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Are We Headed for a Food Shortage?

The evidence is shocking!  Farmland is diminishing – every minute an acre of farmland is lost to development.  This amounts to millions of acres of farmland lost each year.  American farmers are expected to decrease by 50% over the next ten years.  Did you know that the year 2013 is the 6th time the world consumed more food than it produced?  Not to mention, that the world grain reserves are at their lowest levels since 1974.  Add to that fact that many crops have been destroyed due to severe weather, such as heat waves, droughts, typhoons, and hurricanes.  When you consider that we are facing vanishing farmland, retiring farmers, diminishing crops, plus a booming population growth, you realize our food supply is in jeopardy.   Are we headed for a food shortage?  You decide!

Are We Headed for a Food Shortage?  Every minute an acre of farmland is lost to development.  This amounts to millions of acres each year.  Between 1982 and 2007, 23 million acres were lost.  American farmers are expected to drop by 50% in the next 10 years. US farms decreased from 5.6 million in 1950 to 2.2 million in 2008. The Labor Department predicts that employment for agriculture workers is expected to decline by 3% between 2010 and 2020. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40% of US Farmers are now 55 years or older, and the average age of this population continues to rise. Concerns in a nutshell: Old farmers retirement, new farmers lack of land inheritance, new farmers lack of capital to purchase land, industrial farms reign over family farms. Diminishing Constancy: severe weather in the US and the rest of the world - heat waves, droughts, typhoons, hurricanes.  US Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers only had an average of 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork (South Dakota).  The wettest autumn since records began, followed by the coldest spring in 50 years, has devastated British wheat, forcing food manufacturers to import nearly 2.5m tonnes of the crop. Burgeoning middle class from the developing world equals increasing demand for meat products. Diminishing farmland plus diminishing farmers plus diminishing constancy plus population growth equals food shortage.  World grain reserves are at their lowest since 1974. US alone is down by 6.5% in maize reserve versus anticipated consumption.  2013 is the 6th time the world consumes more food than it products.  Poor quality of corn crop plus inflated prices. Honey bee populations in the US are dwindling.  31% of bee colonies die this past winter (800,000 bees).  Price of a corn bushel doubled to $7.72.  Good or excellent mark down by 35% from last year. Food shortage equals rising food prices equals spreading hunger. Be prepared!