Watching It All Disappear from Grocery Shelves

February 6, 2014 at 7:51 AM 3 comments

by Fred DeRuvo

Lack of water does not paint a pretty picture for life ahead.

Lack of water does not paint a pretty picture for life ahead.

The article states that in one California region alone (the Central Valley, “a flat, fertile region stretching 450 miles (720 km) north-south from Redding to Bakersfield”), 500,000 acres of land will not grow crops due to tremendous water shortages.

The water tables are extremely low due to the lack of snow melt and depletion from the Sierra Nevada Mountains that is collected in reservoirs. Governor Jerry Brown has asked that people voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20%. That is likely only the beginning. If that doesn’t work, more drastic measures will need to be taken.

But what does this mean for the consumer? Even if you don’t live in California, you will be affected by all of this. Fewer crops means higher prices in the grocery stores, if you can find what you’re looking for on the shelves. The article states that many fruit and vegetables will be hit hard.

“Mike Wade, executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition” stated, “such annual row crops as tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, cantaloupes, garlic, peppers and corn” will be drastically affected and that “consumers can also expect higher prices and reduced selection at grocery stores, particularly for products such as almonds, raisins, walnuts and olives.”

Wade also stated that “roughly $5 billion in direct costs of lost production and indirect effects through the region’s economy” and that “economic toll of that magnitude would put about 40 percent of all agricultural jobs in the Central Valley at risk, or about 117,000 people directly employed in farm production, processing and transportation” potentially without work.

It won’t simply be vegetables and fruit either that will be affected. What about cattle? They need grains, hay, and grass to eat. If water is not in great supply for fruits and vegetables, chances are that the cattle farmers who need it to grow the necessary food for their cows will find limited supplies of water as well.

All of this means an increase in meat prices due to a shortage of cattle. In short, everything that needs water to grow to harvest will be impacted and as consumers, so will you also be impacted. Cattle farmers in several areas of California have already been forced to downsize their herds over the past few years due to the continuing drought. This from an article written in 2009. It has not gotten better and will simply get worse as time goes by.

I wonder…have you made any preparations for this coming catastrophe? Have you stocked up on non-perishable items for just such an occasion? If not, why not?

When Joseph was imprisoned in Egypt, the Pharaoh had several dreams that caused him great fear. He didn’t know what they meant but certainly wanted to find out. Joseph was called in and told Pharaoh that the dreams represented a time of coming catastrophe in the form of a period of seven years of famine. The interesting thing is that seven years of plenty were to occur before the seven years of famine. You can read about this in Genesis 41.

If not for Joseph’s insight and the ability to discern what to do so that the Egyptians would not starve to death, no one would have been left alive. A carefully laid plan to store up as much produce and grain as possible as a safeguard against the coming famine. The seven years of plenty would allow them to do just that.

We are being warned at all turns that famines, wars, and terrible weather is affecting the ability to produce food. Prices keep rising at the grocery stores and they will continue to do so. In six months or a year from now, what will a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread cost? How much money will it take to buy our favorite fruits and vegetables, provided they are even available to purchase?

If people do not start doing what they can to stock up on non-perishable foods, they have only themselves to blame. Yes, times are difficult now, but in order to make it through the coming very tough times, it may be necessary to change the way you live. Buy cheaper foods. Eliminate the snacks. Stop eating out. Put the money you do have to good use. Think of the future.

Food shortages are most certainly coming. If farmers in California are being forced to let fields like fallow because of a lack of water, then you should be concerned about the resultant shortage of food.

Entry filed under: Religious - Christian - End Times, Religious - Christian - Prophecy.

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  • 1. Pam  |  February 24, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    I agree with what your saying. heads in the sand .

  • 2. Pam  |  February 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    your very right, but you know I have one big problem with the people of California. They waste more than most people in this country. Problem would be solved some what if
    1) they empty the pools
    2) add gravel to the lawns
    and so on, look around Vegas, recycled water, gravel for lawns, etc. May be these people that HAVE to have all the materialism, of pools and lush yards, need to stop and think of the better for all. we have lived in a drought now for a few yrs, we catch rain water for the garden, we don’t wash our cars, we wash cloths on certain days of the week, dishwashers are ONLY ran when full, there are no pools we pray for the rain for our trees and lawns, no rain lawns turn brown, we live with what God has given to us and have learned to make due, we use common sense in our everyday lives.

    Maybe it’s time for the pools to be closed. If they used their heads and thought about how much they could do with the water to fill one pool, the difference it could make to Everyone that will be effected by the greed of materialism.

    • 3. modres  |  February 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Yes, in California, it’s not the farmers that waste water. It’s the residents.

      For me, a pool has a dual purpose though. It can be used as a potable water source if it is kept clean. We have an above ground pool that does not use chemicals, but uses a high-grade sand filtration system. Even if boiling the water is required, that’s not a big deal. However, pools should not be emptied and refilled as often as many people in the West do so. The other problem though is that due to the heat on the West Coast, pool water tends to evaporate and can go down as much as three to four inches per week.

      When people began moving to California generations ago, they also began planting things that were not native to the area. People did this in numerous southwestern states as well. It changes and often ruins the ecosystem.

      When water becomes extremely scarce, people will become desperate for it. The coming food shortage is only the beginning of what is likely to unfold. I’d be willing to bet that most people in California right now are not voluntarily restricting their water usage. As long as the water comes out of the tap when they turn it on, things will appear to be normal.

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