The impending global food crisis is blamed on Russia, but the truth is a bit more complex — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Just-in-Time Supply Chains, Globalism and Lack of Government Foresight Can Drive World Hunger

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine is undoubtedly impacting the world’s grain supply, as well as the means of cultivation around the world. But is the looming global food crisis solely Russia’s fault – as broadcast by the Western media machine?

Just a few months ago, Covid-19, government-mandated shutdowns and climate change were repeatedly blamed for this scenario.

A recent joint White House statement from US President Joe Biden and European leader Ursula von der Leyen clearly pointed to the alleged new culprit: “We are deeply concerned about how Putin’s war in Ukraine has caused major disruptions to international food and agricultural supply chains, and the threat it poses to global food security. We recognize that many countries around the world have relied on imported staple foods and fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia, with Putin’s aggression disrupting this trade.

The concept of global food security now appears as ephemeral as Biden’s mnemonic prowess. It’s been 12 years since the world was rocked by the Arab Spring, a series of events in which hunger played a significant role and which, in turn, led to violent uprisings and unresolved civil wars. in Libya, Yemen and Syria. Big Tech, Western officials, and influencers fueled this chaos in the name of “freedom and democracy,” but never offered concrete solutions. Instead, world hunger has risen unabated, while its root causes have been explained through the prism of “climate change” and “global governance”.

Meanwhile, right on the doorstep of the tech giants, the streets of San Francisco were increasingly crowded with homeless people and littered with human excrement and discarded needles from drug addiction. Even a new genre of urban art has emerged in the form of poo graffiti! Nothing better represents the disconnect between the lofty promises and the skeptical realities of Silicon Valley.

Here’s something else for the reader to think about: the contact tracing technologies that have been used to lock down societies have never been tested to connect the poor to nearby farmers’ markets, food banks and soup kitchens. A rational person cannot be blamed for suspecting that the intention all along was to eviscerate small farmers, grocers and shopkeepers during the shutdowns and thus bow down citizens to governments and big business. As for the technocrats lapping up the smarmy fantasies of the World Economic Forum (WEF), what lessons have they learned since the fateful Arab Spring?

Here we examine two inexcusable failures of the purveyors of global governance. These relate to the very issues that Biden and von der Leyen are using to scapegoat Russia.

National granaries

The Arab Spring and its bloody consequences should have given governments a lesson in the imperative of establishing new national breadbaskets. Well-maintained facilities can store wheat and corn, among other commodities, for more than 10 years. Individuals can extend this shelf life up to 31 years under appropriate conditions.

Grain statistics around the world also raise questions about governments’ commitments to food security. World wheat production, for example, has steadily increased over the past decade. According to a January 27 brief from “The volume of global wheat production amounted to approximately over 772 million metric tonnes in the 2020/21 marketing year. This is an increase of approximately ten million tonnes from to the previous year Wheat stocks are [sic] is also expected to increase to approximately 294 million metric tons worldwide by 2021.”

While these numbers are constantly updated as new data comes in, there has indeed been record wheat production in the face of the relentless global lockdowns. However, most governments have done little to build or expand their food stocks.

Attics were an indispensable feature of ancient civilizations. The Bible tells how Joseph guided Egypt through seven years of famine by establishing imperial granaries during the seven years of plenty. Thousands of years later, however, our modern sages are mesmerized by the WEF mantra of “you will own nothing and you will be happy” by 2030. Does this include possession of real food? I ask this question because the WEF is currently promoting synthetic meats and gourmet insects among other marvels.

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If your government failed to put in place a strategic stockpile of food in the wake of the Arab Spring, don’t blame Russia (or Ukraine) when the proverb hits the fan.

Fertilizer stocks

Unfortunately, our Gosplan-style world is too centralized, leading to risks for the global supply chain. An acute shortage of fertilizer is now one of them. Sanctions and the freezing of $300 billion in Russian assets around the world have been accompanied by bottlenecks in grain and fertilizer exports. The escalating energy war between Russia and Europe is also driving up the price of natural gas and essential downstream commodities.

Fertilizers are mainly made from nitrogen, phosphorus and/or potassium. Nitrogen and ammonia (another fertilizing compound made up of nitrogen and hydrogen) are extracted from natural gas. Our food security is therefore inextricably linked to the production of fossil fuels. This is an immutable reality that eco-warriors like to forget.

As the military operation in Ukraine drags on, few dare speculate about the end game. However, Bloomberg warns that for the “first time, farmers around the world – all at the same time – are testing the limits of how little chemical fertilizer they can apply without devastating their yields at harvest time. More worryingly, there are hundreds of fertilizer production plants around the world. In other words, global agricultural production is set to collapse – in qualitative and quantitative terms – over the next few months.

Astrophysicist David Friedberg paints a more alarming picture. The ongoing standoff between the West and Russia could likely starve hundreds of millions more people — beyond the 800 million people who already face hunger every day. Our centralized global just-in-time (JIT) production system only allows for a 90-day food supply for the planet. The current shortage of infant formula in the United States is directly related to the pitfalls of centralized JIT production.

World wheat prices hit record high

Could this disaster have been avoided? The West and Russia had been on a collision course since 2014 – just after Moscow reincorporated Crimea. The world has had eight long years to counter any escalation of the New Cold War against Western Russia. As Russia steadily accumulated its gold reserves, the West could also have studied, identified and stockpiled the elements it needed from Russia in the event of a geopolitical escalation. At the very top of this list should have been fertilizers and storable foods. Instead, the West was more interested in Pussy Riot and promoting the liberal agenda.

In the end, there is absolutely no excuse for the criminal shortsightedness of governments. For those wondering about the longevity of stored fertilizers, here are some facts from a gardening website: Liquid chemical fertilizers can be stored for a decade, while liquid organic fertilizers have a shelf life of 5 to 8 years. Granular or crystallized dry fertilizer can be stored indefinitely.

Where are the fertilizer storage facilities that could have protected our farms for years?

Fecal farms

Over the next few months, the EU may be tempted to replace chemical fertilizers from Russia with human sewage sludge. However, as a recent Mongabay article warns, “Human waste – including pharmaceuticals and microplastics in feces and urine – poses a major public health hazard, causing disease outbreaks and putting biodiversity at risk.” They contain a variety of dangerous contaminants and pathogens that can affect the entire food chain. Contaminants such as nanoplastics cannot be filtered out by conventional means.

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Despite the obvious risks, the UK is believed to have imported 27,500 tonnes of Dutch sewage sludge for its agricultural needs in 2020. Western European farms, by extension, have now become the world’s largest reservoir of microplastics due to their use of sewage sludge. The degradation of EU farmland could worsen as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict drags on.

No one knows if famine will ravage the world by Christmas. But make no mistake: it will be the poorest societies – mainly in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia – that will suffer first. Even if Russia and Ukraine sign a truce tomorrow and normalcy returns to the region, many parts of China face unprecedented lockdowns. The cogs of the global economy are now swinging aimlessly inside countless ships along China’s shores. These include essential items for agriculture.

Interestingly, the WHO criticized China’s zero Covid policy as being ” unsustainable “, which is a marked departure from earlier accolades that New Zealand had done the same.

In this cauldron of madness, our collective future was recently summed up as follows:The whole planet is a pot and we are all frogs.

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