As the article quoted above noted, last century was far wetter than usual. During that time, we built teeming cities in the desert and we farmed vast areas that are usually bone dry…
Scientists say their research shows the 20th century was one of the wettest centuries in the past 1,300 years. During that time, we built massive dams and rerouted rivers. We used abundant water to build major cities and create a $45 billion agriculture industry in a place that used to be a desert.
So what happens if the western half of the country returns to “normal”?
What will we do then?
Meanwhile, drought is devastating many other very important agricultural areas around the world as well. For example, the horrible drought in Brazil could soon send the price of coffee through the roof…
Coffee futures prices are up more than 75 percent this year due to a lack of appreciable rain in the coffee growing region of eastern Brazil during January and February, which are critical months for plant development, according to the International Coffee Organization, a London-based trade group.
At this point, 142 Brazilian cities are rationing water, and it wouldn’t just be coffee that would be affected by this drought. As a recent RT article explained, Brazil is one of the leading exporters in a number of key agricultural categories…
Over 140 Brazilian cities have been pushed to ration water during the worst drought on record, according to a survey conducted by the country’s leading newspaper. Some neighborhoods only receive water once every three days.
Water is being rationed to nearly 6 million people living in a total of 142 cities across 11 states in Brazil, the world’s leading exporter of soybeans, coffee, orange juice, sugar and beef. Water supply companies told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the country’s reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest they have been in 20 years. A record heat wave could raise energy prices and damage crops.
Some neighborhoods in the city of Itu in Sao Paulo state (which accounts for one-quarter of Brazil’s population and one-third of its GDP), only receive water once every three days, for a total of 13 hours.
Most people just assume that we will always have massive quantities of cheap, affordable food in our supermarkets.
But just because that has been the case for as long as most of us can remember, that does not mean that it will always be true.
Times are changing, and food prices are already starting to move upward aggressively.
Yes, let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.
This article is brought to you courtesy of Michael Snyder.