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#1 Midnightmom

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:08 PM

Please ignore the enviornmental political-correctness at the end of the article. :shakinghead:
Posted as a "warning" of rising food prices...............as if you didn't already know. :blink:

Prices for corn—the base of the American food pyramid—and soybeans are already starting to rise.............

As TakePart reported earlier this week, the worst U.S. drought in decades might cost the economy more than $50 billion.

Reuters backed up this conclusion saying that, “Oppressive heat and a worsening drought in the Midwest pushed grain prices near or past records on Wednesday as crops wilted, cities baked and concerns grew about food and fuel price inflation in the world's top food exporter.”

They went on to note that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said “rising grain prices would mean meat and poultry prices will be higher this year and next, although the inflation may be delayed as farmers start culling their herds due to high feed prices and meat supplies stay adequate.”

Climate Central confirmed the worst of Vilsack’s fears saying, “The U.S. is currently in the grips of its worst drought since 1956, with little hope for near-term, widespread drought relief in sight. The drought is having major impacts on agriculture, particularly this year's corn harvest, which is expected to come in significantly lower than initial expectations."

But how could the cost implications of the drought rise so quickly?

Time says that’s why “They call drought the slow motion disaster . . . While earthquakes and volcanoes strike in a moment, and hurricanes unfold over a few days, a drought is simply a day without rain that becomes two days without rain…and then a week…and then a month and then longer. The damage worsens by the hour, but it can take weeks or even months before the effects of drought become visible in cracked soil, stunted crops and dried up lakes. Even then, there’s none of the explosive drama that marks other natural disasters.”

The magazine also observed that “Corn is already above $7 a bushel, and soybeans—another major staple crop used for animal feed and fuel—aren’t far behind . . . Corn is the base of the American food pyramid, used in everything from meat—corn is a staple grain for chickens and cattle—to cereal to even Gatorade and Ring Dings.”

As if all that wasn't sobering enough, when The New York Times asked “Richard Seager, who analyzed historical records and climate model projections for the Southwest for the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, if a perpetual drought was possible there, he replied: ‘You can’t really call it a drought because that implies a temporary change. The models show a progressive aridification. You don’t say, ‘The Sahara is in drought.’ It’s a desert. If the models are right, then the Southwest will face a permanent drying out.’”

Oh, and there's one more bit of bad news.

On Tuesday, Think Progress said, “While it has been hotter than the 1930s in many places in this country, the drought hasn’t been quite as bad as the worst of the original Dust Bowl. But if we don’t act soon to slash greenhouse gas emissions, we are on our way to far worse as climate change fuels more frequent and more extreme droughts across the U.S.”

And that, my friends, will be a true slow-motion disaster.

http://www.takepart....ht--your-wallet


Edited by Midnightmom, 12 December 2012 - 06:11 PM.

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is strong enough to take everything you have.

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By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.

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#2 lumabean

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

I am afraid to see how high prices will go, I try to see what I can get now while it's available and we can afford it.

Edited by lumabean, 12 December 2012 - 07:23 PM.


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

Dee warned us about this sometime back. I miss Dee.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

Dee warned us about this sometime back. I miss Dee.


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:24 PM

I guess it's time to free range some hens and ramp up my gardening.
Actually, I was in a grocery store the other day and noticed how high a price they wanted for beef, I thought perhaps it was just the store. I have become a coupon queen, but have noticed the coupons aren't so good as they were in the past.
I really feel for people who live in housing where they can't garden or have small farm animals.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

As much as we can prepare, I think we'll always be short of where we want to be...(we being me and Mtn.Mn). I'm glad I've stocked up on a generous amount of seed packets, especially corn! They're safely in my deep freeze. Some are heirloom and some are not. Also stocked up on alot of canned meats, vegetables and fruits. Like most city dwellers, farm animals are not much of an option...except rabbits (which we do plan to obtain this spring...???) for butchering. Will use our live trap and rifles for wild game as long as it lasts. Got a feeling most deer etc., will be hard to find when everybody is combing the woods for them! Probably won't even find "road kill" :laughkick: . Like everybody here, I've been astounded at the rise in prices this past year alone. This past summer our electricity alone was 3x's what it had been. It's gone back down so not sure if it was those "estimated" bills they sent out because their readers were lazy, if my complaint was heard, or both! The closer this "cliff" stuff looms the more I am sure that we'll see store shelves either scarcely stocked or priced so high many can't afford to buy. When Hostess went toes up we lost one of two discount bread stores. We personally don't eat alot of bread and I often bake what we do eat, it's nice to go to the bread store if I want to. The one left is a good one though...buy $5 worth of bread and you get one item of bread free, $10 you get two, $15 you get 3 etc., up to $30 you get 5. Even our local Aldi's prices have gone up.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

I have a friend who works in a supermarket as a cashier. She tells me that the store will price match a competitors add. The problem is that if too many customers come in with a competitors add, her store will pull the desired product off of the shelves. We were specifically talking about toilet tissue, but surely it would happen too with food products. Her store will also NOT issue rain checks. I can't say that I was surprised. She said people are flocking into the store for ANY sale at all.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

I heard if there isn't rain this spring 200 miles of the Mississippi River will close down. It will be too shallow for the barges. That will cause prices to rise too if it happens.

I had the local radio on while I was canning today and the guy said he made a quick stop in the Dollar Store to get balloons for his daughters birthday. He said the place was so packed they had to close one of the aisles. Not sure what he meant? He said there were over 35 people in the checkout line ahead of him. One guy spent over $145.00. At the dollar store that means 145 items. He didn't say what the items were. He said it gave him a strange feeling. You could tell he was really surprised at what he saw.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:28 AM

I heard if there isn't rain this spring 200 miles of the Mississippi River will close down. It will be too shallow for the barges. That will cause prices to rise too if it happens.

I had the local radio on while I was canning today and the guy said he made a quick stop in the Dollar Store to get balloons for his daughters birthday. He said the place was so packed they had to close one of the aisles. Not sure what he meant? He said there were over 35 people in the checkout line ahead of him. One guy spent over $145.00. At the dollar store that means 145 items. He didn't say what the items were. He said it gave him a strange feeling. You could tell he was really surprised at what he saw.


I wonder if it will be the same stretch of the Mississippi where they had the problems THIS year?

A government big enough to give you everything you want,
is strong enough to take everything you have.

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By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.

George Mason, Father of the "Bill of Rights"


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:51 AM

I don't know if it is the same stretch or not but I just read more and they are talking about by Jan. now, not next spring.

Dec. 11th.
http://www.enstarz.c...100-billion.htm

And this one Dec. 9th.
http://www.visaliati...ext|Frontpage|s

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You get what you need.

 

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:17 AM

We started feeling the heat earlier this fall when it was announced that most mid west farmers had lost their crops. Prices jumped 30 cents in a week on pork and chicken. Beef didn't jump as bad because the government bought a lot of it up.

Gas prices went up, when we left NC at the end of September it was 3.83 a gallon and climbing.

I have changed my buying strategies I am buying only what is on sale and working meals around what I can get. I hope and pray that I have a good harvest from the backyard garden I plan. It is going to be square foot, raised bed, and container gardening this year I have a small back yard that I have to share with 100 pound black lab.

It is sad to say but I think this maybe the new norm.
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:19 AM

$10/lb on roast beef here. The people around the meat area were talking about becomming vegan.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

Feeling it.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

I pretty much buy what is on sale, too, and use that. I stock up on these sale things if they are not perishable and store up.
$10 a lb. for roast ? Wow. Prime rib maybe here, but so far not the chuck roast.
Guess I should buy some extra pork roasts on sale to freeze. Probably be glad to have the 50 lb. of dried beans I have later on. I should store some more nuts, too.
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:53 PM

I paid over 15 for a small roast yesterday, its for christmas dinner or christmas eve dinner and roast beef samwiches.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:56 PM

Just kind of go through :runcirclsmiley2: :groooansmileyf: :unsure: while :shopping: and............feeling the :smiley_shitfan: for me, and :faint3: when I put it away. Whats a full basket these days?????? with a few bits of meat in it?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

the cost for meat is going nuts. I'm trying to think of ways to cut back on it. I did start to cut chicken in to smaller pieces for things like chicken alfredo pasta, and when I made meatballs, I made them a bit smaller (dh noticed on that one). When I made boneless chicken breasts, I cut each breast in half width wise, they were thinner, but it was sufficient.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:58 PM

well I could manage a year ago but its all much more now. so its getting just bits of it now. and I do better with a bit more than that, lol, health wise. I do alot with tvp and beans too but had to take a break as the bulk of that was too much for the GI stuff so trying to take a break for a while. Tuna, sardines, smoked herring I eat and PB and nutella ( I treat that like a treat mostly but is sure good).

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:22 AM

DEE, Please come back, wehere at Mrs. S. surely do miss you. My dh misses you too. I used to tell him your farming news. Pleassssssseeee..................

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:56 AM

I told DH that if it gets too bad, we'll be using meat as a condiment. :o

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