Surviving the Coming Food Shortage
How to survive the coming food shortages which will rise to crisis proportions.
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Have you heard about the bee population dying off? Are you concerned about Monsanto and GMO (genetically modified organism) crops that are made to survive massive, reckless Roundup over-use and other poison based agriculture? Do you wonder if there could ever be a food shortage due to a failing agricultural ecosystem?
THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE
and can lead to a global collapse of the food chain! If we are to survive it all we must take steps now to heal the soil and preserve self propagating genetics of common food plants. Join me on this journey back to sustainability and survival of our most basic need. A food shortage doesn’t just happen in some distant desert.
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Now that I’ve provided some useful reading from my sponsor let’s get into my commentary. The USDA has announced a program to stem the accelerating loss of bee population, as reported in Newsweek’s article:
A study last year found 35 pesticides and fungicides, some at lethal doses, in the pollen collected from bees that were used to pollinate food crops in five U.S. states. Bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were found to be three times as likely to be infected by a parasite linked to colony collapse.
“Recent declines in honey bee populations and increasing demand for insect-pollinated crops raise concerns about pollinator shortages. Pesticide exposure and pathogens may interact to have strong negative effects on managed honey bee colonies.”
Bee populations in the U.S. are struggling, which means farmers are, too. Now the USDA is trying to keep up.
Each summer, beekeepers truck their hives to the pastures of the Upper Midwest, where their bees gather nectar and pollen. In the spring, they bring the hives back to states like California, where they pollinate the crops of mostly every fruit, vegetable, and nut we find in our supermarkets. Without that cycle, which is responsible for an estimated $40 billion in U.S. agricultural economy each year, our food sources would change drastically.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Is Concerned About Bees and Food Shortage
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to get ahead of a nationwide problem of colony collapse disorder, in which honey bees suddenly disappear or die. The agency has funded bee disease studies, and has created a working group to address bee issues. Its latest effort to prevent any food shortage, announced Tuesday, will send $3 million to help reseed pastures in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas with bee-appropriate plants. Increasing the availability of plants like alfalfa and clover will provide more foodstock for the thousands of commercial beekeepers who bring hives to those states each year, the Associated Press reported.
The bees are responsible for pollinating 30 percent of the world’s crops and 90 percent of the wildflowers around the world. Without them we lose not just pretty flowers but also most of our valuable food sources. As a man-made problem, we have abused the Earth and put dangerous chemicals into the air, tainted our water and painted hazardous chemicals over the soil. This is finally coming back to sting us. As with humans, malnutrition and adulteration lead to disease and death.