Serious drought – over half counties in US

http://news.yahoo.com/half-us-counties-now-considered-disaster-areas-210826921.html

( There is a picture gallery in above article)

I don’t know what this will mean for us in Canada, but generally when the price of animal feed and sugar goes up, everything goes up. Most of this mass-produced stuff is purchased for pennies though in really it shouldn’t make all that much difference. It could even be good (though I very much doubt it): maybe they’ll stop using GM corn in animal feed and to make sugars for so many (bad, cheap) food products!

Related Article:

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/historic-drought-giant-dust-storms-and-massive-power-grid-failures-a-glimpse-into-our-future

This week has provided two very clear examples of why it is so important to keep on prepping.  In the United States, the historic drought ravaging the central part of the country is absolutely devastating our crops.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, drought is affecting nearly 90 percent of all corn crops in America at this point.  This is pushing the price of corn to levels never seen before.  On Tuesday, the price of corn hit another new record high of $8.20 a bushelon the Chicago Board of Trade.  Over the past six weeks the price of corn has risen more than 50 percent, and it could go a lot higher as the drought continues to absolutely bake America.  Meanwhile, the massive power grid failures in India are reminding us all just how incredibly dependent we are on electricity and technology.  Power was cut off to nearly a tenth of the entire global population on Tuesday, and there was quite a bit of panic about that even though power is rapidly being restored.  So what would happen to them (or to us) someday if the power went off for good?

As much as humanity would like to think that our technology has conquered nature, that simply is not the case.

Without the rain that falls from the sky, there would be mass starvation on this planet.  We are not immune to drought, and there are a lot of indications that the drought we are experiencing right now is just the beginning of a longer trend.

For example, one team of scientists has just published a study that says that the western United States could be facing a “100-year drought“.

They say that the recent drought of 2000-2004 was the worst long-term drought in more than 800 years.  The following is from a recent CTVNews article….

The four-year-long drought that affected western Canada and the U.S. at the turn of the century was the worst to hit the region in 800 years, say scientists who warn that dry spell was nothing compared to the “megadroughts” still to come.

A group of 10 scientists from the University of British Columbia as well as several American universities write in Nature GeoScience that they believe the bone-dry conditions seen between 2000 and 2004 could become the “new normal” in the region.

At one point on Tuesday nearly one-tenth of the entire population of the globe was without power.

( Giant dust-storm in Phoenix, Arizona )

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