Could we all be facing a major food shortage in the near future? With more than 60% of the US listed in drought it sure seems to be a possibility. Plus our nation’s dependency on the corn crop which is used in almost everything we eat. Just look at the ingredients of many of the products we buy and most likely it has corn in it. From human food to livestock feed and even fuel for our vehicles corn has found its way into our daily lives whether you know it or not. The US depends on corn to survive. Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket.
The drought-stricken areas includes most of the southeastern and southwestern U.S. and a broad band of counties starting in the Midwest which includes parts of Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky and this seems to be growing larger every day.
Even the mighty Mississippi River is not immune to the drought; more than 700 barges were backed up on the river, unable to continue navigating in either direction because of a low water levels caused by the drought that has struck the Midwest. This is a major highway for goods in the Midwest and it is all at a standstill. This not only affects the goods that are trying to be delivered but how many jobs does this effect? Not good for an already uneasy economy any way you look at it.
Meanwhile farmers are struggling to salvage crops scorched by worsening drought conditions and ranchers are worried about feeding livestock due to the lack of grazing fields and the price of feed which continues to go up. More than three-quarters of the nation’s corn and soybean crops are in drought-affected areas, and more than a third of those crops are now rated poor to very poor and many farmers are just plowing them under since there is no hope of recovery. There is however still a bit of hope for some soybeans as they are more resistant to heat and drought, but that’s only if we get some rain. This has caused the price of corn to increase in recent weeks by 38 percent, and the price of beans is up 24 percent. That means it’s only a matter of time before we see those prices affect all of us at the grocery store.
The drought has started to force some farmers to sell their livestock earlier because of a scarce feed supply has left many farmers with few options. The cost of beef, poultry and pork may go down in the short-term because those herds are being sold off, putting more meat on the market right now, but those prices will probably rise later this year or early next year. Who knows what that means for livestock after the sell off if the drought continues there will be less livestock next year keeping prices high if something doesn’t change? Farmers still won’t be able to afford the feed and without rain there will be no free range grazing because it will all be a dust bowl. It’s a vicious cycle that hopefully the coming winter months rain and snow pack will hopefully change.
Either way you look at it whether it’s because of global warming, bad luck or just one of those things it’s definitely going to affect all of us in the coming months. My advice is to try to stock up on food when you can so you will have some reserves to fall back on before things get real expensive. Buy a freezer and stock up on meat while the prices are down, any sales on canned veggies buy a few extra cans for the pantry. I would also stock up on any long-term food storage items you can afford now because 6 months from now they will be a lot more expensive. Things like white rice and beans which last for a long time when stored properly would also be a good idea. We all need to plan for our own situations and what you and your family’s needs are going to be, this doesn’t fall into the normal disaster scenario but it’s something you need to think about and be prepared for.
Author: The Survival Guy
- Ontario drought ‘disheartening’ for farmers (metronews.ca)
- Drought-hit U.S. busts heat record from Dust Bowl days (reuters.com)
- This is a national emergency!! Almost 90% of the United States’ corn crops are in drought ravaged areas – USDA… Things are getting worse! Stock up now! (investmentwatchblog.com)
- South Dakota Withers in the Drought (thedailybeast.com)
- Food Shortages in the U.S. ? (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)