WARNING: Top 1% Farmer Voices His Concerns About The Coming Food Crisis

Throughout history, mankind has waged a constant war with starvation. From the time of the first hunter-gatherers, through the early cultivation of crops and all the way to our modern, industrialized farming techniques, we humans have been working to ensure that we can survive the next winter, when no crops are growing and animals hide in their burrows. To our ancestors, this was a great challenge, unlike today. For that reason, the idea of being a “prepper” would seem strange, as they all lived a prepping lifestyle.

Yet somehow, modern western culture has distanced itself from the reality of needing to grow food. As the number of farmers in our midst keeps dwindling and industrialized farming takes over, fewer and fewer people have any idea of where their food comes from. The idea that the grocery store produces meat and vegetables rather than farmers and ranchers growing it, might make for a good joke, but the ignorance behind it is outright frightening.

The United States is the number one food producing nation in the world; yet we do it with a very small percentage of our overall population. Farming, fishing, forestry and related activities account for only 1.8% of the overall workforce. Those people not only produce the food that we eat here at home, but much that is exported overseas.

We depend on this small portion of our population, plus the others who work in the food service industry, to keep the rest of us fed. The rest of us don’t even bother thinking about it. After all, there’s always food in the grocery store… lots of food. There always has been and there always will be, right?

But what if they can’t? What if, for some reason, the farmers in this country can’t produce the food needed to feed our population, let alone all the other countries in the world that buy $159 billion in American food products? What will we do then?

We may very well be facing that problem in the very near future, a top one percent farmer warns. Between late planting of grains, especially corn, in 2020 and an unusually dry growing season, US grain harvests were low in 2020. This is on top of low production of vegetables due to the ongoing droughts in Southern California.

What this means is that the “excess” food in the “pipeline” has all disappeared in a period of about four months. While we are not yet in trouble, we’re teetering right on the edge. All it would take to put us into food shortage, is for a low harvest level in 2021, either through drought, natural disasters, an early winter destroying crops or another late planting season.

We’re Not Hearing About It

Should there be actual shortages of food, there would be a need for some sort of food rationing. That would be a function of the USDA (US Department of Agriculture), who would be responsible for putting some sorts of controls in place, ensuring that the food which our farmers are producing would be properly allocated, so that everyone’s needs would be met.

What’s scarier than the potential of food shortages in the near future, is that we’re not hearing about it. Nor does it seem that the USDA is hearing anything about it. Nothing is being done to prepare for potential shortages, because the people who should be dealing with that don’t have any idea of what is going on. They seem to be kept in the dark and nobody seems to know who is hiding that news.

This means that when the food shortages begin to manifest, nobody is going to be ready for it. Government bureaucrats and major producers up and down the line will be caught with a sudden need to do something, but without the time to plan out what should be done.

Can The Food Run Short?

There are places in the world today where food shortages are the norm. I’ve had church pastors from other countries in my home, who have told me about the people they bury, even children, because they’ve starved to death. This is a very real problem in a number of different countries. It’s not something made up by non-profit organizations, to try and get your money.

Are we going to run into that problem here in the USA? We could, but we probably won’t. As a country, we produce something like 180 billion tons of food per year. Of that, about a third actually goes to waste, not ending up on anyone’s dining room table.

The reason for this waste, is that, as a country, we are very focused on the appearance of our food. That began just after the time of World War II, coinciding with electric refrigerators becoming commonplace. Even with their faults, those early electric refrigerators were so much more efficient than iceboxes, that it made a difference in how our food looked, especially produce. No longer did homemakers have to concern themselves with brown spots on produce; it would be consumed before that happened.

With that being the case, homemakers became more selective in their purchases, passing over imperfect produce, in favor of better looking specimens. Noticing this, grocers stopped putting less than perfect produce on the shelves, opting to throw it away and make their selection look better. This then worked its way back to the farm, so that now there’s a lot of food which goes from the farm right to the landfill, rather than trucking it to the store.

Please note that there is nothing wrong with all this food that gets thrown away. In most cases, the flaws are superficial, mere cosmetic blemishes. I’m not talking about food that has spoiled, just food that doesn’t’ look so good.

With so much food that doesn’t ever get eaten, our farms would have to suffer severe shortages, before it became a shortage in the grocery store. The ones who would most likely be affected by such shortages would be our overseas customers, who buy some $160 billion worth of American food per year.

When Food Runs Short

This isn’t to say that it would be impossible for there to be serious food shortages in our country. The amount of food our farmers produce annually is dependent on a lot of separate factors. Should just one of those factors fall short, we might suddenly find ourselves in the position where productivity on the farms is drastically reduced.

There are a number of things I can think of, off hand, which could bring that about, ranging from severe weather to government regulation. Some of these regulations are being pushed for in Washington, without anyone taking into account the ultimate effect of those regulations.

Should the food supply begin to run short, we would first see it as a rise in prices at the store. The only effect that would have on most of us is a more costly grocery bill. We’d pay it and complain, tightening our belts elsewhere in our budgets, so that we could buy the same as we’ve always done.

But there would be those who couldn’t afford to spend more on their grocery bills; those people would suffer. Oh, they wouldn’t starve, but they would need to change their eating habits, so that they didn’t. More than anything, rather than buying fresh, they would have to settle for less favorable choices, perhaps even eating the food that is currently being thrown away.

It Could All Stop Tomorrow

While it would take a lot to shut down our farms or lower the amount they produce to levels where we would see shortages, there is one thing that could shut down food supplies in a day. That’s any sort of damage to our nation’s trucking industry.

The food production and food service industries depend on trucking, more so than many other industries. Without our nation’s trucking industry taking food from the farm to the various processing facilities and then from those to the stores, the supermarket shelves would empty in a day.

As I sit here writing this, that’s happening in Wyoming. Severe winter weather has made the roads all but impassible, with over 200 miles of Interstate 80 closed down. This is making it difficult for truckers to make their deliveries, which in turn has led to empty shelves in the stores. Should this situation last for more than a few days, things could get serious for the inhabitants of that state.

The same could happen nationwide, should the electrical grid go down or some sort of nationwide quarantine be put in place due to pandemic. It wouldn’t matter what farmers could produce then, as it would only be available to people living locally. Those who lived in states where there wasn’t any food grown or even in cities that were far from the farms and processing plants, had better have their pantries stocked, or they’ll find themselves on very short rations.

9 thoughts on “WARNING: Top 1% Farmer Voices His Concerns About The Coming Food Crisis

  1. What the author fails to mention is two important facts. 1. Its the petrochemical industry that has allowed the US to grow enough food to feed most of the globe with only 1.8% of the total workforce. 2. As we enter a period of unknown length regarding low sun spot activity, temperatures conducive to food crop growth will begin to drop, affecting crop growth in negative ways which could mean reduced harvest or NO harvest. Increased volcanic activity could result in the same scenario.

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  2. Growing your on food is essential and not something easy to learn. People need to start learning, on our farm I have spent 25 years growing our produce and raising chickens, beef, goats, hogs and our horses for transportation if needed. We are in our early 70’s and retired but are working just as hard. It is a challenge with the solar minimum and chemical spraying of our skies. I have resorted to germinating all
    my seeds in house because the high aluminum content retards germination. All this has to be learned to get a good harvest, then one has to learn how to store your produce. I fear many Americans will be lost because their learning curve on the fast track will not be enough!

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    • Elizabeth, my husband and I are in your same age bracket and are doing the same with growing our own food, but without livestock. I never grew anything but a tomato until 2009 when I started with beans and broccoli. Today I grown enough to supply not only ourselves but the families of two daughters with fresh and canned produce. We don’t have a farm–just a lot in town but it can be done. And now both daughters are starting to grow food as well.

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  3. I bought an AeroGarden & am growing food indoors & harvesting constantly. My outdoor garden has been irregular here in Florida for the Past 2 years & Very Unreliable where before it was Not a Problem.


  4. Last years garden here in Texas was a disaster, same procedures used from the past but tomatoes, potatoes, and corn were a disaster; however, peppers, okra, and carrots were in abundance. Green Beans and Black Eyed Peas did not seem to be affected. We start our sensitive crops under a grow light and transplant each year. I am a retired farmer in my mid seventies with plenty of experience with papered degrees, but none of that makes any difference when the weather decides to change the rules. It is a no brainer to grow onions from sets, but I noticed yesterday that this years crop is 95% DEAD, and this is the second time in ten years that this has happened, time to replant, and by the way, I replanted carrots three times last year to even get them up. Last year we had expanded our Blackberries by double in numbers, but our yield was less than 50% of prior years. Last years fruit trees were loaded, pears, peaches, plums, but all were lost to a late freeze. Times and weather seem to be changing.


  5. Massive crop failures in our area last season, insects, heat, drought, – (air dropped mild defoliant?) We are currently transitioning to growing in controlled environments. Food is being used as a weapon, massive decentralized food production is needed now. Grow raise and share.

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  6. My wife and I live dead center inner city, in a city of over 1,000,000. We are serious hobby gardeners and have been doing it for quite a few years. We have a good raspberry patch, and grow beats, carrots, onions, cucumbers, potatos, garlic, zuchini, tomatos, lettuce, chard, and a bit of corn. For the last 10 years at least, we have preserved an average of 235 jars of preserves every year. We do jelly, jam, green tomato relish, pickled beets and carrots, apple sauce, tomatoes and salsa. We produce way more than 2 people eat, so we give away at least 100 jars of preserves a year, and are always eating the preserves from 3 seasons previously. Home made preserves, with no preservatives added, last 3 years in PERFECT condition. After that the colors start to go, but they could easily be kept and consumed for another 2 years. We go to a mushroom farm every year for compost for the gardens and use no fertilizers or pesticides. The quality cannot be matched by what you could buy in any store. Growing a garden is one of the most revolutionary and rewarding activities one can engage in, and anybody can do it. Start small…ask questions, and learn as you go. God Bless ALL who read this.

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