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Food shortages are having an impact around the world, the latest a rise in the price
of rice. Rice is a staple in many Third World countries.
- Jump in Rice Price Fuels Fears of Unrest
March 27, 2008
- Rice prices jumped 30 per cent to an all-time high on Thursday, raising fears
of fresh outbreaks of social unrest across Asia where the grain is a staple
food for more than 2.5bn people. The increase came after Egypt, a leading
exporter, imposed a formal ban on selling rice abroad to keep local prices
down, and the Philippines announced plans for a major purchase of the
grain in the international market to boost supplies. Global rice stocks are at
their lowest since 1976. While prices of wheat, corn and other agricultural
commodities have surged since late 2006, the increase in rice prices only
started in January. Rice is also a staple in Africa, particularly for small
countries such as Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Senegal that have already
suffered social unrest because of high food prices.
Food shortages started showing up in the year 2000, with shortages noted in some 77
countries that year.
By 2000 shortages were in evidence worldwide in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria,
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi,
Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Ethiopia, France, Georgia,
Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hondurus, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica,
Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Mexico, Moldova,
Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru,
Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, South
Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United
Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yugoslavia.
But food shortages did not hit the news at that time, except in local reports. This was
because supplies were being depleted, thus keeping the reality of food shortages
from the public eye. But the UN revealed the reality of the situation. Note the
mention of food stocks falling in this 2002 article.
- World Can't Cope with Famine Says UN
October 28, 2002
- Global warming is helping to cause an unprecedented series of famines that
is pushing the world beyond its ability to cope, says the United Nations.
Food stocks are falling well below critical levels and prices are soaring.
The Zetas had warned from the start of ZetaTalk that crop failure with resulting food
shortages would strike as the hour of the pole shift approached. They pointed to the
weather, with alternating drought and deluge and temperature swings, as the cause.
Indeed, the weather has followed their predictions since 1995, with the Zeta
prediction on crop shortages following in turn.
ZetaTalk Prediction 7/15/1995: Going into the cataclysms the weather will
become unpredictable, with torrential rainstorms where not expected, and
droughts likewise where not expected. Extremes of temperature will be
experienced. Unusually warm winters, where the trees and shrubs will start to
bud, thinking spring, and then be subjected to frost. Similarly, frosts will come
late in the spring, almost into summer, killing the buds which have already put
forth their tender shoots. Where today the world balances these situations,
shipping produce around the world, during the years coming close to the time of
the reappearance of Planet X all parts of the world will experience extremes.
Earlier it was possible to deny food shortages existed because grain stocks were
maintained by many countries. In step with their 1995 prediction on crop failures
because of weather irregularities, the Zetas also predicted that supplies would
ZetaTalk Prediction 7/15/1995: At first, stores put up against such times will be
tapped. After a bit, these stores will run down, and governments will get nervous.
Helping handouts, from countries better off to those in desperation, will stop.
Friction on these matters will fray at already frayed nerves.
A point to note in the March 27, 2008 article about rice shortages is the mention of
supplies being depleted - "global rice stocks at their lowest." These and other grain
stocks are essentially depleted now, so crop shortages can no longer be denied.
- High Food Prices May Force Aid Rationing
February 24, 2008
- The United Nation's agency responsible for relieving hunger is drawing up
plans to ration food aid in response to the spiralling cost of agricultural
commodities. The World Food Programme is holding crisis talks to decide
what aid to halt if new donations do not arrive in the short term. WFP
officials hope the cuts can be avoided, but warned that the agency's budget
requirements were rising by several million dollars a week because of
climbing food prices. The WFP crisis talks come as the body sees the
emergence of a "new area of hunger" in developing countries where even
middle-class, urban people are being "priced out of the food market"
because of rising food prices. The warning suggests that the price jump in
agricultural commodities - such as wheat, corn, rice and soyabeans - is
having a wider impact than thought, hitting countries that have previously
largely escaped hunger. In response to increasing food prices, Egypt has
widened its food rationing system for the first time in two decades while
Pakistan has reintroduced a ration card system that was abandoned in the
mid-1980s. Countries such as China and Russia are imposing price controls
while others, such as Argentina and Vietnam, are enforcing foreign sales
taxes or export bans. Importing countries are lowering their tariffs.
With food stocks depleted, government handouts to those administering soup lines
are also being cutting back.
- Food Bank Pantries Shrink Amid Economic Woes, Surplus Shortage
March 27, 2008
- Those who operate soup kitchens and feed the needy say they are struggling
to keep up with the rising demand for meals as the amount of donated food
declines and food costs rise. The supply of donated food from area food
banks - big warehouses that are instrumental in stocking pantries at
churches and soup kitchens - is shrinking as farm surplus commodities, given
to the food banks by the federal government, decrease. Officials with
America's Second Harvest, the nation's food bank network, attribute the food
shortage mainly to a steep decline in government surpluses, or bonuses, that
provide inventory for the food banks.
And prices, reflecting supply and demand, are now rising astronomically!
- 10 More Years Of Expensive Food: Says UN
March 26, 2008
- As of December 2007, 37 countries faced food crises and 20 had imposed
some sort of price controls. Foods costs worldwide spiked 23% from 2006 to
2007, according to the UN food organization. Grain went up by 42%, oils
50% and dairy 80%.
As the US economy declines, food stamp recipients are on the increase.
- As Jobs Vanish, Food Stamp Use Is at Record Pace
March 31, 2008
- Driven by a painful mix of layoffs and rising food and fuel prices, the
number of Americans receiving food stamps is projected to reach 28 million
in the coming year, the highest level since the aid program began in the
1960s. The number of recipients, who must have near-poverty incomes to
qualify for benefits averaging $100 a month per family member, has
fluctuated over the years along with economic conditions, eligibility rules,
enlistment drives and natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, which led to
a spike in the South. But recent rises in many states appear to be resulting
mainly from the economic slowdown as well as inflation in prices of basic
goods that leave more families feeling pinched. Citing expected growth in
unemployment, the Congressional Budget Office this month projected a
continued increase in the monthly number of recipients in the next fiscal
year. One example is Michigan, where one in eight residents now receives
food stamps. Average family incomes among the bottom fifth of the
population have been stagnant or have declined in recent years at levels
around $15,500, said Jared Bernstein, an economist at the Economic Policy
Institute in Washington.
The Independent, a UK newspaper, likened the increase in food stamp use to the
economy, declaring that the "Great Depression" had arrived again.
- USA 2008: The Great Depression
April 1, 2008
- Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the credit
crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive - a
sure sign the world's richest country faces economic crisis. We knew things
were bad on Wall Street, but on Main Street it may be worse. Startling
official statistics show that as a new economic recession stalks the United
States, a record number of Americans will shortly be depending on food
stamps just to feed themselves and their families. Housing foreclosures,
accelerating jobs losses and fast-rising prices all add to the squeeze. As a
barometer of the country's economic health, food stamp usage may not be
perfect, but can certainly tell a story. Michigan has been in its own
mini-recession for years as its collapsing industrial base, particularly in the
car industry, has cast more and more out of work. Now, one in eight
residents of the state is on food stamps, double the level in 2000. But the
trend is not restricted to the rust-belt regions. Forty states are reporting
increases in applications for the stamps. At least six states, including
Florida, Arizona and Maryland, have had a 10 per cent increase in the past
year. In Rhode Island, the segment of the population on food stamps has
risen by 18 per cent in two years.
The Zetas had long stated that the world's economy would not only be in a recession
in the years going into the pole shift, but in a depression. Despite denials, this is now
the term increasingly used.
ZetaTalk Analysis 7/20/2002: During the coming depression, which is in fact in
place but denied by the media and powers that be, one should look to the past
Great Depression as an example of things to come. Banks were insolvent, but
allowed to operate, not called in. Homeowners and businesses were insolvent,
unable to pay, but not called to term, allowed to continue. The reasoning was that
there was no one to buy these insolvent entities, so why discontinue their
operations! Thus, those insolvent entities were allowed to continue, and gradually
came back into solvency, and thus business was reestablished. During the coming
crash, this will repeat itself, but with a difference. There will be no re-solvency,
no new health, but the shift, instead.
The rising price of rice, worldwide, has sparked foot riots in some countries. Rice
is unique in that it is a staple for half the world's population - the poorest half.
- Rice Jumps as Africa Joins Race for Supplies
April 4, 2008
- Rice prices rose more than 10 per cent on Friday to a fresh all-time high as
African countries joined south-east Asian importers in the race to head off
social unrest by securing supplies from the handful of exporters still selling
the grain in the international market. The rise in prices - 50 per cent in two
weeks - threatens upheaval and has resulted in riots and soldiers overseeing
supplies in some emerging countries, where the grain is a staple food for
about 3bn people. India's trade minister, said the government would crack
down on hoarding of essential commodities to keep a lid on food prices.
- City Dwellers Priced Out of the Market
April 4, 2008
- Yeshi Degefu stopped eating meat about a year ago. Vegetables followed
soon and, more recently, chickpeas and lentils. Today, Mrs Yeshi, 50, of
Addis Ababa, queues for subsidised wheat, the only food she can still afford.
Mrs Yeshi is caught up in a food crisis that is hitting the urban population
rather than the rural poor, the group that has in the past faced the greatest
threat of hunger. This time, the problem is not a shortage of food but its
price. Urban populations are more likely to protest, triggering riots which in
Africa have already hit Burkina Faso and Senegal.
Per the Zetas, riots are occurring because a new class of people is being distressed -
the formerly well fed.
ZetaTalk Explanation 4/5/2008: Acute food shortages are in the news, as are the
rising prices that accompany shortages. We have predicted that in the years
leading into the pole shift that crop shortages would occur, worldwide. Where
this became evident in the year 2000, as documented by Nancy in her Shortage
TOPIC within Troubled Times, these shortages did not make major headlines
because stocks of grain and other staples were on hand. Now, the stocks are
depleted, or nearly so. Where the price of wheat, corn, and soybeans has been
rising in step with shortfalls, riots did not occur until shortages and price
increases for rice occurred. Rice is a staple for half the world's population,
primarily the poorest half, and thus this shortage is touching desperation. Rice
was one of the cheapest foods for this populace, and now must be replaced by
more expensive items or starvation looms.
The reaction of various governments to their starving populace is varied. Some
are buying what stocks of rice they can secure and forcing price controls among
the merchants distributing these stocks. Others are merely reacting to riots with
traditional riot control. The poor in many of these countries have always suffered
at near starvation levels, with little sympathy from the authorities who expect the
starving to fade away quietly and not make a fuss. Malnutrition affects such a
populace before birth, creating mental retardation and a poor start in life for the
newborn. Malnutrition among the young stunts growth, particularly growth of the
brain, exacerbating mental retardation. Thus deprived of an ability to earn a
good living except by manual labor, which their stunted bodies can scarcely
enable, those affected by chronic starvation hardly notice when their poor diet is
It is the reasonably well fed who are being heard from during the recent food
riots. Those who are not retarded or stunted, and have been able to enjoy a varied
diet previously. The first reaction to rising food prices is to carve expensive
treats from the menu. The second reaction is to alter the daily fare to emphasize
inexpensive staples - a diet more dull but affordable. When inexpensive staples
like rice rise or double in price these households must trim other expenses from
their budget - less travel, clothing, and entertainment. In many cases, the
household moves from being economically viable and in the black to running in
the red, running into debt. Arguments ensue, and demands that the government do
something about the situation is part of the argument. Tempers are at the trigger
point, so that some trivial argument at the food market can spark a riot. This
class of citizen - the formerly well fed - does not slide quietly or quickly into the
stance of their chronically starved neighbors. They know about the underclass,
the chronically underfed, but have never imagined themselves forced into these
straits. In horror, they see themselves unable to afford enough food for good
health, despite cutting back all budgetary items possible, so panic is just under
the surface and explodes into hysteria with every rise in food prices.
What are governments to do when a formerly quiet portion of the populace
becomes noisy and hysterical? Price controls are one avenue, but even with price
controls the shortages will continue and increase due to the worsening weather
extremes we have so long predicted. In the US, soup kitchens are threatened as
the US government cuts back on handouts of surplus food items. There are no
surplus items, or they are fast disappearing. New rules are likely to be instituted
everywhere. Those who are obese will be encouraged to diet, perhaps given only
vitamin pills and minimum protein such as a few boiled eggs per day. Grains fed
to cattle will be diverted to human consumption. All idle fields will be put into
production. And of course price control instituted to prevent panic among those
who can no longer afford to buy food. But in those countries where such measures
cannot be instituted because there simply is not enough food to go around, riot
control will be used. Those who ignored their chronically underfed neighbors, the
underclass they took for granted were always beneath them, will now join them, a
type of karma, so to speak.
What's this? 2008 will see the globe's temperatures set back to 1998 levels?
- Global Warming 'Dips this Year'
April 4, 2008
- Global temperatures will drop slightly this year due to the cooling effect of
the La Nina current in the Pacific, UN meteorologists have said. The World
Meteorological Organization's secretary-general, Michel Jarraud, told the
BBC it was likely that La Nina would continue into the summer. This would
mean global temperatures have not risen since 1998, prompting some to
question climate change theory. But experts say we are still clearly in a
long-term warming trend - and they forecast a new record high temperature
within five years. The WMO points out that the decade from 1998 to 2007
was the warmest on record. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, the
global average surface temperature has risen by 0.74C. La Nina and El Nino
are two great natural Pacific currents whose effects are so huge they
resonate round the world. El Nino warms the planet when it happens; La
Nina cools it. This year, the Pacific is in the grip of a powerful La Nina. It
has contributed to torrential rains in Australia and to some of the coldest
temperatures in memory in snow-bound parts of China. Mr Jarraud told the
BBC that the effect was likely to continue into the summer, depressing
temperatures globally by a fraction of a degree. This would mean that
temperatures have not risen globally since 1998 when El Nino warmed the
world. A minority of scientists question whether this means global warming
has peaked and argue the Earth has proved more resilient to greenhouse
gases than predicted.
Global Warming has always been disputed, as the many links from this page (below)
A group of scientist forming SEPP are claiming that the Earth is not getting
warmer as claimed, and by late 2001 the Consensus on cause had deteriorated.
NASA records from satellites and Balloon Data show a Cooling Trend resulting in
a Shrinking Atmosphere and enlarging Ozone Hole, but NASA equates this to
Trapped Heat a Snow Cover is reduced. The Riddle remains unsolved, while the
Pace of Change and Warming Trend per NOAA are on the uptick and Wildlife
adjust. There is debate over the role of CO2, the Sun's Influence, or Human
Induced factors. A major flaw in the Computer Model used was discovered,
casting doubt on the projections, and the IPCC also disagrees. Evidence of Past
Swings and Rapid Swings in the climate, based on Ice Core samples, is ignored. If
Ozone destruction is the cause, odd that Shuttle Damage is allowed to continue
and a Bush Retreat on Kyoto! Other scientists see the Sun as the Cause, as
Neptune's Moon, Triton, is also warming. Another theory points to the heating
oceans associated with each El Nino being caused by underwater Volcanism
along the Ocean Floor. The globe is in fact heating up from the Core of the Earth,
the Ocean Warming. The Debate continues. What is clear is that there is an
increased El Nino Frequency, the Hottest Year on record, increased Nighttime
Heat, Thinning Ozone layers, melting Polar Ice and Mountain Ice. The potential
impact on society brings a UN Warning and Climate Change dangers. Spy
Satellite photos are helpful.
If El Nino is pointed to as the culprit in Global Warming, then human activity is not
the cause. El Nino has been increasing for the past few hundred years, regularly.
- OPEC/EE/ U.S. Department Of Energy
October 27, 1997
- At the University of Houston, Texas, Dr. Wellington studies the El Nino
phenomenon. In particular the effect of global warming and El Nino. "I
suspect that global warming is exacerbating the El Nino phenomenon, but we
all know now there is a link." says Wellington. Data from his research shows
that since 1970 El Ninos have been occurring every 2.2 years, up from every
3.4 around 1870, every 4.5 year around 1750, and every six years in the late
1600's. The data was obtained from coral growth rings from the Galapagos
Islands, where the coral are particularly sensitive to water temperature from
El Nino, at its base, is caused by underwater volcanic activity in Indonesia!
According to Dr. Charles Pyke, El Nino specialist, increased volcanic activity (on
land as well as on ocean floor) is characteristic of an El Nino year.
This fits the Zeta's description of what is causing the heating up of the planet under
the influence of the approaching Planet X.
ZetaTalk Explanation 6/15/1996: In an effort to avoid admitting that the
cataclysms are approaching, the establishment throws out alternative
explanations. The weather is blamed on global warming, the greenhouse effect,
which in and of itself might be an explanation that would hold if weather were the
only symptom. It is the heat from the core of the earth and the increased
earthquake and volcanic activity that boggles these attempts at alternative
explanations. In no way would the public accept a statement that warmer air is
heating up the core of the Earth. Heat rises, and cold air drops, and for the core
of the Earth to heat up under an influence from the surface, the surface would
have to be warmer than the core, which clearly is not the case.
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