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Food Crisis, Peak Oil

   I've been poking at peak oil sites, and reading some of the recent headlines, and I'm quite concerned, that within my life time, I'm may see the die-off of millions, maybe billions of people.  The human population has out grown it's habitat, and as usual, the poor will/are suffering first, and suffering the most, while our rich country insulates us from the horrible things on the outside.

   Yesterday, I heard that Sam's Club and Costco were limiting rice sells.   This really caught  my attention, and now I'm starting to be concerned for my well being, and the well being of those I love. 

Global food riots have started.
There may be local food riots at some point.  There isn't enough food stored within Texas to feed us for more then a couple weeks, if chaos stopped the steady stream of food into all of our shopping marts.  Part of the reduction of prices in the food industry is to have as little in inventory as possible.  The world, as a whole only has five weeks worth of food on hand.

And some people are investing in food, because food prices are going up faster then  the stock market.  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120881517227532621.html

It may be time to stock up on nonperishables and buy a couple guns, just in case I need them one day.
I'd hate to wait till everyone wanted to do this.
I'm I overreacting?

Are you preparing, and if so, what is your preparation plan?
Click on my links above for more info on these topics.

What are your thoughts/concerns? 


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Apr. 25th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I believe the human population on Earth has exceeded the capacity of the Earth to provide for the population. Therefore, population control by either death or decrease in births is a positive in my book. If it was clear my death could coincide with many others to reduce the burden on the Earth and ensure the long term survival of our species and the planet that supports us I would be willing to die for it. My life is not more precious to me than the long term survival of life.
Apr. 25th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
You just need to know where the nearest Mormon family is and sponge off their mandatory year supply of food.

Just kidding.

I do think upping the supply of canned food, rice, oil, flour, etc. would be cheap (now) and not a bad insurance move. Also: not a bad year to plant a mini-garden.
Apr. 25th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Also, find a book of local nonpoisonous/edible plants, improve hunting/fishing skills, learn to find/recognize edible game. While we're at it, you know. :-)
Apr. 25th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
There isn't much reason to be concerned about local food riots. We're far above the level where the price increases for food could cause potential starvation (the level of the billions of people who live on $1 a day) that even if things get really hairy, the worst we'll really face are some pain-in-the-ass prices at the supermarket and probably more calls to donate to the capitol area food bank.

Also, we're not is as bad a shape as you might think in Texas. Thanks to farm subsidies, over half of the rice fields in this state sit fallow. In the event that prices eventually make it more profitable to plant than to let fields lie dormant, we'll see an increase in supply. As counter-intuitive and cruel as it can seem sometimes, capitalism generally works pretty well at keeping things from going completely off the rails.
Apr. 25th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
This is freakin'us out a lot out here. You think food is hard to get to Texas...um...how about isolated islands in the middle of the Pacific? And don't think that we'll just live on pineapple. The cost of raising crops and the price of land has driven out most of the Hawaiian farms. Our last dairy shut down a couple of months ago, Dole shut down most of its pineapple production a couple of years ago out here. Seriously, it is ridiculous, but in some of the best growing conditions in the world, we have nothing growing because we cannot be competitive economically with companies in South America. Maybe when it's a matter of surviving, not making a buck we'll get it together.
I have a few things growing in our yard, but we cannot live long on tomatoes and zuccini....
Apr. 25th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Y'all have fish. :) and maybe sea plants...
I mean, if it really came to a point where you don't get to choose what you eat. Y'all might be lacking the skills for all the fishing/whaling that may need to happen. Survival used to be dependent on passing down information on farming, and hunting through the generation, but our modern style has kinda broken that trend.
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Apr. 25th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Good fucking point. Thank you!
Apr. 25th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
think bigger
Apr. 25th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
We so need to talk. Stuart and I have been having fantastic conversations about this very shit. Also, I want to see you!
Apr. 26th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
One of the reasons I don't want to move back to Texas is my concern about water. Working at the Texas Pollution Control Agency over-informed me about the pending problems.

On the investment note, I'm invested in water resources. :P

Did you read Daniel Quinn's book Ishmael? That one discusses the carrying capacity problem as applied to humans.

I'm not personally very concerned about starving here in the US. But, I accept that my lifestyle is a privelege. The US is wealthy in food potential-- we'd just have to stop feeding so much of our food to cows.

Wars will increase in ferocity. Hungry people are desperate people.
Apr. 26th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I've been studying this and don't think you need to prepare for peak oil, as you won't be the one that's suffering, but I personally think it's reasonable to prepare against a short-term crisis.
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