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By Kellene Bishop

wheat-shortages-drought-spainWhile I reported on the looming wheat shortage in detail several months ago, it has caught my attention again due to how quickly it’s coming upon us and how much worse it’s become.

A wheat shortage isn’t just confined to far off distant lands anymore.  It has definitely hit America.  Additionally, there is not a single country in the world that is not experience a wheat shortage.

Nations all over the world are reporting a shortage of wheat.  Romania lost over two-thirds of their wheat harvest last year due to drought.  Hungary, Czech Republic and Bulgaria are all in the same boat.  Ukraine lost over a third of its harvest due to flooding.  This year Argentina is planting the smallest wheat crop in over a century!  They used to be the 5th largest exporter of wheat and now they will be consigned to importing it.  Zimbabwe’s largest bread producer has announced to the public several times in the last 2 years that they were completely out of flour or only had 2 days supplies left—and that is including their emergency reserve stocks.  Accounting for over 15 nations, wheat output has been declining over the last 2 years, while population has continued to increase.  Spain and Argentina have the largest declines of 48% and 34% respectively with Poland and Canada having the least output decline of 10% and 12%.

Can you say wheat shortage?  

This is a common story among major bread manufacturers worldwide—nothing left in their stores.  Several processing plants that used to employ hundreds have literally had to shut down completely due to a lack of wheat—not money.  Wheat shortage.

The U.S. Government as a whole has a similar story as well.  In spite of laws which are still in effect to prevent this very crisis, the U.S. has exported ALL of their wheat surpluses to other nations simply so that they can survive and to prevent an even bigger economic meltdown.  In fact, though once the largest exporter of wheat in the world, the U.S. is now having to resort to IMPORTING types of wheat from other nations, paying top dollar to do so, which is obviously passed on to consumers.  In January of last year, the USDA reported that the hard wheat crop was smaller than EVER, thus forcing many buyers to spring wheat, which has escalated those prices to unprecedented highs.  Thus the price of wheat is skyrocketing due to supply and demand as well as a result of the value of the U.S. dollar.

Photo by AP Photo/Shakil Adil

Photo by AP Photo/Shakil Adil

Wheat is indeed a valuable commodity, much like gold and silver.  Since the U.S. dollar has weakened dramatically due to the excessive “bail outs” and money printing, lifesaving commodities such as wheat are being hyper-inflated.  This, in part, explains why countries such as Pakistan and China are storing wheat at record numbers even in an attempt of secrecy.  Armies aren’t just guarding weapons and gold anymore.  Many, even our U.S. forces, are guarding wheat supplies in foreign nations.  When money markets go awry, commodities such a meat, grains, and other lifesaving assets go up.

The credit eligibility of nations has been significantly downgraded as well—dramatically impacting the wheat shortage.  As a result, acquiring more wheat, seeds, appropriate amounts of fertilizer, etc. has become impossible for most nations.  Farmers in our own nation aren’t able to plant as much as in previous years to due to the tightening reign on credit and increasing taxes and export fees.

Can I say it any plainer, folks?  There is NO storage of wheat now except what is in your own home.  Take a look at your food storage.  How does that make you feel?  Safe?  Secure?  Or in need?

Is it any wonder that wheat has increased in price over 400% at the markets that I frequently shop?  World wheat prices are at record highs right now. 

I have just received inside information from two chains that formal letters are being disseminated among grocery stores across the U.S. informing employees that wheat and affected prices will be doubling by the end of the summer.  Food prices in general have experienced the highest inflation rate of the past 18 years.

Unfortunately all of these problems aren’t just affecting the wheat market.  As a result, ALL grains are increasing in prices, some such as corn and rice to record numbers as well.  Markets are depleted in soy (expected decline of 26% this year) and corn (expected decline of 46% this year) all over the world.  Is it any wonder why China’s imported 55.2% more soybeans this year than last? And yet the U.S. crop of grains is down by over 19% this year!  This also affects the feed availability for meat production.  No feed?  Then the number of cattle and fowl output will decline substantially as well.

I’m thinking that you shouldn’t be waiting for wheat to come down in price before you obtain sufficient for your family—this includes any other grains as well such as rice, pasta, bran, etc.  Remember when I told you that I was convinced that a bucket of wheat would soon be worth more than a bucket of gold?  Do you now have some semblance as to WHY I would say that? 

If you’re reading this, then you have been sufficiently warned, instructed, and encouraged.  You’ve seen evidence of wheat shortages.  You have no excuse to fail yourself or your family when a real food crisis hits your region.  You must take matters of survival into your own hands and stop being all comfy cozy and assuming that others will take care of you.  You cannot rely on the farmers to plant, on the truckers to transport, or the government to have a solution.  This isn’t to say that farmers, truckers, and government are “bad.”  They just aren’t superhuman folks.  They are HUMAN.  They can’t possibly be expected to take care of you.  Heck, some of your own parents who gave birth to you can’t even be expected to do that!  You need to take care of you, plain and simple.  Please, please get your grains now!  I assure you, a wheat famine is NOT pleasant to live through.  

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I confess that it is doubtful I will make any friends with this particular posting.  It is inconvenient information that I share with you today.  While I happily provide you with a yummy recipe at the end of this blog, one in which you can make from your food storage supplies, I realize that what I am about to share is an unpleasant thought.

 

Wheat-farmerLess than one percent of our population claims farming as their occupation–down from 10% in 1997.  Over 40% of those farmers are north of the age 55.  The farmers of our nation are dwindling significantly.  Many of those farmers refused to grow wheat in past years due to an eagerness to earn a better living by jumping on the ethanol train, and thus grew corn and soy. 

 

On average, one farmer only produces enough food for 96 people.  In total there are 2 million farms in the U.S. (including livestock, etc).  We have a total estimated population of over 303 million citizens.  You do the math.  The number of farms has been decreasing about 6 percent per year and yet our population has been increasing by just under 1% each year and is expected to increase by nearly 49% by the year 2050.  A famine would overtake this nation in a matter of weeks if ANY violence or fluke of nature interrupted the operation of this highly interdependent system of food production and distribution.  On a much smaller scale, look at what ripple affect one hurricane had on our entire nation, let alone what it did to Louisiana and other areas.  Food, water, safety and freedoms were scarce.

 

surplus-wheat-khouzestan2For you additional consideration, know that our government has shipped all of our surplus wheat to foreign nations due to the famines as of late. There is none to replace it because there are so few farmers who have been growing wheat.  In other words, there is no longer any wheat or other public stores to fight famine in our own nation. 

 

Indeed we are in a precarious position.

 

Perhaps there is not a people in the history of this nation who have been as vulnerable to starvation as we are today.  Although we are highly specialized in our labor, we are relying almost completely upon electric power and labor-saving machinery.  We have largely forgotten the meaning of physical labor and the art of feeding and clothing ourselves.  If we had an interruption of our power supply, our production machinery, or our transportation, grocery markets would empty within hours and we would all be left to our own knowledge and skills to provide ourselves with the sustenance of life. 

 

This is an overwhelming though to contemplate. But it is more clear to me, in consideration of this additional information, why we have been advised for eons to have emergency preparedness supplies on hand.  Such supplies should address not just food and water, but shelter, clothing, medical, financial, mental, spiritual, and physical needs for protecting and providing for ourselves. 

 

empty-grocery-shelvesI understand that I may sound ludicrous. After all, it was probably just his past weekend that you roamed the aisle in the grocery stores and saw plenty.  Have you never been in a grocery store on a Monday though, when so many of their supplies have been depleted over the weekend?  I have and certainly feel inconvenienced by this simple anomaly.   Now picture this scenario a hundred fold as the result of a REAL food shortage and a failing currency in our nation.  It is as ugly as anything out of Hollywood has ever portrayed it.  If our currency fails then all of the foods we import into our nation cease.  If our food fails then all of the currency which we bring into our nation ceases as well.  It’s a no win situation and you don’t have to look far to notice that both commodities are under serious threat!

 

9mm-gun-casing1Mark my words, the time will come when ammunition is worth more than any currency we can wave; when a bucket of wheat is held more dear than a bucket of gold; and when life skills such as shoemaking and iron works, and masonry will have a greater value than an irrelevant retirement account.

 

We are naïve if we somehow believe that this type of forecast is reserved for the future generations in light of all that is blatantly going on around us. We are naïve if we believe that the government will protect us or that anyone else is responsible for our well-being in this matter. 

 

While you may bristle at this wake up call, nonetheless, wake up.  I’m not exactly a “morning person” either, but I know enough to realize just how important this preparation is for you, your family, and anyone you love.  And I tell you solemnly right now that the more complacent you choose to be in your lifestyle, the more hatred you will have for yourself later when you realize you could have done something to stop the suffering of those you love.

 

blueberry-dump-cake-butterBlueberry Dump Cake

The name says it all. This is easy!

 

2 cans of blueberry pie filling

1 box of yellow cake mix (18.25 ounces)

12 tablespoons of butter or margarine

 

Simply dump the blueberry pie filling in your baking dish or Dutch oven. Top it with the box of yellow cake mix.  Top that with the butter or margarine (melted or in cold pieces)

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes until light golden brown on top. 

 

If you have a way to make ice cream, this is a yummy dish served warm with some vanilla ice cream on top. 

 

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