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Water Peril; Water Hope


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courtesy Google Images

James Famiglietti, a leading hydrologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, wrote a recent article in Nature Climate Change entitled, “The global groundwater crisis”.  In that article, he warns that, based on satellite imagery analysis, “most of the major aquifers in the world’s arid and semi-arid zones, are experiencing rapid rates of groundwater depletion.”

Worse, “nearly all of these aquifers underlie the word’s great agricultural regions and are primarily responsible for their high productivity.

 

“These water-deficient agricultural regions include California which, based on satellite image data, has less than one year of water remaining :

“Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins – that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined – was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir.

“California been dropping more than 12 million acre-feet of total water yearly since 2011. Roughly two-thirds of these losses are attributable to groundwater pumping for agricultural irrigation in the Central Valley. Farmers have little choice but to pump more groundwater during droughts, especially when their surface water allocations have been slashed 80% to 100%. But these pumping rates are excessive and unsustainable.

California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.

There is no contingency plan.

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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Economic collapse, Food, Video

 

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November 1st Riots?


[courtesy Google Images]

[courtesy Google Images]

Fox News reports that government has spent $80 million preparing for possible riots on November 1st based on changes in the Food Stamp laws.

What a fascinating irony. The government-created class of government-dependents may pose the greatest threat to government safety.  It’s not the taxpayers who threaten the government’s operations; it’s the tax-receivers.  The government has more to fear from the poor (whose numbers government increases with each passing day) than from the rich (whose numbers are falling but whom government still serves in return for bribes (political campaign contributions)).

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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Economic collapse, Economy, Food, Terrorism, Video

 

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High-Performance Gardening


I haven’t worked a garden since I was a kid. Nevertheless, the way the world is running, I can’t help thinking that we may soon see a day when our survival may depend on our ability to grow our own food.

The following video is about “high-performance” gardening and makes a number of compelling arguments.  I.e., one key to personal heath is to eat plants that are highly nutritious.  A plant’s nutritional value depends on the biological health of the soil in which the plant grows   It’s not enough to raise plants in an environment that merely provides sufficient minerals but is otherwise sterile.  The key to growing nutritional plants is to grow them in a soil that has a strong microbial environment.

The following video reveals that modern pesticides not only kill insects that might attack our plants, but also sterilize and effectively kill the microbes in the soil.  Likewise, modern fertilizers consist of chemical “salts” that may provide minerals to plants,but also tend to kill the soil’s microbes.   Thus, the result of using modern pesticides and fertilizers may be a reduced nutritional quality in the plants we eat.

This video presents alternatives that are claimed to produce food that is greater in both nutritional content and quantity than can normally be produced with conventional pesticides and fertilizers.  One of the video’s implications is that, by using the methods advocated, you can grow several times as much food per square foot as compared to using conventional methods based on pesticides and fertilizers.  Thus, the “high-performance” label implies that if it would ordinarily take a 1/2 acre garden to feed you and your family, by means of these “high-performance” methods, you might be able to feed your family with a garden that’s only 1/8th acre. A relatively small greenhouse might provide a lot of food.  That’s good news for people who have relatively small yards or limited access to soil.

If you’re inclined to garden, this video is worth your time.

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Food, Gardening

 

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I WANT my Nuggets!!!!


You’ve probably heard that high fructose corn syrup may be addictive and is routinely added to food products to make people eat more and buy more.  Well, apparently McDonalds put a little too much high fructose corn syrup in their McNuggets and at least one of their customers has become so addicted that she refuses to quit “cold turkey”–or maybe I should say “cold chicken” (McNuggets).

This video is a cautionary tale as to the dangers of fast foods.  It also reminds me of my first wife.

I’ve labeled this video under the category “Humor”–but it really belongs under the category “Weird”.

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Posted by on September 3, 2013 in Food, Humor, Video

 

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Is the Era of “Cheap Food” Over?


English: Combining demonstration in Little Cas...

Combining demonstration in Little Casterton, Rutland, Great Britain. An american Case combine pulled by a Caterpillar tractor, these were used just after WW2. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Sovereign Man recently posted and article entitled, “The Era Of Cheap Food Is Over” which declared in part,

“There are only a few people who get it: the era of cheap food is over.

“Global net population growth creates over 200,000 new mouths to feed ever single day. Yet supply of available farmland is diminishing each year due to development, loss of topsoil, peak production yields, and reduction in freshwater supply.

“Then there’s bonehead government policy decisions to contend with… like converting valuable grains into inefficient biofuel for automobiles. Paying farmers to NOT plant. Banning exports. Etc.

“Of course, the most destructive is monetary policy. The unmitigated expansion of the money supply has led to substantial inflation of agriculture commodities prices.

“These fundamentals overwhelmingly point to a simple trend: food prices will continue rising. And that’s the best case. The worst case is severe shortages.”

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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Debt, Food, Inflation/Deflation, What Can't be Paid

 

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(Even) “Higher Food Prices Coming This Year”


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The “first real crop report of the season” indicates that weather (flooding and drought) is restricting the supply of food.  The result will be higher food prices before the end of this year.

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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Food, Inflation/Deflation, Video

 

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World Bank President: “One Shock Away from Full-Blown Crisis”


Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Ban...

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Robert Zoellick (right) is President of the World Bank.*  Speaking in Washington at the recent spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Mr. Zoellick warned that the world is “one shock away from a full-blown crisis.”  He cited rising food prices as the main threat to poor nations.

Mr Zoellick said, “The crisis in the Middle East and North Africa underscores how we need to put the conclusions from our latest world development report into practice. The report highlighted the importance of citizen security, justice and jobs.”

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn also expressed concerns about high levels of unemployment among young people:

“It’s probably too much to say that it’s a jobless recovery, but it’s certainly a recovery with not enough jobs.  Especially because of youth unemployment . . . there is now a risk that this will be turned into a life sentence, and that there is a possibility of a lost generation.”

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