Jun 192009
 

Sent in by Lonewolf — Global Research has a detailed article on the 2009 drought and crop harvests, which is already causing a precipitous decline in food production, as much as 20% – 40%.

This is catastrophic, and will result in millions of deaths around the world. Drought has now become so severe in so many places around the world that water supplies are now critical.

Catastrophic Fall in 2009 Global Food Production

Market Skeptics has a entire page full of videos showing the severity of the drought conditions is parts of the world.

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  10 Responses to “Catastrophic Fall in 2009 Global Food Production”

  1. National Geographic had a good article on the Australian drought in April:

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/04/murray-darling/draper-text.html

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    Saw this article too. Very disturbing. Price of food will be skyrocketing. Right now we’ve had a deluge of rain (northeast KS). Just checked my blueberry plants (first year planting). One of my Dukes has brown leaves on it. My search on the web suggests it may be suffering from overwater. Nothing I can do about the rain though – we had 3.5 inches this week alone.

  3. “The world is heading for a drop in agricultural production [read: ‘drop’ in population] of 20 to 40 percent [in 2009], depending on the severity and length of the current global droughts.”

    Interestingly (to me), this ‘report’ doesn’t mention a 100-yr drought in the northern and western Canadian grainbelt (as asserted by some locals). It’s not especially dry here in Montana – yet (albeit we remain is a “historic drought” and, strangely, Montana Wheat Inc. (major ‘operator’) hasn’t even started planting yet (TMK, and I can see many of their huge fields from my perch on top of my world.)

    IMO
    The FKN sheeple will not bleat for long, after being interrupted from their mindless grazing on delusionary distraction, before the exquisitely-moronic (hence infinitely dangerous) herd stampedes.

    Get ready to rumble (in the belly as it shall be elsewhere)

  4. “A billion to go hungry with food prices back on rise”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/a-billion-to-go-hungry-with-food-prices-back-on-rise-1710890.html

    And a few billion more will ‘think’ that they are starving – and they will react accordingly (which is not to say appropriately or effectively)

  5. Looks like they also didn’t mention that GMO crops are failing world-wide as well.

  6. On top of this, for awhile now, some countries (i.e. Saudi Arabia, China) that have exceeded their capacity to grow for themselves are buying farmland in foreign countries (mostly Africa AFAIK), growing their food abroad, and shipping it back home. This may be an issue of water more than anything else… as agricultural exports constitute a massive effective export of water.

    Land ownership is not that clear in these areas and I expect there is considerable advantage being taken. It will be interesting to see the local reaction to these types of things if things get serious.

  7. I saw several videos yesterday on monoculture tree plantations. These appear to be having an absolutely devastating effect upon the water supplies. They are “green deserts” where nothing else lives, and have destroyed region after region. You can check these out here: World Rain Forest Videos

  8. admin, that is a perfect example of why it’s not OK to cut down existing forests and then replace them with “tree planting campaigns”. “Plant a tree” doesn’t restore the ecosystem of the forest that was cut down, nor does it help rebuild one in a decimated forest. It’s good for guilt-assuaging, though.

  9. I agree. The more I absorb about our activity, the more convinced I am becoming that we will utterly and totally fail to save ourselves. I’m not even sure anymore if collapse will save us, as we will go right back to doing what we’re doing now (if we can).

    A 2007 issue of National Geographic I was reading showed the unbelievable pace of development in China. It’s breathtakingly scary.

    Nothing “we” do is going to make any difference now. All those people who try, large or small, big or little, it’s not enough, not even close.

    The same issue showed the Big Thaw taking place all over the world, as the planet heats up very rapidly, decimating ice packs, glaciers and water supplies all over the world.

    Die off will help, but peak energy, peak oil and the collapse of civilization cannot happen soon enough.

    What still ‘amazes’ me is that we are so stupid to do all this in the first place. The almighty dollar (or yuan) and the love of money is absolutely destroying the world. It’s so unbelievably stupid and wasteful. The destruction caused by human greed is truly appalling.

  10. Speaking of development in China, good friends of ours lived there for 2 years not that long ago. They lived in Schenzhen (sp) and said you could drive for miles and see nothing but 50-story apartment buildings, all occupied, where nothing but raw land had been not that long ago.
    They also said they rarely saw butterflies or birds.