Fighting in the streets for food? Not yet

But you will be paying more.

“America Braces for Possible French Fry Shortage After Poor Potato Harvest,” reads the headline.

Cool weather and frosts started hitting key potato-growing regions in the U.S. and Canada in October, leading to potato shortages in Alberta, Manitoba, Idaho, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Alberta and Idaho were able to dig up some damaged crops for storage. But growers in Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota received snow and rain, forcing them to abandon some supplies in fields.

It’s likely that potato prices could climb this year across North America, said Stephen Nicholson, a senior grains and oilseeds analyst at Rabobank.

The United Potato Growers of Canada estimates about 12,000 Manitoba acres (about 4,900 hectares), or 18% of the province’s planted area, were left unharvested.Manitoba is Canada’s second-largest grower, followed by Alberta. Prince Edward Island is No. 1.

About 6.5% of Alberta’s potatoes are estimated to be frost damaged.

In Idaho, the top producer, output is forecast to fall 5.5%.

Thanks to John Reno for this link

26 thoughts on “Fighting in the streets for food? Not yet”

  1. A four ear of corn package (the plastic wrapped, shucked, ready to cook) at Safeway was $4.00 in June. It’s now $5.00 even though the harvest just finished. The prices they are a changing…

  2. Meanwhile, the geniuses at the Climate Conference are telling us plebs what we should and shouldn’t eat. As a consumer, I resent being told what to eat by some overpaid bureaucrat. I want to have my prime rib and leg of lamb. And as a producer of these commodities, I am getting angry at the PETA-types who are pushing their agenda through the AGW propaganda machine.

  3. Food markets in the USA are probably the most well-managed markets in the world . By whom ? The retailers and their minions .
    As long as there remain surplusses and stocked commodities prices can be kept under control , but once their control vanishes aka real shortages are happening which may be tiny first markets will go through the roof and for prices only the sky will be the limit . Remember Joseph who collected huge quantities of gold at the eqyptian drought period .

  4. Fries are a feel good food and I bet the margins are thin at places like Chic-fil-A. So maybe the great unwashed will notice the price hike.

    Is it just I or does Greta resemble a young female Adolf Hitler, facially, without moustache?

  5. The frost damaged spuds can be processed into dried products, so while a shortage is showing up in fresh, the processed market is overstocked. So buy some dried potatoes for storage now.

    Then the damage also took out a lot of the seed potato crop. The real shortage shows up next year when planting becomes limited. Also dried bean seed failed along with some others. Seems one vally is the source for 90% or so and it got hit.

    This means that right now the 2018 crop is available but soon as it is gone, 2019 was a dud and 2020 has limited seeds.

    Buy your bags of beans and rice now…

    Oh, and both corn and soy took hits on harvest and yield and some wheat was challenged too, but not enough to matter. So bread anx pancakes, fine, animal feed not so much.

    Detail by crop type here:
    With links to USDA source reports.

  6. This is not a joke.

    Big Mac cost £3.49
    Medium coke cost £2.49 (both diet and ordinary)
    Total cost £5.98

    Big Mac Meal cost £4.99

    I do not want fries because I am trying not to diet, but to just eat more sensibly.
    I am better off just buying the meal and wasting the fries.

  7. but you CAN take a few spuds and plant them in large pots, good drainage and watch as your own spuds grow;-)
    with decent potting mix and some mushroom compost or other manure you should get a kilo to 4 kilo per plant
    wont solve the problem immediately but its an option.
    and if you get big spuds you cut them into 4 let the cut parts dry off then plant ie 4 plants from one. even better returns;-)

    • My grandparents told me that during the 1930’s Depression, they would plant potato peelings and end up with spuds. Not sure how those plants handled late blight and other diseases. I suppose folks just decided it was worth taking the chance.

      • Slicing a tatty into several peices works better.
        New spuds grown in bags using bagged tomato growm bag plus died chicken much works well as a patio crop.
        Great summer salad food.

  8. Here in Washington State, it’s the seafood. The salmon returns are next to nothing; dungeness crabs are gone in large areas,
    and many other species. Oysters are OK.
    Tens of millions of salmon did not return this year and several years prior.
    A lot of the salmon hatcheries did not get their minimum quotas this year , fishing closed. Game over. For info, look at the Emergency Regulation Updates on WDFW. Areas closing over the season, no fish.
    Of course, everybody is blaming carbon, but it is yet another sad factor of GORE Minimum.

    • Has the aquatic environment been tested for radioisotopes? The Fukushima triple melt down is no small matter.

      • Right. The solar flare that caused Fukushima was only an
        X1.5. BFD . Here it is on the list, scroll down to Mar 9 ’11:
        Our mag shield was so weak from SC23 GSM it hit like Thor’s Hammer. It was one of the first X flares of SC24.

        Are they testing the ocean for rads ? I’m sure they are but all we here is crap they make up about carbon. That’s IT.
        Raise taxes, cut carbon, save the whales.

        There are many factors involved in the demise of the food chain which are factors of GORE Minimum, none of which raising taxes and cutting our fuel use will help.
        It’s a cycle it’s a cycle It’s a cycle.

    • Why blame CO2 which is water soluble, and the key plant and plankton nutrient for most oceanic life at the base of the food chain which fish predate on.

  9. A slow relentless pressure of higher prices and more limited food production. How sadistic…. On the other hand it will give the TPTB time to come up with a big lie to explain it all to the public.

  10. A reminder: Current non-seasonal temperature drops throughout Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres are not a cyclical phenomenon but artifacts of the episodically active Raikoke strato-volcano off Cape Allon in Russia’s disputed Kurile Islands chain south of Kamchatka, along the North Pacific “rim of fire” east of Okhotsk.

    Wholly unreported, from 1750 UTC on June 21st – 22nd 2019, Raikoke erupted with “massive explosive activity” firing clouds of ash 43,000 feet high (13.1 km). By analogy, these high-altitude, sunlight-reflecting cinder-streams, due to permeate stratospheric currents for some 18 months (think Tambora’s 1815 “year without a summer”), have corresponded with widespread crop failures plus a pending “dead sun” chill-phase similar to interludes in AD 1350 – 1420, 1645 – 1715, which ended the Medieval Warm with a brutal 500-year “cold shock” through the late 19th Century.

    On this basis, the Svensmark-Zharkova thesis (qv) holds that diminished Solar Magnetic Field (SMF) intensity will enable penetrating Cosmic Rays to seed Earth’s dark cloud-cover, tipping temperatures to a Super-Grand Solar Minimum through c. AD 2110. Given that the median 12,250-year Holocene Interglacial Epoch ended AD 1350 in precisely similar circumstances, Raikoke makes nonsense of AGW obsessives’ chiliastic “global warming” canons.

    • Although detailed statistics are not kept on daily activity, generally there are around 20 volcanoes actively erupting at any particular time. The Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report (WVAR) for the week ending on 3 December 2019 includes the 16 volcanoes bolded and shown below in the WVAR column (rollover for report).
      Here’s a list with recent eruptions:

  11. If you plan on using a garden to offset your food budget, you need to start now.
    The learning curve is steep and it WILL take you several years before you are able to bring in a reasonable harvest reliably.
    Its not just sticking a seed in the ground and watering it.

    • You are so right. Some ten years ago when I started a garden. It was my belief that all I have to do is to turn my back to the garden and to throw a handful of seeds over my shoulder and when I turn around I will have a nice garden. Needless to say that each small tomato I got cost me more then $5.00. After 3-4 years thing looked totally different. This summer I started a pot garden (my knees did not agree to digging after nine surgeries) and I got a very good crop. I moved some of the pots indoor and hopefully I’ll have fresh veggies all winter.
      Potatoes do not fare well in Georgia. Too hot. Maybe next year?? 😉

  12. What do cats eat for breakfast? Mice Krispies.
    Seriously, I think the cat will be a resourceful old fellow and I have read about how the Arab lands fared much better than North Europe because they are allowed cats but not dogs as pets. Cats are quick to catch rats thus preventing the spread of bubonic plague. Your pet dog has probably lost his hunting instincts so he will be a liability not an asset. He might even catch the plague alongside you.
    It’s fascinating to read the Diary of Samuel Pepys as he documented the plague and his tobacco chewing which he hoped would offer immunity. But I don’t believe that would work any better than whisky, non LOL.

    • Unfortunately cats can get plague (which is caused by Yersinia pestis, whether it’s the bubonic form or one of the other types – pneumonic being the most dangerous because it can spread by breathing). Felines do not show symptoms of the infection. Most of the western US is infested with various wild critters that can harbor plague. Some get ill and die off and others do not. It’s called sylvatic plague when it’s mostly found in wildlife.

      There are cases in the US of people getting plague from mountain lions, typically from skinning an infected cat after hunting.

      On the other hand, yes cats can kill mice and rats (tho not all do)…. which is good at any rate. Mice harbor other nasties like hanta virus.

    • And the cats are less likely to kill you.
      Typically, between 30 and 50 people in the US die from dog bites each year, and the number of deaths from dog attacks appear to be increasing. Around 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, resulting in the hospitalization of 6,000 to 13,000 people each year in the United States (2005). from Wikipedia.

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