Monday, June 16, 2008

Pity Iowa, Pity Us

The heartland is under water, and the truth of the matter is, we should start thinking seriously about the possible implications. I am not certain what the precise percentage of US farmland is underwater, but I am certain that the rains and the ensuing flooding have taken a healthy bite out of the corn and bean production in the best farmland in the country.

This is not good. We have been eating into our food reserves for a couple of years now and foolishly converting food into fuel supplements for our SUV’s and high horsepower status symbols. The government corn and wheat reserves are effectively at zero and the private stocks are equally low. If the farmers in the midwest don’t perform a miracle and get a good harvest we may very well be a a position where shortfalls of grains and other food stocks will occur in the US.

We are already performing an economic balancing act. I was hoping that through blind luck we could have pulled out of the tailspin and I could continue living my fat, dumb, and happy life. A bad harvest may drive the economy into a nose dive that will take years to recover from. A really bad harvest could be a true disaster. I have no desire to deal with a Mad Max reality.

Put out your prayers to the farmers of Iowa. They will need God’s help to do their job. Should God decide to withhold that aid, hang on for what could prove to be one hell of a ride.

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