USDA has announced that nine counties in Kansas are natural disasters areas due to drought conditions. In addition, 16 neighboring counties can apply for aid also because they have been hit hard too.
In the same report the government also pronounced several counties in Missouri so have been hit hard. They too, are eligible for disaster aid, and the list continues to grow.
What is next for farm and croplands?
Thailand is flooding like never before, adding to the woes of Asian markets, already hit hard by the Japanese disaster and others that have rocked the region. Floods and tidal waves have washed topsoil from productive ground at an alarming rate. I haven’t seen reports on what the real toll is on Japan, but much of that ground is going to be unproductive for generations to come, if at all. The same is probably true of the American Midwest, as Farmers and ranchers stand by idly and watch their upstream neighbors farms slipping quietly into the Gulf of Mexico.
As more and more farm land disappears, we have more and stricter regulations put on us that make farming increasingly difficult. Here in the Northwest, it is probably less felt than elsewhere, but the regulations keep coming. And the farming gets harder and harder.
While that may seem counterproductive, and make no sense at all, you have to sort through the rhetoric and make certain you believe very little of what you see, nothing of what you hear. There is only one scenario that makes any sense at all when you take it all into account.
This week, the population of the earth has reached 7 billion people. The news media made quite a big deal with that story, as if ten people less made a big difference because the official count began with the number 6 instead of 7. But now the official count begins with the number 7.
Those are huge numbers, and of that, there is no doubt. A large number of those are surviving on a minimal diet, much less than we would need in this country, just to maintain body weight. Yet there they are, all 7 billion of them.
Now, creating tight regulation on farming (there is even discussion on removing all dust-creating activities from farming) serves only to lessen the food supply. Insane, isn’t it? Why would anyone want to limit food supply when people are starving? It would seem that farmers should receive an official “atta-boy” for their efforts, but there are just two possibilities of that happening, somewhere between slim and none.
Halloween is a good time for this sort of story–as chilling as it seems. Leadership around the world dosen’t want farmers to produce more food–they want less people. In polite circles, no one would say that–at least not outloud, but make no mistake, it’s only too true.
Now, don’t misunderstand. There are a great number of people in government that are good people working hard to do the job for which they were hired. But there is a move to reduce the population. China made it illegal to have more than one child, a move that seemed barbaric to some. But is that any more barbaric than letting people starve?
I’ve read that the proliferation of an oil based economy was the major reason for the increased population. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. Proponents of Agenda 21 say that the earth can only sustain about 1/10 of the present number inhabitants or they must return to a non-industrialized society.
Perhaps the world population will decline, perhaps not. But in the meantime, there are people to feed.