Frosts and freezes have torn through Northern Hemisphere growing regions in recent months, and the impacts are now beginning to be felt across nations’ fields and shelves. We have just experienced the coldest and snowiest May in centuries, but not a word is mentioned of this in the press. Merrie England recorded her coldest May in 362 years since record-keeping began in 1659 amidst the 70-year Maunder Minimum (1645 – 1715).
Global food prices aren’t leaving any wiggle room for bad harvests or demand spikes. A UN index of food prices “has reached its highest since September 2011, climbing almost 5% last month,” reports Bloomberg. Another tracker of “prices from grains to sugar and coffee is up 70% in the past year.” In the U.K. certain vegetables are already desperately low.
“We have very little room for any production shock. We have very little room for any unexpected surge in demand in any country,” Abdolreza Abbassian, senior economist at the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, said. “Any of those things could push prices up further than they are now, and then we could start getting worried.”
Everyone is worried about something these days. If it is not the virus or vaccines, it is the climate or paying the rent or mortgage and other essential bills. Everyone, except the billionaires, are watching prices of food rise. Billions are struggling to feed themselves as prices go up and up and up. The World Food Program chief warned that 270 million people face “a hunger crisis” this year, which is probably a very conservative estimate.
A United Nations gauge of world food costs climbed for a 12th straight month in May. Drought in key Brazilian growing regions is crippling crops from corn to coffee, and vegetable oil production growth has slowed in Southeast Asia. In addition, global grain stockpiles have been depleted by soaring Chinese demand.
Getting worried will not help a thing, mainly because it is too late. And with the mainstream lying about climate change, humanity is not in the least prepared for what is arriving in terms of food shortages combined with unaffordable food prices.
It will take the grand failure of harvests before anyone in the mainstream pays attention to the fact that world temperatures are rapidly cooling. It will take empty grocery store shelves and government rationing. And even then, many will still believe that it is “catastrophic global heating” that is causing cooling. Global warming dementia is so pronounced that even when people are freezing to death, they will think the world is ending from too much heat.
Before the pandemic, the number of Americans experiencing food insecurity had been steadily falling. Northwestern University researchers estimate that food insecurity doubled during this time—placing 23 percent of households in danger of going hungry. Likely, this problem will only worsen as the cost of food continues to grow.
So, what’s causing the spike? A perfect storm. Lousy weather, stockpiling, increased demand from China, global shipping interruptions, and inflation caused by the extreme money printing by central banks all get honorable mentions. Last month’s global food price index rose to a seven-year high of 120.9, representing a year over year a jump of 30.7%.
Electroverse, my favorite climate change site, reported at the end of April, “The intensifying Grand Solar Minimum is causing concern for new-crop grains supply and is fueling the current rally. Across the global grain markets, sizable gains have been registered, with Chicago maize prices rising 18 percent over the past week, and the U.K. feed wheat futures gaining 17 percent in the last 12 days.” The price of corn is up 57% in 2021 and has more than doubled in the past year, while soybean prices are up more than 25% since January 1.
The European Commission released its latest E.U. crop monitoring (MARS) report, detailing conditions to April 21. It reveals that the recent and long-lasting out-of-season freeze has delayed the development of winter crops across most of the continent while also delaying the sowing and emergence of spring crops. It is now three weeks later, and the snow and frosts continue to hinder crops.
Czech-Republic – Snow in mid-May 2021 – Milling the road
in the Giant Mountains – Credit Milos Salek.png
Global warming fanatics have confiscated and mutilated reality, so the public has no idea what is coming right over the horizon. Even Scientific American has thrown all science out the window when it comes to climate change. However, despite the lies and deception, the official climate narrative fails daily as record cold is recorded in the thousands.
New Law in China Prohibits Wasting Food
China has enforced a law that will prohibit people from ordering too much food at restaurants. The anti-food waste law, which came into effect last week, is part of a “food-saving campaign” that started last year, according to Vice. Restaurants may be charged up to $1,550 for “misleading consumers into ordering excessive amounts of
Restaurants are being encouraged to follow the “N-1” policy, meaning that the “number of dishes should be less than the number of guests.” Businesses have adapted by serving smaller portions, and one restaurant has even started weighing customers in order to base food recommendations on each customer’s weight.
The Washington Post writes, “On the surface, China’s campaign to encourage mealtime thrift has been a cheerful affair, with soldiers, factory workers, and schoolchildren shown polishing their plates clean of food. But behind the drive is a harsh reality. China does not have enough fresh food to go around — and neither does much of the world.”
“The pandemic and extreme weather have disrupted agricultural supply chains, leaving food prices sharply higher in countries as diverse as Yemen, Sudan, Mexico, and South Korea. The United Nations warned in June that the world is on the brink of its worst food crisis in 50 years. “It’s scary, and it’s overwhelming,” Arif Husain, chief economist of the United Nations World Food Program, said in an interview. “I don’t think we have seen anything like this ever,” continued the Washington Post.
“Anyone who has been in a grocery store of late knows that food prices are jumping like it is the 1970’s again. There are also weird shortages. Something like mayonnaise will disappear from the shelves for a week and then come back, but then plastic bags become scarce. The same phenomenon is happening with other things like building supplies and petroleum products. The official statistics are complete nonsense, so we have no idea how much food has jumped. It is enough that people are talking about inflation in private conversations for the first time in decades.”
Corn futures surged above $7 a bushel for
the first time in more than eight years as
lack of rainfall in Brazil added to supply concerns.
Nearly three-fourths of the American West is grappling with the most severe drought in the recorded history of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Nearly 40% of California’s 24.6 million acres of farmland are irrigated, with crops like almonds and grapes in some regions needing more water to thrive.
The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir cutting water off to more than 130,000 acres (52,600 hectares), where generations of ranchers and farmers have grown hay, alfalfa, potatoes and grazed cattle. Brazil is also having problems with water scarcity. The world is having a water problem long predicted by U.S. intelligence services.
Taiwan will tighten curbs on the use of water from June 1 in the major chip-making hubs of Hsinchu and Taichung as it battles an islandwide drought. Describing the drought as the worst in the island’s history, the economy ministry said in the absence of rain would raise the drought alert level to its highest, requiring companies in the two science parks to cut water consumption by 17%. Too many droughts, too much snow, and cold are hammering agriculture.
Hoosier Ag Today reports, “The biggest factor impacting the ability of U.S. farmers to produce the food we need has nothing to do with the weather, the markets, trade, regulations, or disease. The worldwide shortage of computer chips will impact all aspects of agriculture for the next two years, and beyond… farm equipment manufacturers have halted shipments to dealers because they don’t have the chips to put in the equipment… not only have combine, planter, tillage, and tractor sales been impacted, but even ATV supplies are limited. Parts, even non-electric parts, are also in short supply because the manufacturers of those parts use the chips in the manufacturing process. As farmers integrate technology into all aspects of the farming process, these highly sophisticated semiconductors have become the backbone of almost every farming operation.”
Conclusion – Climate Insanity Continues
Twenty-one people were killed after hail, freezing
rain and high winds hit runners taking part
in a cross-country mountain race in China.
China has a massive coal plant coming online every nine days – week after week after week. The Chinese added 38.4 Gigawatt of coal electrical capacity in 2020, which equates to one massive 1,000 Megawatt coal plant coming online every nine days. So Biden’s “net-zero” climate plan will have a ZERO effect on the climate.
Original post at drsircus.com