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Rising Food Prices, Social Unrest In Coming Months

July 27, 2012 by  

Rising Food Prices, Social Unrest In Coming Months

The drought that has swept across much of the United States will likely drive up food prices throughout the Nation and, some people fear, may even spark global unrest as food becomes scarce in some parts of the world.

The Federal government said this week that U.S. consumers should expect rising prices on agricultural goods like milk, beef, chicken and pork in the next year. The government also said that a price jump should be expected in processed foods, many of which contain corn as a staple ingredient, because of the drought’s devastating toll on corn crops. About 88 percent of corn crops are growing poorly or have been destroyed.

The government indicates that consumers should expect a 4 to 5 percent price increase on beef next year, and a slightly lower increase on pork, eggs and dairy.

The New England Complex Systems Institute predicts that while the rising prices will likely have a nominal impact on American consumers, those in developing countries who import U.S. agricultural goods will likely be heavily affected.

“The drought is clearly going to kick prices up. It already has. What happens when you have speculators is that it goes through the roof,” said NECSI president Yaneer Bar-Yam. “We’ve created an unstable system. Globally, we are very vulnerable.”

In conjunction with the rising prices, the researcher says that mass social unrest and violence in parts of the world are possible.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    I AM A PORK CHOP MAN! TWO RAW DECENT-SIZE PORK CHOPS COST SIXTEEN BUCKS [OR, MORE] IN THE GROCERY STORE – THAT’S RIDICULOUS!

    • FreedomFighter

      What will be rediculous? Remember food is a weapon, many global leaders claim to want to use and have used.

      Mr Rolley could take this even further and point out world wide crop failures, Fukishima radioactive poisons entering the Pacific food chain that will certainly contaminate the valuable Alaskan fisheries, continued Gulf seafood contamination destroying shrimp and fisheries in the gulf, almost 1/3 the seas poisnoned.

      He could point out that GMO foods are having unintended effects in the environment creating super resistant insect pests, cause medical compliations in humans, if your smart you will try to avoide GMO. He could also point out the decline in nutritional value of current foods due to overfarming of soils by big farming.

      Then he could tell you about how long it would take to rebuild herds of cattle, sheep and other farm animals sacrificed to reduce herd sizes due to high feed costs caused by crop failures and lack of clean water in the west.

      Many smart individuals with the means will buy as much long term food storage as possible, not only will it save you money, it may save your life and the lives of your family.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        HEY, “FreedomFighter,” YOU NEED TO SEE MY PANTRY! IT IS STOCKED-UP LIKE THE FLOOD IS COMING! I BELIEVE IN GOOD EATIN’!.

      • Jim S

        You forgot about all the corn we waste in making Ethanol that could be used to feed people.

    • rawise

      You shouldn’t be eating animals – how’d you like it if somebody ate YOU. You deserve to pay thru the nose for stuff like that. The stuff you NEED like fruits & veggies & nuts & seeds you can grow yourself. You sound like an idiot. Your kind will be one of the first culled.

      • phideaux

        If they ate me I would be dead and could care less.

      • Hedgehog

        You are what you eat. You are obviously a nut! I’m an omnivore myself. I don’t believe in dietary discrimination.

      • BigBadJohn

        I am an active member of PETA
        People
        Eating
        Tasty
        Animals….

      • Minstrel

        The human body is designed to function on a diet of plants and ANIMALS. Studies have shown that certain body functions are better developed and run by animal protein. While I like beef, chicken, fish, and pork can supply protein in a more more efficient and generally healthier package. Given a choice, I would eat a mix of fish, chicken, pork, and wild game. Wild game is 100% organic and much, much leaner. However, the pork and chicken would still increase in price as a function of feed costs. The issue in my mind is not the eating of meat, but the allocation of corn for fuel. Brazil uses sugar cane which has its own issues as jungle is cleared, but I believe that Brazil is a net export of petroleum products due to its energy policies. The US has the capability of growing sugar cane and beets to meet fuel needs. We need to stop paying farmers to plow under crops and support crops that efficiently meet our fuel and food needs. As to growing your own food, cities cannot practically support the populations they bear. It is a good idea to become more self-sufficient, but living in an apartment forces a person to surrender the ability to produce all of one’s own food. A garden large enough to sustain a person or group of people is much larger than many people realize today and takes daily attention that many people can’t seen to find. Pigeons and rats are common enough, but most people won’t touch them unless they are on the verge of starving to death.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dan.mancuso.56 Dan Mancuso

        To rawise;
        Obviously you’re one of those ‘people’ who think you’re descended from apes, unlike us normal people who know (or are pretty darn sure) we are descended from a devine being. Made in His image, not a stinkin’ ape.
        So that is why you can make such a ridiculus statement like , “How would you like it if someone ate you?” First off, if anyone tried to eat me I put their lights out with a .45! You know that ingenious bit of technology designed by us higher beings for protection and food gathering. Secondly, our bodies are designed to eat MEAT!
        a) Our eyes face forward like all predators, not to the side like grasseaters or prey animals.
        b) Our teeth are more like carnivour’s teeth, actually like the bear who is an omnivore, to rend and tear flesh as opposed to grasseaters who chew a cud like cattle and sheep.
        c) Our digestive system is set up to not only digest the complex protiens of meat but to thrive on it.
        You say, “You deserve to pay through the nose for stuff like that”, You are a selfrighteous idiot. Thanks to middlemen – read parasites – we are all paying through the nose for food. I’m not against profit – in a free market system based on a gold standard – I’m against the super rich who derive benefit from controling our food, a basic fundamental like sun light, water and air.
        Personally I get my meat from the source – not factory beef , factory chicken or factory pork. I go to the farmer or I go out and track down and kill wild meat – I figure it’s more honest that buying a slab of who knows what wrapped in styrofoam and cellophane,full of who knows what chemicals and what all, from some grocerystore cooler.Besides the fact that the slaughter process is much more humane than the big factory slaughrthouses run by a handfull of people. And in a smaller venue, as opposed to the big factory proccess which causes such terror in the animal and consequently fills the meat with adrenaline.
        You say, ” You sound like an idiot, your kind will be one of the first culled.” You are an angry little pin head liberal/socialist/vegan . Typical liberal response – don’t offer anything constructive or productive, just try and tear down what you don’t understand because you have nothing to offer that would contribute to all our benefit and/or because if it doesn’t fit into your very limited liberal dogma you reject it – not with fact logic or reason, but with namecalling, anger and demonizing labels.
        Who’s going to do the culling – you?
        Your ignorance, selfrighteousness and your unwillingness to question your ‘beliefs’, or even see a need to, is why the world is in the s**t hole it is today. Grow-up!

        To Big Bad John;
        Where do I sign up for that PETA group?( NOt the PETAphile one)

      • daniel

        How old are you?
        What is your BMI?
        How tall are you?
        What is your body build?
        Do you like garlic butter or just a simple lemon wash?
        Now where did I put that cookbook?

      • phideaux

        Vegatarian-Old Indian word meaning failure as hunter.

      • http://pweiters9.wordpress.com pweiters9

        7/28/12, If you’re starving, you’ll eat anything. Pick up road kill, take it to a butcher but remember when the butcher started his business, “he didn’t do that.”

      • Jon

        You miss the point of the article. Vegetable and fruit prices have risen by a higher percentage overall than meat prices have. And our friendly government keeps trying to outlaw growing (or raising) your own.

    • Bob

      run up the price of food to China, and rest of world so we can get our national debt back, then some. Corm $300 bushel. Wheat $250 Bushel, oil $10 barrel. Put all our citizens on food stamps so we don’t get hurt by high food prices but rest of world will. Sure we can manipulate things, its what we do……

  • Vigilant

    “New England Complex Systems Institute…has warned for months that misguided food-to-ethanol conversion programs and rampant commodity speculation have created a food price bubble, leading to an inevitable spike in prices by 2013. Now it appears the “crop shock” will arrive even sooner due to drought, unless measures to curb ethanol production and rein in speculators are adopted immediately…The immediate impact of the drought should be addressed by reducing the U.S. government’s mandate for corn conversion to ethanol…Given the possibility of price-driven famines, burning corn for cars is unconscionable.”

    (http://necsi.edu/research/social/foodprices/updatejuly2012/)

    • Tom T

      Also, keep in mind there is a Fed law that requires that the first 500 million of the corn harvest goes to ethanol production. They are first in line.
      Yes, food is often used as a weapon the “Holodimor”(sp ?) in Ukrane were Stalin starved 25 million to death to gain submission of farm lands comes to mind.

      • Vigilant

        Henry Kissinger remarked in 1970, “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

      • Bob

        that way the corn can’t go to China?

  • momo

    Don’t worry those food price increases don’t show up in government reporting of inflation. Inflation will still have a modest increase, but food and fuel prices aren’t reported in the Consumer Price Index. However, your wallet will feel the pain when you go shopping for food.

  • sabulaman

    Maybe the rest of the world will learn to appreciate the cheap food we supply them.

  • raw

    GROW YOUR OWN FOOD!!! Even if you live in an apartment in a high-rise building you can still grow small fruit trees, veggies & herbs – DO NOT RELY ON THE GOV’T FOR ANYTHING YOU NEED! If you do you deserve to pay higher prices.

    • Jon

      Don’t advertise it, though. The government is passing more laws everyday to make growing your food illegal.

  • Gene

    There is always plenty of room on my plate for Gods creatures, next to my mashed potatoes.

  • http://yahoo sophillyjimmy

    Every year we get the same story about foods cost increases because of the weather, one year it is oranges and citrus fruits costing more because of the sudden frost hit the farms, then floods created a food shortage and the prices increase, some pickers union goes on strike and the price of produce increases, no rain so the cost of food inceases but this year which happens to be an election year we are not only facing cost increases but we are facing a food shortage which will create a panic which will have all of us at each others throats for a loaf of bread.
    This is in plain words planned BS so Obama could come in on a white horse and save all of our starving arses and we will be so in awe of his miracles we will vote for him. It almost sounds like Charles Manson’s plan in Helter Skelter where he would come out of the desert with his dune buggy squad and take over a world that can’t function with out him.
    Now if only we knew which musical group was talking to Obama in one of their albums. Perhaps the Village People?

  • http://survivingurbancrisis.wordpress.com Silas Longshot

    Good points, folks. Food has always been a ‘weapon’ of the elite who have their hands on the ‘controls’ of a nation, whether at the bottom of the third world stack or here in America, there are those who have the power over the food supply. Unarmed people can only starve and die. We might be able to change that some, here, if it came to that.
    The stupid and worthless policy of ‘greens’ demanding ethanol in our gas contributes to massive amounts of food crop corn wasted on this process. To fill the average SUV tank with ethanol, you deny food to feed a family on corn for a year. Plus the massive tax waste on subsidies on the farm crop as it’s grown and the production of it. Without these taxpayer subsides pumped into the process from the time the seed goes into the ground until the stuff is in your tank, the market would have shut this BS down years ago.
    prepare. click the name.

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