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Food Crisis Will Soon Hit The U.S.

Food Crisis Will Soon Hit The U.S.

Phoenix Capital Research
February 20, 2011

Forget stocks, the real crisis is coming… and it’s coming fast.

Indeed, it first hit in 2008 though it was almost entirely off the radar of the American public. While all eyes were glued to the carnage in the stock market and brokerage account balances, a far more serious crisis began to unfold rocking 30 countries around the globe.

I’m talking about food shortages.

Aside from a few rice shortages that were induced by export restrictions in Asia, food received little or no coverage from the financial media in 2008. Yet, food shortages started riots in over 30 countries worldwide. In Egypt people were actually stabbing each other while standing in line for bread.

We’re now seeing the second round of this disaster occurring in Egypt and other Arab countries today. Thanks to the Fed’s funny money policies, food prices have hit records. And even the Fed’s phony measures show that vegetable prices are up 13%!

The developed world, most notably the US, has been relatively immune to these developments… so far. But for much of the developing world, in which food and basic expenses consumer 50% of incomes, any rise in food prices can have catastrophic consequences.

And that’s not to say that food shortages can’t hit the developed world either.

According to Mark McLoran of Agro-Terra, the Earth’s population is currently growing by 70-80 million people per year. Between 2000 and 2012, the earth’s population will jump from six billion to seven billion. We’re expected to add another billion people by 2024. So demanding for food is growing… and it’s growing fast.

However, supply is falling. Up until the 1960s, mankind dealt with increased food demand by increasing farmland. However, starting in the ‘60s we began trying to meet demand by increasing yield via fertilizers, irrigation, and better seed. It worked for a while (McLoran notes that between 1975 and 1986 yields for wheat and rice rose 32% and 51% respectively).

However, in the last two decades, these techniques have stopped producing increased yields due to their deleterious effects: you can’t spray fertilizer and irrigate fields ad infinitum without damaging the land, which reduces yields. McLoran points out that from 1970 to 1990, global average aggregate yield grew by 2.2% a year. It has since declined to only 1.1% a year. And it’s expected to fall even further this decade.

Thus, since the ‘60s we’ve added roughly three billion people to the planet. But we’ve actually seen a decrease in food output. Indeed, worldwide arable land per person has essentially halved from 0.42 hectares per person in 1961 to 0.23 hectares per person in 2002.

It’s also worth noting that diets have changed dramatically in the last 30 years.

For example, in 1985 the average Chinese consumer ate 44 pounds of meat per year. Today, it’s more than doubled to 110 pounds. That in of itself is impressive, but when you consider that it takes 17 pounds of grain to generate one pound of beef, you begin to see how grain demand can rise exponentially to population growth with even modest changes to diet.

Make no mistake, agriculture is at the beginning of a major multi-year bull market. We’ve got rapidly growing demand, reduced production, and decade low inventories.

This is an absolute recipe for disaster.

 

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New York Stock Exchange Sold To Germany

New York Stock Exchange Sold To Germany

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-bPiQ_ZnI0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-bPiQ_ZnI0

 



Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZjPCJfvV0M

 



Trump: Ron Paul Has No Chance of Beating Obama

Trump: Ron Paul Has No Chance of Beating Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_-0hMID67A

Trump: We Need 25% Tax on China Imports

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pqkOr94TAc

 



Super Bowl flyover costs taxpayers $450,000

Super Bowl flyover costs taxpayers $450,000

khou.com
February 8, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJP2Kja0go

ARLINGTON, Texas — The ritual at a sporting event is both heart-rending and familiar: The performance of the national anthem, followed by a thunderous flyover by military aircraft.

At this year’s Super Bowl, five Navy F-18s are traveling all the way from Virginia Beach, Virginia for the ceremony at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The domed arena will be closed. The spectators inside will not see it. The five-second shot will be shown on TV.

The U.S. Navy says the cost to bring the formation of four planes, plus a backup, to North Texas is $109,000 in fuel. According to Department of Defense tables, the entire cost will be more than $450,000, based on the operational cost of the F-18 aircraft and the number of hours the pilots will fly.

The same kind of F-18 fighter operates out of the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, less than 20 miles from the stadium.

 



Total Cost Of Wars Exceeds $2.5 Trillion

Total Cost Of Wars Exceeds $2.5 Trillion – No Worries! US Media ‘Fluff’ Numbing Nation, Robbing Next Generation

The Daily Bail
February 8, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56zcUcjpzsY

Thus far, the war in Iraq has cost over $740,000,000,000 — but the cumulative cost could be between two and three trillion dollars. The war has caused the death of over 4,400 American troops, and left more than 31,000 wounded.

Video – Americans consider the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan among the less important problems facing their country – according to a recent opinion poll. That’s despite thousands of U.S. soldiers killed in action and more than one trillion dollars spent. But as RT’s Lauren Lyster reports it may be the mainstream media that decides what really matters for the public…

What does a Trillion dollars look like?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNFb6qe7Tmg

 



China caught making plastic rice

China caught making plastic rice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT3JTUCaB_4