Will there be a Food Crisis in America?
Some experts already theorize we are in the start of a food crisis in America. This food crisis is not caused by a natural disaster, contamination, or hormones and con trails. This food crisis they say is caused by insufficient trade, inconsiderate agricultural policies, and inefficient development. Because of this, everyone is at risk in this food crisis without proper planning and preparation. Other countries are already suffering severely. Currently, the food crisis affects more than 3 billion people, worldwide. Many theories speculate the food riots and widespread starvation which has affected Brazil, Haiti and Ethiopia, may soon come full force to the United States. Many of the food industry and production is monopolized by a handful of companies; therefore able to set the prices, determine the trade, and with the appropriate lobbying, control agricultural policies and more. For example, 5 companies own and control all of the grain, worldwide. Those five companies being: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, Cargill, Glencore International, and Louis Dreyfus. The related food markets and agro-chemical markets are just the same.
The United States is definitely already feeling the pain. A study in 2008 found that 12 percent of the United States population was hungry. More than 30 million people in America do not receive enough calories on a daily basis. And unfortunately more than 16 percent of children in America go hungry each day. The hunger and food crisis is truly not restrictive to the poor only and will eventually affect everyone. Only those who plan and prepare will survive this food crisis.
A food crisis will trigger many different reactions, some economic in nature, others psychological. Like any other crisis, living becomes more dangerous day-to-day. A country in a food crisis fails to provide enough nourishment to its citizens, thus a large percentage of the nation will be undernourished. Not only is malnourishment an issue but food prices will drastically increase; in fact, sometimes food prices rise more than 80 percent!
Some of the Signs a Food Crisis is Coming
There are many warning signs that a food crisis is approaching. Though the world is already in a food crisis, America will suffer the same warning signs. Some of these signs are political and economic in nature. The greater the gap between the poor and the rich, the more likely a food crisis will ensue. In America, unfortunately the middle class is quickly disappearing. Since corn is used for ethanol, there has been a strain on America’s corn prices. The price of oil has a direct impact on the costs of the food supply; the higher the price of oil, the higher the cost of food. And of course, good old-fashioned inflation of food costs. In fact, currently the cost of food has reached an all-time high. The costs are rising a TON! The price of wheat, corn, soybeans, and even juices has drastically increased within the last few years.
Scientifically, the environment is revolting. Scientists say that nearly one third of the Earth’s desirable growing land (topsoil is what we’re talking about here), is disappearing. The topsoil is simply not forming as fast as it is being used and formation has slowed down greatly. The hotter regions in the world seem to be providing less and less water…effectively drying up. The drought will reduce the wheat and agricultural production. Too much water is being used and it has been called a certainty that we will run out in a number of regions. The Ogallala Aquifer is quickly depleting, which will turn America’s wheat production into zilch. Specifically, The Midwest will lose all of its agricultural contribution and once more become a dust bowl. There is also an impending fertilizer shortage looming ahead.
Nature can have something to do with it too. Tsunamis and other natural disasters cause massive problems to the environment. After severe flooding for example, the affected land becomes unstable for growing and farming. Most of the impact zone will likely be deemed unlivable and uninhabitable due to the recently suffered tsunami. There is a wheat disease which has been destroying a large portion of the world’s wheat (UG99).
And finally, there are a lot of rumors going around the web, radio and word of mouth which indicate the government through various agencies (such as FEMA), have been buying up all of the nation’s emergency food supply. What do they know that we don’t?
We know one thing for sure: It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Surviving a Food Crisis in America
Depending upon the type of food crisis, immediate impacts may or may not be noticeable. For example, if the food crisis is only affecting the poor, the affluent will see no changes. However, if the food crisis is ebola, it may be more widespread in whom it effects. Other food borne illness or disease, natural disasters, asteroid impacts and government policies will be equally indiscriminating. Being prepared is imperative no matter the social class.
Understanding what happens when starvation occurs is important to preventing it. Going long enough without eating will make your body eat itself. Literally, your body will begin breaking down fat and other tissue until there is none left. The average human lasts roughly 1 to 3 weeks without food and water. If a human has water, but no food, it is possible to very unpleasantly survive up to 2 months. The starvation process also eats away at muscle and decreases metabolism and other essential bodily functions.
Though some experts will argue less calories are required each day, to be safe, there is an actual formula that should be used in order to remain healthy (especially in an emergency situation). Calories required to survive varies depending upon your physical characteristics (gender, height, weight, and age). To find your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), you will first need to convert your weight into kilograms by dividing your weight (lb) by 2.2. You will also need to convert your height (inches) into centimeters by multiplying it by 2.54. Then, the general formula for calculating your BMR is as followed:
BMR = 65 + (12.9 x weight in kilograms) + (5.4 x height in centimeters) – (6.6 x age in years)
This means that all people will basically require a different amount of calories to survive. The BMR produces the minimum calorie requirements for an individual to intake per day in order to remain healthy. For example, a 30 year old man weighing 150 pounds (68.18 kg), has a BMR of 2061.49 daily calories to remain healthy, otherwise, weight will be lost and starvation effects will set in (the more deficient in calories, the more severe the effects of starvation).
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