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Consumers, are you being hoodwinked? Can you live without the independent family farmers? Consumers take heed! You can be the real losers as the independent family farmer is financially squeezed into oblivion. Scoff if you will! Buy the imported food and cheaper goods produced by cheap labor, including child labor and sweatshops, which were outlawed in our free country decades ago. When we, the largest free country in the world with the most abundant food resources, import more food and goods than is exported, something is wrong. - LA Times.
The top 10 agricultural producing States, in terms of cash receipts are (in descending order): California, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, North Carolina, Indiana, and Missouri. California has the largest number of food manufacturing plants, followed by New York and Texas. - USDA
Recent droughts in California has affected the food supply in America, water is piped through the All American Canal to the farms in desert areas of the state, a very important resource to the California farmers. EPA regulations is causing a shutdown of the amount of water going to California farmers.
Personally I grow a lot of my own food and I have a supplier for beef and pork. I am increasing my garden this year by about 30% in size and I intend to can and freeze more this year than last.
Why you ask?
Look at prices for food in the store and the availability for quality produce. Someone working minimum wage has to work for 2 to 3 hours to buy a steak dinner with a baked potato and a vegetable, assuming he wants good beef. The problem is not in the wages he earns but in the prices of goods he must buy. Raising wages will only increase prices.
Here are some thoughts from around the world about food shortages, the first is recent, the list at the end cover from 1995 to today.
Venezuela food shortages: 'No one can explain why a rich country has no food'
Toilet paper, rice and coffee have long been missing from stores, as Venezuelan president blames CIA plot for chronic shortages
"There is something about finally having enough to make ends meet and being unable to buy what I need because it's gone missing. It leaves me feeling indignant," says Rodríguez, a 55-year-old man
It fills me with rage to have to spend the one free day I have wasting my time for a bag of rice," Zeneida Caballero says. "I end up paying more at the re-sellers. In the end, all these price controls proved useless."
This time, however, food shortages have gone on for almost a year and certain items long gone from the shelves are hitting a particular nerve with Venezuelans. Toilet paper, rice, coffee, and cornflour, used to make arepas, Venezuela's national dish, have become emblematic of more than just an economic crisis.
"We used to produce rice and we had excellent coffee; now we produce nothing. With the situation here people abandoned the fields," says Jesús López, in reference to government-seized land that sits idle. "Empty shelves and no one to explain why a rich country has no food. It's unacceptable," adds the 90-year-old farmer from San Cristóbal, on the western state of Táchira, bordering Colombia.
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and 25 of his House colleagues called on President Barack Obama to release willing farmers from their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts in order to produce additional grain. With Americans facing rising food prices and government officials predicting the possibility of grain shortages, immediate action is necessary to enhance U.S. production.
"Other than oil, we produce close to nothing, and even oil production has decreased. There is a lack of hard currency, and, in a country that imports everything, this becomes more evident with food scarcity," says Oliveros.
For Oliveros, an additional cause for the shortage of basic food staples is the decrease in agricultural production resulting from seized companies and land expropriations. "More than 3m hectares were expropriated during 2004-2010. That and overvalued exchange rate destroyed agriculture. It's cheaper to import than it is to produce. That's a perverse model that kills off any productivity," he says.
According to President Nicolás Maduro, the food shortages are being artificially induced by the opposition. He claims they form part of wider plan concocted by the CIA to destabilize his government, sabotage the oil industry and trigger power cuts.
(Side note from the LA Times)
A defiant President Robert Mugabe vowed to continue seizing white-owned farms, saying drought and growing international isolation, not his policies, were to blame for food shortages that threaten half of Zimbabwe's people with starvation.
Zimbabwe has announced plans to nationalize all privately owned farmland, a move that analysts said could create more food shortages in the southern African nation.
According to President Barack Obama, the food shortages are being artificially induced by the Republicans. He claims they form part of wider plan concocted by the TEA Party to destabilize his government, sabotage the oil industry and trigger power cuts
Other articles from around the world on this subject.
Millions of poor Indonesians are in danger of acute food shortages because of drought and a deepening economic crisis, the United Nations said. The economic crisis has prompted protests and riots. In its report, the U.N. said 7.5 million people "risk experiencing food insecurity until early next year."
President Mwai Kibaki declared Kenya's food shortage a national disaster, saying about 3.3 million Kenyans need emergency food assistance because of a widespread drought. Kibaki said more than 60% of Kenya's crops would fail this year.
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, analyzing the Communist Party's widespread and unexpected losses in parliamentary elections, has linked the setback to deepening anger over severe food shortages. "The food problem is the fundamental problem at present,"
Wearied by food shortages, 1,110% inflation, coup rumors and a prolonged rebel war, many Peruvians are voting with their feet--and more than half would leave the country if they could.
Food shortages in chronically hungry North Korea are expected to worsen sharply this year after a meager harvest and a disastrous winter, a senior U.N. aid official said.
South Korea will donate 1,300 tons of rice to Mongolia to help the country overcome food shortages.
Algerian authorities declared a state of emergency and called out the army as thousands of demonstrators clashed with police in downtown Algiers on the third day of widespread rioting over food shortages and rising prices.
Drought has triggered extreme food shortages in three East African countries, putting millions of people at risk of famine as the lean dry season approaches, a humanitarian group said. Pre-famine conditions have already emerged in eastern Ethiopia, including escalating malnutrition, reports of child deaths, and human and livestock migration.
Just my thoughts for today.