In September 2020, Michael Every of Rabobank floated the question: What possible disruption is coming that requires China to start massive stockpiling of all possible commodities?
It was no secret by 2021, China panic hoarded half of the world’s maize and other grains resulting in increased food inflation.
China’s buying spree of all commodities left many market observers puzzled by Beijing’s stockpiling motives. Now we understand the second-largest economy in the world was forecasting a global catastrophe of widespread famine due to disrupted food supply chains.
Global food supplies were already tight on a post-COVID basis due to snarled supply chains and adverse weather conditions in key growing areas worldwide. The Ukraine invasion by Russia was a shock. It fractured global food supply chains and sent food prices to record highs with the very risk shortages will materialize in emerging market economies dependent on the eastern European country.
“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A [d]quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” Re. 6:6
Ukraine is one of the world’s largest agricultural exporters of corn and wheat. Before the invasion, Ukraine was the second-largest supplier of grains for the European Union and one of the largest suppliers for emerging markets in Asia and Africa. Breaking down the numbers, Ukraine produced 49.6% of global sunflower oil, 10% of global wheat, 12.6% of global barley, and 15.3% of global maize. This year harvest will be severely reduced because of war.
Last week, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) warned that disruptions in Ukraine “risk imminent famine and starvation in more places around the world.”
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Vason, these, ’causes of the differences in mineral content and their effect on human health,’ will almost certainly not be investigated in Britain or Europe. The reason, the ‘Big Farm,’ and ‘Big Food,’ interests would resist with all their might. When the farming lobby murmurs politicians are eagerly attentive.
Further to your point, such luminaries as Abraham Hoffer, Adelle Davis and lately Andrew Saul have all written extensively over more than fifty years about the effects of malnutrition first on the person and worse, the population. For example, in the 1930’s the Us had an almost pandemic of Pellagra caused by a severe deficiency of niacin (B3). By 1942 the US was supplementing it’s flour with niacin and it’s derivative, nicotinamide. With a couple of years millions of deaths had been averted and billions of dollars saved.
Christmas 2004 I had influenza. No off the shelf remedies helped and there was no medical provision unless one was an addict or a drunk! I found a book on our shelves by Adelle Davis. To this day my wife and I know not how we got it. We studied it for a while, found a chainstore health food shop that was open and bought VitC, B, Niacin etc. (That chainstore is now owned by a Russian Oligarch!) Inside 48 hours I was recovering quickly. Since then we studied and used extensively Davis’ books and expanded our library to include many others.
Eighteen years of almost uninterrupted good health; sadly my wife contracted MS but we use orthomolecular treatments to fend off the worst elements of that.
My doctor repeated warned me about taking high doses of among other things Vit C and Niacin. I must say here, she is quite frequently off sick and never looks well. While that doesn’t prove a point is does serve as a fine example of Doctoring Ourselves! Together with organically grown home produced food we fare well. Our son-in-law scents years living on junk food. Last year he was diagnosed with T2 diabetes, a bad case. His German doctor attributed his sickness to his diet. Through Orthomolecular treatments he is actually improving towards recovery, an almost unheard of state of affairs.
An old English gardening mantra. Feed your soil and it will feed you. The underlying truth is sound Biblical teaching.
An impending food crisis is no surprise to me. I worked in British agriculture for almost twenty years – arable and livestock – and witnessed cereal yields diminishing year by year. These many years later I live in the East of England, Britain’s bread basket. Farmers tell me two and three quarter tons of wheat per acre is now a good yield. 45 years ago my employers were getting three and a half tons. I understand the States agriculture fares somewhat worse than us.
We have all pursued a rapacious form of agriculture, applying vast quantities of artificial fertiliser derived from oil/natural gas thus degrading the soil to nothing more than a growing medium! Nutritionally, agricultural produce is a disaster; it accounts for so much disease and unwellness in a population.
The Bible is quite clear! Farmers are to be husbandmen; stewards of their land for the next generation. A husband loves, cherishes and tends his wife; he nourishes her life. She is a gift from God to him personally. Sadly, land is farmed by agri-businessmen hungry for profit. They rape the only renewable resource man has. Repeated rape can lead to sickness and death. We have the sickness in our people. Death on a grand scale cannot be far away.
The earth groans under the sin of man.
It is estimated Western nations have at best about twenty growing cycles left using existing (modern) farming methods. It could even be less. Then we will know famine on a scale never before experienced. Todays projected food shortages will pale to insignificance.
I’m so glad you brought this up. It’s such an important topic that very few know about and unfortunately people are truly suffering. If people aren’t using proper supplements, the likelihood of a mineral and or vitamin deficiency is almost certain. Take magnesium (Mg) for example, if the body is low in that mineral heart problems tend to follow.
Here’s a look at the reduction in mineral content:
Historical changes in the mineral content of fruits and vegetables
July 1997 British Food Journal 99(6):207-211
Implies that a balance of the different essential nutrients is necessary for maintaining health. The eight minerals that are usually analysed are Na, K, Ca, Mg, P, Fe, Cu, Zn. A comparison of the mineral content of 20 fruits and 20 vegetables grown in the 1930s and the 1980s (published in the UK Government’s Composition of Foods tables) shows several marked reductions in mineral content. Shows that there are statistically significant reductions in the levels of Ca, Mg, Cu and Na in vegetables and Mg, Fe, Cu and K in fruit. The only mineral that showed no significant differences over the 50 year period was P. The water content increased significantly and dry matter decreased significantly in fruit. Indicates that a nutritional problem associated with the quality of food has developed over those 50 years. The changes could have been caused by anomalies of measurement or sampling, changes in the food system, changes in the varieties grown or changes in *agricultural practice*. In conclusion recommends that the causes of the differences in mineral content and their effect on human health be investigated.
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