my original post was NOT political at all.
God has seen fit in my lifetime to "put me" in various jobs, positions, careers, what have you, and after my stint in Naval intelligence, i found myself in the heart of agricultural mercantilism. i was young, early 20's, given great authority, learned quickly, and attended to my duties with felicity and integrity.
i was engaged in the trade of just about every domestic agri commodity, hogs, cattle, corn wheat, etc. i attended to not only making sure transactions were precisely rendered, but also to the supply and demand considerations of not only the company, but to the state of US and global statistics. Say what anybody wants about the USDA, but they are very good with both both domoestic and global, supply/demand stat's. i started this endevour in the early 80's and keep my eyes on it to this very day....it's kind of like a "Joseph" with me, though i am no longer involved in that business.
That said, for many many years, in wheat, the balance between supply and demand, meaning surplus carry over wheat has always been razor thin. in the world, right this second, there are only 4 to 5 countries that can export wheat, , and wheat crop failure in any of these countries can cause price turmoil in the wheat market, and we are seeing this now. Russia's wheat crop was a major disaster, and Australia is in trouble. Thank God, our crop was good, but given previous failures, wheat is trading between $8 and 9 dollars a bushel. i believe that this is just the beginning of a very big up move in the price of wheat, to 20 dollars a bushel.
in fact, wheat...food in general has begun to play on the world's stage. The general upset in Tunisia is directedly tied to the price of wheat, and now we see Egypt growing restive. i just read that headline. for over 2 decades thru a program called PL480, we have been giving Egypt millions of tonnes of wheat every year. not so much out of altruism, but if Egypt goes haywire, closure of the Suez Canal would carry dire implications, especially in relation to petroleum. i've always thought that Mubarak of Egpyt has been hanging on by his fingernails, and there is a possibility, i feel, he could topple. Like Iran, once the fellers in the riot police suits, go over to the people, you might see what you saw in Iran circa 1978-79.
all because of food, or lack of.
that's why i say, saints, learn how to be food sufficient if you can. plant big gardens this year. can food like Grandmother did, quit throwing away any glass bottles, jugs, plastic buckets, water bottles, these are very very useful to store things in, candles, firewood, tools, get simple, stay innocent, humble, He will always give us our Daily Bread, both Imperishable, and perishable.
these are not days of fear, they are exciting days, true, they might be full of turmoil, but we have Messiah Jesus, What more can one desire?...than Him?
if anyone desires the websites to peruse S/D statistics, i will give them. i didnt post them, because i dont want any brother or sister to worry, or waste unneccesary RAM space. i'll keep an eye out for you. in Jesus love, and i love you, neil