The weekend is here! Hoping you have great plans in the works, and want to share with you a little bit of “Preponomics Homework” to inspire your thoughts, and encourage the ongoing development of your preparedness plans. For our Weekend Homework, let’s consider the greater implications of drought conditions. First the background, and the question follows…
Drought Conditions and the Important Implications for Food Supply
Background: The systems that support and supply our food chain are centralized, specialized, interdependent, and complex. These have become much more so in an environment of increasing regulatory controls, the rise of large corporate interests, the pressures created in inflationary economic environments, and vulnerability to criminal activity including hackers.
These systems evolved around the goals of market maximization, cost efficiency, and profit margins. In times of relative liberty and prosperity – uncomplicated by adverse events – people benefited from access to a wide variety of quality foods offered in the marketplace at competitive prices. Food was generally plentiful, and words like “starvation” and “famine” were hardly part of the American lexicon of language.
In today’s world, the same systems that once produced a plentiful food supply for the United States, and for countries around the world, are strained on every front. Add drought conditions to the mix, and the risks of a catastrophic interruption to our food supply go up significantly. In fact, drought conditions not only have a direct impact on agriculture, they also impact other important sectors such as energy supply where markets depend on hydroelectric power.
The Question: What steps should I be taking to secure shelf-stable food supplies? How can I develop or expand my ability to create local, decentralized, renewable, and sustainable food resources? Think about a garden, greenhouse, hydroponics, and small scale inclusion of farm animals such as egg-laying hens, dairy goats or cows, beef cattle, and potentially aquaculture. The potential solutions are many, and varied in size and scope. Everyone can do something! Every step forward is a step toward greater self-sufficiency, independence, stability, and security.
Posted at American Thinker: “Preparing for the coming food shortages associated with the dark, cold years” By Anony Mee
“…Recently, I’ve written about the Modern Grand Solar Minimum (GSM) here and here, predicted to run from 2020 through 2053. The trough — the darkest, coldest years — is predicted for 2028 through 2032. It’s a once-every-400-years event.”
Posted at the Organic Prepper: “And a FAMINE Is Looming Over The United States” By Robert Wheeler
“In an effort to raise awareness of the U.S.’s looming famine, I recently wrote, “Are You Ready For The EVERYTHING Shortage?” As hyperbolic as it might seem, that title is not an exaggeration. It’s the future we face if we don’t do something to change course. “
Posted at The Economic Collapse Blog: “Ranchers Sell Off Cattle And Farmers Idle Hundreds Of Thousands Of Acres As America’s Drought Emergency Escalates” By Michael Snyder
“…In my entire lifetime, this is the worst that drought conditions have ever been in the western half of the country. During the past 20 years, the amount of territory in the West considered to be suffering from exceptional drought has never gone higher than 11 percent until now. Today, that number is sitting at 27 percent.”
Posted at Ag Web: “Drought Worsens: Western Rancher Relocates 80% of Cattle Herd as 200 of His Reservoirs Run Dry” By AgDay TV
Posted at Bloomberg: “Supply Lines – Hackers Are Latest Threat To The World’s Food Supplies” By Millie Munshie
“…What’s more, a lot of food production has become extremely concentrated in the hands of a few major players. That’s especially true in the U.S., but is increasingly the case in other parts of the world as well.”
Posted at Water Online: “Ask an Expert: How Is The Western U.S. Drought Impacting The Power Grid?” By Lauren McLaughlin
“The most direct impact of hydrologic drought on the power sector is a loss of hydropower. The less it snows, the less water there is behind hydroelectric dams, and the less “fuel” there is for producing hydropower.”
Posted at Professor Preponomics: “Drought – The Dangerous Implications of Dry Times”
Posted at Professor Preponomics: “Staying Cool in the Summer Heat”
HINT: Survival is one of those pass-fail kinds of courses. A passing answer shall not include “there is nothing else I can do”. There’s a lot you can do. Let’s get started.
Remain steady. Stay well. Be safe everyone!
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