The Global Famine Begins: UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War II Is Happening Right Now

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The Global Famine Begins

We always knew that this would start happening.  Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa.  Right now there is a desperate need for food in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, Eritrea and Kenya.  And Yemen, even though it is not technically part of Africa, is being affected by many of the same factors that are crippling nations all over eastern Africa.  The United Nations says that more than 20 million people could die from starvation and disease if nothing is done.  When I write about economic collapse, this is the kind of thing that I am talking about, and we are starting to see alarming conditions spread across the globe.  Many believe that we could never possibly face this kind of food crisis in the western world, but unfortunately wishful thinking will only get you so far. [Read more…]

THE WORLD FOOD CRISIS: WHAT IS BEHIND IT AND WHAT WE CAN DO

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THE WORLD FOOD CRISIS

The World Food Program’s description of the global food crisis raises the specter of a natural disaster surging over an unaware populace that is helpless in the face of massive destruction. With billions of people at risk of hunger, the current food crisis is certainly massive and destructive. [Read more…]

Food Crisis -The Greatest Threat To Social Stability

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This article was written by Jeff Thomas and originally published at International Man

Recently, I was in a pharmacy and overheard the pharmacist say to someone, “There’s so much unpleasantness on the news these days, I’ve stopped watching.” The pharmacist has my sympathy. I’d love to be able to ignore the deterioration of the First World. It is, at turns, tedious, depressing, disturbing, and infuriating. [Read more…]

The World Food Crisis: Recipes, Sources and Solutions

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The World Food Crisis: Recipes , Sources and Solutions

An acute food crisis has struck the world This is on top of a longer-term crisis of agriculture and food that has already left billions hungry and malnourished. In order to understand the full, dire implications of what is happening today it is necessary to look at the interaction between these short-term and long-term crises. Both crises arise primarily from the for-profit production of food, fiber, and now biofuels, and the rift between food and people that this inevitably generates. [Read more…]

Obama Warning Americans to Be Prepared For Disaster Surviving the Coming Food Crisis

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Obama Warning Americans to Be Prepared For Disaster Surviving  the Coming Food Crisis

Suddenly, the world food markets spilled out of control. Within a year, prices for wheat doubled, those for soybean and sugar even tripled. The drivers behind this surge were stock decreases during the preceding years, a disappointing harvest due to bad weather in several countries and growing demand for feedstuff. Once prices soared, governments of exporting nations curbed the outflow of food, thus exacerbating the crisis. Merely two years later, prices had come down roughly to previous levels-the affliction had ended. [Read more…]

What Is The Government Preparing For?

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What Is The Government Preparing For?

You may not be getting prepared for a major national disaster, but the government sure is.  I have been informed that in recent months numerous emergency food companies have been contacted by the government, and they have been told that their inventories could potentially be seized in the event of a significant emergency.  And as you will see below, the government recently participated in an exercise that simulated “an unprecedented global food crisis lasting as long as a decade”.  In addition, NPR has just revealed details about the very secretive Strategic National Stockpile program that is storing billions of dollars worth of medical supplies in warehouses around the nation.  This is a program that most Americans do not even know exists.  On top of everything else, strange reports of military vehicles with UN markings have been coming in from all over the nation.  So what in the world is the government up to?  Why are they working so feverishly hard to get prepared? [Read more…]

How to prepare for the coming Chaos in 10 steps

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How to prepare for the coming Chaos in 10 steps

You know it. You think about it all the time. You know something is wrong and something is about to happen to the world…well….what are you gonna do about it? Do you wanna be ready for financial collapse, world war 3, food crisis, revolution, martial law, and perhaps the end of times? Here is how YOU can help yourself and those you love. [Read more…]

Economic Collapse 2015: Things To Be Taken Care Of To Avoid ‘Financial Ruin’

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Economic Collapse 2015: Things To Be Taken Care Of To Avoid ‘Financial Ruin’

Preparing for the Economic Collapse of 2015 If some economists are to be believed, 2015 will be the year when all the chickens will come home to roost. Most prominent among these theorists is David Levy, whose grandfather had correctly predicted the Great Depression of 1929. David Levy, who is the chairman of The Jerome Levy Forecasting Center in New York, is of the opinion that 2015 will mark the start of another major recession that will last for a considerable amount of time. Levy is not the only economist who is predicting an economic collapse in 2015; Professor W. Thompson of Indian University also projects that the economies world over will see a downturn in 2015. In our previous articles on this blog, we discussed the reasons why the economy will collapse in 2015. In this article, we will discuss the aftermath of the US economic collapse and how you can survive it. Events that will happen in the aftermath of American Economic Collapse of 2015 [Read more…]

12 Potentially Life-Threatening Errors You’re Making in Food Preparedness and Survival Strategies

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Although armed with good intentions, most preppers and survivalists are making critical errors — perhaps fatal errors — in their food preparedness strategies.

This article is designed to help you identify and correct those errors as quickly as possible so that you’re in good shape before the food collapse arrives. When will that be, exactly? It depends on whom you believe: geologists say the world’s primary irrigation aquifers have maybe 20 – 30 years of water remaining, after which the global food supply collapses. Some environmentalists say radical weather, droughts, floods and heat waves have already started wreaking havoc on the food supply (just look at California right now). People concerned about GMOs and genetic pollution point out that runaway crop diseases could strike at any time and devastate global crop production. Finally, those who are more concerned about government tyranny correctly point out that the federal government has already asserted executive order control over all food, farms and livestock.

Only the wildly ignorant don’t store extra food for emergency preparedness. Even the federal government’s Ready.gov program urges people to “have a plan” and make a disaster supplies kit which contains, “at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food” — just enough to keep you alive until FEMA arrives and screws everything up.

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Raising Rabbits for Self-Sufficiency

californian-rabbits-300x225Rabbit is not a mainstream source of meat these days, but it didn’t used to be that way. For centuries, people have raised these animals on their farms for food, and for many thousands of years before that, hunted them. Rabbits breed easily, grow quickly and are relatively easy to keep and care for. Able to thrive even in small spaces, it’s no wonder that meat rabbits are enjoying a surge in popularity, both on large homesteads and small urban farms.

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Benefits

Meat rabbits offer numerous benefits to the right home so long as their needs are met (which isn’t hard to do). Below are just a few reasons to consider adding meat rabbits to your home:

Efficiency:

One huge benefit to raising rabbits for their meat is that they are such efficient producers. For one, these critters mature quickly. One meat buck can be ready to butcher and supply your family with 5 pounds of meat in as little as 10 weeks! Also, it is said that a rabbit can produce 6 pounds of meat with the same amount of feed that takes for a cow to produce one pound of meat. If larger livestock is too expensive for you to raise, meat rabbits are easy to raise on a budget.

Urban-Friendly:

Meat rabbits can be a great option for the urban homesteader. Unlike larger livestock, rabbits require very little space to be happy and healthy. In fact, they often take even less space than backyard chickens. The traditional all-wire hutch that most meat rabbits are housed in have a floor space of only about 2.5 x 3 ft or so, and multiple enclosures can easily be stacked or lined up side-by-side along a wall. Another urban perk of owning rabbits is that they are quiet. If noise in your neighborhood could be a problem, these rodents can be the perfect solution. They don’t bray, cluck, crow or make much noise at all, other than an occasional quiet grunting. Many owners claim that the most noise their rabbits make is the sound of hopping around in their wire enclosures.

Meat Quality:

If you’ve never tried it before, rabbit meat is very tasty and very good for you. It is a lean white meat that’s very rich in protein (about 20%), low in cholesterol and lower in fat than any of the mainstream meats, including beef, pork and chicken. In fact, some are calling rabbit the “meat of the future.” Rabbit meat’s taste and texture is very similar to chicken, and it makes a great chicken substitute in recipes, though of course it has a mild flavor all its own. Even if you’re not interested in raising meat rabbits for yourself, their meat is certainly worth a try.

Purchasing Rabbits

While not as popular as chickens, meat rabbits are fairly easy to come by. Not that these types of rabbits are a specific breed – not just any pet bunny breed is suitable for eating. You can purchase meat rabbits from a local breeder (a national rabbitry directory can be found online), 4-H club, or local feed store.

Breeds

Large and stocky, meat rabbit breeds are much heavier than your typical pet bunny or wild cottontail, usually weighing in at 10 pounds or more at maturity. There are numerous breeds of meat rabbits to choose from, some of which are quite rare. Below are some of the most popular:

  • New Zealand: The New Zealand is a favorite among many enthusiasts. They come with red or white coats, and are especially easy to butcher for eating.
  • Californian: Another favorite breed, the Californian is an all-American breed developed in the 1920s. It features the weight and quality meat of the New Zealand, with a more quality pelt that you can sell after butchering.
  • Flemish Cross: A cross-breed of the Flemish Giant and the New Zealand or Californian, Flemish Crosses are an extra-large breed with quality meat.

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Housing

Traditionally, rabbits are kept in open-air hutches above the ground outdoors or in a small barn. While sometimes made of wood, most of these enclosures are made of wire mesh, including a tighter wire mesh flooring, which allows their droppings to fall through. Some new owners may be surprised at the recommendation for wire flooring, but this type of enclosure is considered both very sanitary and humane for these animals. To add to these animals’ quality of life, as well as take advantage of their grazing nature, some owners choose to set their rabbits in portable outdoor runs around the yard for a short time. If you choose to do this, however, be very careful – rabbits are very talented and driven diggers, and can make themselves a burrow in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Nutrition

Most meat rabbits are fed a diet of commercial pellets, which are made up of alfalfa hay, oats, barley and other grains, as well as plenty of fresh timothy hay, which they love. In addition, you can always add more variety and nutrition to your meat rabbits’ diets by supplying fresh greens, vegetables and even fruits. Many rabbits seem especially partial to lettuce, carrots and apples. No matter what you choose to feed your rabbits, make sure fresh water is available at all times and that you purchase the highest-quality feed possible. Remember, you eventually eat what they eat!

Meat rabbit enthusiasts all agree – these animals are not nearly as popular as they should be. Cheap and easy to care for with little space and almost no noise, these hardy livestock are perfect for beginners and those looking to add another source of meat for their family. Whether you’re a new urban farmer just starting out or an experienced homesteader out in the country, meat rabbits can offer great return for your efforts.

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Why you need to prepare with Food for Hyperinflation! (VIDEO)

spiral0In economics, hyperinflation is inflation that is very high or “out of control”. While the real values of the specific economic items generally stay the same in terms of relatively stable foreign currencies.  In hyper-inflationary conditions the general price level within a specific economy increases rapidly as the functional or internal currency, as opposed to a foreign currency, loses its real value very quickly, normally at an accelerating rate.

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List of Countries that have Experienced Hyperinflation:

• Angola • Argentina • Austria • Belarus • Bolivia • Bosnia and Herzegovina • Brazil • Bulgaria • China • Free City of Danzig • Georgia • Germany • Greece • Hungary, 1922-1924 • Hungary, 1945-1946 • Israel • Krajina  • Mexico • Nicaragua • Peru • Philippines • Poland, 1921-1924 • Poland, 1989-1991 • Republika Srpska • Romania • Russian Federation • Taiwan • Ukraine • United States • Yugoslavia • Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) • Zimbabwe

Last Hyperinflation in the USA

During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress authorized the printing of paper currency called continental currency. These notes depreciated rapidly, giving rise to the expression “not worth a continental.“

During the U.S. Civil War, between January 1861 and April 1865, the Lerner Commodity Price Index of leading cities in the eastern Confederacy states increased from 100 to over 9,000.  As the Civil War dragged on, the Confederate dollar had less and less value, until it was almost worthless by the last few months of the war.

Examples of Hyperinflation

Hyperinflation in the Wiemar Republic

Germany went through its worst inflation in 1923. In 1922, the highest denomination was 50,000 Mark. By 1923, the highest denomination was 100,000,000,000,000 Mark. In December 1923 the exchange rate was 4,200,000,000,000 Marks to 1 US dollar.[ In 1923, the rate of inflation hit 3.25 × 106 percent per month (prices double every two days). Beginning on 20 November 1923, 1,000,000,000,000 old Marks were exchanged for 1 Rentenmark so that 4.2 Rentenmarks were worth 1 US dollar, exactly the same rate the Mark had in 1914.

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Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe

During this period from 1999–2009, the country experienced a sharp drop in production in all sectors. Unemployment rose and life expectancy dropped.  Hyperinflation began early in the twenty-first century, reaching 624% in 2004. It fell back to low triple digits before surging to a new high of 1,730% in 2006. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe revalued on 1 August 2006 at a ratio of 1 000 ZWD to each second dollar (ZWN), but year-to-year inflation rose by June 2007 to 11,000% (versus an earlier estimate of 9,000%). Larger denominations were progressively issued.

The Value of the Dollar is decreasing, Fuel Prices are Rising, Food Prices are Rising, Food Packages and Contents are Smaller, your Employment income is FLAT and/or Decreasing!  This is what you should DO IMMEDIATELY!

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1. Keep excess cash in precious metals, in tangible assets not paper assets. Investing in precious metals will hedge the defilation of your dollar.  While the value of the dollar is going down, the value of the precious will go up.  So when a New Currency is implemented, you can sell your precious metals and get full value of the New Dollar.

2. Downsize, Downsize, Downsize, continuously downsize.  Move to a less expensive rental.  Find ways to reduce your monthly mortgage, Pay off your debt, Cut back on services, Stop spending on Luxuries.  Use the Money you save from Downsizing to pay off debt, start a home business to generate another income.  Use this money to buy long term food and precious metals.

3. You will need short term and long term supplies.  Stock up on Necessities like Food, Water, Medicine, Vitamins etc.. Food as a necessity.  Stock up on Food.  As Food Prices rise you will not be able to afford quality food.  Learn about long term foods .  The only alternative will be low quality processed, GMO food with less nutrition and vitamins.  Which in turn means, Weaker Immune system, sickness, disease and shorter life span.

4. Start your own business.  I don’t recommend depending on your employer for an income.  DO NOT DEPEND ON YOUR EMPLOYER!  Most employers are not giving raises so your salary will be FLAT and they may even try to take money away from you, charge more for benefits and charge more for retirement.

I also recommend an International Business so the world will be your market place and you can tap into all economies.  Since you will need Vitamins and Minerals I recommend a Vitamins and Juice Company.

Will you be able to afford food in the future?  What type of quality of food will you be able to afford?  During the recent disasters, there were food shortages and with a demand the prices will sky rocket!  Are you prepared for this and do you have a food supply in case of a disaster?  There is a way to provide food on your table monthly, provide food to save for a disaster and start a food business to create an income.

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If you are ready to help others and yourself get FOOD  while also building a passive income for yourself, then…

SOURCE : globalfoodprices.net

Growing Food in Different Climate Zones

Starting a new fruit or vegetable garden can be an exciting time, and it can be difficult to know where exactly to begin. Even experienced gardeners can find themselves overwhelmed when trying to grow food in a completely new climate. Which crops grow best? How long is the growing season? When is the last average frost date (assuming you aren’t living in a tropical zone)? These are the sorts of questions to start with. Fortunately, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a nationwide standard of splitting the country up into 11 basic hardiness zones based on the area’s coldest average temperatures in winter. Their interactive USDA Hardiness Zone Map is therefore an excellent place to start.

 

Once you identify your region’s USDA climate zone, you can get a good idea of factors such as how long winters last, how cold it gets, the length of the growing season, and which food crops and can’t thrive.

The USDA hardiness definitions and map does provide a great basic framework to get you started, but keep in mind that it does have its limitations. Because hardiness is only measured by the coldest temperatures of the year, it doesn’t take other climate factors into account. Some of these can include: the amount of precipitation, humidity, maximum temperatures and soil conditions. Both the high deserts of New Mexico and much of Connecticut, for example, are USDA Zone 6a, but their climates are still completely different. If you happen to live in the western United States, for example, and you’d like a more specific climate zone map, Sunset’s detailed climate zone map takes much more into account, helping you pinpoint your area’s overall growing conditions.

Before you get planting, you should also be aware of micro-climates, which are basically mini-climate zones created by features like bodies of water, parking lots or, more likely, the walls of your home. Taking advantage of micro-climates in your garden can help ensure that you’re plantings will thrive.

For more information on your region’s growing conditions, as well as help with common pests, soil amendments and other gardening stuff, consider visiting a local nursery, botanical garden or County Extension Office.

Each USDA climate zone has its own planting schedule, and has two basic growing seasons: warm and cool. The cool growing season, perfect for growing carrots, greens and radishes, takes place every spring and fall, and sometimes winter in the warmer zones. The warm growing season, featuring tomatoes, corn and squash, gets going in late spring and lasts through early fall. Growing seasons in the sub-tropics and the tropics work a little differently, as the growing season technically lasts all year. Their planting times are generally based around annual rainfall patterns.

Below is a basic overview of the 13 USDA plant hardiness zones. Note that you can extend your growing season by utilizing micro-climates and by offering protection from the cold with row covers or cold frames.

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Zones 1-2
Located in Alaska, the northern continental US and high mountains, this zone is defined by long, cold winters and a very short growing season.

Growing season: April – September
Coldest temperatures: -60 to -40F
Best plants to grow: Vine tomatoes, lettuce, kale, broccoli, asparagus, eggplant, other vegetables with short time between planting and harvest

Zones 3-4
Located in the northernmost US states and cool mountain regions, these zones enjoy a slightly warmer and longer growing season with very cold winters.

• Growing season: April – October
• Coldest temperatures: -40 to -20F
• Best plants to grow: Vine tomatoes, lettuce, kale, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, strawberries, eggplant, sweet peas, pole beans, winter squash, red and white potatoes

Zones 5-6
Encompassing much of the continental US, these planting zones stretch from Washington and Oregon, down to New Mexico, and across the midwest to New England.

• Growing season: March – October
• Coldest temperatures: -20 to 0F
• Best plants to grow: Tomatoes, corn, squash, melons, beans, strawberries, lettuce and other greens in the spring and fall

Zones 7-8
Defined by long, hot summers and mild winters, these zones cover much of the southern US, including the desert southwest and many southern states.

• Growing season: March-November
• Coldest temperatures: 0 to 20F
• Best plants to grow: Corn, tomatoes, melons, squash, collard greens, carrots, bush beans, asparagus and leafy greens during the cooler months

Zones 9-10
These sub-tropical to mild temperate growing zones cover much of the deep South, the Gulf coast, most of Florida and southern California. If protection is offered, the growing season can last throughout the year, though the occasional frost may still occur.

• Growing season: February-November
• Coldest temperatures: 20 to 40F
• Best plants to grow: Tomatoes, melons, squash, corn, peppers, yams, citrus, peaches, figs, bananas, salad greens and sweet peas during the cooler months

Zones 11-13
Found only in Hawaii and the US territory of Puerto Rico, these tropical growing zones feature a tropical climate and year-round growing season with planting times based around the wet and dry seasons.

• Growing season: Year-round
• Coldest temperatures: 40 to 70F
• Best crops to grow: kale, okinawa spinach, pole beans, passionfruit, sweet potato, red potato, cassava, pineapple, pumpkin, mango, papaya, Thai chili peppers, citrus, bananas, taro
• Crops to avoid: Any fruits requiring chill time, including berries, cherries, apples and peaches

Growing your own food is a fun, family-friendly hobby with tasty and nutritious rewards. Whether you’re a newbie trying out your first tomato plants, or a seasoned pro moving to a new state, understanding your garden’s climate zone is the first step towards planning and growing a successful, productive garden.

Find out more about food independence on Backyard Liberty.

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SOURCE : survivopedia.com