Zetas right again!  ZetaTalk on Crop Failures:  http://www.zetatalk.com/poleshft/p09.htm


And if anyone still foolishly believes they do not need to prepare to feed themselves because the U.S. government will release stockpiled grains or other food, please think again:  Those stocks are long gone!


ZetaTalk dated February 17, 2007:  N Korea has recently stuck a deal with the US, the deal they wanted in the first place - food. They have been starving for many years, and as we stated some time ago, only played the nuclear card to get the attention of the US, considered a bread basket and rich uncle. Bush ignored them, forcing N Korea onto Asian countries who often have starvation problems themselves, such as China. Bush came to the table with food deals, because they were desperate for some kind of recognition, a boost in the polls.  This is taking food from the American people that will be sorely needed in future, but this has never bothered Bush or Condi.  (Emphasis added.)  http://www.zetatalk.com/index/zeta357.htm




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Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert


08 Jul 2013
Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert

Wells are drying up and water tables are falling fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the US that food supplies are seriously threatened, one of the world's leading resource analysts (Earth Policy Institute ) has warned.

The situation is very serious in the Middle East. By 2016 Saudi Arabia, for instance, will be importing some 15m tonnes of wheat, rice, corn and barley to feed its population of 30 million people.

There is also concern about falling water tables in China, India and the US, the world's three largest food-producing countries. The situation in India may be even worse, given that well drillers are now using modified oil-drilling technology to reach water half a mile or more deep.

Moreover, there are many other countries, such as Mexico, may be on the verge of declining harvests due to this overall trend of increasing water scarcity.



Further detailed reading: Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?




Problems with water in the United States:

Hundreds of New Mexico public water systems run off one well, spring

Published : Monday, 01 Jul 2013, 8:18 AM MDT

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The New Mexico Environment Department has identified 290 public water systems that operate off of only one well or spring, which state officials say is a risk for the communities served by these systems.

"The risk is that if that well or spring dries up or becomes contaminated, they have a water supply emergency," Source Water Protection Manager Dennis McQuillan told News 13.



Unadilla Digs Deeper for Solution to Dry Water Wells

Written by Jasmine Williams on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 06:02 PM.

UNADILLA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The city of Unadilla has been pumping its wells dry, literally. Officials hope digging deeper will solve the problem.

"It's been going on for a while but it's really been getting bad since we had the drought last year," said Unadilla's Public Works Director Teriano Felder.



California Farm Water Shortages Could Linger Into 2014

By Steve Adler

June 26, 2013 - Already struggling with short water supplies in 2013, farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley have been warned that next year could be worse.


"It is projected that the combined storage in San Luis Reservoir will hit a record low at the end of August, lower than 1977, the driest year on record in California," he said.





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Grain prices surge as inventories fall further


March 31 2011

Corn and soyabean prices surged on Thursday after the US government said inventories were even lower than earlier believed, suggesting that supplies will fall to critically low levels before the northern hemisphere harvest.

The declines in grain and oilseed stocks suggest that demand – from livestock farmers in developed and emerging markets, and from the ethanol industry for corn – has not yet been tempered by surging prices over recent months.

Corn prices have gained nearly 52 per cent and soyabeans 34 per cent since the beginning of 2010 on strong demand for animal feed, especiall from China.

Higher prices have prompted farmers in the US, the world’s largest exporter of agricultural commodities, to plan to increase planting. But the increase probably would not be enough to rebuild stocks to comfortable levels, analysts said.

The US Department of Agriculture said 6.52bn bushels of corn were stored in farmers’ bins and traders’ grain elevators at March 1, 15 per cent less than last year and some 170m bushels less than market expectations. Soyabean stocks fell to 1.25bn bushels, 2 per cent less than last year and lower than expected.

The agriculture department had already expected corn stocks to fall to the lowest levels in more than a decade before this year’s harvest. Thursday’s reports suggested these leftover supplies will drop further, pushing prices higher.

CBOT May corn futures rose by the daily trading limit of 30 cents to $6.93¼ a bushel. Corn prices set an all-time high of $7.65 a bushel in June 2008. CBOT May soyabeans gained 60 cents to $13.68½ a bushel, as trading resumed in the wake of the report’s release. Wheat prices also rose sharply.

Darrel Good, agricultural economist at the University of Illinois, said the data suggested that “we really have to slow consumption of corn over next five months. We have to slow consumption in an environment of record high livestock prices, an explosion of export sales of corn and very favourable ethanol production margins.”

High prices will prompt farmers to plant 5 per cent more land with corn this year than in 2010. At 92.2m acres (36.9m hectares), this would be the second-largest expanse of corn fields since the the second world war.

But corn’s gains will come at the expense of land for soyabeans, which will shrink 1 per cent to 76.6m acres, the USDA said.

The data suggest US farms, which provide the bulk of the world’s surplus supplies, may not be able fully to replenish scarce supplies this growing season. The more than 85,000 farmers surveyed by the USDA indicated they would plant a total of 253.9m acres in eight major crops, 8.6m acres more than last year but less than the 10m gain that the department’s models had forecast last month.

The USDA’s prospective plantings survey is not foolproof. For corn, changes between March survey results and final numbers after planting season have averaged 1.1m acres over the past two decades, as farmers respond to weather patterns and price moves.  (Emphasis added.)  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/952246a8-5ba3-11e0-b965-00144feab49a.html...

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Comment by Kojima on July 14, 2013 at 2:54pm

Here's Where Farms Are Sucking The Planet Dry [npr. org; by DAN CHARLES; August 08, 2012]

This map is disturbing, once you understand it. It's a new attempt to visualize an old problem — the shrinking of underground water reserves, in most cases because farmers are pumping out water to irrigate their crops.

The map itself isn't hard to grasp. The colored areas show the world's largest aquifers — areas which hold deposits of groundwater. The blue ones are doing fine; more rainfall is flowing into them than is being pumped out of them for homes or irrigating fields. As a result, these aquifers can continue to play a vital role in the environment. (Water in most aquifers doesn't just sit there. It flows slowly, underground, and ends up sustaining rivers and lakes and all the creatures who live there.)

The aquifers that are painted red, orange, or yellow, meanwhile, are being drained rapidly. How rapidly? That brings us to the complicated part of this graphic.

See those large grey shapes, below the map? Each one is a magnified reflection of an over-exploited aquifer. The amount of magnification represents the amount of water that people are currently pumping out of that aquifer, compared to the rate of natural replenishment. Tom Gleeson, at Montreal's McGill University, and Ludovicus P. H. van Beek, at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands, created this graphic for an article they published in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

They call those magnified shapes the "groundwater footprint" of each aquifer's exploitation. The footprint of the Upper Ganges aquifer, for instance, is 54 times bigger than the aquifer itself. Think about that footprint this way: It's the size, on a map, of the area that would be required to catch enough rainfall to replenish that aquifer and make up for all the water currently being pumped out of it.

Some of these aquifers are being exploited at a stunning rate, but what's truly alarming is how many people depend on that over-exploitation for their food. These aquifers include the Upper Ganges, covering densely populated areas of northern India and Pakistan, and the North China plain, which is the heart of corn-growing in that country. The aquifer of Western Mexico has become a large source of fruit and vegetable production for the U.S.

The High Plains aquifer in the United States, meanwhile, is having a particularly bad year. Farmers are pumping even more than usual, because of the drought afflicting this part of the country, and it is getting less replenishment from rainfall. So water levels in the aquifer are falling even faster, leaving less water for the region's rivers, birds, and fish.

This can't go on forever. Already, many farmers are being forced to dig deeper wells to get at that water. But bigger changes are on the way: New irrigation technologies that use water much efficiently; a shift to different crops that demand less water; and in some areas, they'll just have to stop using those underground stores of water altogether.

Comment by lonne de vries on July 14, 2013 at 12:55pm

California Farm Water Shortages Could Linger Into 2014

Farm water shortages could linger into 2014 By Steve Adler

June 26, 2013 - Already struggling with short water supplies in 2013, farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley have been warned that next year could be worse.

That's the assessment of Tom Birmingham, general manager of the Fresno-based Westlands Water District, which buys water from the federal Central Valley Project. Growers this year are receiving a 20 percent allocation and, unless there is a very wet winter ahead, Birmingham said the initial CVP allocation next spring could be zero.

"It is projected that the combined storage in San Luis Reservoir will hit a record low at the end of August, lower than 1977, the driest year on record in California," he said.

Birmingham said the current projections for end-of-year storage for all CVP reservoirs are that storage will be well below average and as a consequence there will be very little water carried over from this water year into the next water year.

"It is for that reason and the potential restrictions on the operation of delta pumping plants that we are projecting that absent a wet December and a wet January, it is probable that the initial allocation for water users in Westlands will be zero," he said.

To cope with this year's reduced water deliveries, farmers have had to make hard decisions on how to utilize the water they have. Those who grow both annual crops and permanent crops have often fallowed the open land to use their allocation to keep the trees and vines alive. Others are pumping groundwater to supplement, and still others are buying water wherever they can find it and paying record high prices.

Farmer Dan Errotabere of Riverdale said he is paying three times the CVP contract price for supplemental water and even so, it is difficult to obtain water.

"Because of the 20 percent allocation, we have had to fallow about 600 acres and if we get a zero allocation in 2014, we will have to fallow a lot more acres than that. We will just be focusing on our permanent crops and forget about the row crops. We have been relying more and more on groundwater and that has been dropping too," he said. "This is one of the worst scenarios I have ever seen. For some of the farmers who have a large part of their operation in permanent crops, some of them are going to run out of water this month."

Farmer Shawn Coburn of Firebaugh is in a similar situation. He said he planted no row crops this year and is pumping groundwater to keep his almonds and winegrapes alive.

"I will try to buy water wherever I can find it. The problem is that there isn't any water


Comment by Yvonne Lawson on July 14, 2013 at 12:18pm

Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert

Lester Brown says grain harvests are already shrinking as US, India and China come close to 'peak water'

Iraq is among the countries in the Middle East facing severe water shortages. Photograph: Ali al-Saadi/AFP

Wells are drying up and underwater tables falling so fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the US that food supplies are seriously threatened, one of the world's leading resource analysts has warned.

In a major new essay  Lester Brown, head of the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, claims that 18 countries, together containing half the world's people, are now ... tables to the point – known as "peak water" – where they are not replenishing and where harvests are getting smaller each year.

The situation is most serious in the Middle East. According to Brown: "Among the countries whose water supply has peaked and begun to decline are Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. By 2016 Saudi Arabia projects it will be importing some 15m tonnes of wheat, rice, corn and barley to feed its population of 30 million people. It is the first country to publicly project how aquifer depletion will shrink its grain harvest.

"The world is seeing the collision between population growth and water supply at the regional level. For the first time in history, grain production is dropping in a geographic region with nothing in sight to arrest the decline. Because of the failure of governments in the region to mesh population and water policies, each day now brings 10,000 more people to feed and less irrigation water with which to feed them."

Brown warns that Syria's grain production peaked in 2002 and since then has dropped 30%; Iraq has dropped its grain production 33% since 2004; and production in Iran dropped 10% between 2007 and 2012 as its irrigation wells started to go dry.

"Iran is already in deep trouble. It is feeling the effects of shrinking water supplies from overpumping. Yemen is fast becoming a hydrological basket case. Grain production has fallen there by half over the last 35 years. By 2015 irrigated fields will be a rarity and the country will be importing virtually all of its grain."

There is also concern about falling water tables in China, India and the US, the world's three largest food-producing countries. "In India, 175 million people are being fed with grain produced by overpumping, in China 130 million. In the United States the irrigated area is shrinking in leading farm states with rapid population growth, such as California and Texas, as aquifers are depleted and irrigation water is diverted to cities."

Falling water tables are already adversely affecting harvest prospects in China, which rivals the US as the world's largest grain producer, says Brown. "The water table under the North China Plain, an area that produces more than half of the country's wheat and a third of its maize is falling fast. Overpumping has largely depleted the shallow aquifer, forcing well drillers to turn to the region's deep aquifer, which is not replenishable."

The situation in India may be even worse, given that well drillers are now using modified oil-drilling technology to reach water half a mile or more deep. "The harvest has been expanding rapidly in recent years, but only because of massive overpumping from the water table. The margin between food consumption and survival is precarious in India, whose population is growing by 18 million per year and where irrigation depends almost entirely on underground water. Farmers have drilled some 21m irrigation wells and are pumping vast amounts of underground water, and water tables are declining at an accelerating rate in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu."

In the US, farmers are overpumping in the Western Great Plains, including in several leading grain-producing states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Irrigated agriculture has thrived in these states, but the water is drawn from the Ogallala aquifer, a huge underground water body that stretches from Nebraska southwards to the Texas Panhandle. "It is, unfortunately, a fossil aquifer, one that does not recharge. Once it is depleted, the wells go dry and farmers either go back to dryland farming or abandon farming altogether, depending on local conditions," says Brown.

"In Texas, located on the shallow end of the aquifer, the irrigated area peaked in 1975 and has dropped 37% since then. In Oklahoma irrigation peaked in 1982 and has dropped by 25%. In Kansas the peak did not come until 2009, but during the three years since then it has dropped precipitously, falling nearly 30%. Nebraska saw its irrigated area peak in 2007. Since then its grain harvest has shrunk by 15%."

Brown warned that many other countries may be on the verge of declining harvests. "With less water for irrigation, Mexico may be on the verge of a downturn in its grain harvest. Pakistan may also have reached peak water. If so, peak grain may not be far behind."

SOURCE http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jul/06/food-suppl...

Further reading http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jul/06/water-supp...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 3, 2011 at 5:40am

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

I know this isn't food but it is very telling of the drought conditions in Texas.  An entire Christmas tree farm gone.

Comment by Kris H on August 17, 2011 at 2:33am

 Video from NBC news tonight.  Zetas right again!  Nobody else was predicting food shortages back when Zetatalk first made the prediction.



Comment by astrogal50 on April 6, 2011 at 10:27pm

The U.S. used to be called the breadbasket of the world, including corn.  So what changed?  Planet X is approaching, that's what.

“Soaring corn prices have sparked a rush by US farmers to build storage bins across the Midwest, with many hoping to profit from an expected shortage by hanging on to grain supplies.

The rapid pace at which bins are being erected has made the glint of galvanised steel a more common sight in rural parts of the US, their growing presence a sign that farmers expect to fetch higher prices for their corn as the country’s stocks fall to critically low levels….

Government economists believe that US corn inventories will fall sharply before combine harvesters start rolling in the autumn, to 675m bushels by August.  Corn futures prices have doubled in a year to surpass $7.70 per bushel, breaking records set in the commodity price spike of 2008.”  (Emphasis added.)  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/53ff8bc8-6070-11e0-9fcb-00144feab49a.html...

Comment by Katnea B. on April 1, 2011 at 7:24am

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread655724/pg1 I remember reading this frightening information (Jan/2011) about possible spring food riots!  I've been telling  my family to stock up!  I  tell em..."just wait till you spend $5.00 on a can of corn!"  AND be grateful you even have the option to buy the $5.oo can at all!  I go on to say "I know you think I'm crazy regarding the future....but you better believe me when I tell you that food is going to sky rocket in price before the end of the summer...if not sooner!"  

Anyway...The info is kinda long but worth reading as it really sums up all the reasons why hunger is going to hit the world big time this year!   Of course reading the latest info from astrogal50's report lets us know that it is going to be even worse then reported in this story!   I try not to think of how many people will die a slow death of starvation. (shakes head)  In fact... I cant even finish underlining the important 'stuff in this report'.....Its just toooo much sometimes.

Obama Orders Military To Prepare For Spring Food Riots Posted by EU Times on Jan 13th, 2011 

 A grim report prepared by France’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) obtained by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) states that president’s Obama and Sarkozy have “agreed in principal” to create a joint US-European military force to deal exclusively with a Global uprising expected this spring as our World runs out of food. According to this report, Sarkozy, as head of the G-20 group of developed Nations, called for and received an emergency meeting with Obama this past Monday at the White House wherein he warned his American counterpart that the shock rise in food prices occurring due to an unprecedented series of disasters was threatening the stability of the entire World and could lead to the outbreak of Total Global War. Just last week French Prime Minister Francois Fillon underlined that one of France’s top G-20 priorities was to find a collective response to “excessive volatility” in food prices now occurring, a statement joined by Philippe Chalmin, a top economic adviser to the French government, who warned the World may face social unrest including food riots in April as grain prices increase to unprecedented highs. The fears of the French government over growing Global instability was realized this past week after food riots erupted in Algeria and Tunisia and left over 50 dead. So dire has the situation become in Tunisia that their government this morning rushed in massive amounts of troops and tanks to their capital city Tunis and instituted a Nationwide curfew in an order to quell the growing violence. The United Nations, also, warned this past Friday that millions of people are now at risk after food prices hit their highest level ever as Global wheat stocks fell to 175.2 million tons from 196.7 million tons a year ago; Global corn stocks are said may be 127.3 million tons at the end of this season, compared with last month’s USDA outlook for 130 million tons; and Global soybean inventories will drop to 58.78 million tons at the end of thisseason, from 60.4 million tons a year earlier. Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, further warned this past week that rising food prices are “a threat to global growth and social stability” as our World, for the first time in living memory, has been warned is just “one poor harvest away from chaos”. Important to note about how dire the Global food situation has become is to understand the disasters that have befallen our World’s top wheat growing Nations this past year, and who in descending order are: China, India, United States, Russia, France, Canada, Germany, Ukraine, Australia and Pakistan. From China’s disaster: 2010 China drought and dust storms were a series of severe droughts during the spring of 2010 that affected Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Sichuan, Shanxi, Henan, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Hebei and Gansu in the People’s Republic of China as well as parts of Southeast Asia including Vietnam and Thailand, and dust storms in March and April that affected much of East Asia. The drought has been referred to as the worst in a century in southwestern China. From India’s disaster: A record heat wave and growing water crisis in India are forcing politicians to consider implementing user fees and other measures to conserve water. Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday instructed ministers and officials to prepare a strategic plan to face an impending food crisis as there were signs that the World is to confront a food shortage by next April. From Russia’s disaster: (10% of total World’s output, 20% for export) they were hit by the highest recorded temperatures Russia has seen in 130 years of recordkeeping; the most widespread drought in more than three decades; and massive wildfires that have stretched across seven regions, including Moscow. From France’s disaster: The French government lowered their wheat crop forecast by 2.7% over last year due to drought and cold weather. From Canada’s disaster: Record setting drought has affected their main grain producing provinces in the Western part of their Nation. From Ukraine’s disaster: (the World’s top producer of barley and sixth biggest of wheat) hit as hard as Russia by fire and drought to the point they have halted all their exports of grains in 2011. From Australia’s disaster: Fears of a Global wheat shortage have risen after the Queensland area of Australia was hit by calamitous flooding. Andrew Fraser, Queensland’s State Treasurer, described the floods as a “disaster of biblical proportions”. Water is covering land the size of France and Germany. It is expected to reach over 30 feet deep in some areas in coming days. From Pakistan’s disaster: Floods have submerged 17 million acres of Pakistan’s most fertile crop land, have killed 200,000 herd of livestock and have washed away massive amounts of grain and left farmers unable to meet the fall deadline for planting new seeds, which implies a massive loss of food production in 2011, and potential long term food shortages. Not only have the vast majority of our World’s top wheat producers been affected, but also one of the main grain producing regions on the Planet, South America, has been hit by disasters too where an historic drought has crippled Argentina and Bolivia, and Brazil, that regions largest Nation, has been hit with catastrophic floods that have killed nearly 400 people in the past few days alone. Even the United States has been hit as a catastrophic winter has seen 49 of their 50 States covered by snow causing unprecedented damage to their crops in Florida due to freezing weather, and record setting rains destroying massive numbers of crops in their most important growing region of California. And if you think that things couldn’t get any worse you couldn’t be more mistaken as South Korea (one of the most important meat exporters in Asia) has just this past week had to destroy millions of farm animals after an outbreak of the dreaded foot-and-mouth disease was discovered. To how horrific the Global food situation will become this year was made even more grim this past month when the United States reported that nearly all of their honey bee and bumblebee populations have died out, and when coupled with the “mysterious” die-off of the entire bat population in America means that the two main pollinators of fruit and vegetable plants will no longer be able to do their jobs leading to crop losses this report warns will be “biblical and catastrophic”. Chillingly to note is that after meeting with Sarkozy, Obama began implementing his Nation’s strategy for keeping the truth of this dire events from reaching the American people by ordering all US citizens to have an Internet ID so that they can be tracked and jailed should they begin telling the truth. And so today, as agricultural traders and analysts warn that the latest revision to US and Global stocks means there is no further room for weather problems, a new cyclone is preparing to hit Australia, brutal winter weather in India has killed nearly 130, and more snow is warned to hit America, and we’re not even two full weeks into 2011… may God have mercy on us all.

Comment by souz riden on April 1, 2011 at 6:25am

...welll...astrogal....!!... one more incentive to make this upcoming growing season count.....and i secretly wish that after ALL as settled [wishfulll thinking ... :\]  our spot will be in a milder climate....how i wish..!!!

they don't call it the great white north for nothing.....

Comment by Don Deppeller on April 1, 2011 at 12:17am
@ Petra -  Thanks ever so much!  You've encouraged me to get started even if the New Madrid DOES interfere; this will be good practice either way.  Much obliged to you for sharing.  And you too, Laurie Bee.  This is great.
Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on March 31, 2011 at 9:19pm
:-)  thanks !!

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