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Extremely Contagious Pig Virus Has Already Killed More Than 4 Million Hogs In The U.S.

Pigs - Photo by Maqi

If you eat pork, get ready to pay a lot more for it.  A highly contagious pig virus known as “Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus” has now spread to 27 different U.S. states, and it has killed more than 4 million hogs since last May.  Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the entire world, estimates that approximately 10 percent of all adult female hogs in America have contracted the disease already, and there is a very good chance that any offspring that they have will die.  That is because the mortality rate for this disease for piglets is between 80 and 100 percent.  Fortunately, we are being told that this disease does not affect humans.  However, considering the fact that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recorded history, and considering the fact that the U.S. cattle herd has shrunk (Read More...)

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Dust Bowl Conditions Are Literally Returning To The Western Half Of The United States

Dust Storm - Photo by Leaflet

What would you do if a 15 hour dust storm with winds up to 60 miles an hour hit your home and afterwards there were three foot drifts of dirt covering everything that you owned?  As crazy as that sounds, that is exactly what is now happening in some areas of the western United States.  Three years of severe drought has turned the soil of much of the western United States into a fine powder that the wind can easily pick up.  As a result, we are seeing “apocalyptic” dust storms unlike anything the region has seen since the days of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.  Farmers and ranchers are literally watching their valuable topsoil being blown away by the wind and there is not a whole lot that they can do about it.  So what is going to happen if the drought continues?  As I mentioned in a previous article, according to scientists the 20th century was the wettest century in the western half of the United States in 1000 (Read More...)

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Scientists Plan To Feed Maggots To The Cows And Chickens That We Eat

Maggots - Photo by Cory Doctorow

Would you eat a sandwich that contains meat from a chicken that had been fed a steady diet of maggots?  Would you eat a burger that comes from a cow that had been fed lots of gummy worms and expired candy?  Would you eat a burger that is made out of recycled human poop?  Those are just some of the bizarre solutions to the global food crisis that scientists are currently working on.  And without a doubt, we are rapidly approaching a day of reckoning as far as the global supply of food is concerned.  The global food supply is the lowest that it has been in nearly 40 years, but global demand for food just keeps rising.  In fact, global demand for meat and dairy products is projected to double by 2050.  So how in the world are we going to feed everyone?  That would be a great (Read More...)

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Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level In Almost 40 Years

For six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced.  This year, drought in the United States and elsewhere has put even more pressure on global food supplies than usual.  As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years.  Experts are warning that if next summer is similar to this summer that it could be enough to trigger a major global food crisis.  At this point, the world is literally living from one year to the next.  There is simply not much of a buffer left.  In the western world, the first place where we are going to notice the impact of this crisis is in the price of food.  It is being projected that overall food prices will rise (Read More...)

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Food Inflation, Food Shortages And Food Riots Are Coming

A devastating global food crisis unlike anything we have ever seen in modern times is coming.  Crippling drought and bizarre weather patterns have damaged food production all over the world this summer, and the UN and the World Bank have both issued ominous warnings about the food inflation that is coming.  To those of us in the western world, a rise in the price of food can be a major inconvenience, but in the developing world it can mean the difference between life and death.  Just remember what happened back in 2008.  When food prices hit record highs it led to food riots in 28 different countries.  Today, there are approximately 2 billion people that are malnourished around the globe.  Even rumors of food shortages are enough to spark mass chaos in many areas of the planet.  When people fear that they are not going to be able to feed their families they tend to get very desperate.  That is why a recent CNN article declared that “(Read More...)

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This Drought Is Killing Millions Of Fish And Is Rapidly Drying Up The Mighty Mississippi

All over the United States, rivers, lakes and streams are drying up and are becoming much warmer than usual.  As a result, millions of fish have already died and millions more will probably die by the end of the summer.  In addition, transportation along the mighty Mississippi and other major rivers has been significantly slowed down.  Incredibly, more than 3,000 high temperature records have been broken over the last month alone, and the U.S. is enduring the worst drought that it has seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.  More than half of the entire continental United States has been declared to be a “disaster area” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the (Read More...)

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