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During the past week, drought conditions have improved slightly across the U.S., but the majority of the lower 48 states continue to suffer from what is proving to be a widespread and pernicious drought event, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor statistics, released on Thursday. The drought put a major dent in the U.S. corn and soybean crop, and now it is delaying the emergence of winter wheat, which is grown in some of the hardest-hit drought states, such as Nebraska.
Two storm systems brought rain to the middle of the country during the past week, and that was enough to knock the drought footprint down from 63.55 percent of the contiguous U.S. to 62.39 percent. All categories of drought show slight improvements, including “exceptional drought,” which is the worst category. On October 9, 6.18 percent of the lower 48 states was experiencing exceptional drought conditions, but as of October 16, that had fallen to 5.84 percent. It may not be much of a gain, but any improvement is welcome news to those who have been impacted by what has already been the worst drought event since the 1950s, and is comparable in some ways to the Dust Bowl droughts of the 1930s.
According to Eric D. Luebehusen, a meteorologist at the Agriculture Department’s Office of the Chief Economist, 68 percent of the U.S. winter wheat crop is in drought. More than a third of the crop had emerged, but in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota, the emergence of the crop was running well below average.
Nebraska, the hardest-hit state, saw scant improvement, with the portion of the state in exceptional drought dropping slightly to 95.31 percent from 97.94 percent. More significant improvement occurred in Oklahoma, where extreme to exceptional drought fell from 95.70 percent on Oct. 9 to just 77.8 percent on Oct. 16. Other improvements occurred in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Drought conditions did expand, though, in parts of the Upper Midwest and Plains states, such as in Minnesota and the Dakotas. According to the winter outlook that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released on Thursday, these regions are likely to see a drier and warmer-than-average winter, although they are currently having a colder-than-average fall. The Western U.S., in general, is projected to be drier-than-average this winter, and drought conditions are forecast to spread westward from the Plains to the Pacific Northwest, and then southward down the West Coast to Central, and possibly even Southern, California.
More at the linkDuring the past week, drought conditions have improved slightly across the U.S., but... more
Spain has faced the driest winter ever recorded. It has raised red flags in Spain, where farmers face the threat of extreme drought. Grain crops in Spain are suffering after an unusually dry autumn and winter. The amount of rainfall has been just half of normal in key grain producing regions.
The map of the impact of the drought on plants throughout the country made with Normalized Vegetation Difference Index (NDVI) data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) instrument on the Terra satellite. It compares plant growth between April 6 and April 21, 2012, with average conditions for the same period. Brown indicates areas where plants are growing less vigorously than usual for this time of year. Gray indicates areas where data were not available. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data provided by Inbal Reshef, Global Agricultural Monitoring Project. Caption by Adam Voiland.)
In an analysis released on May 10, 2012, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, projected Spain’s wheat production would drop by 20 percent, oats by 18 percent, and barley by 14 percent in comparison to last year. Overall, the USDA expects Spain will need to import 11 million metric tons of grain from other European countries because of the drought.
In late April, increasing rainfall has started to improve the situation, particularly in the northern half of the country. If rain continues to fall regularly throughout May, there’s a chance that barley and wheat yields could rebound.
A closer view of Andalucía, a region in southern Spain that produces almost all of the country’s durum wheat. Only about half the normal amount of rainfall fell in Andalucía between January and April. In the other key wheat producing states of Castilla y Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, and Aragón, rainfall has been low as well. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data provided by Inbal Reshef, Global Agricultural Monitoring Project. Caption by Adam Voiland.)
Spain is not the only European country grappling with a weak wheat crop. Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, and other countries will likely see reduced yields as well due to dry weather. A cold spell at the end of February in Poland and Germany has also harmed crops. (EarthObservatory)
More at the linkSpain has faced the driest winter ever recorded. It has raised red flags in Spain,... more
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We’ve reached a critical time in American Agriculture…increased government regulations, population growth, economic uncertainty and volatile weather patterns all have a deep impact on the American farmer’s ability to produce food for our nation.
The average American is becoming generations removed from being raised on a family farm, and most people don’t understand the important role American farmers play in the nation’s economy. Many people have no idea of what it takes to harvest the crops that end up on their dining room table.
The GREAT AMERICAN WHEAT HARVEST is a documentary film being produced that will tell the story of hard-working custom harvesters who travel from the heart of Texas to the Canadian border harvesting the wheat that feeds our Great Country and the World.
We take it for granted that our food magically appears on our table. It’s important for us to keep telling the story and inform people about the farmers and harvesters who work to make our food supply a safe, abundant, and affordable reality.
Visit our website at GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com to find out how you can help and contribute to the development and education of telling this vital story.Here's a link to a preview of the movie:... more
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Central China’s worst drought in more than 50 years is drying reservoirs and stalling rice planting, and threatens crippling power shortages as hydroelectric output slows, state media said yesterday.
Rainfall levels from January to last month in the drainage basin of the Yangtze, China’s longest and most economically important river, have been 40 percent lower than average levels of the past 50 years, the China Daily said.
The national flood and drought control authority has ordered the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project, to increase its discharge of water by 10 percent to 20 percent for the next two weeks.
The measure is aimed at sending badly needed water to the Yangtze’s middle and lower reaches for drinking and irrigation.
Watermarks in more than 1,300 reservoirs in Hubei Province, where the dam is located, have dropped below allowable discharge levels for irrigation, the paper quoted Hubei Reservoir Management Director Yuan Junguang (袁俊光) as saying.
Rainfall in some areas is as much as 80 percent lower than usual, while the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and Zhejiang along with Shanghai municipality are mired in their worst droughts since 1954.
“Without adequate water, we lost the spring planting season for rice,” Hubei farmer Zhou Xingtao was quoted as saying.
The paper said many other farmers in Hubei have lost their existing crops or given up on planting summer rice, fearing the emergency water supplies will be inadequate to sustain their fields, with more hot and dry weather forecast.
The agricultural impact is likely to further alarm officials already trying to tame high prices of key items such as food.
China — and the Yangtze river region in particular — is prone to the alternating threats of crippling drought followed by devastating flooding.
Just last summer, sustained torrential rainfall across the region caused widespread flooding and even some concern over whether the giant Three Gorges Dam would be able to contain the deluge.
More than 3,000 people were reported killed in the flooding and related landslides.
Nearly every year, some part of China suffers its worst drought in decades, and meteorological officials have said previously the extreme weather may be because of climate change.
The State Grid, China’s state-owned power distributor, reportedly said this week that 10 of its provincial-level power grids were suffering severe shortages because of the drought’s impact on hydroelectric generation, including grids in Shanghai and the heavily populated southwestern Chongqing region.
China could face a summer electricity shortage of 30 gigawatts — the most severe power shortfall since 2004, the company said.Central China’s worst drought in more than 50 years is drying reservoirs and... more
A severe winter drought is threatening crop production in China, the world's biggest wheat provider, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in an alert issued Tuesday. Substantially below-normal rainfall since October in Northern China has not only put the crop at risk but has also caused shortages in drinking water affecting over 2.57 million people and their livestock, FAO said.
"The ongoing drought is potentially a very serious problem," the Rome-based agency's alert said, adding that the main affected provinces -- around 5.16 million hectres -- represent two-thirds of national wheat production.
On Monday, the FAO warned that floods and heavy rain across southern Africa have damaged thousands of hectares (acres) of farmland, raising fears for food supplies.
World food prices reached their highest level ever recorded in January and are set to keep rising for months, the agency said last week, warning that the hardest-hit countries could face turmoil.
Rising food prices have been cited among the driving forces behind recent popular revolts in north Africa, including the uprising in Egypt and the ouster of Tunisia's president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after a 23-year rule.
And in its latest survey, FAO said its index which monitors monthly price changes for a variety of staples averaged 231 points in January -- the highest level since records began in 1990.A severe winter drought is threatening crop production in China, the world's... more
What foods are in the grain group?
Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products.
Grains are divided into 2 subgroups, whole grains and refined grains.
http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/better-health-grains/What foods are in the grain group? Divider Any food made from wheat, rice, oats,... more
Dressing down by the apex court to Punjab and Haryana governments notwithstanding, 17,198 metric tonne of wheat worth Rs 205.20 crore is rotting in grain markets of Kurukshetra district.
http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/toi/National/70554Dressing down by the apex court to Punjab and Haryana governments notwithstanding,... more
We are told genetic foods are safe but in the following documentary we are told something very different, and what we are told is backed up by shocking facts. The connections between Monsanto and the FDA are very alarming. Many highly influential politicians have worked for and or have ties with Monsanto. We are told that the FDA can be trusted but when you look at the facts they prove they can't when it comes to Monsanto. Look at this: Clarence Thomas Prior to being the Supreme Court Judge who put George W. Bush in office, was Monsanto's lawyer. Anne Veneman, Former US Secretary of Agriculture, was on the Board of Directors of Monsanto's Calgene Corporation. Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense was on the Board of Directors of Monsanto's Searle pharmaceuticals. Tommy Thompson, former US Secretary of Health received $50,000 in donations from Monsanto during his winning campaign for Wisconsin's governor, and the two congressmen receiving the most donations from Monsanto during the 2000 election were Larry Combest (Former Chairman of the House Agricultural Committee) and Missouri senate candidate John Ashcroft, who became the Attorney General during the Bush administration. (Source: Dairy Education Board)
In order for the FDA to determine if Monsanto's growth hormones were safe or not, Monsanto was required to submit a scientific report on that topic. Margaret Miller, one of Monsanto's researchers put the report together. Shortly before the report submission, Miller left Monsanto and was hired by the FDA. Her first job for the FDA was to determine whether or not to approve the report she wrote for Monsanto. In short, Monsanto approved its own report. Assisting Miller was another former Monsanto researcher, Susan Sechen. Deciding whether or not rBGH-derived milk should be labeled fell under the jurisdiction of another FDA official, Michael Taylor, who previously worked as a lawyer for Monsanto.
There are also major deals and connections between not only the Bush administration but to Bush himself and his entire family. If your interested then do an internet search for "Bush" and "Monsanto" and you'll find tons of very good investigation on the subject.
In the 2010 growing season Monsanto plans to unleash its latest Frankenfood experiment on the American and Canadian public, a new version of genetically mutated corn with eight abnormal gene traits called Genuity SmartStax corn. It is the culmination of an astonishing scandal that has been steadily
building over the past decade. During this time Monsanto’s mutated seeds have grown to 90% of the U.S. soy crop and 85% of the corn crop – and wheat is next on their agenda.
More at the Link......Part 2 and 3 of the video!
http://mysticalmusingsandpolitics.blogspot.com/2010/11/what-monsanto-doesnt-want-you-to-know.htmlWe are told genetic foods are safe but in the following documentary we are told... more
Editor's Note: Problem = wheat shortages due to extreme weather and speculation driving commodity prices; Reaction = global starvation and outrage; Solution = Drought-resistant GMO wheat seed from Monsanto.
This year, your bread dishes are probably not genetically modified — consumer and food industry opposition has so far prevented any GM wheat from making it to your table. So your biscuits, thickened gravy and turkey stuffing are made with flour from traditionally bred wheat.
But several seed companies, including Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF and others, are working on transgenic wheat. U.S. Wheat Associates, an industry group, said in early 2010 that GM wheat is still several years away, but efforts are ongoing to improve its acceptance among international consumers.
Monsanto Co., the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seed, backed off commercialization of “Roundup Ready” wheat several years ago, amid concerns it could hurt the U.S. wheat market. But earlier this month, the firm said it's the "right time" to pursue development of drought-resistant and high-yielding wheat.
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Food Fascism in the Land of the Free
7 Mega-Cartels That Run the WorldEditor's Note: Problem = wheat shortages due to extreme weather and speculation... more
The decoding of the wheat genome means breeders can take shortcuts when it comes to breeding wheat which can resist diseases.
The article points out a leading British Scientists says this would not entail GM science, but the genome information "will also prove invaluable for scientists if they did want to directly change the DNA of the wheat plant."-Independent. However, comments on the article highlight the concern over GM use.
The article highlights the issue over a fall in crop yield and a increase in demand, it's reported food production will have to increase by 50% over the next 40 years due to population.
"And rather than guard their knowledge, the British scientists responsible for the research will today place a draft version of the genome online, making it available for free to wheat breeders around the world"-Independent
Crop diseases like Ug99 Stem Rust has spread to Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen and possible even in Iran. With breeders trying to create a resistant strain to stop the disease that can destroy crop yields.The decoding of the wheat genome means breeders can take shortcuts when it comes to... more
The recent run-up in wheat prices to their highest level in almost two years highlights the growing problem of food inflation here in the United States and around the world. The global grain market is a fragile thing, like most food markets. A major disruption anywhere has the potential to send prices soaring, cause governments to start hoarding their supplies, and even lead to riots.
Wheat futures prices closed above $8 per bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade earlier this month, the highest settlement price for a most-active contract since August 2008, after Russia placed a temporary ban on grain exports in the face of a devastating drought.
That’s a price spike of nearly 70% in two months!
The move then spilled over into other grains. Corn and soybeans remain at more than 10% above their mid-June levels.
Expect ripples across the food chain. Prices for everything will rise. Prices for cocoa, coffee and pork bellies have already gone up. Beer brewers will pay more for barley, as the barley crop will be down by 20%. All flour-related products – breads, biscuits and the like – will be more costly. As The Financial Times reported, “Food executives are also warning about surging prices for feeding and malting barley, which could push higher the retail cost of products from poultry to beer.”
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE: http://morichesdaily.com/2010/08/food-inflation-growing-problem/The recent run-up in wheat prices to their highest level in almost two years... more
What does the Garmin-Transitions pro cycling team use as a staple of their diet when they are stacking up wins? The traditional answer may be wheat, or more specifically gluten, but according to Men’s Journal, gluten could actually be counter-productive. In the hands of Dr. Lim the team has decided to go a more outlandish route and has completely rejected the idea of gluten laden diets. If this sounds crazy to anyone, be relieved to know it sounded even crazier to the team. “Their first reaction was, ‘What? No! We can’t race the Tour de France without pasta,’ ” Recalls Garmin’s CEO Jonathan Vaughters. But in the end, any team member will tell you – it works.What does the Garmin-Transitions pro cycling team use as a staple of their diet when... more
In this Travel Bug Robert episode, Robert travels to fabulous Downtown Portland, Oregon. With the soggy climate, progressive politics, and large population of plaid-wearing hipsters, Portland fulfills many Pacific Northwest cliches. It's not a bad thing. Who doesn't like reasonable temperatures, public art, indie music, and microbreweries? Not to mention Powell's Books, a bookstore mecca for the literary-minded. It's all here in Downtown Portland.
Get more travel tips and videos at www.travelbugrobert.comIn this Travel Bug Robert episode, Robert travels to fabulous Downtown Portland,... more
It's Blue Moon in the U.S., but we know better
The sip: Rickard's Original White -- The price: $6.25 for a pint
BY THE GAZETTE (MONTREAL)AUGUST 18, 2007
The smell: Frothy, wheaty and yeasty, with hints of spice and fruit.
The look: The beer's golden glow is somewhat hazy because it is unfiltered. It comes in a glass with a slice of orange on the rim.
The taste: A full-bodied ale that starts out tart and leans towards bitter, so best at its coldest.
Despite some of that typical wheat beer fullness, it's quite light on the tongue and the citrus flavour is refreshing.
The story: The specialty beer market is awash with labels, and big brewers are bridging the gap between mass production and the popular micro movement with "gateway" products that introduce the wider public to craft-like products.
Made with wheat, white oats, coriander and orange peel, this Belgian-style white beer started life as a brand called Blue Moon, developed by Coors. When Coors and Molson merged, it began to be brewed right here in Montreal, circulating as Blue Moon in the States and Rickard's White in Canada.
Distribution in draught form began in this city last summer, and it was launched in bottles in March 2007.
The source: About 35 bars and restaurants in Montreal carry Rickard's Original White on tap. They include Madhatter (1220 Crescent St., 514-987-9988), Jello Bar (151 Ontario St. E., 514-285-2621) and Jack Astor's Bar and Grill on the West Island (3051 Sources Blvd., 514-685-5225).
The twist: Whether it's called Rickards or not, we've yet to see other Blue Moon variations this side of the border, such as the new spring beer made with kefir lime leaves and lime peel.
© (c) CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.It's Blue Moon in the U.S., but we know better The sip: Rickard's... more
The real price of fruits and vegetables between 1985 and 2000 increased by nearly 40 percent while the real price of soft drinks (AKA Liquid Corn) declined by 23 percent.
The Farm Bill essentially treats our children as a human disposal for all the unhealthful calories that the Farm Bill has encouraged American farmers to overproduce.
The public health community has come to recognize it can't hope to address obesity and diabetes without addressing the Farm Bill.The real price of fruits and vegetables between 1985 and 2000 increased by nearly 40... more
Many people are tired of not feeling their best and have a sense that they could feel better. It may be worth considering a body cleanse to restore good health and well-being.Many people are tired of not feeling their best and have a sense that they could feel... more