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After years and years of the Marxist left’s “food justice” campaigns, where the Government took money from the US Taxpayer to ‘stomp out hunger’ by funding thousands of nongovernment agencies to do that kind of work- and to elevate justice to marginalized communities by increasing welfare spending on food and farming- and the like, it should be no surprise to anyone that sources NOW say that America is now facing a food crisis- because the US is dependent foreign countries for farming and growing food- and in need of fertilizer. Something justice warriors in the Federal Government never planned for.
So here we are again- another crisis is on our horizon.
Just two short weeks after the Russia-Ukraine crisis began, the entire world is quickly moving toward a food crisis that could affect large masses of people and because of the global connectedness of our public policies and trade- a spillover of the crisis could soon spark agricultural mayhem in the US.
This story should make the perfect case for America’s First policies and economic nationalism- if people pay close attention, because not only is the US dependent on foreigners for energy- we are dependent upon them for fertilizer to grow food.
Zerohedge reported on the problem:
The curtailment of agricultural exports from Russia and Ukraine will have dramatic knock-on effects on global food supplies. Both countries are known as the ‘breadbasket of the world’ and are responsible for a quarter of the international wheat trade, about a fifth of corn, and 12% of all calories traded globally. Another major problem is access to fertilizers, as Russia has banned exports of the nutrients.
Investors Have Given Up on a V-Shaped Recovery, BNY’s Young Cautions It’s not whether or not there will be a food crisis. It’s how big that crisis will be.
“We’ve already noted a handful of emerging market countries to monitor as the Russian invasion is choking off grain exports to them and causing prices to rise, which may result in social unrest. Even in the Western world, agricultural markets have not been immune, and higher prices have stung consumers,” Zero Hedge reported.
A tweet from Douglas Karr, the founder of the businesses blog Martech Zone, made the point the “media isn’t even warning you” a food crisis in America is emerging.
Karr said he spoke with numerous folks in the food industry who said farmers in the South and Midwest are having trouble procuring fertilizer to grow crops ahead of planting season. He said farmers in the “Midwest are switching,” likely referring to crops that need fewer nutrients because they “can’t get nitrogen nor fertilizer.”
Convo with farm today:
– Meat processors booked out a year because stockpiling beef.
– Farmers in South can’t get fertilizer for crops now.
– Farmers in Midwest are switching, can’t get nitrogen nor fertilizer.
Buckle up, folks! The media isn’t even warning you. #economy
— Douglas Karr (@douglaskarr) March 11, 2022
Even before Russia invaded Ukraine, the global food system was strained. Snarled supply chains and adverse weather conditions in top growing regions of the world resulted in low crop yields and rising prices. The supply shock of Ukraine will amplify the crisis as the UN warned global food prices could jump 8%-20% from here (prices are already at record highs).
Responding to Karr’s viral tweet, some people said they were buying a freezer to panic hoard food supplies as the worst food crisis has yet to come.
While the US Government continues to cause mayhem for the average American, they have voted for themselves to cost of living raise- that the taxpayer is not enjoying. While their reckless and thoughtless pursuit of personal power goes unchecked in DC, Americans who read these messages- will be trying to figure out how to get access to food for their families.
So where does the Government spending end up? Not in the places where Americans eat- and not on food.
WSMV reported on some stories about the disconnect between Americans and our civil servants in DC:
A Nashville independent restaurant owner said he’s had to sell personal belongings just to keep his restaurant going and the owner Of Love & Exile Wines is intensifying the call for Congress to add funds to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
Congress just passed a $1.5 Trillion Omnibus deal, and it didn’t include money for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
Tyler Alkins, Owner of Love & Exile Wines said his business surviving has been harder without financial help from the federal government and adds federal financial help would help cut the millions of dollars in cost incurred for his restaurant from the March 2020 tornadoes and the COVID19 Pandemic and even now, the potential impact of rising gas prices on independent restaurants
“It’s really challenging for sure,” said Tyler Alkins, the Owner of Love & Exile Wines in East Nashville.
A challenge compounded by no financial relief from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
“We never saw any of that money. No, we were approved for funds, but we did not receive them,” said Alkins.
“Unfortunately, as amazing as it was to have the American Rescue plan include the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, it was terribly underfunded and it only provided 28.6 billion dollars,” said Erika Polmar – Executive Director of The Independent Restaurant Coalition.