20 Signs That A Horrific Global Food Crisis Is Coming

The link to this post was forwared to me by Robert Griswold of Ready Made Resources (he did not write it or ask me to post it here).

#1 According to the World Bank, 44 million people around the globe have been pushed into extreme poverty since last June because of rising food prices.

#2 The world is losing topsoil at an astounding rate.  In fact, according to Lester Brown, “one third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming through natural processes”.

#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.

#4 Due to a lack of water, some countries in the Middle East find themselves forced to almost totally rely on other nations for basic food staples.  For example, it is being projected that there will be no more wheat production in Saudi Arabia by the year 2012.

#5 Water tables all over the globe are being depleted at an alarming rate due to “overpumping”.  According to the World Bank, there are 130 million people in China and 175 million people in India that are being fed with grain with water that is being pumped out of aquifers faster than it can be replaced.  So what happens once all of that water is gone?

#6 In the United States, the systematic depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer could eventually turn “America’s Breadbasket” back into the “Dust Bowl”.

#7 Diseases such as UG99 wheat rust are wiping out increasingly large segments of the world food supply.

#8 The tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan have rendered vast agricultural areas in that nation unusable.  In fact, there are many that believe that eventually a significant portion of northern Japan will be considered to be uninhabitable.  Not only that, many are now convinced that the Japanese economy, the third largest economy in the world, is likely to totally collapse as a result of all this.

#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.

#10 At some point the world could experience a very serious fertilizer shortage.  According to scientists with the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative, the world is not going to have enough phosphorous to meet agricultural demand in just 30 to 40 years.

#11 Food inflation is already devastating many economies around the globe.  For example, India is dealing with an annual food inflation rate of 18 percent.

#12 According to the United Nations, the global price of food reached a new all-time high in February.

#13 According to the World Bank, the global price of food has risen 36% over the past 12 months.

#14 The commodity price of wheat has approximately doubled since last summer.

#15 The commodity price of corn has also about doubled since last summer.

#16 The commodity price of soybeans is up about 50% since last June.

#17 The commodity price of orange juice has doubled since 2009.

#18 There are about 3 billion people around the globe that live on the equivalent of 2 dollars a day or less and the world was already on the verge of economic disaster before this year even began.

#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….

Look around you. Read the headlines. See the largest factories of food, potassium iodide, and other emergency product manufacturers literally closing their online stores and putting up signs like those on Mountain House’s Official Website and Thyrosafe’s Factory Webpage that explain, due to overwhelming demand, they are shutting down sales for the time being and hope to reopen someday.

So what does all of this mean?

It means that time is short. Full article here

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. OKAY!!!!! So what’s the good news?

    • OhioPrepper says:

      The good news is that you’re participating in this blog and preparing. That makes you part of the solution and not part of the problem.

      • Yeah! I know that.
        But seems such a list deserved a shout or a scream of sorts.
        I’ve watched the news today and I think the list is really longer than the one above.
        Mercy on us!

        • mountain lady says:

          I, too, think the list should be a lot longer than the 20 items listed. I think we could come with 20 reasons just in this country alone. No mention of the country’s debt, the falling dollar, guess that was in the inflation posts, and the ineptitude of our leaders in DC. Do they raise the debt limit and just extend and pretend, or do we bite the bullet. I guess I will have to vote for extend and pretend so that all of us that still need preps have time to get them.

  2. On a related note, it is being reported that in some parts of the country, the LDS canneries are being closed to non-LDS members.

    A significant portion of my food storage was created from the cannery due to the relatively cheaper price (compared to Costoco, etc.), especially when you consider it is large bags of essentials in their raw form (hard red and hard white wheat, rice, beans, sugar, etc.).

    I’m hoping mine is still open, and planning a trip this weekend to add some more in case they also close.

    (Note: Most canneries are only open a couple days a week for a few hours.)


    • Bret,

      I can officially confirm this. I was told the first week of April that you can’t come in without a Mormon Church member anymore. They let us in the first week of April because we booked the appointment 4 weeks prior.

      But, it’s worth a call, maybe yours if different.

      You should also know that they had about a 15% price increase on April 1st. They had about 10% increase in January or February too.

      I can’t believe this food inflation isn’t headline news. The media will do anything to protect the community organizer.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Neil Cavuto on Fox News today did bring up the food and fuel inflation. The MSM won’t bring it up because Obummer is their guy. Rats stick together, dontcha know.

      • gartersnk says:

        Hey GA mom Whereabouts in GA are you? I’m in the N GA mountains

  3. Tomthetinker says:

    MD: Reading this post while doing my Friday gig of connecting the dots and prep loop, I suddenly ‘feel’.. my preps like an old, warm, loose coat. Fits just right, isn’t stiff anymore and just covers everything I want it to….. oh and that #1 thru #20 makes the coffee turn sour in the cream is…… ah well… like a slow and low contact slap on the cheek. Thank you so very much.

  4. Patriot Farmer says:

    These are just some of the reason why we prepare. Great article!

  5. Good article. Knowing how to compost and garden are essential to any long term preparations. Hopefully, everyone has seeds and hand tools for a garden included with their other supplies.

  6. it also means that i am still waiting for the last 5 cases of mountain house from ready made resources ( bought and PAID for on december 8 2010) most places will not bill you until they ship the product.

    while i just received some mountain house last week (ordered the week before) from another vendor (my normal vendor i purchase from – this other seller shows the “in stock” status on their web site) and i took advantage of ordering what was in stock.

    ready made resources (and robert) have been pleasant to talk to… but i’m starting to feel it is just lip service after multiple months of “it will ship next week” and i’ve even been told “it has already shipped” but nothing ever arrives.

    so take that for what it is… your experience may vary.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      dsd, good to know. Vendors that don’t treat their customers right deserve to be called out for it. In fact, this article is very self-serving since it comes from an emergency food/supplies vendor. That’s like all the gold brokerage guys who keep telling us to buy gold. Well, yeah, maybe we should, but wouldn’t it be more meaningful if the articles came from sources other than those trying to sell us stuff? I mean, that’ s not exactly ethical, is it? Just saying.

      • I thought the same thing Lint. Survival Acres does the same thing. Sells fear, raises the minimum order gets swelled with self importance and then when sales go off puts it back down to no minimum. Oh, and he canceled one credit card because they wouldn’t let him put the sales on them before delivery.
        Not saying things arn’t tough in the rest of the world but it isn’t exactly famine here yet.

        • Judith,

          I don’t buy a lot of the “survival foods” that are sold by vendors such as Survival Acres or Ready Made Recourses. I’ve had good service from Emergency Essentials. It should be noted that Robert (of Ready Made Recourses) did not write the article he just forwared the link to me from another site…

          • Emergency Essentials has never charged my credit card until my order has shipped. And they ONLY charge you for what they ship. Backordered items are charged when they ship. I’ve had some issues with Frontier Survival and won’t be ordering from them again.

          • I have to agree with you, MD, the service at Emergency Essentials is excellent. I’ve been doing business with them for over 15 years and they are my number one supplier. I’ve never been disappointed once. They offer a really good line of food and equipment . I order from them often.

            I must say that I have ordered from Ready Made Resources based on a recommendation in one of your posts and I received very good service from them.

      • Agreed that one needs to be careful when considering the source and how self-serving it may be. That needs to be part of the consideration.

        But at least it was identified by the vendor and Mr. Creekmore, so I give credit to them that the source was stated. Knowing that the source may have a varying degree of external motivators allows me to weight the credibility.

        That being said, the vendor was taking known issues described elsewhere (to various degrees), and re-shedding light on them.

        So that leaves it up to to us, the (hopefully) informed reader/consumer, to decide our response.

        But good point, as usual.

    • Tomthetinker says:

      dsd: Had the same problem. Get squeeeeeeeky. Call again… and again and then call….. again. Email then email again. You will get bumped up the food chain. How far who knows. My order was to be shipped “… any day now.. Ah let me check than…. Give me than order # again… it’s back ordered… part of it is….” 2/3rds. showed up and the other 1/3rd. got to my door 4 days later. Maybe my luck…. maybe grease for the wheel!

      • Rottenclam says:

        I have to echo DSD and TomtheTinker – I’ve had some major issues with ReadyMadeResources being slow to ship, and also forcing me reach out to them in order to find out just what is going on with my order (after waiting for 6 weeks after my credit card was charged!).

        Now here is the kicker; my gripe is not even about survival food. I’ve had problems with them saying they were going to ship all sorts of other tools (knives, binoculars, paracord, etc). I can understand the MountainHouse being backed up (because that is a single distribution point that has openly admitted a shortage to resellers), but I’m a less sympathetic for other items that do not have shortages. It is not like SOG knives are backed up in production. It is not like Steiner binoculars are backed up in production.

        Unfortunately, I am dissatisfied with ReadyMadeResources. Maybe others have had perfect experiences with them, but I am not one of those customers. 🙁

  7. blindshooter says:

    I don’t have enough and worse than that I have to move what I have. That makes planning hard, but I’m working on it. I’ll likely have to move when its hot and that crimps up the plan I had to rent a storage building and “hide” some stuff there until the move is complete but I hate letting the stuff get hot and the climate controlled ones are too expensive. My sister can keep some things for me but she has the same problem with hot storage areas.

    Tomthetinker, my coat is thin and fear I may get cold but at least I have a thin coat now and I’m working on some quilting for it :^)

    • Tomthetinker says:

      Shooter: I am beginning to like the Metaphore! Sorta code like. Think in layers Shooter… I’m sure you are. Layers hold in the warmth.

    • mountain lady says:

      blindshooter, my heart goes out to you. Wish there was an easier way to get through what you are facing. I will pray for you.

  8. GardenMom says:

    Here’s the other interesting piece to this – local grocery stores are just “out” of things. I know some of it is the Just In Time system, but other things are not on the shelf for 2-3 shopping trips, then the shelf is changed around so there isn’t a gap. All of the reasons in the article are things that have been on CNBC and now we are feeling the effects. I’m glad we started stocking up when prices weren’t so high – and products were available. Good luck to us all.

  9. Some pretty amazing stats there. Most of it does not surprise me but some of the things I did not know. Kind of scary to find out the extent of the damage world wide though.

  10. First of all, great blog. I’m learing new stuff everyday and love going back through the archives.

    Here are some solutions that will never be implemented.

    1. See number 11

    2. Use the crop rotation method instead of intensive monoculture farming.

    3. Legalise hemp. Hemp plants produce more protien than soybeans and at least as much ethanol as corn and it grows much faster. It also leaves the soil in better condition.

    4. Let the arabs invest in desalination plants instead of gold toilet bowls.

    5. No smart answer

    6. No smart answer

    7.see number 2. Also keep monsanto and frankenfoods out of the supply chain.

    8. I’ll take in as many of the ladies as I can.

    9. See no. 3. All oil based products can be made from plant oil.

    10. Dry composting toilets. In 2 years we’ll have more high grade fertilizer than we know what to do with.

    11. This is going to get me in trouble. A vegetarian diet. It takes way more land to produce one meat cow than if that land was used for non meat food for humans. (Obviously hunting and fishing is unafected by this)

    12. No more cash crops, let them grow subsistance crops. (This would of course require the leaders caring about the population more than waging war and buying weapons)

    13 – 17. Would be covered by changing agriculture habits.

    In the meantime waiting to see if anything nasty will make it from japan to so.cal.

    • You are so right, but it is far too late.
      Many of our little friends that have fought Monsanto from Earth First are languishing in jail demonized by the very people they were trying to help.
      Non Electric Composting toilets are great, but how many people do you know that can afford $1200 for a toilet.
      Anyway, nice to see another greenie on here. Welcome!

      • Thanks Judith,
        I’m not even a super greenie, I just like things that make sense. Didn’t know composting toilets cost that much, but I bet the price would come down with more demand, or grey water systems are cheaper and atleast it saves water.
        Hopefully one day (before its too late for us) people and opinion makers will see the benefit od reuse and recycling.

        Have agreat weekend all.

      • oldguy52 says:

        Composting toilets don’t have to be expensive, but I agree, Air-heads, etc. certainly are. However, composting toilets can be done as simply as a 5 gallon bucket and some peat moss. No need for much expense unless you want to.


    • just a point about number 11, not all land is suitable for cropping but can be grazed for meat.

      • I fully agree, and I eat meat (I want to learn to hunt so I don’t have to be part of the intensive farming problem). But I was talking mostly about the huge chunks of former rain forrest in Brazil and other places that are being cleared to raise beef cattle for cheap burgers.

  11. MENTALMATT says:

    I could’nt agree with you more, it makes just to much common sence, thats why the powers to be will never allow it.

  12. The Humanure Handbook is a good one to read if you want to get away from the 5 gallon flush or need a backup.I know Joe Jenkins and he uses the system he writes about and has for many years…I have a similar system along with a modified flush system that is really easy on water.
    As for all the problems out there we have to deal with just remember we are the answer to them in our own lives. Thanks!

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