The U.S. Faces A Catastrophic Food Supply Crisis In America As Farmers Struggle

American farmers are battling several issues when it comes to producing our food.  Regulated low prices, tariffs, and the inability to export have all cut into the salaries of farmers.  They are officially in crisis mode, just like the United States’ food supply.

“The farm economy’s in pretty tough shape,” said John Newton, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. “When you look out on the horizon of things to come, you start to see some cracks.” Average farm income has fallen to near 15-year lows under president Donald Trump’s policies, and in some areas of the country, farm bankruptcies are soaring.  And with slightly higher interest rates, many don’t see borrowing more money as an option.  “A lot of farmers are going to give the president the benefit of the doubt, and have to date. But the longer the trade war goes on, the more that dynamic changes,” said Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, according to Politico.

With no end to the disastrous trade war in sight, many farmers have traveled to Washington to share their plights with the president himself hoping that he’ll end the trade war that’s exacerbating an already precarious food crisis.  Farmers make up a fairly large chunk of president Trump’s base, and an unwillingness to put food production in the United States first could be detrimental for Trump reelection chances in 2020. It could also be the beginning of a catastrophic food shortage.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis warned back in November of rising Chapter 12 bankruptcies used by family farmers to restructure massive amounts of debt. The Fed said that the strain of low commodity prices “is starting to show up not just in bottom-line profitability, but in simple viability.” The increase in bankruptcies was driven by woes in Wisconsin’s dairy sector, which shrunk by about 1,200 operations, or 13 percent, from 2016 to October 2018.

“You’ve had farms that have gone out of business, that have gone bankrupt because of this trade war,” said Kuehl of Farmers for Free Trade. “There’s a lot of farmers going through tough conversations right now with their lenders.” And so far, the government’s solution to the problem they created is to give more welfare to farmers, placing the burden on the backs of taxpayers.

As the government continues to pass the burden onto others while destroying the food industry, things could very well reach apocalyptic levels.  Nothing will see this country spiral into complete disarray like a lack of food. Alarmingly, scientists have already said that the global food supply system is broken.

To put it simply, government interference in the agriculture industry is responsible for the food crisis we all are about to face.

Source: The U.S. Faces A Catastrophic Food Supply Crisis In America As Farmers Struggle

3 thoughts on “The U.S. Faces A Catastrophic Food Supply Crisis In America As Farmers Struggle

  1. This is a carefully constructed piece to make the public believe that the farm crisis is everything abd evryone’s fault …except those truly responsible. Farmers left soy crops in the fields and let them rot this year as their was no market for gmo soy. THAT is the problem. No one wants this gmo, herbicide –pesticide ridden crap in their country. Several countries have laws that require gmo labeling…and those products are virtually left sitting on shelves if they have not been totally banned already. The market on gmo crops started crashing some years back. This was signaled by the inclusion of soybean oil in bakery goods for no other purpose than they had no where else to go with it.

    Wisconsin losing 1200 dairy farms is due to the attacks on raw milk and the forced use of antibiotics, vaccines and hormones on dairy cattle which caused supposedly a 20% increase in production. Unfortunately…that increase was not more milk…it was blood and pus from the hormones and vaccines that accumulated in the milk most especially rbg hormones.. The USDA in Wisconsin attacked dairy farmers, destroyed inventory, drug the farmers thru court, raided their homes and businesses and made it impossible for them to continue.

    When we have a government that has every intention of ending anything other than corporate farming (thru several presidencies) and will give you food stamps but does everything it can to prohibit or make illegal the growing of your own food…we have a problem.

    The tariffs were the cover story for the loss of sales of gmo crops. It has reached crisis proportions. And no farmer, since the 2010 Food Modernization ACT is prohibited from entering the export markets…in fact…that bill was a forced export bill requiring 80% of agricultural products to be put up for export.

    All that beef we love to eat? We have 13 western states devastated by over grazing of millions of head of cattle and yet only 4-6 % of beef in stores across the country comes from US producers. IT all goes into the global market. The beef you buy comes from Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and Venezuela,

    I see more and more of these contrived “sounds like it could be true” pieces meant to do nothing more than condition the public to accept the coming food crisis as something they have no control over. The only thing we have no control over is a government that is contracting against us.

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  2. Very enlightening, ppjg, and a strong case for optimism. That’s really fantastic to hear consumers have been successful in boycotting GMO products to the point they have a clear financial impact on farmers. When I left the US in 2002, hardly anyone had heard of genetic engineering. Moms Across America has really done exceptional work in bringing this issue to public light.

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  3. When China signaled it would negotiate on tariffs, that was not good news for government. China followed this up by issuing a statement that they would no longer accept glysophate dense products. ROUNDUP! dense products. china was the largest buyer of US soy…until China realized the detrimental affects of gmo food on public health.
    Once China declared it would negotiate….everything on tariffs went silent….and then articles like the one above started appearing all over the net declaring the coming food crisis and instead of standing up the public sits and sings …woe is me! Get some heritage seeds…learn to plant and grow your own garden. Food stamps are worthless if there is little to no food.

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