All-Time High: Is A Shortage Or The Dreaded ‘Baconpocalypse’ On The Horizon?

Bacon-mania may be sweeping the food industry, but how much longer can that continue with the price of the popular pork product soaring? The Huffington Post reported the price of bacon is at an all-time high, statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate. In June, a pound of bacon rose 6 cents, upping the cost to $6.11 per pound in American cities.

While 6 cents won't break anyone's piggy bank, this recent price hike comes as the latest in a dramatic rise over the past two years. Bacon today costs 14 percent more than it did this time last year and 41 percent more than June 2012, when there was an impending “Baconpocalypse.”

In fact, the Huffington Post noted the price of bacon today is 21 percent higher than its peak price in 1982 after adjusting for inflation.

Less than two years ago the National Pig Association said a global bacon shortage was “unavoidable” because of shrinking pig herds. The British trade group said the effects of the shortage were “mirrored around the world” thanks to poor harvests globally.

“A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable,” the association said in a statement. “New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world. Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by high pig-feed costs caused by the global failure of maize and soya harvests. All main European pig-producing countries report shrinking sow herds.”

The group said prices of bacon would double, which is close to the 41 percent increase predicted since 2012 when the association released its report.

And not much has changed since the grim outlook nearly two years ago. Pork prices across the board have jumped in the past year, an April report indicated, because of a virus killing millions of American piglets. Porcine epidemic diarrhea -- which causes severe dehydration, though not contagious to humans or other animals -- is said to have decreased the pig population and resulted in a 7 percent drop in U.S. pork production so far this year. Bacon comes from the belly of a pig.

And it’s not just in America. Bloomberg News reported the price of bacon in Canada shot up 9.3 percent month-over-month, or 20.5 percent year-over-year.

Demand for bacon over the years has gone up, making this possible shortage devastating to the food industry. “Bacon mania,” as it has been called in America and Canada, has reached an all-time high, CNN Money reported.

Square, a mobile payments company, reported last month bacon was the most popular topping in five major cities. The research also indicated customers are 145 percent more likely to choose bacon over sausage as a topping on food items and 38 percent more likely to want bacon instead of tomato.

Or as Maxim put it: “Bacon isn’t going anywhere.”

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What Are You Prepared to Do When Your Family Is Hungry?

What Are You Prepared to Do When Your Family Is Hungry?
Food is one thing that virtually everyone can agree you need to have because we have all, to some extent in our lives, known the feeling of being hungry. Yes, the seriousness of the actual hunger is probably very relative and for the overwhelming majority, this hunger, however severe it felt to us at the time, was probably nowhere near as drastic as we envisioned. Most of us have never been without food for more than a single day much less a week or more, but the gut tightening response is strong enough to elicit some realization that we never would want to go without for very long anyway.

After the pain of hunger, we can easily grasp the body’s need for food. Simply put,without food, we die. Sure, the time it would take varies by situation but it is generally accepted that if you don’t eat food for three weeks you aren’t going to be contributing to society any more. Nobody wants that to happen.

But for many preppers, and I would presume most of the unprepared out there, the question comes up relative to how much food you have stored; what would you do if the food ran out? What if something happened and you were unable to acquire any more food through traditional means and your family was hungry? What would you be forced to do in order to live? Have you thought about what you are prepared to do to feed your family when their lives are on the line?

Recently, a FEMA contractor predicted that due to potential shortages and weather related events in the future, there could be a spike in food prices of 395%. If that happens, would you be able to feed your family?

Where does your food come from?

I started thinking about this topic the other day during a very routine act that happens every day in the spc-160x600-0002world and has been happening since the dawn of time. This Spring, we purchased about a dozen chickens as our older flock had really decreased their egg production and we had given them away to friends who own a farm. Some of the new chickens we purchased were sexed, meaning their color determined what sex they were so you were pretty much assured to be getting hens. Hens are all we wanted because they lay eggs.

But I also got about 8 Rhode Island Red chicks and with those you really don’t know what you are getting until they mature. As ours matured, it became pretty obvious that we had a few roosters in the bunch. Roosters, as I told my daughter sarcastically, don’t lay eggs. On top of that, roosters are not allowed in our city and ours had started practicing their crowing in the mid-morning. Each day I would cringe when I heard their call knowing that any day one of my neighbors could (but probably never would) call the authorities and they would be well within their rights. I know I wouldn’t want Roosters crowing that weren’t mine beside my home. It was time to get rid of the roosters in my flock.

To be perfectly honest, I had not in my life ever harvested any of our chickens. We have had chickens for over three years, but missed my first opportunity when some friends harvested theirs but I wasn’t able to go. I did put it off because we were still getting eggs even though the output was more sporadic. I had harvested deer several times so this wasn’t anything I was really upset about or dreading. It was just another chore but taking a live animal out and going through the necessary processes to obtain a meal are a little different.

Can you kill your dinner?

After a little research just to make sure I had all the bases covered, I set up a table, prepared hot water and got bowls, knives and trashcans situated. I then went in to get the roosters. As it turns out, we lost the chicken lottery this time around and out of 8 chicks, 5 of them were roosters. I had hoped for a lot more egg production, but instead I was getting meat.

I caught the first rooster and hung it upside down by the feet while my dog watched with curiosity. Once the chicken settled down, I brought it over to the stump I had in my yard. I had pounded two nails into the stump to loosely hold the chicken’s head so I could stretch it out slightly for a clean shot at the neck. I have heard some people just wring the chicken’s neck but I wanted to be a little quicker and cleaner so I got out my trusty hatchet. After hesitating a good long 3 seconds, which seemed longer in my mind, I brought the hatchet down.

Unfortunately, I misjudged where the chicken’s neck was due to the feathers so the first shot was not as clean as I hoped, but I quickly made another chop that finished him off. (Note to self: on the next one, feel where the neck is first).

You have probably heard if you haven’t experienced this for yourself that chickens will run around the yard with their heads off and this I can affirm is true. The saying, “running around like a chicken with their head cut off” is based in fact and my first rooster didn’t really run so much as flop and flap and cover a good bit of ground even though its head still remained on my makeshift chopping block. After he was dead, I dunked him into a hot pot of water until the feathers started pulling out easily, plucked him clean (which isn’t as easy or as quick as I thought it would be) and harvested him for the meat. I did that to 3 roosters that day.

My family got into the act the next day and harvested the other two. My children participated by catching the roosters, cleaning and harvesting. My wife was the hatchet woman for the other two and I was very proud of them for stepping up and felt a little more confident in their abilities should something bad happen and our nice refrigerated, clean plastic packages of food were no longer available.

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What could you face in SHTF when it comes to food?

Now many of you might be saying that of course you would kill a chicken if you were starving, but I do know that there are so many other people who would not have the stomach to do this. They would rather starve than do what is necessary to feed their family. Others would say that they would simply eat vegetables because killing another living thing is mean. I disagree on the latter part. We raised our chickens in our yard; they were treated very well and fed daily. When it was time for them to go, we killed them quickly and humanely. They were serving their purpose in the grand scheme of things.

Still others will find themselves forced out of desperation to steal or kill to feed their family and that is not what I think any of us should be planning for. It is one thing to kill an animal (that I raised) to feed my family, it is an entirely different thing to plan to kill other humans to feed your children.

But for those who would hesitate at doing something similar, what could you be faced with? I assume that a majority do not have any livestock of their own so that leaves you with less options. Many will say they will just go hunting and I think for most people that is simply not going to be an option. First, you would need to be near animals, second, you would need to be lucky enough to shoot or trap one and third you would be competing with everyone else who had the same idea. You may not even be able to hunt because all the game has been harvested already. What then?

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What you should be doing now?

I maintain that if you want to be sure your family has food on the table you should not be looking at what you will do when you are desperate. You shouldn’t be contemplating killing your neighbor or anyone for that matter for the last can of beans or joining up with a gang to break into the local distribution center. You should be preparing now by stocking up on food yourself and investing the time it takes to produce your own food.

You can take steps now to build up your own food storage so that you won’t need to worry about going hungry for a very long time. You can begin a garden to supplement what you have stored with fresh vegetables. You can and should start preserving food and learning methods to keep foods fresh if you don’t have the benefit of refrigeration.

You should also look closely at your own abilities and motivations now. If you know you might not be able to swing that hatchet down, that is even more reason to stock up ahead of time in anticipation of future troubles.  Don’t plan on doing “what it takes” later because you didn’t do what it takes now to feed your family. Act now so that you don’t have to get desperate.(source)

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« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2018, 07:08:30 pm »

The Unprepared Will Die. Period. Food Shortages Across The Country As Intel Employees Are Preparing For Catastrophe


By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

I found two seemingly unrelated links over at Steve Quayle's website this morning, but when looked at together the picture that emerges is devastating because it shows that when a national catastrophic disaster hits, whether it is a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, an EMP, or a economic and societal collapse, the millions of Americans that are unprepared will die in the aftermath. Period.

U.S. INTEL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ARE PREPARING FOR DOOMSDAY

The first link is to an article titled "Official Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps." The article isn't talking about politicians or their employees, or the "Elite," it is referencing members of some of the top U.S. intelligence agencies, such as the FBI, CIA and DIA.

National security officials are joining Fortitude Ranch, who are building "doomsday camps" across the country, which promises protection and a year's supply of food when the "inevitable"  catastrophic event occurs, with one member telling he reporter that he and others had joined after "waking up" to the potential of a national crisis, stating "For most of us, something rattled our cages and woke us up."

The list of those potential scenarios addressed in the article includes an attack or even a weather-related electromagnetic pulse shutdown of the electric grid, which the Fortitude founder, a retired Air Force colonel and intelligence officer, called "inevitable"; Financial meltdown or political violence; Nuclear war, and; a possible virus attack.

    Each camp is expected to house 50-500 in a crisis and Miller said they will have lodges, underground bunkers and guard towers. In the event of a social meltdown, members will be responsible for manning those towers. Each camp has a shooting range.

FOOD SHORTAGES COMING TO A STORE NEAR YOU

The next link that caught my attention was a Bloomberg piece detailing how supermarkets and grocery store bankruptcies are starting to pile up, such as Southeastern Grocers, owner of the Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo supermarket chains and Tops Friendly Markets. Southeastern Grocers will be shuttering 94 of their nearly 700 locations to start with and Tops Friendly Markets has about 170 stores where their future is uncertain. Even the bigger chains like Kroger and Walmart are reporting a combined loss of over $30 billion this year alone.

Previously reported stories shows that after Amazon bought the Whole Food chain, they started seeing an increase in food shortages, with some reports stating "Entire aisles are empty."

    "It has for weeks had empty shelves, and I shop there twice a week," one customer told Business Insider. "The prepared-food section is not refreshed, and food looks stale."


The Business Insider article blames these food shortages on  a "newly implemented inventory-management system called order-to-shelf, or OTS," but the point is that the store is constantly running out of items and do not have the stocks to refill the aisles.

The website Eater details other factors contributing to the food shortages since the Amazon purchase. Such as Amazon's decision to discontinue Whole Foods' local sourcing program:

    For years, Whole Foods employed staffers called foragers who went out into their neighborhoods in search of local artisans at farmers markets or state fairs. There, they found home-made jams and mustards and dressings that they’d buy in bulk.

    For mom and pop preservers and picklers, selling their wares at Whole Foods was a boon, and over the past decade, thousands of small brands — many of which still put each label on each jar or package by hand — have come to depend on Whole Foods for the bulk of their business. As part of each store’s local sourcing program, the maker was responsible for stocking their items on Whole Foods’ shelves and could pick a few weekends to set up a table and offer customers a sample. Makers said they were far more likely to sell their items when they were present in the store, answering questions about a product and forging a personal connection while making that sale.

    “Whole Foods was always an advocate for the small business. They always wanted to support local artisans,” says Erika Kerekes, founder and owner of Not Ketchup condiments. Not Ketchup was sold at Whole Foods locations in Southern California, near where Kerekes lives, for several years, up until six months ago. (Now it’s sold via its website and on Amazon.)


They announced the discontinuation of the local food sourcing program one month after Amazon acquired Whole Foods. According to WSJ, Whole Foods "will no longer allow ‘brand advocates’ in stores, a potential blow to local sellers, because most do not have the budget to fly to Austin to present their products.

THE UNPREPARED WILL DIE

Looking at these two unrelated stories, along with what is already happening at Whole Foods, and remembering what happens when a massive snow storm hits parts of the country, how unprepared masses start rushing into stores and panic shopping, emptying stocks with hours, and you begin to see what would happen when the "inevitable" national disaster hits. Rather than being geographically specific, imagine this type of panic hitting country wide during a grid down scenario, or a societal collapse or any other number of potential catastrophic events.

The same type of people that emptied the shelves within hours simply because a snowstorm was approaching in 2016, might not even be able to obtain basic items at all, with no possibility of the stores being restocked.

While obtaining numbers on how many preppers and survivalists there are in America is difficult, the last estimate came from 2013, which was approximately 3 million, so even if we doubled or tripled that amount for the sake of argument, in a nation that has 325.7 million (2017 numbers), we are talking hundreds of millions of people that most likely have no more than a week or two of food, and in many cases much less, probably three days of food.

These are people that assume if a catastrophic, nation-wide event occurs, the "government" will be able to rush right in to save them. In the event of an EMP, or an attack on the electrical grid or even a devastating solar event, no one would be there to help, perhaps for weeks or months.

Food isn't the only issue as most preppers are aware, water, medical supplies, just basics would run out in a very short amount of time. The fact is, many millions would die.

BOTTOM LINE

When the "elite" start buying bunkers, or land in areas with their own air-fields, scared the poor will rise up against them, that could be waved away by some as paranoia or fear, but when members of our own intelligence agencies start paying out $1,000 a year, for each person in their family, because they "woke up," and are "rattled," enough to purchase space in a "doomsday camp," then the obvious question has to be, what do they know that we don't know? What exactly rattled them?

Add that together with supermarkets and grocery stores showing signs of failure, stores closing and shelves already empty in some areas, with nothing in stock to refill the shelves, without any type of disaster, the obvious conclusion is that there are going to be whole segments of the country that are not going to be able obtain even the basics to survive.

Note - No one is suggesting that anyone take their last dime and rush out to buy everything in sight, but steadily getting a little extra here and there on each shopping trip to stock up on basic survival needs, will at least give one a better chance to survive disaster than those totally unprepared.

Readers are encouraged to share prepping tips, links, videos, in the comment section to help others.

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Supermarket Bankruptcies Are Beginning to Pile Up--' 'Yes and there will be more'inventory supply issues' and more and more shelves will be bare and they will blame it on inventory systems for the shortages' SQ-FOOD CONTROL IS PEOPLE CONTROL!

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-19/supermarket-casualties-begin-to-pile-up-in-amazon-fueled-battle


Official Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps

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