Starvation and famine in our future?

To listen to and read many pundits, you might think so. Although I disagree, there are serious problems with the food supply around that world.

Deutche Welle had an article a few months back, about the rise in food prices, worldwide. They are the highest in six years, with six months of steady increases (and more since then). DW, like the governments (and no doubt other media), says this is due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They are wrong. The root problem is government actions.

The Pandemic itself has had virtually NO impact on THOSE economic activities: growing, processing, and distribution of food supplies. No, it is the PANIC that has constantly disrupted the food supply chain, at all levels. The Panic, instituted by government, and the actions: the LOCKDOWN in particular, of government.

There have been a few direct impacts of the virus on the food supply: the rapid spread of the virus in meatpacking plants in many States, for example. Packing plants mostly owned by Chinese entities, I note. (Merely coincidence, of course! Of course!) There may be others that don’t come immediately to mind. The supply chain is damaged in many ways for many materials – including food.

But with the pandemic supposedly receding, and with efforts to return to normal, food prices continue to climb. There are other impacts that must factor in.

And the other impacts? The ones triggering runs on food stores and preventing delivery of food – and even the processing and packaging, the harvesting and the planting? Caused DIRECTLY by government actions.

STUPID government actions that together constitute the Panic and the Lockdown. But actions which predate 2020. And indirectly send the public into a panic and panicked actions. Like buying every possible roll of toilet paper and can of beans and pound of meat. (I hear ketchup is the latest.) At the same time that sources of toilet paper and beans have been shut down to “prevent the spread.” Some jurisdictions – some tyrants – even went to the extent of closing down SEED sales in stores as “non-essential.”

Now, home gardeners not being able to plant their beans, herbs and zucchini might not have much impact on easing world hunger, but isn’t it the thought that counts? We know that meat animals were put down because they could not be transported and processed – causing a spike in meat prices AND a shortage of many kinds of meat, right here in the States. A shortage which is lasting for months – and may for years. (There is a long lead time on many foods, of course.)

The Pandemic is not good for supplies in general, but food is the one we most worry about. For some very good reasons. Not just the long lead time but also the things that are not under our (direct) human control, like weather patterns (not global warming nonsense but storm paths and the like). Animal and plant diseases and infestations cutting production. (Of course, manmade global warming fanatics blame that for all these things.) Things like diseases in potatoes, bananas, and other crops which can come with little or no warning and destroy yields overnight. Too much water (flooding, or just at the wrong time of year), not just too little. Sometimes just plain bad fortune: a sunken ship carrying 50,000 tons of grain, for instance – or even a turned-over semi-truck hauling 20 tons of onions!

But the greatest impact on availability of food is almost always government. From war and internal conflict disrupting farming AND processing AND transportation, to prohibitions on certain actions – hiring migrant workers to harvest food, for example. And especially stupid government actions pushed by environists, social-justice warriors, and special interest groups.

These are some of the worst. There is a large (and growing) push to destroy ALL dams on rivers in the Fifty States. Dams that provide for flood control – protecting farmland. Dams that provide for irrigation water – serving farmland. Dams that provide cheap electrical power – serving farmers and processors.

We are told we must have transportation “all-electric” by some magic date (2030 is one) to stop global warming. If cars and trucks are no longer powered by gasoline and diesel, the production of those goods (which many people want to ban, also) drops. With less supply, costs rise: so what happens to farm equipment supplies and costs? To fertilizer production? To pump water. And more. Added to this is demand for “sustainable” energy in the form of ethanol and bio-diesel, which converts food crops into fuel.

And of course, fertilizers are evil, almost as evil as genetically-modified foods – “frankenfoods” and such. But pesticides are even more evil. Not just to kill weeds and diseases that attack plants and animals, but also used against rats, mice, and insects that once consumed more food crops than humans did!

There are many more ways that bad – stupid, evil – government actions impact our food supply. I’ll mention just one more. Government control of land.

Urbanization does take away valuable farmland – that is not in doubt. Suburban spawl is bad and growing worse. But government control – both of owning land and of imposing planning and zoning land – has an even greater impact. Government–owned land is sometimes leased for grazing of meat animals, and timber sales (non-food ag, of course). But there is little or no farming, especially for food crops. Most such land is “preserved” and produce little or no food – less as hunting is effectively prohibited more and more places. Zoning prevents mixed uses, turns agricultural activities into industrial, and encourages sprawl and “best use” of land which reduces land available for production and processing.

All told, government is bad for food production and distribution, despite all claims to the contrary. Reducing and ending government control of this part of the economy would (as has been the case in the past here in the States and elsewhere) boost food production AND distribution, and thus reduce world hunger. And our own risk of starving in a land of plenty.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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10 Responses to Starvation and famine in our future?

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  2. mikejavick says:

    sO YOU ARE SAYING usa CONTROLS THE FOOD SUPPLY AS OPPOSED TO what? free china..get real

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    • TPOL Nathan says:

      No, Mike, I am NOT saying that the “USA” (or the FedGov) controls the food supply. And I’m not saying that the FedGov et al. are not TRYING to control the food supply. By damaging and destroying the free markets, they seek to control food supplies. By intentionally cratering the economy by the Lockdown and pushing massive inflation, they damage the supply chain and the economy, which leads to an inability to provide for ourselves. Driving prices up is a common tactic of control. China, like the Soviets before them, has done that to their own people for 70+ years. But here, in the Fifty States, the greater danger comes from DC and the State capitols.

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  3. mikejavick says:

    It IS NOT America’s role to reduce WORLD HUNGER—Take care of Americans FIRST. IAC, this madness of depleting our soils (fact) which then need more massive amounts of chemicals is ABSOLUTELY CRIMINAL. Obscene profit over common sense of course.

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  4. mikejavick says:

    That any nation ESPECIALLY Wuhan China OWNS ANY of our Food Sources is absolutely criminal and ANTI AMERICAN !

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    • TPOL Nathan says:

      Not so much ownership as control, isn’t it? We depend on many other nations for some food items: bananas come to mind. As does coffee. Now, are these essential? None of us here at TPOL drink coffee, but several of us depend on bananas for maintaining healthy potassium levels. (I know, we can get that from avocados, also – but now we’re talking a lot about California!) But those producers are generally private firms and the market is relatively free.
      Doesn’t the problem come when government – any government – controls a source of supply?

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      • mikejavick says:

        I am talking about the pork company they bought–THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE…Do we own any CHINESE FOOD SOURCES? stop protecting the communists !

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      • TPOL Nathan says:

        Mike, I personally do not like the idea that a Chinese company (part of their Chicom government or not) buying meat processing companies or farmland in the Fifty States, or anything else. Any more than I like the idea of rich Hollywood garbage or Atlanta media moguls buying up ranches in Wyoming and South Dakota – or the way Brit nobility bought up and owned ranches in ND or WY back a century and a half ago. Or the way big “American” companies buy up smaller businesses (including family farms and ranches) and then use those to control and even monopolize products and markets.
        And it is far from just agri-business that Beijing and their shills are buying up and controlling. If we were truly a free market, it would not make such a bad situation. In the 1880s, having Brits owning ranches here in the FIfty States didn’t cause a problem, because it was a free market. And government didn’t have the power it does today. Such things were able to be defended against by new competition springing up. With government, that is no longer possible.
        Actually, we (and Canadians and Argentinians and Mexicans) DO own a lot of Chinese food sources – because they have to buy a lot of food from the Fifty States, the Dominion, and other places where they are buying from private business. Private business that is generally not basing their sales on political decisions but on mutual voluntary agreements for benefit of all parties.
        Which is NOT what the Chinese Communist Party does, of course: not just with food producers, or food itself, but for many other commodities: see rare earths and lots of other things. Why is this possible? Because of insane government actions right here in the Fifty States.
        So I don’t think I’m protecting the Communists by standing up for free markets internationally as well as within the Fifty States. Or by condemning the FedGov (and many State and local governments) for enabling those actions by China. I just consider the threat to our liberties, our economy, and our well-being to be much greater from our own “American” enemies of liberty and tyrants than the threat from China.

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      • mikejavick says:

        I understand your position..however…nobody is guarding the hen house in AmeriKa..and the thieves (inc US CORPS ) ARE LOOTING IT..and we are getting ***d..

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      • TPOL Nathan says:

        Mike, you are right. That is exactly my point: the greater danger is from within, and we are doing nothing effective about it. The US corporations are able to do this because of their corporatist/fascist links to government.

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