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‘The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.’  ~ Genesis 41:53, 54


While I am reluctant to perpetuate my reputation as the town Chicken Little and appear to have my hand in the perpetual grip of the Alarm Bell’s rope, I also stand firm in the notion that failing to warn people of potential danger is not only negligent but probably immoral.  (Whether my readers choose to heed my advice–or to ridicule me as a Nervous Nellie–is completely up to them.)

That being said, I have been advising folks that it would be wise to begin building a decent-sized store of foodstuffs for future consumption, and for two important reasons.  First, as the economy continues to worsen, significant increases in food costs are as certain as death and taxes.  In addition, the news regarding the future of world food production is a bit grim.  Drought conditions throughout the globe–including those regions which have historically carried the weight in crop production for decades–are threatening to considerably reduce or eradicate crops in frightening proportions.  In other words, forecasts indicate that many people (numbering in the millions) could face starvation in the near future.

We in Texas are not immune as any farmer or rancher in the Lone Star State will be quick to tell you.  Nathan Lewis discusses this on his ‘Global Research’ blog where he points out:

The Texan drought is reaching historic proportion . Dry conditions near Austin and San Antonio have been exceeded only once before—the drought of 1917-18. 88 percent of Texas is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, and 18 percent of the state is in either extreme or exceptional drought conditions. The drought areas have been expanding almost every month. Conditions in Texas are so bad cattle are keeling over in parched pastures and dying. Lack of rainfall has left pastures barren, and cattle producers have resorted to feeding animals hay. Irreversible damage has been done to winter wheat crops in Texas. Both short and long-term forecasts don’t call for much rain at all, which means the Texas drought is set to get worse.

Again, it is not my desire to spur a panic nor encourage anxiety; however, you cannot prevent an illness by ignoring the symptoms.  Often, the doctor’s examination results in a clean bill of health; yet, sometimes he finds a reason for concern.  Only then can treatment be undertaken. 

Besides, what would it hurt to buy a few extra cans of peas and a sack of rice or two for a rainy day (no pun intended)?  If forecasts are wrong you can always eat the extra food, right?


 Click here for more on the drought and its effects in our local economy.



Written by ninepoundhammer

February 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Posted in economy

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  1. i suppose you have a few ways to think of this…
    1) you are the boy who cried wolf
    2) you should turn the other way since you are speaking on deaf ears
    3) you should continue poking and prodding and warning in a desperate (although mostly feeble thus far) attempt to warn your friends (and enemies like me grrrrrr)


    February 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

  2. as an aside, maybe i can get some of my friends and i to do an impact analysis of the drought…that might be fun


    February 20, 2009 at 10:44 am

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