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Monday, August 8, 2022

Empty shelves are coming to a supermarket near you

 

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Empty shelves are coming to a supermarket near you.

Food costs are skyrocketing, and according to leading industry sources, grocery stores across the United States are worried about food shortages.

Experts say more grocery hoarding may come as disruptions push America's food supply "near its breaking point".


Over the last few months, shoppers have had to contend with increasingly empty shelves at the supermarket. Necessities such as bread, milk, meat and cleaning products have all been in short supply. Much of the blame has rightly been placed on the supply chain crisis. Clogged ports and covid-19 restrictions are throttling transportation systems. But most experts are telling people not to worry. The problem, they say, is the supply chain and not food production.

In a research paper published by the University of California, two professors said the current situation is worrisome. But they believe that the American food system “is resilient and there is little reason for alarm about long-term food availability amid the coronavirus crisis.”

The United States is the most prosperous nation in the world. Its citizens have enjoyed a level of comfort and opulence that has rarely been seen before. Many believe that this will continue, but there are several serious threats to this prosperity. And one that has flown under the radar is the American food system’s dangerous dependence on fertilizer.

Fertilizer Crisis

The United States burns through more fertilizer per capita than any other country in the world. And most of it comes from other countries. More than 50 percent of the nitrogen fertilizer critical for American crop production is imported; at least 25 percent comes from Trinidad and Tobago alone.

Natural gas is critical to the production of fertilizer. And with skyrocketing gas prices, fertilizer is becoming more expensive to produce. Thus, some researchers argue that there is plenty of reason for alarm.

“‘Farms Are Failing’ as Fertilizer Prices Drive Up Cost of Food,” the Wall Street Journal published on January 21. Many countries in the developing world are dealing with serious food shortages. A fertilizer crisis would jeopardize the food of 100 million people. But this isn’t a problem for the developing world only. Sen. Roger Marshall recently explained that this directly affects the United States as well.

“It’s no secret farmers are faced with a fertilizer crisis,” he wrote for Agri-pulse. Many fertilizer producers shut down during the pandemic. In addition, China is reducing its fertilizer exports to drive up prices. The increasing demand has led producers outside of Europe and China to drive up their prices even higher.

Phosphorous- and potassium-based fertilizer prices have more than doubled in Kansas. Nitrogen-based fertilizers have quadrupled. As a result, food is becoming more expensive, even in the most prosperous country in the world.

The impact of fertilizer isn’t something the average person thinks about. But it directly affects what you see on the shelves at your local supermarket. “The unfortunate reality is this is only the beginning,” Senator Marshall continued. “It may take more than a year before the effects felt by fertilizer prices at the farm will also be felt at the fork.”

Consider corn. It is the primary feed grain in the U.S., accounting for more than 95 percent of animal feed. It is also used in biscuits, bread, crackers, pretzels, cookies, beer, corn syrup, sweeteners, gas and several other items. A full-blown fertilizer shortage would devastate corn production. Meat production would suffer. As animal husbandry faltered, it would affect milk and wool as well. Food production would drastically drop; gas would become more expensive. So many things that we take for granted would suddenly be unavailable.

But having more fertilizer isn’t the solution either.

Systemic Collapse

The fertilizer problem is an agricultural hydra for the U.S. If the U.S. tries to produce more nitrogen, climate change activists will rear their heads. If the U.S. increases reliance on fertilizer imports from enemies such as Russia, they will have the opportunity to directly threaten American food security. And lastly, the longer America relies on fertilizer, the harder it is to be weaned from fertilizer.

The U.S. has some of the richest soils in the world. But decades of aggressive, commercially driven agriculture have taken their toll. The small, American farmer with an intimate relationship with the land is nearly extinct. The large, corporate farmer who is obsessed with profits is nearly ubiquitous. And they are determined to pump the soil full of fertilizer in order to squeeze the soil for every penny.

In the process, American soils have been depleted of essential nutrients, bacteria and fungi that actually produce more crops. “Our mindset nowadays is that if you don’t put down fertilizer, nothing grows. But that’s just not true, and it never has been,” soil researcher Rick Haney told YaleEnvironment360.

But the system of high intensity, chemical dependent farming has led to dysfunctional soil. It’s created a vicious cycle. Because of all the fertilizer, the soil isn’t “performing as we need it to. We are essentially destroying the functionality of the soil, so that you have to feed it more and more synthetic fertilizers just to keep growing this crop,” Haney said. U.S. farming’s obsession with profits is dangerous. It is punishing the soil by pumping it with fertilizer that prioritizes temporary quantity over quality. It has created a dependence on fertilizer that has destroyed the soil. It doesn’t matter which gives out first—the soil or the fertilizer supply—both roads lead to disaster and total collapse.

In his column earlier this year, Victor Davis Hanson wrote: “In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a ‘systems collapse.’ The term describes the sudden inability of once-prosperous populations to continue with what had ensured the good life as they knew it. Abruptly, the population cannot buy, or even find, once plentiful necessities. They feel their streets are unsafe. Laws go unenforced or are enforced inequitably. Everyday things stop working.”

This is happening to the United States before our eyes. There are several contributing factors to this collapse, such as creeping communism, racial hatred, rising inflation, as well as an explosion of violence, government corruption and immorality. Throw into the mix the less flashy but equally devastating over-reliance on fertilizer.

Those familiar with the Trumpet will know these are the very events we have forecast for decades. Our forecasts are based on Bible prophecy, which has a lot to say about impending crop failure. “The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate” (Joel 1:17-18). This is a prophecy about the coming calamity of physical destruction of crops, land, produce, soil, pasture and the animals themselves. This is an urgent problem. But it has a simple solution: obedience to God’s law.

“The good news is that soil will come back if you give it a chance. It is very robust and resilient,” said Rick Haney. “It’s not like we have destroyed it to the point where it can’t be fixed. The soil health movement is trying to bring those organic levels back up and get soil to a higher functioning state.”

https://www.thetrumpet.com/25221-are-food-shortages-coming

 

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We can’t deny the fact that it is a good idea to have a supply of emergency foods on hand. Perhaps we could probably benefit from borrowing a few tips from preppers who have become pros at preparing for emergencies and disasters.

 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The 'violence' of government interference and how to resist it

 

 

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The 'violence' of government interference and how to resist it

 

Bill Frenzel, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota, explained in an interview with The Washington Post the complicated duality of American thinking on Socialist policies enacted in the United States: "If you're a compassionate liberal, you say, 'Isn't it wonderful we're helping everybody?' and if you're a constitutional conservative, you say, 'How did the government get into all these things? I don't see these things in the Constitution; it's bewildering, get rid of it.'"

This brings to the forefront a fundamental split in American political ideologies: What is the proper role of the Federal government in the lives of citizens?

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, the fact remains that millions of people depend on the Federal government for some or all of their income.

This is as intended by the Elites.

Recall that one of the 10 planks of Communism is the "extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands and the improvement of the soil, generally in accordance with a common plan."

It might not seem related, but extending the State's control over production is accomplished through price controls, for example on communications and energy utilities via their government-supported monopolies, or subsidies for favored industries like Big Agra (also supported by an entire government agency, the USDA, ostensibly there to "protect" consumers, but actually existing to promote favored U.S. agricultural products.)

The State's control over business is nothing short of violence against American citizens. How so? Let's hear from The Zero Aggression Project's Perry Willis.

Violent prices vs. non-violent prices

Willis writes that "A nonviolent price is any price a buyer and seller voluntarily agree to, without coercion." Stocks and commodities, for example, have "bid" and "ask" pricing. The seller asks for a price, and you get to bid, and you both agree as to the final price. This is an example of nonviolent pricing (although, in a minute, I'll show you why even this has been turned against us).

A violent price is, well, any price set using the threat of violence, such as a minimum wage "law" (you must obey the law or be punished), Obamacare health insurance pricing, other compulsory government dictates and regulations (anything where you have no choice but to accept The State's definition of how something should be done), and taxation (the actual threat of violence should you fail to comply).

We can clearly see how the government's violent pricing over the last few years with lockdowns, increased taxation and income redistribution, among other government mandates, policies and socialist schemes, purport to "help" people, but in point of fact tilt the economy towards hyperinflation and economic ruin.

Violence-based prices cause economic disparities. Non-violent prices foster economic equality.

This is violence inherent in the system that is as invisible to the people as the system itself... but we always hope to change that by pointing out these disparities and inequalities, and how to avoid the violence against us inherent in them.

Also, remember that the system engenders official U.S. policy that is geared toward the destruction of the predominantly white, productive American middle class. The middle class is the globalist/elitist's chief nemesis. For as the American middle class contains the world's greatest producers, Americans also demand equitable reward for their labor and product, placing them in competition for resources and goods with the global elite.

The greatest blows to the middle class were the violent pricing policies of income taxation and the regulation of free trade, because socialist economic warfare is the most reliable way to transfer the wealth of middle-class Americans to the elite without awakening their complaint.

Indeed, because of the altruistic propaganda attached to socialism, Americans often believe that their wealth (and thus their own destruction) is necessary to "save the world." Thus, the billions being sent to Ukraine ostensibly to "fight" the Russians, even though officials admit the money and weapons are going down a black hole. Also as intended. More war equals more profit.

As government continues in its effort to control every aspect of American life, violent pricing warfare against Americans will inevitably turn into physical violence as the people begin to realize the authoritarianism they live under, which incrementally replaced their freedom by a thousand little regulations, mandates, rules, and agreements that were never voted on by anyone, yet accepted by everyone on a very gradual but slippery slope.

This is why I admonish everyone to stay armed, but this also means to arm yourself with financial knowledge and protection, with the information I provide in these Alerts, and each month in my printed The Bob Livingston Letter.

For example, you might wonder, how has the government has kept a lid on their violent pricing scheme for so long?

The deception is even uglier than what I've told you so far. To protect the illusion Wall Street dollar-denominated assets are "rising" in value, a highly-secret quasi-government agency known as the "Exchange Stabilization Fund" (ESF) works with other governments to artificially force the market price of gold downward.

The Exchange Stabilization Fund answers directly to the President and Treasury Secretary with little Congressional oversight (in fact members of Congress I've spoken with seem to know nothing about the ESF).  The ESF directly intervenes in the gold market by aggressively buying and selling the precious metal to prevent it from finding its "natural price" in relation to the dollar and the stock market.

Under our current inflationary environment, this manipulation is what allows both gold and equity prices to move up and down together, when that has not traditionally been the case. Thus, even commodities like gold and equities are now subject to violent pricing due to government interference.

My other admonishment is to always be aware of how you are being misled. As Merrill Jenkins said in Money: The Single Greatest Lie In American History, "The big problem that we have today is that we have so much misinformation. I don't know how many people have been to magicians in the old days but the magician works with misdirection. He leaves you to look at one hand while he does the thing with the other. So [always] think in your mind how we get mislead," and don't allow your brain to be "cluttered with a bunch of nonsense and improper thoughts."

You must understand the violence being done to you by the state before you can resist it.

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter®

 

 

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