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Jun 12

10 Reasons Freeze Dried Food Is Important For Food Storage

ZF 72HOUR 2T 10 Reasons Freeze Dried Food Is Important For Food Storage When you make freeze dried food, you’re basically removing almost every last drop of moisture from it. This is done by quickly freezing a meal (which prevents large ice crystals from forming) and then placing it in a vacuum chamber, which allows the frozen water in the food to vaporize without ever becoming liquid. This is called sublimation, and it results in a product that is perfect for food storage. Here are 10 Reasons Freeze Dried Food Is Important For Food Storage.

1. Shelf life of freeze dried food

Freeze drying removes about 98% of the moisture from food. This may not seem all that neat, until you take into account that bacteria, the stuff that causes food to spoil, needs water to survive. So when you suck all of the water out of a meal, it basically becomes spoil-proof. Ok, so after a long enough time, it will eventually go bad, but it’s going to take a while. How long is “a while?” About 20-30 years. So, hypothetically, if you were to fill your food storage with this stuff on the day you were born, you’d only have to replace the stuff three to five times in your entire life.

2. Safety

In addition to making food spoil, bacteria can also spread disease. So when the water gets removed, most of the bacteria goes with it. Some bacteria can remain on the food, but it enters a dormant state. Once the food is thawed, the bacteria can become viable once again. However, if the rehydrated food is properly prepared and heated before it’s eaten, then that bacteria shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Weight

Water actually weighs a fair amount. Add that to that fact that much of the food we eat is mostly made up of water (with some fruits hovering around the 90% mark), and this means that when you remove the water, you also remove the weight. Nearly weightless food is easier to transport, which makes it ideal for emergency kits and hiking.

4. Storage

Freeze dried foods are often condensed before they’re sealed. Thus, they take up quite a bit less space than some of the other popular food storage alternatives. Plus, freeze dried food is easily stackable, and despite what some people might imagine based on the term, freeze dried food can be stored at room temperature (just keep it away from water).

5. Preparation

Because freeze dried food is generally made from whole meals that have been prepared ahead of time, all it really takes is some water to get them back to where they started. Freeze dried food can be rehydrated much more quickly than dehydrated food. This is because the freeze drying process leaves food porous, but not shriveled. Thus, the water is able to be reabsorbed more easily.

6. Texture

Freeze dried food doesn’t shrivel up on itself like dehydrated food does. It also doesn’t turn into mush when the water is reapplied. Instead it retains all of its original texture, so it always feels normal in your mouth and looks appetizing (well, assuming it looked appetizing to begin with).

7. Flavor

To say that all freeze dried food tastes great would be inaccurate. Let’s say instead that freeze dried food will taste exactly as bad or as good as the meal would have before it was freeze dried. See, the process of freeze drying trapps the flavor inside, so when you you rehydrate it, even if you do so a decade later, it will still taste just the way it’s supposed to; no better, no worse.

8. Nutrition

The flavor isn’t the only thing that is preserved when food is freeze dried; all of the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals are retained as though in their original state. This is all thanks to the quick freezing technique. This means that you’ll be getting more out of your freezed dried food than just a full stomach.

9. Lack of preservatives

Unlike dehydrated food, which usually needs extra preservatives to be able to be stored, freeze dried meals don’t require any additional additives. Of course, if you want to add a bit of salt for taste, no one’s stopping you…

10. Cost

Look, we’re going to be frank with you: freeze drying can be sort of expensive. That’s because it takes quite a bit of energy to flash freeze meals in the way that is required for freeze drying. So, in the short run, you’ll be paying a bit more than you would if you were to go with canned or dehydrated food. However, in the long run, freeze drying becomes very cost effective. This is all thanks to its absurdly long shelf life. If you only have to replace your food storage every several decades, then spending a little bit more on it at first is really a much better way to go. Lee Flynn is a freelance writer interested in helping others develop self reliance through food storage.

Oct 18

Food Price Inflation To Surge Before the End of 2012

We have been very active in our discussions of the impact of the pending rise in food prices around the world (from central bank largesse to weather-related chaos). As Goldman notes, food inflation has been one of the most significant sources of headline inflation variation in emerging markets (EM) over the past few years. Since June, international prices for agricultural commodities have risen almost 30%, increasing the risk of fresh, food-related increases to EM headline inflation. We, like Goldman, expect EM headline inflation to start to reflect the relevant pressures more broadly in the October prints at the latest. While the effects, for now, are expected to be less extreme than the 2010-2011 episode, the timing as the US enters its fiscal-cliff-prone malaise, could mean a further round of easing will reignite this critical inflationary concern.

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Via Goldman Sachs, Food prices: A key driver of EM inflation

Swings in food prices have important implications for overall inflation in emerging markets. Since 2007, we have observed substantial shifts in food inflation, which in turn have triggered significant contemporaneous volatility in EM headline inflation (see Exhibit 1).

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Food inflation has a strong impact on overall EM inflation for two reasons:

  • In lower per-capita GDP economies, households necessarily dedicate a larger portion of their disposable income to inelastic goods such as food. As such, food makes up a larger share of the consumer basket. The average inflation share for food items in EMs is generally larger than that for the G10 countries (25% vs.15% respectively, on average). In order to capture the joint effect of the weight, the relative variation of food vs. non-food inflation and the potential correlation between food and non-food items, we run univariate regressions of food on headline inflation. The R-squared are typically higher on average for EMs (42%) than for G10 economies (33% respectively, Exhibit 2).

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  • Food prices have been highly volatile since 2007 globally. We have observed very large spikes in international prices for agricultural commodities (proxies by the S&P GSCI® Agricultural Index) in 2008, 2011 and more recently in June 2012. Such global price shifts typically also tend to be reflected in local food inflation. Exhibit 3 shows the co-movement between international food prices and an equally weighted average of food inflation rates across emerging markets. International food prices have tended to lead local food inflation by a few months (approximately four months on average).

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Following a significant increase in 2010, aggregate EM food inflation peaked in 2011 and has contributed to an overall moderation in EM headline inflation since. But EM food inflation has recently shown tentative signs of a trough and, at the country level, there is variation in the recent path of food inflation. China, Korea and Indonesia have seen the largest falls in food inflation from their 2011 peak. However, in countries such as Taiwan, Mexico and the Czech Republic, yoy food inflation has picked up and is currently hovering at higher levels than in 2011.

This bottoming-out of EM food inflation has coincided with a significant spike in international agricultural commodity prices. In June and July this year, the S&P GSCI® Agricultural Index rose almost 40%, to levels last seen in August 2011, and roughly speaking has remained there since. Should this spike persist, we would expect to see food inflation pick up across EM once again.

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Here we argue that food price pressures will boost EM headline inflation by October at the latest. However, we do not expect EM CPI to exceed 2011 levels (in yoy terms). This is because we expect the increase in food prices to be smaller and less broad-based, and because non-food inflation is running at a slower pace currently. Moreover, we find evidence that the pass-through from international to local food prices has declined, something that first became visible in 2010.

Food price outlook – new highs expected

Agricultural commodity prices have exhibited substantial swings in the past few years. On the demand side, rapid income growth in EM economies has supported overall demand for agricultural products. Along with the broader increase in agricultural commodity demand, increased consumption of meat products has led to higher meat production and, in turn, higher demand for livestock feed. Lastly, high energy prices also boost food demand via the substitution process between conventional fuel and bio-fuel.

Given this backdrop of elevated demand for agricultural commodities, the response in food supply conditions becomes the key to analyzing price movements. Volatility in weather patterns and crops has helped trigger substantial inventory shortages and price spikes such as those experienced in 2008, 2011 and more recently in June 2012.

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The current spike has come in response to the summer drought in the US Midwest, which was one of the worst in the past century. In addition, a wide set of agricultural commodity producing countries have experienced adverse weather conditions (such as Brazil and Argentina in the past winter, and Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and India). Damien Courvalin from our Commodities Strategy Team points out that these disruptions have caused substantial losses in global food supply (see Agriculture Update: ‘Severe US Drought to Push Corn and Soybean Prices to New Highs’, July 23, 2012).

The supply loss is concentrated in wheat, corn and soybeans, which jointly account for 70% of world agricultural production. In contrast, rice remains largely unaffected.

Despite the resulting 40% spike in the S&P GSCI® Agricultural Index between mid-June and mid-July, demand for agricultural commodities has remained robust. The net result has been a decline in inventories, with the USDA’s September 1 stocks of corn and wheat well below expectations, as Damien highlights in Agriculture Update: ‘Crop prices to recover on tight supplies with corn outperforming’, September 30, 2012.

Our Commodities Strategy team expect demand to remain resilient and supply to remain binding, leading soybean and corn prices to new highs in the coming months. Higher prices will eventually be followed by a supply response, and if weather returns to normal, we should expect a large crop in South America (harvested next spring) and in the US (harvested next autumn). In the interim, prices are likely to remain high.

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However, there is a clear weather dependency to this assessment; further weather adversity is likely to pose further upside risks to food prices. To address the binary nature of the food price outlook, our Commodities Strategy team provided us with two scenarios:

  • The ‘favorable’ weather scenario, in which larger harvests in South America and the US serve to moderate agricultural prices following the initial increase. In this scenario, a basket of corn, wheat and soybeans sees year-on-year price changes of 46%, 16% and -21% in 3, 6 and 12 months respectively.
  • The ‘moderately adverse’ weather scenario, in which supply tightness intensifies due to less favorable weather in South America, pushing prices to a higher peak over the coming months. In this scenario, the basket of corn, wheat and soybeans increases 65%, 41% and 1% in 3, 6 and 12 months respectively.

Exhibit 4 shows the equivalent paths corresponding to each of the two scenarios of price developments in the corn, wheat and soy basket. In both scenarios, the S&P GSCI® Agricultural Index reaches new highs in the months ahead and declines one year out. The peak is, of course, higher in the adverse scenario, as is the trough 12 months out. The decline following the initial spike is also more gradual in the adverse scenario, while the final levels remain very close to the previous (2011) highs. It is worth pointing out that this scenario analysis is only meant as an illustration of the broader argument, rather than a precise forecasting exercise.

Evidence of a moderation in the pass-through to EM inflation

To translate our scenarios for international food prices into local food price trends for emerging markets, we need an estimate of the relationship between the two variables. As mentioned earlier, large shifts in global food prices have tended to show up systematically in local food inflation. Moreover, local food prices are typically stickier and slower to respond to shocks in global agricultural prices, which creates a lag between the two.

To map international food prices onto local food prices, we follow the framework we introduced in Global Economics Weekly 11/13, June 6, 2011. We regress changes in the S&P GSCI® Agricultural Index on changes in an equally weighted average of food CPI components from key EMs. To avoid issues of seasonality and excessive near-term volatility, we look at year-over-year percentage changes in the two variables. Lastly, we examine different lags in international food prices to find the type of structure that offers the highest explanatory power. As in our previous analysis, we find a strong correlation between international and local food prices (an R-squared of 40%), with international food prices feeding through to local food prices with the highest explanatory power at a four-month lag (with a five-month lag a very close second).

We estimate the historical sensitivity of local to international food prices at around 0.058, which implies that a 10ppt increase in international food prices would tend to raise our proxy of EM local food inflation by 58bp. Interestingly, this is 20% lower than our estimate from one year ago, of 0.073. This is further evidence for our suggestion from last year that EM CPIs appear to be displaying a lower sensitivity to global food price shocks. This could be due to a number of reasons, such as the temporary nature of the shocks, the softening in global demand dynamics leading to less broad-based price pressures, or the larger capacity of EM authorities to respond to food price volatility and smooth such shocks. It will be interesting to observe whether the pass-through declines further this time too.

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In our previous analysis, we also examined two alternative scenarios for food prices: one that assumed that normal weather conditions persist and one that assumed that adverse weather conditions push food items significantly higher. Based on those scenarios (combined with our pass-through estimates), we projected ranges of outcomes for the forward path of our EM food inflation aggregate. Finally, we translated those paths into EM headline inflation projections by keeping the rate of inflation for non-food CPI in EM economies constant.

To check whether this approach is robust using out-of-sample data, we contrast the actual path of EM inflation with the scenarios developed in April 2011. We see that over the last year EM headline inflation has hovered between our moderate and our adverse scenario (see Exhibit 5). This confirms our ex ante assumption that food inflation would remain the most important determinant of EM headline inflation, and also provides a level of comfort that our estimation approach and results are fairly sensible. It broadly confirmed our estimates for a lag of about four months in international food prices feeding through to EM inflation rates on aggregate.

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Jun 20

BREAKING NEWS: Wal-Mart Prepares For Food Roits in the U.S., 50% Rise in Food Cost in 3 Months

A friend of mine sent this info to me in my private message on Facebook. I know that the a Major Crisis is close and some may say why do we need to stock up, there are a lot of reasons, with all of the massive flooding, raging storms, tornados the likes that we have never seen, Tsunami’s, etc, yes stock up. But this is what I got from my friend. Check this out below.

about an hour ago
Cindy Hess

“I got this information from a facebook friend, Wrenn. He posted this earlier. He has in-laws who know this guy at a Wal-Mart who is a district manager and has been there 35 years. This guy said they had a meeting this past weekend and here is what they said. Wal-Mart’s CEO & Vice-president has sent out memo’s to upper management about what’s coming in the next 3 months. Food prices are going up 30-50% which will cause riots and chaos. Therefore Wal-Mart will help fund local law enforcement for riot gear until Martial Law and military police is implemented. At some time all stores will shut down for safety reasons. As of right now you can buy emergency food buckets at their stores. They have been informed the Dollar will collapse along with U.S bank systems. Not sure about this story, but wanted to share with you if this is true.”

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May 29

Are You Prepared for Post-Election Blackouts? We are Talkin “BLACK OUTS” not “brown outs”

A preliminary analysis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) indicates that new MACT and ancillary rules being pushed by the EPA will force the already inadequate numbers of coal-fired plants to undergo expensive and time-consuming retrofits or shut down. We are talking about a significant void in the nation’s power generation as a result of plants that are “likely to be retired.”

The vulnerable states include California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Lights out! Coming to a plant near you?

The blackouts caused by the EPA mandates are expected to start in the post-election year of 2013 in Texas and would hit other regions over the following 5 years, during which time Mr. Obama will no longer be accountable to the voters.

According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) grid assessment, “up to 677 coal-fired power generation [plants] representing about 30 percent of the nation’s power supply will need to be retrofitted by 2015.”

The plants will go off line for several months. That could have a devastating effect on reliability issues “even during off-peak periods.”

The NERC assessment predicts that eight regions could drop below “acceptable reserve margins” by 2018 because of EPA regulations. “In other words,” according to the study, “30 states in these regions — home to 190 million Americans — could be at greater risk of blackouts.”

Some states are not waiting for disaster to strike. Kansas is already suing the EPA, saying the new regs will lead to blackouts even sooner in part due to the MACT rules forcing plants off-line before this current year is at an end.

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Sep 01

10 Signs That Economic Riots And Civil Unrest Inside The United States Are Now More Likely Than Ever

You should let the video footage of the wild violence that just took place in London burn into your memory because the same things are going to be happening all over the United States as the economy continues to crumble.  We have raised an entire generation of young people with an “entitlement mentality”, but now the economy is producing very few good jobs that will actually enable our young people to work for what they feel they are entitled to.  If you are under 30 in America today, things look really bleak.  The vast majority of the good jobs are held by people that are older, and they aren’t about to give them up if they can help it.  It is easy for the rest of us to tell young Americans to “take whatever they can”, but the reality is that there is intense competition for even the most basic jobs.  For instance, McDonald’s recently held a “National Hiring Day” during which a million Americans applied for jobs.  Only 6.2% of the applicants were hired.  In the old days you could walk down to McDonald’s and get a job whenever you wanted to, but now any job is precious.  The frustration among our young people is palpable.  Most of them feel entitled to “the American Dream” and they feel like the system has failed them.  Unfortunately, many of them are already turning to violence.  But the economic riots and the civil unrest that we have already seen are nothing compared to what is coming.  Americans are angry, and as the economy continues to collapse that anger is going to reach unprecedented heights.

In recent days, even many in the mainstream media have been openly wondering if the riots that happened in London could happen here too.  There is a growing acknowledgement that this country is headed down a very dark path.

The sad thing is that these riots accomplish absolutely nothing.  The recent London riots did not create any jobs and they certainly did not solve any economic problems.  Instead, they actually hurt the economy even more because a huge am0unt of property was destroyed and people are even more afraid to continue with business as usual.

But when people get to the end of their ropes, most of the time they are not thinking rationally.  When frustration erupts, the results can be very, very messy.

All over the United States we are already seeing some very troubling signs of the violence that is coming.  The following are 10 signs that economic riots and civil unrest inside United States are now more likely then ever….

#1 Going to the state fair used to be such a fun thing for American families to do.  But now no place is safe.  The following is how one local ABC News affiliate described the “flash mob” attacks that took place at the Wisconsin state fair recently….

Milwaukee police said that around 11:10 p.m., squads were sent to the area for reports of battery, fighting and property damage being caused by an unruly crowd of “hundreds” of people. One officer described it as a “mob beating.”

Police said the group of young people attacked fair goers who were leaving the fair grounds. Police said that some victims were attacked while walking. They said others were pulled out of cars and off of motorcycles before being beaten.

One eyewitness said that the flash mob attacks at the Wisconsin state fair absolutely overwhelmed the limited police presence that was there….

When I saw the amount of kids coming down the road, all I kept thinking was, ‘There’s not enough cops to handle this.’  There’s no way.  It would have taken the National Guard to control the number of kids that were coming off the road.  They were knocking people off their motorcycles.

#2 According to a new Rasmussen survey, 48% of Americans believe that reductions in government spending are “at least somewhat likely” to result in civil unrest inside the United States.  Unfortunately, perception often greatly influences reality.

#3 U.S. consumer confidence is now at its lowest level in 30 years.

#4 Joblessness among young Americans is at an epidemic level, and when rioting does break out it is usually young people that are leading the way.  That is why the following statistics from an article in The Atlantic are so troubling….

One in five Americans are between 15 and 29-years old. And one in five of those Americans are unemployed. For minorities and the under-educated, the picture is much worse. Black teenagers have an unemployment rate of 44 percent, twice the rate for white teens.

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#5 We are starting to see mindless violence in a lot of areas that used to be considered safe.  In Kansas City on Saturday night, three young people were hit with bullets as they walked the streets of the Country Club Plaza.  Mayor Sly James was about 50 yards away when the gunfire erupted.  Authorities in Kansas City are considering a stricter curfew for that area.

#6 “Flash mobs” have become such a problem in Philadelphia that the mayor has imposed a strict curfew on young people.  Now all teens between the ages of 13 and 18 must be indoors by 9 o’clock at night.  The mayor also says that teens need to start pulling up their pants….

“Pull your pants up and buy a belt ’cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

#7 All over the United States we are seeing that many struggling Americans will do just about anything for money.  For example, in Detroit recently three masked men crashed a vehicle through the entrance of a gas station and took off with an entire ATM machine.

#8 Desperate people do desperate things.  Many of America’s “forgotten poor” are trying to survive any way that they can.  For instance, a group of vagrants recently set up “a makeshift camp” near Prospect Park lake in Brooklyn.  According to the New York Post, many nearby residents have been disturbed by what these “drifters” are doing to survive….

The drifters have been illegally trapping and cooking up the critters that call the park home, including squirrels, ducks and swan-like cygnets.

They used crude tactics to hunt their prey, including barbed fishing hooks that ripped off the top half of one poor gosling’s beak. They then cooked the meat over illegal fires. Some of the animals were eaten raw.

#9 According to CNN, sales of safes and vaults are absolutely soaring right now.  One store owner told CNN that she believes that she is selling a lot more safes now because people are scared that civil unrest could be coming….

“Folks are worried about the decreasing value of the dollar, burglaries on the rise in their neighborhoods … and even the possibility that the unrest we are seeing in other parts of the world slipping over to our country.”

#10 Over the past 100 years, the American population has moved steadily into our big cities and the surrounding suburbs.  This has created virtual “ghost towns” in our rural areas from coast to coast.  Back in 1910, 72 percent of Americans lived in rural areas.  Today, only 16 percent of Americans live in rural areas.  But when you crowd huge masses of people close together that makes riots and civil unrest much more likely.

Most Americans are already fed up, and the economy is not even that bad yet.  One recent survey found that 73 percent of Americans believe that the nation is “on the wrong track”.  Another recent poll found that only 17 percent of Americans now believe that the U.S. government has the consent of the governed.

Millions of very frustrated young people believe that the economic system has failed them and that the political system no longer holds any answers.

America is rapidly approaching a breaking point.  I have written previously about the collapse of society that we are already witnessing all over the United States.  When the economy totally breaks down, most Americans are not going to be able to handle it.

Sadly, instead of coming together and trying to do something productive, many Americans will resort to rioting, looting and civil unrest.  We have already seen this during local emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina.

But mindless violence accomplishes absolutely nothing positive.  It just always makes things worse.

Unfortunately, logic and reason are not going to be enough to stop the gigantic wave of frustration that is coming.  For most of the rest of us, it will be hard enough to get out of the way and protect our own families from the economic riots and the civil unrest that are coming.

The thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is starting to disappear.  Hatred and anger are growing by the day.  The United States is becoming a very frightening place.

So get ready.  Our politicians certainly don’t have any answers for us.  The debt ceiling deal was a complete and total joke, and corruption is absolutely rampant in Washington right now.  Barack Obama is getting ready to leave for yet another vacation, and most of our politicians are only focused on the next election.

So don’t expect a “miracle” from those that are supposed to be leading us.

They don’t care about you.

You need to take care of yourself and your family and your friends.

A massive economic collapse is coming, and most Americans are going to be totally blindsided by it.

Don’t let that happen to you.

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Jun 21

IMF says Spain’s economy still facing major risks, While Gold Settles Above $1,546 on Greek Crisis Concerns

The Spanish economy still faces “considerable” risks, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

In an annual report, the IMF said the Spanish government had to continue work to reduce public spending, and increase efforts to liberalise its jobs market.

Since last year Madrid has been carrying out austerity measures to reduce the country’s public deficit.

Unlike other highly indebted eurozone nations such as Greece and Portugal, it has not needed an outside bail-out.

While the IMF did not comment on whether this remained a possibility for Spain, it warned that financial conditions could deteriorate further in the eurozone, which “could put additional pressure on sovereign and bank funding costs for Spain”.

As a result, the fund said there could be “no let up in the reform momentum” to both help boost Spain economy and ease the concerns of the financial markets.

It added that Spain’s 21% unemployment rate – the highest in Europe – was “unacceptably high”.

To help reduce unemployment, the Spanish government is continuing to change the country’s labour laws.  Madrid hopes the changes will make firms more willing to take on new staff, because historically it has been difficult for Spanish companies to make staff
redundant.

As part of Spain’s continuing austerity measures – which have sparked a number of large protests across the country – the government is also reducing the pensions of public sector workers.  Desite the IMF’s warnings, it said Spain was still on track to reduce the country’s public deficit from 9.2% of its annual economic output in 2010, to 6% this year.

Gold rose to settle above $1,546 on Tuesday, driven by a weaker dollar and uncertainty over the outcome of a confidence vote in Greece that may determine whether the country can avert a default on its sovereign debt.

Bullion also got a lift from a return of investor risk appetite, as the grains, commodity and equity markets rose across the board on hopes that the Greek government could avoid defaulting on its sovereign debt.

On the options front, gold volatility has dropped by nearly one-fifth from its peak in mid-May, as prices of the underlying gold futures have largely been rangebound after rallying to a record $1,575.79 on May 2.

“Gold has been split between taking its cue from the changes in sovereign risk, but today the sovereign risk has declined and the euro … has rallied and gold is choosing to track the euro more than it is the reduction in sovereign risk,” said James Steel, chief commodities analyst at HSBC.

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May 26

The Government Won’t Be Able to Help You In This Coming Crisis!

MSNBC Article – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41062817/ns/business-consumer_news

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The Government Won’t Be Able to Help You In This Coming Crisis!

Face it, when a crisis arises, you and your family will be on your own. And if you want to be able to help others, you will need to have a basement full of stored foods. Just imagine the peace of mind you’ll enjoy knowing your family will have enough to eat no matter what happens! Lastly, you will finally say good-bye to being a
super market slave. Every time you go to your basement or pantry and grab a jar of your private food supply, you are truly self-sufficient and finally off the establishment food grid. Look at this..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_7kRV5kD0o&feature=player_embedded#

Chart from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service tells the real story:

food stamp The Government Wont Be Able to Help You In This Coming Crisis! One in seven Americans now depend on food stamps to pay the grocery bill each week, and according to a recent
report, private food distribution and food assistance organizations have seen a 10% rise in their client base. This on top of reports that food banks are actually running low on food (1,2) due to fewer donations caused by a failing economy and rising food prices.

Had someone forecast in 2007 that the rate of food stamp participation would nearly double by 2011 few would have believed it, likely dismissing the thought as lunacy. But the chart above shows that the prediction would not have been too far off. And given that the employment situation remains bleak, while commodity prices around the world
continue to rise, we would not be at all surprised to see the participation rate accelerate and reach 50 million within the next 18 months.

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Reasons Food Shortages Will Become a Global Crisis

Food inflation is here and it’s here to stay.  We can see it getting worse every time we buy groceries. Basic food commodities like wheat, corn, soybeans, and rice have been skyrocketing since July, 2010 to record highs.  These sustained price increases are only expected to continue as food production shortfalls really begin to take their toll this year and
beyond.

This summer Russia banned exports of wheat to ensure their nation’s supply, which sparked complaints of protectionism.  The U.S. agriculture community
is already talking about rationing corn over ethanol mandates versus supply concerns. We’ve seen nothingyet in terms of food protectionism.

Global food shortages have forced emergency meetings at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization where they claim “urgent action” is needed.  They point to extreme weather as the main contributing factor to the growing food shortages.  However, commodityspeculation has also been targeted as one of the culprits.

It seems that the crisis would also present the perfect opportunity and the justification for the large GMO food companies to force their products into skeptical markets like in Europe and Japan,  as recently leaked cables suggest.  One thing is for sure; food shortages will likely continue to get worse and eventually become a full-scale global
food crisis.

Here are seven reasons why food shortages are here to stay on a worldwide scale:
1. Extreme Weather: Extreme weather has been a major problem for global food; from summer droughts and heat waves that devastated Russia’s wheat crop
to the ongoing catastrophes from ‘biblical flooding’ in Australia and Pakistan.  And it doesn’t end there.  An extreme winter cold snap and snow has struck the whole of Europe and the United States. Staple crops are failing in all of these regions making an already fragile harvest in 2010 even more critical into 2011.  Based on the recent past, extreme weather conditions are only likely to continue and perhaps worsen in the coming years.

2. Bee Colony Collapse: The Guardian reported this week on the USDA’s study on bee colony decline in the United States: “The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades.” It is generally understood that bees pollinate around 90% of the world’s commercial crops.  Obviously, if these numbers are remotely close to accurate, then our natural food supply is in serious trouble.  Luckily for us, the GMO giants have seeds that don’t require open
pollination
to bear fruit.

3. Collapsing Dollar: Commodity speculation has resulted in massive food inflation that is already creating crisis levels in poor regions in the world. Food commodity prices have soared to record highs mainly because they trade in the ever-weakening dollar. Traders will point to the circumstances described in this article to justify their gambles, but also that food represents a tangible investment in an era of worthless paper.  Because the debt problems in the United States are only getting worse, and nations such as China and Russia are dropping
the dollar
as their trade vehicle, the dollar will continue to weaken, further driving all commodity prices higher.

4. Regulatory Crackdown: Even before the FDA was given broad new powers to regulate food in the recent Food Safety Modernization Act, small
farms were being raided and regulated out of business.  Now, the new food bill essentially puts food safety under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security where the food cartel uses the government to further consolidate their control over the industry. Militant police action is taken against farmers suspected of falling short on quality regulations. It is the power to intimidate innocent small farmers out of the business.

5. Risingoil prices: In 2008, record oil prices that topped $147 per barrel drove food prices to new highs.  Rice tripled in 6 months during the surge of oil prices, along with other food
commodities.  The price of oil affects food on multiple levels; from plowing fields, fertilizers and pesticides, to harvesting and hauling.  Flash forward to 2011:  many experts are predicting that oil may reach upwards of $150-$200 per barrel in the months ahead.  As oil closed out 2010 at its 2-year highs of $95/bbl, it is likely on pace to continue climbing.  Again, a
weakening dollar will also play its part in driving oil prices, and consequently, food prices to crisis levels.

6. IncreasedSoil Pollution: Geo-engineering has been taking place on a grand scale in the United States for decades now.  Previously known in conspiracy circles as ‘chemtrailing,’ the government has now admitted to these experiments claiming they are plan “B” to combat global warming.  The patents involved in this spraying are heavy in aluminum.  This mass aluminum contamination is killing plants and trees and making the soil sterile to most crops.  In an astonishing co

7.GMO Giants: Because of growing awareness of the health effects of GM foods, several countries have rejected planting them. Therefore, they would seem to need a food crisis to be seen as the savior in countries currently opposed to their products.  A leaked WikiLeaks cable confirms that this is indeed the strategy for GMO giants, where trade secretaries reportedly “noted that commodity price hikes might spur greater liberalization on biotech imports.” Since GMO giants already control much of the food supply, it seems they can also easily manipulate prices to achieve complete global control of food incidence, GMO companies have patented aluminum-resistant seeds to save the
day.

Massive Food Shortage Creates Worldwide Chaos!

Skyrocketing food prices are hitting pocketbooks worldwide. The world’s poorest countries which have the highest population bases are most at-risk as core food supplies become scarce. Worldwide grain supplies are dropping precipitously. Exporting nations are now themselves running out of grain.

As a result, hunger is spreading worldwide. Already, several African nations have had citizens killed in food riots. There is talk that the government in Bangladesh could be toppled
over soaring food prices. Food-related tensions and unrest are breaking out in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and South America. Armed soldiers now stand watch over rice distribution in more and more countries. Just a few miles to the South, food riots have broken out in Mexico and Haiti. Estimates are that 33 nations are at risk of conflict and social unrest because of food shortages.

That’s a lot of suffering. And, Americans who know their history understand all too well, suffering tends to bring out the ugly side in human nature. Right now, Americans just change channels when they see others starving on television. But it seems America could be next. The dollar is quickly losing value and the U.S is more dependent on foreign food production than ever. Already grocery bills are rising faster than incomes. Wheat, corn, soybeans, bread, apples, beef, chicken, eggs, and milk: prices for these items are shooting up by double-digit
percentages. Coupled with energy prices pushing skyward, more and more Americans are feeling the pinch which now includes food shortages. Many experts think we could be approaching the greatest disaster in the country’s history.
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Apr 19

How Do You Feel about a Possible Government Shutdown?

Most people think it will be the end of the world of the government shuts down this weekend. In reality, it’s not. But there are still plenty of people who would be affected, namely the “non-essential” government employees who would be given furloughs and wouldn’t be paid.

There are a lot of things that happen when you can’t be paid. Buying food is one of them. And our company is all about trying to get people to be prepared for unforseen situations such as these.

“I live in one room to save heat, buy limited groceries and struggle to make ends meet,” said Chris Cronkite of Bakersfield, California, who said her military contractor husband probably would be furloughed.

How will you be affected if there is a government shutdown?

Mar 25

Governments Around the World Giving it own People False Hopes about Preparedness for Food Shortages?

Recent articles from Tokyo and India seem to suggest that people aren’t entirely worried that they can’t get the food they need.

Take this excerpt from an interview in Tokyo, where stores are not completely out of food, but people call it a shortage anyway because of the blackouts:

“The supply of daily necessities will never dry up,” Renho, Japan’s minister of state for consumer affairs and food safety, said in a statement posted on the website of the prime minister’s office March 17. “If people continue to make unnecessary, non-urgent purchases, supply of necessities in the disaster-hit area may be disrupted,” said Renho, who uses only one name.

“So far there’s nothing I need that I can’t get,” Yumi Nakajima, a 50-year-old housewife, said outside one of Daimaru Inc.’s Peacock stores in Jiyugaoka, a residential area in Tokyo. “I still have rice at home and I saw them selling milk.” Complete source

Is the Japanese government setting up false hopes for the future in that people will believe the government will keep daily necessities flowing? Perhaps in a country as strong as Japan it is possible, but even in the United States, preparation is a questionable topic as we’ve read reports that the government is in short supply of food rations. Comfort may be seen in words and actions, but when a crisis occurs, you may have nothing but empty promises.

In the post from India, the government claims that people will never have to worry about the food shortage because they have the money to buy whatever is necessary:

“The people will not suffer at all from food crisis as the government will provide adequate money to ensure food security,” Sheikh Hasina said at a discussion in the city on Friday. Complete source

Although the government may be completely justified in its approach to taking care of its people, but the fact remains that they are relying on imports, and there may be a time when imports are not available. No amount of money can be an adequate replacement for food.

Food is the new currency, and it’s also the security that people need. The government is not the answer and they cannot save us in our time of adversity. The government cannot foresee disaster and hard economic times. Whatever their motives, people must still take it upon themselves to be self-reliant.

eFoods Global is the resource you need to prepare you and your loved ones for events that may happen to your family. There is nothing that can replace the feelings of security, knowing that you will have food to get you through the hard times when other people put their trust in false security of relying on others for preparation. Our new PURLs will help you share the news of eFoods Global; share an act of kindness today by introducing our business to someone you know and help them become better prepared for the future!

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Mar 22

Latest on Fed and Inflation Cover Up

Ron Paul
March 22, 2011

Last week, the subcommittee which I chair held a hearing on monetary policy and rising prices. Whether we consider food, gasoline, or clothing, the cost of living is increasing significantly. True inflation is defined as an increase in the money supply. All other things being equal, an increase in the money supply leads to a rise in prices. Inflation’s destructive effects have ruined societies from the Roman Empire to Weimar Germany to modern-day Zimbabwe.

Blame for the most recent round of price increases has been laid at the feet of the Federal Reserve’s program of credit expansion for the past three years. The current program, known as QE2, sought to purchase a total of $900 billion in US Treasury debt over a period of 8 months. Roughly $110 billion of newly created money is flooding into commodity markets each month.

The price of cotton is up more than 170% over the past year, oil is up over 40%, and many categories of food staples are seeing double-digit price growth. This means that food, clothing, and gasoline will become increasingly expensive over the coming year. American families, many of whom already live paycheck to paycheck, increasingly will be forced by these rising prices into unwilling tradeoffs: purchasing ground beef rather than steak, drinking water rather than milk, and choosing canned vegetables over fresh in order to keep food on the table and pay the heating bill. Frugality can be a good thing, but only when it is by choice and not forced upon the citizenry by the Fed’s ruinous monetary policy.

While the Fed takes credit for the increase in the stock markets, it claims no responsibility for the increases in food and commodity prices. Most economists fail to understand that inflation is at its root a monetary phenomenon. There may be other factors that contribute to price increases, such as famine, flooding, or global unrest, but those effects are transient. Consistently citing only these factors, while never acknowledging the effects of monetary policy, is a cop-out.

The unelected policymakers at the Fed are also the last to feel the effects of inflation. In fact, they benefit from it, as does the government as a whole. Those who receive this new money first, such as government employees, contractors, and bankers are able to use it before price increases occur, while those further down the totem pole suffer price increases before they see any wage increases. By continually reducing the purchasing power of the dollar, the Fed’s monetary policy also punishes savings and thrift. After all, why save rapidly depreciating dollars?

Unfortunately, those policymakers who exercise the most power over the economy are also the least likely to understand the effects of their policies. Chairman Bernanke and other members of the Federal Open Market Committee were convinced in mid-2008 that the economy would rebound and continue to grow through 2009, even though it was clear to many observers that we were in the midst of a severe economic crisis. Even Greenspan was known for downplaying the importance of the growing housing bubble just as it was reaching its zenith. It remains impossible for even the brilliant minds at the Fed to achieve both the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary to enact central economic planning without eventually bringing the country to economic ruin. Our witnesses delved deeply into these issues and explained this phenomenon in very logical, simple terms. The American people increasingly understand what is going on with our money. I only hope the Fed is listening.

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