Skip to comments.Ready For The Price Of Food To More Than Double By The End Of This Decade?
Posted on 04/20/2014 12:17:03 PM PDT by Nachum
It's not just beef, pork, shrimp, eggs, and orange juice...
Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,
Do you think that the price of food is high now? Just wait. If current trends continue, many of the most common food items that Americans buy will cost more than twice as much by the end of this decade. Global demand for food continues to rise steadily as crippling droughts ravage key agricultural regions all over the planet. You see, it isn't just the multi-year California drought that is affecting food prices. Down in Brazil (one of the leading exporters of food in the world), the drought has gotten so bad that 142 cities were rationing water at one point earlier this year. And outbreaks of disease are also having a significant impact on our food supply. A devastating pig virus that has never been seen in the U.S. before has already killed up to 6 million pigs. Even if nothing else bad happens (and that is a very questionable assumption to make), our food prices are going to be moving aggressively upward for the foreseeable future. But what if something does happen? In recent years, global food reserves have dipped to extremely low levels, and a single major global event (war, pandemic, terror attack, planetary natural disaster, etc.) could create an unprecedented global food crisis very rapidly.
A professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University named Timothy Richards has calculated what the drought in California is going to do to produce prices at our supermarkets in the near future. His projections are quite sobering...
(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...
UN Agenda 21 at work to make life so expensive for the peasants that the give up and die.
A recent thread indicated that we should all get used to eating insects. Very affordable and “sustainable”.
And to what extent are US government policies increasing prices, causing scarcities and driving up energy costs? A great deal and the Marxists running the US want higher prices which cause dependency and privation which force more people on public assistance and tightens government control.
How will the entitlement crowd pay for their food?
Same way they do now - we will.
That’s not the goal in a 1st world country.
the goal in a 1st world country is to force others to pay for the entitlement crowds’ food so they keep breeding and so govt can take more and more out of the pockets of those they believe unfairly have too much.
This is a great time to pass the affordable food act. Find every critter endangered and cut off water supplies to farmers. Use all corn crops for ethanol. Federal agents will be unleashed on ranchers and cull herds. Obamafood for all.
let’s see the elite doing this every meal, every day for a few years. then i’ll be convinced of their sincerity.
Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!
Central Valley farmers took a crippling blow Friday when U.S. officials made the unprecedented announcement that they would get no irrigation water from the federal government this year because of the drought.
A lot of the greenie/watermelons are vegan and vegetarian.
They will keep pushing their agenda (Gaia Religion) on everybody else. They might get some push-back from halal mohammedens.
It’s already almost doubled since Obama became pResident.
No reason to think his p1ss-poor policies won’t continue to have a negative effect for another 4-5 years.
The Preppers are right. Time to stock up on those price inflated freeze dried meals. And, it’s time to ban the word “gourmet” from the food lexicon.
So everyone should turn their yard into a garden starting today!
Putting 40% of the corn crop into ethanol raises grain prices and, indirectly, meat prices.
If we stopped burning food for fuel (and it doesn’t reduce dependance on foreign oil, but does waste water), food prices would come down.
Hey, let’s burn (corn) food for energy instead of coal!
According to my grocery shopping bills, it already has doubled in the last ten years. I'm not surprised if it does again, given the idiotic policies being implemented by the boy king and his merry band of court jesters.
Thankfully this doesn’t affect me, since food is no longer included in the CPI.
No Problemo! I will live off the interest on my savings. Oh! Wait - there is zero % interest. No problemo the rate will double as well. Zero times two equals “No it won’t”.
So in another few years bread will be $30 / $40 a loaf and the average salary will be.. still what it is today! If the people who like that open-border, taxpayer-subsidized, cheap labor have their way.
Double food prices? We'll, let 'em eat half as much! We peons just don't understand, do we?
They have’t forgotten the garden. They have the laws in place to regulate the seeds you buy and the garden you grow.
How about a $500 permit for that garden?
I may not win, I may be killed, but I will NOT kneel. They can only kill me once.
The latest government to fall over bread prices was in Egypt.
History is pretty clear what happens when governments drive up food prices.
It's never pretty for the government.
Nah, they make lousy compost. Too much bitter dependency.
I’d recommend wild hogs or maybe alligators for those of us in Florida. Heck there’s always crabs and sharks too.
Depends on the technique. ;)
I used to take two dollars to the store and come back with a loaf of bread, baking potatoes, salad makings, and steaks for dinner.
But now they got all those darned cameras in the store.
I know they are much more expensive than what you're actually getting, BUT,
if they can be stored for ten years then the price is actually reasonable, (too expensive now, bargain in 2020).
Thoughts on this?
Think of this as not spending twice as much for your food so much as only eating half of what you have become used to eating. In that case, you will spend the same amount for your food and you will be able to climb a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing.
We need a hydroponics revolution, but the masters of our world will never tolerate losing control of the food supply to the starving masses. All of my kids have been taught to grow their own; hunt their own; raise there own, and store their own, and it probably won’t make any difference when the SWAT teams raid and destroy food hoards and gardens.
Anyone out there think that this stuff isn't happening today in the U.S. ? All eight rules are currently in play
How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:
There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.
1) Healthcare Control healthcare and you control the people
2) Poverty Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
6) Education Take control of what people read and listen to take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools
8) Class Warfare Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
Does any of this sound like what is
happening to the United States ?
Well for the elderly and the poor, who don’t take food stamps, I object. I don’t think the price of food is low, in fact, I have seen it rise dramatically in the last year. Meats, fruits and some veggies as much as 30%...well no one has got a 30% raise, and you can only cut the pie so many ways.
All of us are not your vision of America. We eat right, exercise and take care of our bodies....get real.
Those on Medicare and Insurance drug plans are now paying for the insurance to meet government requirements, and now having to pay for the prescriptions as well, since like Obamacare they charge more but don’t pay as agreed!
I picked up a prescription for someone bedridden this week and it was twice what it was last time...so why don’t you help some of those elderly people, then come back and tell me that you think people are overeating and getting fat because food is so inexpensive.
The amount of food is not always the problem, it’s that what they can afford that puts on weight. For many on food stamps it’s still buying the wrong foods, however a proper diet is very expensive now.
So for people like you who have all this money to throw around...well that isn’t how it is for those over 65, or disabled....and including those with part time jobs. I have been cooking some meals for my grand children’s friends, whose familes can’t afford to eat much and they work...so I know how it is out there.
Time to volunteer and find out how the rest of America lives and not just those on welfare and food stamps.
And after Church today we got a very nice rain. My plants are joining me in thanking God for his blessings.
The Global Fascists would love to be able to use the food supply to subject the world.
I am doing my part to see that may family does not suffer from a shortage. My great grandfather came from Alabama with his mother during Reconstruction. They saw times that they were hungry. After that he always had a huge garden, orchard and livestock. None of his family was ever hungry as long as he drew breath. (his father-in-law was born in the Republic of TX in 1843)
You never recover from those things, especially if they are politically driven.
People who muss and fuss about "hard times" really have no idea what they are talking about - historically speaking.
Yep. Understand. And I can reload rifle cartridges for $.12-.15 per round using cast bullets. Have lots of lead to cast. With gas checks they work quite nicely.
No, not everyone does. Some of us do without running hot water.
I've lived the mid 1800s lifestyle without electricity, running water, and access to grocery stores. I did that for almost 2 years.
You might want to get out more, and meet some of the people on the ground. It's not like the neat little picture you paint.
Just for fun, I figured out apples to apples comparison for food prices between 1960 and today.
Took median family income, divided by 2000 hours per year to get median hourly income, then figured number of minutes needed to pay for several different items in 1960 and 2014.
Median income 1960: $6600 = $3.30 /hour
Median income 2014: $30,000 = $15.00 / hour
Gallon of milk: 1960 19 minutes; 2014 16 minutes
Dozen eggs: 1960 10 minutes; 2014 8 minutes
Pound sirloin steak: 1960 17 minutes; 2014 28 minutes
Pound pork chops: 1960 - 20 minutes; 2014 - 15 minutes
Pound chicken: 1960 - 6 minutes; 2014 - 6 minutes
Gallon gasoline: 1960 6 minutes: 2013 15 minutes
BTW, I’m perfectly well aware it’s difficult to compare prices from one era to another. I think this one is as defensible as any, certainly more so than the bizarre inflation calculators on the web.
Time for the Delta Smelt to take one for Team USA
And you are posting to Free Republic how?
Don't get defensive, but reality on the ground isn't like your pretty little picture. There are American families living in tents.
We do however live in the present and not the past, so people will think relative to now, not yesterday. We cannot pay the bills from yesterday, and cell phones are some people’s only phone.
Online now seems necessary for most people due to checking or savings accounts, and keeping up with long distance family. WE could live without it, but business keeps it difficult.
Video games aren’t necessary but most computers come with some downloaded...TV is expensive, if you don’t want all reruns. I could live without tv, cell, or online...but then I did when I was young....this generation hasn’t.
No, it's time to learn how to garden and do it. I started learning last year and now there is food growing in my container garden - grew most of it from seed. I'll have most of the foods listed in that article as being expensive.
You can have your own food and not depend on California to get water from the feds - how likely is California to get water??
Cocoa: Buy cocoa powder, not a mix, and store it (it's either with chocolate drinks or in the baking section of grocery). Doesn't take much powder to make hot chocolate. Here's a simple way to make hot chocolate:
Hot chocolate made using unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
2/3 cup of water
1/3 cup of milk (skim or other)
Sugar, other sweetener to your liking (or no sweetener)
Heat cocoa with water almost to boiling point, add milk and sweetener.
Remember the EPA/Government/Greenie chant: It is better to grow corn for ethanol than it is to grow it to feed people and animals.
So I guess my "compassion level" is at an all time low. Especially as I have to get up a 5am tomorrow to start another workweek while the welfare class relax at home and decide what TV show they are going to binge-watch next on Netflix.
The problem is wages have been stagnate for 15+ years and the dollar becomes worth less all the time. This is kicking economic butt on the middle and lower income classes...All this while other products creep up and up.....Like gas...