As many of you may know, there is a global water crisis happening RIGHT NOW. However, we usually don’t think about an absence of food even though food needs massive amounts of water to sustain itself. This article is very true and very blunt. We may not think about the global food/water crisis hitting close to home, but here are a few main points about how the United States is contributing to the global food shortage:
#3 Due to U.S. ethanol subsidies, almost a third of all corn grown in the United States is now used for fuel. This is putting a lot of stress on the price of corn.
#6 In the United States, the systematic depletion of the Ogallala Aquifercould eventually turn “America’s Breadbasket” back into the “Dust Bowl”.
#9 The price of oil may be the biggest factor on this list. The way that we produce our food is very heavily dependent on oil. The way that we transport our food is very heavily dependent on oil. When you have skyrocketing oil prices, our entire food production system becomes much more expensive. If the price of oil continues to stay high, we are going to see much higher food prices and some forms of food production will no longer make economic sense at all.
#19 2011 has already been one of the craziest years since World War 2. Revolutions have swept across the Middle East, the United States has gotten involved in the civil war in Libya, Europe is on the verge of a financial meltdown and the U.S. dollar is dying. None of this is good news for global food production.
#20 There have been persistent rumors of shortages at some of the biggest suppliers of emergency food in the United States. The following is an excerpt from a recent “special alert” posted on Raiders News Network….
It may be hard to think about how the United States is contributing to this horror, but other issues such as the food inflation in India, the nuclear crisis and tsunami damage in Japan, the over-pumping of aquifers in China, and the loss of topsoil worldwide are also causing alarming problems in the food industry.
So, how can we help turn things around? No one knows for sure. For years and years extremists have been pointing to a global food crisis and we have done nothing but ignore them. As the article states (very much how Americans sound when faced with this crisis), “it isn’t going to happen today, and it probably isn’t going to happen tomorrow, but at some point a major league food crisis is going to strike.”