The world is in crisis as food and water become scarcer by the day. People are fighting over any dog food that can be found. The streets are filled with crime in every major country in the world. In between unprecedented earthquake activity, tornadic episodes and the four pest infestations so far in 2009, millions have died since this time last year.
“I lived through The Great Depression for what?” cried Thomas Kilburn, age 80, as he breathed his last breath.
Many are blaming this crisis on farmers who raised corn, wheat, and hay for ethylene instead of food for human and animal consumption. Cattle were killed for food by ranchers who had no hay, making meat and milk products higher in price and lower in availability. Eggs are now impossible to find since people started killing off their starving chickens for food.
Catholic Relief Services has announced their cupboards are bare, just as all other governmental and religious relief agencies did this year.
Last year, prices rose sharply in every region of the world for some of the most basic foodstuffs traded on international commodity markets. The price of wheat rose by 600% in less than a year, and other staples such as corn, maize and soy were trading at well below their 1990s levels the latter part of 2008. Rice, which was the staple food for about 4 billion people worldwide, rose 800% in cost in the last 3 years, and now is impossible to find on grocery shelves. In most countries, prices rose 1,000% in 9 months, and people began to turn to relief organizations in mass.
Consumers were warned in January of 2008 to start stocking their pantries with basic staples and powdered milk. Bags of rice and beans were rationed, first at Sam’s and Costco Stores, then other store chains followed suit. However, most consumers viewed the warning as just another fear tactic of the Bush Administration and ignored the warning. Those who did stock their shelves have now run out of food, causing the crime rate to jump in just 9 months to unprecedented heights. People growing their own staples, vegetables, and fruit are being victimized at unprecedented rates in history.
James Robison cried as he told his Life Today audience, “For more than 25 years we have been providing food and digging wells all around the world. And now we have nothing left to give these starving children, or their parents, and it’s more than I can bear. Only a miracle can save this world now. Please, people, pray! Only God can save us now.”