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Food Shortage In Our Future?

May 1, 2008
Is it even within the realm of possibility that America could face food shortage in her future?

In short the answer is yes.

The NY Sun recently ran a story about the surfacing of some food shortages in some areas of the US. It appears that this may be a precursor of what is to come. How can this happen? The answer is in the fact that there are several things that contribute to shortages in whole.

For the most part there has always been enough food for everyone on the planet; this is beginning to change however. The world as a whole is finding itself coming close to maximum capacity and our commodities are becoming more difficult to obtain. Oil is one of the largest commodities we are having difficulty coming by easily. It isn't that we are out of oil, but that the world has tapped out most of the easily accessible oil fields. We have much more oil it is just more expensive than its worth to extract it which puts it out of reach to us.

The net result is that there is a finite supply at any given price. The higher the price, the more supply can become available.

This also applies to food. There is only so much available. In the past, the US has experienced a very strong currency. We could be top bidder for the world's commodities. That is changing. The value of the dollar has been sinking for the past few years. Other countries will be able to out bid the United States for precious commodities. China has been going around the globe the past 2 years doing exactly that.

This trend will continue. As the US continues to print more and more money, and water down the value of its currency in the process, the US will find itself with less and less ability to be top bidder in the battle to buy enough resources.

The above story of regional food shortage is just the beginning of a very shocking change for America. As a country we have overspent for decades, and now we are just starting to have to face reality.

Prepare yourself; it's going to be painful
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Besides her own website, Cheap Auto Insurance, J. Stromsteen contributes to the website Bush's Depression as well as first time home buyer to provide up to date info on the unfolding real estate crisis.
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