The California Drought: Steps Towards Food Shortage

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SVP_POST_2014_04_22There have been some people who have been talking about coming food shortages for a number of years now.  While it’s easy to dismiss them as alarmists and fear mongers, things are happening today which may lend credence to what these people have been saying for some time.

We are currently faced with a number of man-made disasters, each of which has an effect on our food supplies. While we could easily weather one of these events, each one makes the situation a little bit worse. We may soon reach the point where food shortages abound. Some countries may very well be at that point today.

Let’s take a look at three different events:

  • The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
  • The Fukushima reactor accident
  • Drought in Southern California

After four years, you’d think that the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were over. This isn’t the first oil spill that has happened and nature seems to be fairly well equipped to overcome these incidents. While oil spills always kill a large amount of sea life, the spilled petroleum dissipates and populations recover. Yet four years later, the fishing industry in the Gulf of Mexico is still reeling. Catches are skimpy, driving up costs.

If we look at the Exxon Valdez oil spill, we see that some of the worst effects of an oil spill can take years to manifest. Eight years after that oil spill, the herring hatcheries collapsed, drastically reducing the number of herring in the Pacific Ocean.

That problem pales in comparison to the Fukushima reactor accident, caused by an earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011. Dead fish and other sea creatures are washing up on California shores, indicating the possibility that pretty much all seafood in the Pacific Ocean are contaminated. While there are many sources declaring that seafood from the Pacific Ocean is safe to eat, there are others who are screaming “government cover-up.” With the low level of confidence in what comes out of Washington today, it’s hard to believe any reports that this seafood is safe to eat.

Now we add the recent drought in Southern California. This problem was actually not unexpected. Planners have realized for years that there wasn’t enough water in Southern California to support the agricultural industry there. In order to protect farmers and their produce, California officials started working on building the infrastructure to provide water to Southern California as much as 50 years ago.

All that planning and investment has gone to waste though, with a simple stroke of the pen from Washington. No, this wasn’t Obama’s pen, but rather the pen of some nameless bureaucrat in the EPA. New regulations require that water which has been collected to support the farmers and population of Southern California be given instead to the Delta Smelt, which is considered an endangered species.

Without that water, something like 700,000 acres of farmland, which is normally seeded to produce vegetables, will go untilled this year. Farmers are scrambling to drill wells, in the hope of finding water to grow their crops; but that’s an expensive and time-consuming process, which may not show fruit for a couple of years.

The state of California, acting on behalf of the farmers and residents have filed suit against the federal government, demanding that this water be released back to the residents of California, so that it can be used for its intended purposes. However, this suit was overridden in federal court, giving the EPA the right to steal California’s water.

These aren’t the only things happening to affect our food supplies, merely a sampling of the worst. However, it’s enough to see that on a worldwide basis, food supplies are dwindling. Between industrial accidents and environmental groups the world’s food supply is under constant attack.

Those who are attacking our food supplies aren’t concerned; their focus is on other things. The environmentalists see man as a parasitic species on the face of the earth. They don’t care if their actions cause food prices to rise. They don’t even care if their actions cause the death of millions of people; they are more interested in saving the lives of fish or even insects.

With all these actions, it’s clear that the world is heading for a food shortage. Not because we can’t produce enough food, but because mankind’s ability to produce that food is being attacked on every side. While we may not feel the effects as strongly here in the United States as other countries, we will feel it in higher food prices in the checkout line. Other countries will feel it in empty bellies and malnutrition.

It is clear that the more we can become self-sufficient in our food supplies, the better. As government actions and future disasters continue to erode the world’s food supplies, food prices will continue to climb. Food shortages will become more and more common. Those who are self-sufficient in their food production will be affected much less than everyone else.

This trend supports another trend we are seeing in the prepper community today; that of becoming more self-sufficient. As the prepping movement matures, preppers are not just stockpiling, but turning to homesteading and self-sufficiency. They aren’t just putting their efforts into being ready for the disaster which will strike tomorrow, but preparing for the low-key disaster which we live with each and every day. I have only one thing to say to those who are making this switch: well done!

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This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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About Bill White

Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them. You can send Bill a message at editor [at] survivopedia.com.
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  1. Johnny P says:

    Food shortages caused by drought can and need to be done away with. As long as man is getting involved with nature why in hell does man not run a pipeline of water to the needed areas, irrigate the land to grow food to feed people? Today pipelines are a safe means of transporting any kind of liquid over many miles of land either over land or under it by way of digging culverts, then burrying them. Sea water can be de-salted then piped to the needed areas.

    Our military that travels by sea does this task every day - why is it this is not done for those in drought areas?

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  2. Seeing the state of our nation and our whole world has driven me to question, what can we do to prepare? How can we truly prepare for the future today? If you haven't read "Great Waves of Change" by Marshall Vian Summers, I highly suggest the read. There is such a great need for people to respond to the reality of life, to unite and cooperate beyond ourselves, our families, and our borders. We are all affected, and must prepare:

    "The real progress must be driven by a deep and pressing need—the pressure both from your circumstances and from the needs of the world and also from Knowledge
    within you. Knowledge is urging you to become aware. It is urging you to prepare yourself psychologically, emotionally and practically for the great challenges that are coming now." www.greatwavesofchange.org

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  3. You seem to be missing the big point? The drought in Ca., has been manufactured, using chem-trails and Haarp. The idea is to put the small farms and organic farms out of business, buy the land for pennies on the dollar. Then big agro comes in with its gmo crap, and the rain magically returns. Like the wall street give away, and the big depression before. Clear out the smaller fish for the big ones to eat, this has all been planned, by the parasites that run the planet.

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  4. Marians Musings says:

    Recently a local government made a woman who was trying to live off the grid destroy all her self-sufficent landscaping and rid herself of her energy-saving features. The federal government has taken over most of the land in many western states. If they solely own the ability to produce, they own the citizens that consume. If they destroy your ability to survive on your own, you become their puppet. And this, dear friends is what it is all about. MusingsbyMarian.com

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  5. Robert Rossw says:

    Come on folks, How can this corrupt gov't control the populace if we have food?

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  6. Bill Craig says:

    All said and done, no one even mentions the world's Nr. 1 problem -
    Too many people! The earth is currently over 8 billion and counting.
    When will everyone wake up and realize that without putting a moratorium
    on births at least for a significant period of time this planet will continue
    to be exploited --- end result -> insufficient clean drinking water, poisoned
    air, land not to mention the repurcusions from nature --> increasing natural
    disasters such as more and intense hurricanes, taifuns, cyclones, tornados
    and of course flooding, drought, etc. Who knows maybe it is time for Yellowstone to blow (roughly every 600,000 years and the clock is ticking).
    We should all be caretakers of this beautiful planet that we all call home, if for no other reason than for future generations. The clock is ticking and time is running out for those of us who should take responsibilty.

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    • The population excuse has been used by the ptb forever. If you gave every human on the planet 1/4 acre of land, that's every individual, you would only fill the land mass of Australia, with the rest of the whole planet empty. The ones in power want a smaller control size, to implement their NWO, that's all.

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  7. Chem trails are how they made this drought and are how they can end it. Get educated look it up. its beyond real and we witness it on a daily basis For the last year or so, Don't get me wrong it's been bad for years now since 1998 or the year 2000. The rain has been stolen from the south west for years and made to fall out on the eastern seaboard. This year they made snow falls weakly even late into the winter. Now they will make the most catastrophic floods the U.S. has ever seen all man made. They could be trying to hydraulic the New Madrid Fault.

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  8. Trisha keefe says:

    Thanks for all you do. You may know the lack of rain in western US is man made via geo-engineering. Perhaps your readers can join the efforts to stop geo-engineering. Otherwise we won't have sun or water to grow our own food. T Keefe,RN

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  9. Absolutely geo-engineered. I can't tell you when I have seen a normal cloud here in Ohio. Every day poisoned skies from chemtrails and most people aren't even aware of these. LOOK UP? Does anyone really think that many passenger planes went over? Some days there are no planes during the day. Shine a flashlight at night and look in the beam and see the shiny particles in the air. Why are so many having sinus,throat, and congestion problems all the time.. Don't tell me it is allergies. Why are trees dying all over the country? A lady spoke at the UN recently about chemtrails and you don't talk about nonsense there. You have to have a legitimate subject to get on that venue. The U.S. is famous for keeping us in the dark about just about everything. Keep them thinking everything is hunky dory and then BAM! Our history has been a lie and the sheeple are in big trouble-they just don't know it yet..

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    • Great Grey says:

      With 87000 flights per day or more in the US yes you can believe it, and as you are not that far from Chicago and New York you are going to have a lot of planes going over.

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