The price of corn has a huge influence on the price of groceries. This is because nearly everything – from meat, to cereal, to the gas in your car – all of it depends on corn in one form or another. And because corn has surged in price to more than $8 a bushel (an increase of 74% since August 2010), farmers have concentrated on growing it instead of wheat and soybeans in order to maximize the return on their investment (and who can blame them?).
Lower supplies of wheat and soybeans have also driven the prices of groceries up, and struggling families are really feeling the emptiness of their wallets when it comes to their grocery purchasing power.
Top economists are predicting that retail food prices will rise an additional 4% next year, on top of the 4% rise in cost this year. It doesn’t help that we’ve had record heat waves and droughts as well, decimating crops across the country.
But let’s face it, food shortages and famines have been part and parcel of the human experience since time began, haven’t they? Well, yes they have… but not for this country. In fact, for quite a while food shortages and hunger have been foreign concepts to most of our people. Even the poorest among us have much more than the poor of other countries.
But there are warning signs looming, portents that show us that food shortages are not just about to occur…in some ways they’re being carefully orchestrated by a few select elitists and corporations who desire nothing more than total control over our lives.
And in order to prepare for this looming food shortage, we must begin by looking at the past. It’s only through studying the past–picking up patterns that go back in history–that we can begin to see those same patterns emerging and coalescing within our modern world.
For instance, the fall of the Roman Empire produced a famine which swept across the land and reduced the population of the city of Rome by 90% over a 400-year period. The similarity between ancient Rome and modern America isn’t a new subject; however, there are a few precursors to consider when comparing the two civilizations in terms of setting the stage for food shortages and famines.
For instance, the Roman government spent more than it could afford. (Does this sound familiar?) The military was over-extended. (Our military is in Afghanistan, Libya, and posts around the world…) Weak and corrupt leaders had overtaken the seat of government (this could be a statement for our predicament today!). And Rome was plagued by constant infighting… (Red states, Blue states… liberal, conservative… progressives, constitutionalists).
But most startling of all, Rome increasingly became an empire of heavy urban centers. In America today, only about 2% of the population actually works the land. Our age of industrialization has stripped the countryside of farmers and small family farms, creating an influx of people into our larger cities, and replacing those farmers with corporate giants who utilize improper farming methods (planting the same plants in the same fields, year after year…), who rely on chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and most importantly, genetic manipulation to produce their nutrient-deficient crops, all which are beginning to result in fewer and fewer adequate crop yields.
It’s imperative that you protect your family from the inevitable break-down in society that is just around the corner.
Store a supply of emergency food today. Think of it as insurance for your family.