Today’s Positive Affirmation

Because I have……  Several times.  I don’t care who it was that implied that you should.  Don’t.

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Why We Are Going To Be Making Piggy Babies

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Just wait until the Midwest flooding and livestock losses get factored into this as well.  You ain’t going to be eating bacon everyday for breakfast anymore.  Remember, China OWNS Smithfield foods.  They will ship the pork back to their country and leave us with the manure lagoons.  Futures up 60% YTD!!!

>>Demand from China is surging as African swine fever, a contagious diseasethat is nearly 100% fatal for domestic and wild pigs, has decimated that country’s hog herds.<<

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hog-futures-rally-up-more-than-60-year-to-date-as-us-exports-to-china-surge-2019-04-11

“The global market won’t have enough pork to supply China,” Ma said Tuesday in an interview in Beijing. “The deficit won’t be filled even with poultry or other meats.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-11/hog-apocalypse-in-china-leaves-farmers-fortifying-pigsties

https://www.agriculture.com/news/livestock/what-happens-if-african-swine-fever-breaks-in-the-us

“Today, Smithfield sends more than a quarter of its pork abroad, especially to China, which received nearly 300,000 tons in 2016. Part of what made the company such an attractive target is that it’s about 50 percent cheaper to raise hogs in North Carolina than in China. This is due to less-expensive pig-feed prices and larger farms, but it’s also because of loose business and environmental regulations, especially in red states, which have made the U.S. an increasingly attractive place for foreign companies to offshore costly and harmful business practices.”

Why Is China Treating North Carolina Like the Developing World?

 

Woohoo! Preppers Be Wakin’ Up!!

I have been filtering through the Prepper sites, Homesteader blogs and video channels that I follow.  I can’t stand that most are kind of religious whack jobs and too often Preppers just come across as tinfoil hat wearing consipiracy theorists.  A huge number are seriously narcissistic and think that they are somehow “bestowing” their greatness and over inflated sense of self on the readers and viewers.  It’s something pretty serious that has affected me, and is a big part of my summer retreat,  so I’ve become selective.

I ran across Canadian Prepper whilst vacuum sealing pasta today and my jaw dropped.  Someone woke Up!  It isn’t comprehensive, but damn, even an admission is better than listening to people deny human involvement or worse yet, thinking we are going into a new ice age because of the sun!

Hats off my friend you made my day!

 

 

Why To Have A Food Storage System

There are lots of reasons to keep a pantry well stocked.  Out here, it is simply logical.  We are a 40 mile round trip from the nearest grocery store, so just hopping in the car like a happy suburbanite to go grab a box of cereal because you ran out, simply isn’t feasible.  Stuff happens.  People come down with the flu or have surgery (hmm…) so they can’t shop, cars break down, the zombies are in the streets, or like just recently, a monster land hurricane descends upon you and you couldn’t get to the store if your life depended on it.  For far too many people, their lives indeed do depend on it.  But it need not be a complete dependence.

Being the ex-financial guy, my biggest concern is the fragility of our economy.  When the next crash happens, to quote Nomi Prins, “We will be falling from a higher height”.  Our debt loads alone are stratospheric and in a world of rising interest rates, this will likely end badly.  I imagine a time when all the Diesel trucks stop running and city folks sit and wonder what happened to all the mama birds that were supposed to bring in the chips, snack cakes, and candy to the 7/11.  Understand that I’m not faulting folks for living in urban/suburban areas, but it is a fatally flawed system.  It is a trap that most will find themselves in should the excrement hit the moving oscillator.  Rural folks will have their issues too.  Isolation being a big one.  Most farms today don’t grow food they can actually eat.  Everything needs to be processed and that takes energy, fuel, and resources – All of which contribute to an earth where biblical floods inundate the very landscape that is needed to produce food so folks can get out and buy Apples (notice the cap denoting a name not an item).

Seriously though, given just general demand and inflation pressures, food will never be as cheap as it is now.  The article pasted below came from a pen pal.  I’ve been watching this story unfold since the cyclone hit us last week.  I read that one third of the country (mostly in the breadbasket) are at high risk for record flooding.  It’s already started.  What that means is that farmers can’t get in their fields to plant all the corn and soybeans (and some wheat) to grow food to produce steaks, cheeseburgers, Nachos, Little Debbie’s snack cakes,  vegetable oils and the corn syrup for tasty sugary beverages.  Just look sometime and do a search about how many items consumed in this country are made with corn.   Virtually everything.  We are made of corn.

So it stands to reason, that if corn can’t get planted, feed lots get flooded, and industrial meat producers have to pay more for feed, that we are in for one doozy of a spike in food prices.  If the flooding further erodes the topsoil, fuel prices will rise because of the increased demand for fertilizers.  This isn’t some Doomsday Prepper nonsense.  This is happening right now.  This is how it happens.  We won’t suffer because it got too hot for us.  We will suffer because the change in climate destroyed our habitat.

This also will see a spike in farm bankruptcies, many of whom are being tortured by an insane and unnecessary trade war with a willing and eager soybean purchaser, which will lead to a decline in machinery sales, etc, etc, etc.  Agriculture is the primary string in a very complexly woven Gordian Knot.

Enough rant.  I need to get to the feed store to buy a few more bags of corn; maybe some more rice.  Beans.  Always need more beans.  Perhaps I’ll splurge and buy a bag of Doritos.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/catastrophic-flooding-in-the-midwest-could-last-for-months-and-that-is-going-to-mean-a-dramatic-drop-in-u-s-food-production