If you are not already prepared to deal with a food shortage, this is a good reminder of the reality that we do depend on agircultural products. The ready availability of such products is not guaranteed. Most of us have not experienced a severe food shortage in our lifetime. The problem is that many of us also don't really believe in the reality of something unless we have already experienced it. It is possible to go hungry even in America (remember Katrina). Don't doubt that reality. Simply be prepared for it.
Here are so quotes that put some detail on this developing disaster:
From the Associated Press:
Topsoil has turned dry while "crops, pastures and rangeland have deteriorated at a rate rarely seen in the last 18 years," (National Climatic Data Center)
Around a third of the nation's corn crop has been hurt, with some of it so badly damaged that farmers have already cut down their withered plants to feed to cattle. As of Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, 38 percent of the corn crop was in poor or very poor condition, compared with 30 percent a week earlier.
"We're moving from a crisis to a horror story," said Purdue University agronomist Tony Vyn. "I see an increasing number of fields that will produce zero grain."
"They're moving corn from good-and-excellent condition to poor-to-very poor in one week, which skips fair condition. What they're saying is it's a lot worse than they thought," said farmer Larry Winger, who farms along the Illinois-Indiana border 30 miles south of Purdue, commenting on the USDA report.
"Corn and soybeans in the U.S. Midwest baked in an unrelenting heat wave on Monday with fears rising of big crop losses that will boost food and fuel prices and cut exports and aid from the world's top shipper of the key crops."
What is the message?
The message is the same as we always share in this blog: be prepared for any emergency or disaster. These things happen and we all need to take steps to prepare for them. Prudent food and water storage is one of the steps that we can all take.
A drought is just one of many threats one might face anywhere in the United States. An emegency or disaster can stike anywhere, at any time. Make sure you are secure with emergency preparedness supplies. Among other supplies, emergency water is critical to have on hand.
So often we thing about certain kinds of disasters as something that happens elsewhere. This allows us to put a large percent of the hazards in this life out of our minds. But the reality remains that no matter where you live, short and long term disasters are potential disrupters to your life as you typically know it.