This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog under the title: The Earth Only Has A 3 Month Supply Of Food – If Production Stops Humanity Has Nothing To Eat “In 90 Days”
We are far closer to a potential global cataclysm than most people would dare to imagine. Right now, leaders from all across the political spectrum are openly warning us that a worldwide food crisis is coming. But when people in the western world hear of such warnings, most of them assume that it will just be something that affects poor people in Africa or Asia.
Unfortunately, that will not be the case this time around. We truly are in unprecedented territory, and we are going to see things happen in the months ahead that once would have been absolutely unthinkable.
Global hunger had already been steadily rising for the past couple of years due to the COVID pandemic, and now a confluence of events here in 2022 threatens to create a true global nightmare.
At this moment, we are still eating food that was previously grown, but it is the food that will not be grown in the months ahead that will be the real problem.
Because the truth is that we do not have much of a buffer to work with at all.
David Friedberg is an “early Google executive who started the farming insurance company Climate Corporation”, and he just told the All-In podcast that the Earth operates on “a 90-day food supply”…
“The whole planet Earth operates a 90-day food supply, that means that once we stop making food, humans run out of food in 90 days.”
It is estimated that approximately 7.9 billion people currently live on the planet, and feeding everyone is a real challenge even if everything goes perfectly.
Unfortunately, global conditions have been much less than perfect for the past couple of years, and Friedberg says that the new global energy crisis has pushed the cost of key fertilizer components to levels that are absolutely insane…
“The price of nitrogen has gone from $200 to $1,000, the price in potassium has gone from $200 to $700, and the price of phosphorus has gone from $250 to $700. So now it is so expensive to grow a crop, that a lot of farmers around the world are pulling acres out of production. So they’re going to grow less this year than they would have otherwise because it is so expensive and they can not access fertilizer,” he explained. “Food supplies are going to go down and it is going to be catastrophic.”
Many farmers all over the world will try to grow food without fertilizer this year, but that will result in a whole lot less food being grown.
In one of his latest videos, Chris Martenson compared rice plants that were grown with phosphorus to rice plants that were not given any phosphorus.
I was absolutely blown away by the difference.
As global food production drops precipitously, there simply will not be enough food for everyone in the months ahead.
Of course, the wealthy nations will buy up what is available, driving up prices in the process, and the poorer nations will be left out in the cold.
In fact, this is already starting to happen. In March, the global price of food rose at the fastest monthly pace ever recorded…
March’s food price index from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) printed 159.3 points in March, up 19.15 points from February, when it had already reached record highs. The index was up 33.6% from the same time last year.
The March rise in food prices is a stunning 12.64% MoM – almost double the previous record monthly surge…
If you are looking for “red flags”, you just found one.
Food riots have already begun in some parts of the globe. For example, you can see a clip from the rioting in Peru right here.
In the months ahead, it is only going to get worse.
Thanks to the war in Ukraine, the price of wheat was up almost 20 percent last month alone…
The war has helped push cereal prices up 17% over the past month with the closure of ports throttling wheat and maize exports from Ukraine. Russian exports have also been slowed by financial and shipping problems.
World wheat prices soared by 19.7% during March, while maize prices posted a 19.1% month-on-month increase, hitting a record high along with those of barley and sorghum.
As I have discussed previously, Russia and Ukraine normally export enormous amounts of food to the rest of the planet.
But that won’t be the case this year.
Sadly, it is being projected that corn production in Ukraine will be cut by more than half in 2022…
Ukraine is one of the world’s top exporters of corn, sunflower oil, and wheat. Disruptions stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have stoked fears the war-torn country could experience a 50% decline in crop output this year, according to Bloomberg.
Forecast data from ag expert UkrAgroConsult show Ukraine’s corn output could be as low as 19 million tons, about half of last year’s 41 million tons.
And the Ukrainians have already announced that they won’t be exporting any of their production at all this year because they need it to feed their own population during the war.
Here in the United States, the bird flu pandemic continues to escalate, and as a result, the price of eggs has more than doubled in recent weeks…
A deadly and highly infectious avian flu is forcing US farmers to kill millions of egg-laying hens, reducing the country’s egg supply and driving up prices.
On Thursday, retailers paid between $2.80 and $2.89 for a dozen large grade A white eggs in the Midwest, according to the USDA’s daily Midwest regional egg report. That’s more than double the roughly $1.25 they cost in March, according to data compiled by Brian Earnest, lead protein industry analyst at Cobank, which provides financial services to agribusiness.
That is extremely alarming.
So what is going to happen if this pandemic continues to wipe out millions of chickens every month?
Meanwhile, certain shortages that have been simmering for a long time are now reaching critical levels. For example, Walgreens has announced that it is going to start rationing baby formula…
A national shortage of baby formula brought on by pandemic-related supply-chain issues has forced US retailers such as Walgreens to ration the all-important product.
The company – the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States behind CVS – said Friday that amid the supply-chain crunch, it is limiting customers to three infant and toddler formula product purchases at a time, at its 9,021 US locations.
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
According to the optimists, things were supposed to be getting back to normal by this point.
But instead, things are getting even worse.
According to the Daily Mail, “29 percent of all top-selling formulas are out of stock at stores across the nation” right now.
Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.
Everyone agrees that the global food crisis is going to intensify in the months ahead, and David Friedberg is trying to warn us about what could happen if widespread panic sets in…
“I don’t know about death, there will be famine. Famine is to be short of calories. There will be strategic reserves released, but it won’t be enough. We won’t have enough. The way supply chains are set up, there will not be enough,” he said. “As you know with any market, when there is scarcity, people come in and buy at a faster pace. So this is a market dynamic. It is not like people are physically hoarding loaves of bread, but commodity traders, countries, strategic reserves start buying up what they can get to prepare for the famine… prices go even higher and it kicks other people out of the market. The whole thing gets ugly fast.”
We have been warned over and over again that this was coming, and now it is here.
You may have noticed that my articles have been longer than usual lately, and that is because there is so much more information that I need to share with you each day.
We truly are entering a full-blown planetary emergency, and I am trying to do my best to sound the alarm.
Unfortunately, most of the population is still not taking this crisis seriously.
So many people out there are fully convinced that they will always be able to rely on the system, and a lot of them will continue to believe that even as the system literally collapses all around them.
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It’s important to remember that Obama’s beloved “Arab Spring” thing became a major issue with the riots over food prices in Egypt.
Corrupt governments throughout northern Africa fell, to be replaced by corrupt “democracies” as a result.
Then the migrations to Europe began.
Past history teaches us what to expect from future history.
So true! It was all about creating the incentive to push millions of cheap Muslim and African labor into Europe and the US. Who do you think drives your Uber or delivers your Deliveroo?
The West won’t starve unless it is by design. Most of the turd world and Asia receive massive food shipments from the US/Canada/Russia/Ukraine.
On the plus side, it will force these countries to finally learn how to grow enough food to feed their ballooning populations. It will also put pressure on the Chinese to discipline Africans and get them productive. I only see good coming from this as long market forces are allowed to do their magic.
RE: Biden’s attempt to crack down on Ghost Guns.
Hey Fake illegitimate Pres Biden, You do NOT Write the Laws, Congress does that. Now Go F- Yourself.
Remember Trump declaring bump stocks, just the stock by itself, to be machine guns?
He paved the way for Biden to do the same with all other gun parts.
Thanks be for trump!
Ya what is that about? I only caught a few bits of it and everything I have seen is some vague horseshit about using them in crimes. Is he trying to make them illegal?
Ok I found out he wants new kits to have numbers on them and registered. What a POS that pedo is! I see some lawsuits in the near future.
Humanity will have nothing to eat after 90 days of a shutdown? I guess I’m not part of the clown show that is humanity then lol.:D
Did you see the video of all the Screaming millions of people in lock-downs on the balconies of the High-rises in Shanghai, yelling in distress they are out of food and water?
Of course all the yelling is in Chinese, and the Translation to English is:
“I’M MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE !!!!”
They should learn to be thankful that their government is protecting them from Covid.
Can you imagine Thanksgiving at the Snyder household? Holy dog doo doo, that would be entertaining and depressing at the same time.
Have no fear Mikey, we can always BBQ the elites when the 90 day supply runs dry.
In China, as in all repressive and authoritarian countries, every building, every area, every street, everywhere has snitches that report regularly to the authorities. Though the people at large may not know who they are, they know they are there. China is a country where everyone and everything has a place to fit in and must conform to, to the nth degree, no exceptions. The screaming from balconies show they are beginning not to care. In the Chinese culture (as in other Asian cultures) people typically do not reveal much emotion or draw attention to themselves. The fact they are screaming from balconies shows desperation and anger and discontent. The authorities know this too, and will go to great lengths to identify and arrest the screamers. In repressive societies the solution for all problems caused by repression is more repression.
This is in the US too. The State in unremitting in trying to limit or redefine or even eliminate our civil and natural rights. It absolutely hates empowered citizens and wants subjects. No matter how hard it tries, it knows it cannot nakedly remove our freedoms and liberties without causing mass upheaval (to say it mildly). The State knows to succeed in reducing our rights and freedoms the change must come from the people themselves. This is the main reason why the State is intentionally allowing, encouraging, and abetting the over-running of the borders with massive hordes of 3rd world illegal immigration; to marginalize and neutralize natural American citizen’s power and numbers. The highest, most primary and overarching goal of the State is to permanently alter the present demographics and culture to one that is unquestionably subservient to the State. If the State can neutralize the will and power of American citizens by massive numbers of immigrants it can finally eliminate the Constitution and with all it entails.
Long time ago, in a different country in a different world, there was an organization known as the IRA.
They had particularly interesting ways of dealing with the snitches, ways that let them know their activities were unwanted and discouraged further participation in them.
There’s much to be learned by studying that part of history.
When you point a finger, you have three pointing right back at ya…read on for the truth of why this coming abroad…
Due to the abhorrent sins of this once great God fearing nation, the Lord God has removed His hand of blessing and is now pouring out His indignation upon us. The Lord works in this fashion…
1. He removes the food production of the land.
2. He removes the wealth.
3. He removes the people.
This pattern is well documented through out the Holy Scriptures. Yet even most sin blinded Christians still point the finger at the leaders…
Sin of any nation agains the Lord God comes with consequences
Read and reread Psalm 9:17, Isaiah 45:6-7, Amos 3:6-7 and Job 12:20-25…it may shock some sense into you… yet it most likely will make your heart harder than flint.
To all my Christian brethren preppers…as the Lord God directed Joseph in the dream of Pharaoh…fill your storehouses for their is a great famine coming upon the land…but yet do not pass by the words of that account in Joseph’s life where he told Pharaoh that the One bringing the famine was none other than the Lord God Almighty….and let these days be a comfort to you for these days were ordained before the Lord ever laid the foundation of the world….and it means our Lord Christ Jesus is standing at the door waiting for the Father to send Him to claim His bride to usher us into glory.
Yet for those who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior, well lets just say, the reason you prep is…deep in your heart you know your destination and it ain’t gonna be lala land, more like lava land…the lake of fire is real, its very real and I tell you, you do not want any part of it….just a glimpse of what the Lord God will do at the day of destiny of judgment to those who are not called by the Lord.
Judgment at the Throne of God
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled, and no place was found for them.
12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them; and they were judged, each one of them according to their deeds.
14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Those who will mock me, makes no difference to me for I know and speak the truth from the Lord God.
To those who the Lord God is calling to His beloved SON Christ the Lord Jesus, confess Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart He was raised from the grave and be saved, for with the mouth one confesses and with the heart one believes and the who confesses and believes will not be disappointed…
To the Lord God be the glory forever more, Praises His holy name.
sri lanka and peru having foot riots, europe popping prices on all foods 20 to 50%, in the usa; no mention of it.
when the shortages hit the usa enough the news has to cover it , it’s going to be a tidal wave and people will clean out stores worse than when covid hit and people going to get into fights over grape juice and bread.
snyder and glenn beck been preaching doom for years, well they are finally right and thats not a good thing; hold onto your butts; this ride could go off the tracks in a firey crash in months.
Snyder and Beck (giggling). Those morons have no clue who is behind all this. Try some other outlets.
If you don’t live in the city you can just buy locally direct from the farmer. Not much happening will probably actually stop them except lack of seeds or livestock breeding. You might not get potato chips, tofu, pop tarts, or whatever other processed food your used to eating, or maybe imported fruits and what not, but the locally grown and raised food will be there. The amount of food we throw away on the farm is nuts. People don’t want blemished produce or anything that doesnt look perfect. Or they don’t buy unpopular but high volume producing vegetables. An acre of land can feed a lot people willing to take anything they can get. Meat can also be directly bought. I can’t say much for everyone else but if you live in rural America you’ll likely be okay, at least in an area with a lot of agriculture. Although I’ve long predicted that if things got really bad the government would just roll in and take over the farms. Yeah we’ll still do all the work and actual farming but they’ll have military watching and confiscating every last bit. Just like the scamdemic it’ll be justified because of a “crisis”. We’ll own nothing and be happy.