U.S. Cattle Herd Is At A 61 Year Low And Organic Food Shortages Are Being Reported All Over America

Drought 2014

If the extreme drought in the western half of the country keeps going, the food supply problems that we are experiencing right now are only going to be the tip of the iceberg.  As you will see below, the size of the U.S. cattle herd has dropped to a 61 year low, and organic food shortages are being reported all over the nation.  Surprisingly cold weather and increasing demand for organic food have both been a factor, but the biggest threat to the U.S. food supply is the extraordinary drought which has had a relentless grip on the western half of the country.  If you check out the U.S. Drought Monitor, you can see that drought conditions currently stretch from California all the way to the heart of Texas.  In fact, the worst drought in the history of the state of California is happening right now.  And considering the fact that the rest of the nation is extremely dependent on produce grown in California and cattle raised in the western half of the U.S., this should be of great concern to all of us.

Harris farms has released a statement saying they will leave about 40,000 acres fallow this year because the FEDS have decided to only deliver 10% of the water allocation for 2014. Lettuce is predicted to reach around $5.00 a head (if you can find it). Understand the farmers in the Salinas valley are considering the same action. So much for salad this summer unless you grow it yourself.

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Dwrench
7 years ago

In his book, Street Smarts, Jim Rodgers lays out why food prices are going to go through the roof and he suggested to learn how to farm or at least, put out a garden. Because of his warning, I have started canning meats and have been dehydrating. I also have been buying freeze-dried foods since last fall and vacuum packing sugar, salt, all types of beans, pasta and more. Well on our way on preps, we are not to where we want to be just yet. Takes time, space, and $$$. How much is enough? Think caloric servings and how many it takes for a year times how many people that will be consuming them.