As the black horse begins its ride this spring joining the red and white, reports are already sounding the alarm. In Revelation 6, the black follows the red which followed the white. (See “Missing Links – Appendix IV” i the main menu.) There can be a number of reasons that can cause food shortages besides droughts and floods. As a small produce farmer, I’ve seen both! But there are more reasons that can cause famine in this fast-paced world often taken for granted. One is the supply chain! Controlled for and by greed or just plain mismanaged, it makes no difference, but it has seemed to me over the years that the middlemen get to grab both sides of the middle of the stick with the farmer at one short end receiving little for his efforts staying constantly in debt year after year and the wage-earning consumer at the other short end paying more and more for his food while the middlemen get fat and wealthy for doing next to nothing in an air conditioned office. I thank God that a local Grocery has bought locally grown produce, but most of the time I had to beat warehouse prices just to get in the door unless it was something the warehouse just didn’t have, and consumers wanted. Those items I concentrated on!
The main thing affecting the supply chain is diesel fuel, which is a cost for both farmers and their off-road tractors and truckers with their on-road tractor and trailers. At the end of the supply chain the consumer usually pays the fuel bill plus the middleman’s fuel mark-up. With everything else coming together in the convergence of prophecy, this is soon coming to: “They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. 10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. 11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. 13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done. 14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea. 15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires (dawning light), even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea. 16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously. 17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.” (Isaiah 24:9-17)
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The Earth Only Has A 3 Month Supply Of Food – How 90 Days Could Change Our World
BY MICHAEL SNYDER/ECONOMIC COLLAPSE BLOGAPRIL 12, 2022
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We are far closer to a potential global cataclysm than most people would dare to imagine. Right now, leaders from all across the political spectrum are openly warning us that a worldwide food crisis is coming. But when people in the western world hear of such warnings, most of them assume that it will just be something that affects poor people in Africa or Asia.
Unfortunately, that will not be the case this time around. We truly are in unprecedented territory, and we are going to see things happen in the months ahead that once would have been absolutely unthinkable.
Global hunger had already been steadily rising for the past couple of years due to the COVID pandemic, and now a confluence of events here in 2022 threatens to create a true global nightmare.
At this moment, we are still eating food that was previously grown, but it is the food that will not be grown in the months ahead that will be the real problem.
Because the truth is that we do not have much of a buffer to work with at all.
David Friedberg is an “early Google executive who started the farming insurance company Climate Corporation”, and he just told the All-In podcast that the Earth operates on “a 90-day food supply”…
“The whole planet Earth operates a 90-day food supply, that means that once we stop making food, humans run out of food in 90 days.”
It is estimated that approximately 7.9 billion people currently live on the planet, and feeding everyone is a real challenge even if everything goes perfectly.
Unfortunately, global conditions have been much less than perfect for the past couple of years, and Friedberg says that the new global energy crisis has pushed the cost of key fertilizer components to levels that are absolutely insane…
“The price of nitrogen has gone from $200 to $1,000, the price in potassium has gone from $200 to $700, and the price of phosphorus has gone from $250 to $700. So now it is so expensive to grow a crop, that a lot of farmers around the world are pulling acres out of production. So they’re going to grow less this year than they would have otherwise because it is so expensive and they can not access fertilizer,” he explained. “Food supplies are going to go down and it is going to be catastrophic.”
Many farmers all over the world will try to grow food without fertilizer this year, but that will result in a whole lot less food being grown.
In one of his latest videos, Chris Martenson compared rice plants that were grown with phosphorus to rice plants that were not given any phosphorus.
I was absolutely blown away by the difference.
As global food production drops precipitously, there simply will not be enough food for everyone in the months ahead.
Of course the wealthy nations will buy up what is available, driving up prices in the process, and the poorer nations will be left out in the cold.
In fact, this is already starting to happen. In March, the global price of food rose at the fastest monthly pace ever recorded…
March’s food price index from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) printed 159.3 points in March, up 19.15 points from February, when it had already reached record highs. The index was up 33.6% from the same time last year.
The March rise in food prices is a stunning 12.64% MoM – almost double the previous record monthly surge…
If you are looking for “red flags”, you just found one.
Food riots have already begun in some parts of the globe. For example, you can see a clip from the rioting in Peru right here.
In the months ahead, it is only going to get worse.
Thanks to the war in Ukraine, the price of wheat was up almost 20 percent last month alone…
The war has helped push cereal prices up 17% over the past month with the closure of ports throttling wheat and maize exports from Ukraine. Russian exports have also been slowed by financial and shipping problems.
World wheat prices soared by 19.7% during March, while maize prices posted a 19.1% month-on-month increase, hitting a record high along with those of barley and sorghum.
As I have discussed previously, Russia and Ukraine normally export enormous amounts of food to the rest of the planet.
But that won’t be the case this year.
Sadly, it is being projected that corn production in Ukraine will be cut by more than half in 2022…
Ukraine is one of the world’s top exporters of corn, sunflower oil, and wheat. Disruptions stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have stoked fears the war-torn country could experience a 50% decline in crop output this year, according to Bloomberg.
Forecast data from ag expert UkrAgroConsult show Ukraine’s corn output could be as low as 19 million tons, about half of last year’s 41 million tons.
And the Ukrainians have already announced that they won’t be exporting any of their production at all this year because they need it to feed their own population during the war.
Here in the United States, the bird flu pandemic continues to escalate, and as a result the price of eggs has more than doubled in recent weeks…
A deadly and highly infectious avian flu is forcing US farmers to kill millions of egg-laying hens, reducing the country’s egg supply and driving up prices.
On Thursday, retailers paid between $2.80 and $2.89 for a dozen large grade A white eggs in the Midwest, according to the USDA’s daily Midwest regional egg report. That’s more than double the roughly $1.25 they cost in March, according to data compiled by Brian Earnest, lead protein industry analyst at Cobank, which provides financial services to agribusiness.
That is extremely alarming.
So what is going to happen if this pandemic continues to wipe out millions of chickens every month?
Meanwhile, certain shortages that have been simmering for a long time are now reaching critical levels. For example, Walgreens has announced that it is going to start rationing baby formula…
A national shortage of baby formula brought on by pandemic-related supply-chain issues has forced US retailers such as Walgreens to ration the all-important product.
The company – the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States behind CVS – said Friday that amid the supply-chain crunch, it is limiting customers to three infant and toddler formula product purchases at a time, at its 9,021 US locations.
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
According to the optimists, things were supposed to be getting back to normal by this point.
But instead things are getting even worse.
According to the Daily Mail, “29 percent of all top-selling formulas are out of stock at stores across the nation” right now.
Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.
Everyone agrees that the global food crisis is going to intensify in the months ahead, and David Friedberg is trying to warn us about what could happen if widespread panic sets in…
“I don’t know about death, there will be famine. Famine is to be short of calories. There will be strategic reserves released, but it won’t be enough. We won’t have enough. The way supply chains are set up, there will not be enough,” he said. “As you know with any market, when there is scarcity, people come in and buy at a faster pace. So this is a market dynamic. It is not like people are physically hoarding loaves of bread, but commodity traders, countries, strategic reserves start buying up what they can get to prepare for the famine… prices go even higher and it kicks other people out of the market. The whole thing gets ugly fast.”
We have been warned over and over again that this was coming, and now it is here.
You may have noticed that my articles have been longer than usual lately, and that is because there is so much more information that I need to share with you each day.
We truly are entering a full-blown planetary emergency, and I am trying to do my best to sound the alarm.
Unfortunately, most of the population is still not taking this crisis seriously.
So many people out there are fully convinced that they will always be able to rely on the system, and a lot of them will continue to believe that even as the system literally collapses all around them.
Originally published at The Economic Collapse Blog – reposted with permission.
Then on top of all the above, is seems that possible sabotage may be at play within the supply chain.
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Coincidence Or Conspiracy? Why Are So Many Food Processing Plants Catching Fire?
BY MICHAEL SNYDER/ECONOMIC COLLAPSE BLOG APRIL 26, 2022
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Everyone can see that something really strange appears to be happening, and now even Tucker Carlson is talking about it on television. View this important segment below:
For months, unusual fires have been erupting at important food industry facilities all over America. Last Thursday, I put together a list of 16 major fires that have occurred just since the start of the year.
Unfortunately, since I wrote that article a couple more “mysterious incidents” have taken place. Very early on Saturday, firefighters were called out to battle a fire at a General Mills facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa…
An early morning fire at General Mills led first responders to the roof of the company to attack the flames from above. The call came in around 3:45am on Saturday at the plant located at 4800 Edgewood Road SW. First responders discovered hot spots where a vent stack makes contact with the roof.
Steam and smoke were already visible. Crews reached the roof and confirmed the location of the fire below them with the help of thermal imaging. Firefighters removed roofing material and found the flames working their way through the ceiling and traveling with the vent stack.
Oddly, this fire erupted less than 48 hours after a plane crashed at a General Mills facility in Covington, Georgia…
Investigators spent Friday at the General Mills plant in Covington combing through the wreckage of a deadly plane crash that happened the previous evening.
A twin-engine Cessna crashed into several semi trailers at remote part of the cereal plant on Thursday evening killing two people, the Covington Police Department said.
Is it just a “coincidence” that there were two major disasters at General Mills facilities within 48 hours of one another?
That is what some would have us believe.
Of course there have been a whole bunch of other “coincidences” happening lately too.
Less than a week ago, the headquarters of Azure Standard burned to the ground in a massive fire. CEO David Stelzer is admitting that all Azure Market liquid products will be out of stock for the foreseeable future as a result…
He also added, “For our customers, three primary product groups are affected due to the destroyed automated liquid pour facility, fruit packing facilities and carob products facilities.” He continued, “Because of this, we will experience out-of-stock status for Azure Market oils, honey and vinegars – basically any Azure Market liquid product – as well as our carob products for the short term. We are not yet at fruit harvest, so no immediate impact will be experienced from the loss of our fruit packing facility. None of the products we distribute for our vendors will be affected,” he concluded.
And just a few days before that, a “four-alarm fire” destroyed a very important food processing facility in Salinas, California…
Authorities Thursday lifted all evacuation and shelter-in-place orders in an area of Salinas where a four-alarm fire sparked a day earlier at a food processing plant, prompting fears of a possible explosion and hazardous plume of ammonia, city officials said.
The fire was initially reported at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Taylor Farms processing facility on Abbott Street and prompted an order early Thursday for evacuations affecting an estimated 2,700 people and a shelter-in-place order affecting an estimated 35,000 people.
If these were isolated incidents, perhaps we never would have even taken notice of them.
But they aren’t isolated incidents.
In fact, fires have been mysteriously erupting at America’s food processing facilities for many months.
Strangely, the latest fires happened during the same week that the FBI admitted that America’s farmers are now being specifically targeted by ransomware attacks…
A new warning right now for local farmers.
The FBI says you need to be on alert for ransomware attacks. As KDKA money editor Jon Delano explains, those attacks on farmers could impact the rest of us at the grocery store.
Whether it’s a dairy or poultry farm, a cattle farm, or a farm that grows grain, farming is a key part of Pennsylvania’s economy.
Could there be some relation between these two stories?
For now, the FBI is not saying.
And most of the talking heads on television are assuring us that there is nothing to be concerned about and that everything will be just fine.
Meanwhile, more fires continue to make the news.
On Sunday, it was being reported that “nearly a dozen wildfires” had just roared through key agricultural areas of Nebraska…
Sunday was far from a day of rest for firefighters across much of the state, as they continued to mop up nearly a dozen wildfires and remained alert for more.
By Sunday morning, the Road 702 Fire in the Cambridge area covered 50,000 acres — a much larger area than the 33,000 acres burned in the April 7-9 fire in Gosper and Furnas counties. A management team from the Rocky Mountain area took command of the battle at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
And a total of 20 wildfires are ripping across New Mexico as I write this article…
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed emergency declarations as 20 wildfires continued to burn Sunday in nearly half of the state’s drought-stricken 33 counties.
I don’t know how all of the things that I have discussed in this article tie together.
But what I do know is that all of them will have an impact on our food supply.
As I have discussed previously, UN officials are warning that we are heading into the worst global food crisis since World War II.
Do you remember when millions of people died of starvation in the 1980s and there were endless appeals on television asking us to give to the hungry?
Well, authorities are telling us that what is coming is going to be much worse than that.
A “perfect storm” of factors is combining to create the greatest stress on global food supplies that we have seen in modern times.
But most of the talking heads on television want you to believe that everything is under control and that better times are just around the corner.
You can believe them if you want, but my recommendation is to get prepared for this crisis while you still can.
Originally published at The Economic Collapse Blog – reposted with permission.
As God’s ordinance in the tilting of the earth on its axis brings in the spring season in the northern hemisphere (autumn in the southern), Ukraine which grows and exports much wheat won’t be doing so this year. Ukraine is a global wheat exporter and the global wheat markets are in a state of chaos. US wheat production for 2022 expected to be low.
According to USDA analysis and data from U.S. Drought Monitor, 71 percent of U.S. winter wheat areas are in areas of drought as of Feb 8 (figure 3), up slightly from what was reported last month in the Wheat Outlook publication. Much of this area covers key HRW growing regions of western Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Drought conditions could leave
some crops susceptible to damage if protective snow cover is not in place during periods of prolonged cold temperatures. Low temperatures have been reported in some of these areas, but the full effect of these conditions is not yet known. Further, White wheat production areas in the Pacific northwest are still experiencing prolonged drought after dry conditions cut last year’s crop substantially. However, spring weather conditions will have a larger impact on the 2022 wheat crop and winter conditions alone are not a reliable determinant of harvest potential. Also noteworthy is that 55 percent of spring wheat and 78 percent of Durum growing areas are also
currently in regions experiencing drought conditions.
Has anyone had foresight like Joseph? (Genesis 41)
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name (authority), saying (boasting), I am Christ; and (but) shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matt. 24:4-13)
Then about halfway through the seven-seal years period (a time of Jacob’s trouble. Jer. 30) when the pale horse has joined the other three and rode for about half a year:
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Rev. 6:12-17) 31 And he shall send his angels (plural) with a (no Greek term for indirect article) great sound(-ing) of a (added in translation) trumpet(s) – [plural, i.e. 7], and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matt 24:21-31) [See also 1Cor. 15:52, Rev. 10:7, 11:15, 14:12-16:1]
The Revelation Countdown has begun!