Editorial Comment: Drought has broad and important implications. It is likely to affect our food supply in the near term, and to have pricing implications that ripple through the broader economy for years to come. This is especially true when the resources of households, communities, states, and the country are stretched and thin. Ours in the United States have certainly been so for too long a time.
We have promoted “Just in Time” economic models and business practices that appear to create cost savings and convenience, but leave us without the safety net of stores. We have allowed the world to siphon national resources to our own detriment. We have become dependent on countries that seek and celebrate our demise. Conditions have been made more difficult in the face of eruptive adversities including the current pandemic caused by an agent of biological warfare. We are at a critical juncture. We have no elasticity left. We can no longer avert our eyes. The stage has been set for difficult times ahead, made more so by a cyclical event — a major drought — for which we should have been prepared far in advance.
Posted at ZeroHedge: “One Shocking Chart That Has Farmers Trembling With Fear” By Tyler Durden
“Soil moisture plays a crucial role in agricultural monitoring, drought and flood forecasting, forest fire prediction, and water supply management.”
Posted at The Economic Collapse Blog: “Ranchers Sell Off Cattle And Farmers Idle Hundreds Of Acres As America’s Drought Emergency Escalates” By Michael Snyder
“The term “mega-drought” is being thrown around a lot these days to describe what is happening, but this isn’t just a drought. This is a true national emergency, and it is really starting to affect our food supply.”
Proactive steps can help mitigate the impact of drought and all its implications. Consider how you can participate in the decentralization of food supply, and in cost savings asssociated with food production. Learn to grow from seed to seed. Think hydroponics, vertical growing systems, and drought tolerant plants. Build in drip irrigation systems, and time your watering. Study options for the reuse of gray water, and explore the possibility of rain catchment. Prolonged drought may have implications for insect control, and even dust bowl conditions. Greenhouse growing may become increasingly important as well. There is much we can do, even now, to ease the strain on all systems. Every person who can grow even a portion of their own produce will reduce the strain on the system and supply chain for all others. Let’s get started!
A Thoughtful Quote to Share…
“Houses were shut tight, and cloth wedged around doors and windows, but the dust came in so thinly that it could not be seen in the air, and it settled like pollen on the chairs and tables, on the dishes.” – John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
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