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Ecuador Has Abundant Food

Ecuador Has Abundant Food

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Delegates at our Imbabura Ecuador real estate tour visiting an…

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organic garden in …

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Cotacachi.

Learn more about Ecuador and its food supply at our  June 24-27 Quantum Wealth plus International Investing and Business Course in North Carolina

We have invited Floridalva Zambrano our Ecuador real estate attorney, Jean Marie Butterlin, who conducts our Ecuador shamanic and real estate tours and Bonnie Keough who conducts our Ecuador export tours to speak and help you with ideas about Ecuador.   

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Last October our www.garyascott.com site looked at the how quickly the Western World could run out of food.

That message reviewed a transcript of a speech given by Professor Sir John Beddington, chief scientific adviser to the British government, at the GovNet SDUK09 event.  This has become know as “The Perfect Storm” speech.

Here is an excerpt: I spoke here last year at about the same time about the issue of the food crisis and the burgeoning increases in food prices that were being driven by population growth, use of biofuels and so on.

The first problem here is that we really have a major issue. This graph takes a little bit of explanation; it is the ratio of our reserves to our consumption. What it is showing is that last year is the lowest level of reserves that we have had as a proportion of our consumption in years, since 1970 and actually since records were taken of this sort.

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That means that we’ve got somewhere like reserves of around 14% of our consumption, that implies, give or take, 38 or 39 days of food reserves if we don’t grow any more.

As you can see, it’s the lowest level that we’ve actually had.  Is that a problem?  Well the answer is yes it is going to be a problem.  We saw the food spike last year; prices going up by something in the order of 300%, rice went up by 400%, we saw food riots, we saw major issues for the poorest in the world, in the sense that the organisations like the World Food Programme did not have sufficient money to buy food on the open market and actually use it to feed the poorest of the poor.

But this is England, not North America.  Right?

Beddingdon’s note shows that North America might not be able to rely on Europe for much food assistance and…

America’s food reserves are even worse as explained in this excerpt from last year’s article “The US has no grain reserves” published in the Tri State Observer, Milford, PA. The excerpt says:  Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), has raised concerns over the issue of U.S. grain reserves after it was announced that the sale of 18.37 million bushels of wheat from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust.

“According to the May 1, 2008 CCC inventory report there are only 24.1 million bushels of wheat in inventory, so after this sale there will be only 2.7 million bushels of wheat left the entire CCC inventory,” warned Matlack. “Our concern is not that we are using the remainder of our strategic grain reserves for humanitarian relief. AAM fully supports the action and all humanitarian food relief.

Our concern is that the U.S. has nothing else in our emergency food pantry. There is no cheese, no butter, no dry milk powder, no grains or anything else left in reserve. The only thing left in the entire CCC inventory will be 2.7 million bushels of wheat which is about enough wheat to make 1⁄2 of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 million people in America.” (MY BOLD)

The CCC is a federal government-owned and operated entity that was created to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices. CCC is also supposed to maintain balanced and adequate supplies of agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.

“This lack of emergency preparedness is the fault of the 1996 farm bill which eliminated the government’s grain reserves as well as the Farmer Owned Reserve (FOR),” explained Matlack.

However that article was back up by 2008 data. Has the US food supply improved?

Not according to a January 10 press release from the American Agricultural Movement that says: 

The U.S. Has No Grain Reserves

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), Jan. 27, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), commended and concurred with Gene Paul, National Farmers Organization (NFO) Agricultural Policy Analyst, and his call this week for an international grain reserve in the wake of the disaster in Haiti.

“According to the January 1, 2010 CCC inventory report, there is no wheat, corn, or any other grain left the entire CCC inventory,” warned Matlack.  “The only thing left in America’s food pantry is a small amount of dry milk powder, of which two thirds is committed to domestic and international donations.

America needs a grain reserve, as does the world.  We fully support the NFO initiative announced at their annual convention held last week in Coralville, Iowa.

The potential in these risks are backed up by a Scienceblog article that says: “The US Government Has Zero Grain Reserves.”

In 1996, the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (“Freedom to Farm Act”) called for elimination of government stockpiles of grain.  I’m sure someone thought it made sense, at the time.

Now, the United States government has no reserves of butter, cheese, dry milk, barley, corn, oats, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, rice, sugar, honey, peanuts, canola seed, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower seed, sunflower seed, peas, lentils, chickpeas, and cotton.  [Source: US Farm Service Agency, Current CCC Inventory (PDF file)]

Many military and scientific studies support this monumental economic, social and life threatening risk.

Yet when we shared that message what I failed to imagine last October was the treat of  a volcanic attack and the way nature can disrupt humanity’s plans.

It appears that the problems of US food shortage have not been solved and the excerpt below of the  April 19, 2010 www.economist.com article “Icelandic Volcano, Outlook: cloudy. Why so little is known about the effects of erupting volcanos on air travel” reminds us that we cannot always rely on just in time global delivery technology to resolve our problems.

NORTHERN Europeans will not forget the name Eyjafjallajokull in a hurry, even if they may have trouble pronouncing it. Monday April 19th marked a fifth day of jet-free skies over a huge swathe of the continent as a result of the eruption of the Icelandic volcano, which began pumping large quantities of ash into the sky last Wednesday. That fine volcanic ash could pose a risk to jet engines, which have cut out in the past after exposure to similar volcanic material. Many of Europe’s busiest airports remained out of action.

Excerpts from an article entitled “Volcanic Winter”  by Syzy Gyastro  gives us some insights: The threat of a volcanic winter with world wide effects exists even now.

When the earth explodes from pent up pressure and heat from the interior, the results can literally be world changing. Among all the threats to life on earth, this one lies right below our feet.  There have been a few incidents recorded in history about the effects of a volcanic winter. Among them are the Santorini explosion of 1646 BCE,  The Krakatoa explosion of 535 AD,  Tambora in 1815 AD and Krakatoa again in 1883 AD.  All of these explosions had world wide impact ranging from local extinctions, years without summers, agricultural failure, war, revolution and changing the course of history. The recent explosions of volcanoes under glaciers in Iceland that have immediately impacted most or Europe may not as yet be a candidate for a volcanic winter, but we are told that the eruption is still in the building phase as of April 15th, 2010. The latest report indicates that the ash is reaching altitudes of some 30,000 feet, altitudes that are typical for commercial jet flights. The immediate result was a total shut down of all air flights in and out of Europe and that has reverberated around the world. Suppose for a moment, that this current eruption continues to increase. What would be the results? Looking into history we can see some dramatic effects that occurred.

The February 535 AD explosion of Krakatoa is well documented in Asian lore. The after effects are also documented in French, English and Roman lore of the days, months and years after the explosion that was heard around the world. The explosion resulted in a massive tsunami that wiped out hundreds of thousands of people all around the Indonesian region. Figures for the dust injected into atmosphere are not available, but it is said that the Plinian column reached 50 miles into the sky. Other effects noted around the world consisted of the following:

There were days of darkness.

The plague swept around the world three times in about ten years.

There were seven years of crop failures leading to mass starvation and revolts.

Three of four years never had a summer with winter lasting year round.

Nations changed their religions.

Empires Fell, notably Rome and was then replaced by the Holy Roman Empire.

In places great drought destroyed the land such as in Teotihuacan.

In other places floods brought chaos.

Tree rings didn’t show normal growth for fifteen years.

The weather took a century to re-normalize and by that time, Islam was born and so were the Classic Maya warrior city states.

In April 1815 AD, Tambora exploded after rumbling for many months before. Like the Minoan civilization, it has now been found that whole civilizations on the Island were wiped out. It is reported that rice could not be grown for five years. All the fish in the region died leading to starvation among many people in the region.  After the explosion, there were a few years where there were no summers. Crops were substantially reduced of failed. Prices in France sky rocketed and this lead to revolts. France had just settled with Napoleon and this woe befell the poor. The popular revolts of 1848 grew out of this history. Marx and Engels who grew up in this milieu wound up publishing their writings like Das Capital, The Dialectics of Nature, the Philosophical Manuscripts and the Communist Manifesto. Ship captains around the world kept detailed weather records for the period and there is plenty of information on extreme and unusual weather after 1815.

What can we expect to occur today with nearly 7 billion people on the planet? It depends on the extent of the eruption and its severity. There are plenty of candidates as far as volcanic culprits are concerned. With geomagnetic reversal underway, we can expect to see changes by way of earth movements and volcanoes in areas not before seen. There has been an earthquake storm around the world. Currently, three submarine volcanic eruptions are ongoing in the Pacific Ocean, but so far, they are largely contained within the ocean. The recent eruption of the Iceland volcanoes has caused a rise in concern, though at this time it is no where near even the last Krakatoa explosion. The threats of Krakatoa, Santorini and Tambora still exist, but all except Krakatoa are quiet. Should we see an explosion on the order of Santorini, Krakatoa or Tambora in todays world we can expect the following;

Days of near total darkness, months and years of reduced sunlight and much colder temperatures.

Failure of agriculture around the world to a greater or lessor extent for a few to several years.

Extreme weather events virtually everywhere, diminishing over the years.

Social dissent escalating over the years, starvation, plagues and disease, war and a substantial lowering of human population.

The possibility of a climate triggered nuclear war which will enhance an already bad situation.

The collapse of the developed world and a tenancy toward primitive standards.

With the loss of the developed world, loss of power, sophisticated medicine, communication and power projection.

Floods followed by decades of drought.

Loss of knowledge and a drift to religion.

Re-alignment of world power and new civilizations after the dust settles and climate renormalizes.

It has happened before and it will happen again, but for the first time in history we can do something about it.

This author is correct in that technology allows us as individuals to adequately prepare for a global food shortage.  However if governments will not do this, we must think about preparing individually.  We have greater mobility than ever before and this makes Ecuador attractive because it is close to the US and Canada.

Ecuador may be a great place to be if there is a global economic collapse.

One theme that flows through our messages is that there are four ways to beat inflation… investing in commodities… real estate… stocks and your own small business.
This is one reason I like Ecuador real estate. First, it is a good value now.  Second, it is a great place to be any time and third, it is an especially good place to be during a global crisis.
The people are by nature, friendly and easy going.  There is plenty of food and never severe temperature problems.
Ecuador is a small agricultural country and as such, a huge national distribution system is not required.  The food is fresher.  Preservatives are not as required.

Ecuador’s land for producing food is rich.

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Food is produced in every nook and cranny.

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and available in markets and every village.

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Corn, beans and potatoes are the basics in the Andes.

Every investment adviser I work with has been nervous… due to the massive debt that has been created in the last recession…  without a lot to show for the spending.

This concern had grown well before there was any thought of a volcanic disruption!

For example… an article in the telegraph entitled “Société Générale tells clients how to prepare for potential ‘global collapse” provides a big warning.

Société Générale is one of the oldest banks in France and is one of the main European financial services companies and is active all over the world.

The Telegraph article about this bank says:

Société Générale has advised clients to be ready for a possible “global economic collapse” over the next two years, mapping a strategy of defensive investments to avoid wealth destruction.

Explosion of debt: Japan’s public debt could reach as much as 270pc of GDP in the next two years.  In a report entitled “Worst-case debt scenario”, the bank’s asset team said state rescue packages over the last year have merely transferred private liabilities onto sagging sovereign shoulders, creating a fresh set of problems.

Overall debt is still far too high in almost all rich economies as a share of GDP (350pc in the US), whether public or private. It must be reduced by the hard slog of “deleveraging”, for years.

Under the French bank’s “Bear Case” scenario (the gloomiest of three possible outcomes), the dollar would slide further and global equities would retest the March lows. Property prices would tumble again. Oil would fall back to $50 in 2010.

Governments have already shot their fiscal bolts. Even without fresh spending, public debt would explode within two years to 105pc of GDP in the UK, 125pc in the US and the eurozone, and 270pc in Japan. Worldwide state debt would reach $45 trillion, up two-and-a-half times in a decade.

The underlying debt burden is greater than it was after the Second World War, when nominal levels looked similar. Ageing populations will make it harder to erode debt through growth. “High public debt looks entirely unsustainable in the long run.

We have almost reached a point of no return for government debt,” it said.

Inflating debt away might be seen by some governments as a lesser of evils.

If so, gold would go “up, and up, and up” as the only safe haven from fiat paper money.

SocGen advises bears to sell the dollar and to “short” cyclical equities such as technology, auto, and travel to avoid being caught in the “inherent deflationary spiral”.  Emerging markets would not be spared. Paradoxically, they are more leveraged to the US growth than Wall Street itself. Farm commodities would hold up well, led by sugar.

Mr Fermon said junk bonds would lose 31pc of their value in 2010 alone. However, sovereign bonds would “generate turbo-charged returns.”

There is little we can do about volcanoes.   That fate is beyond our control.  Nor can we always trust out vote.  In times when  elected officials are pollsters… not leaders… and when there are more who want to take but not to give… the political system  is weighted against those who believe in hard work… production… frugality and savings.

Yet there is a lot we can do for ourselves and one step is to have a place  full or part time in Ecuador… land of the sun…. and abundant food.

See more Ecuador shamanic thoughts on abundance here.

Gary

Learn more about Ecuador at our  June 24-27 Quantum Wealth plus International Investing and Business Course in North Carolina

We have invited Floridalva Zambrano our Ecuador real estate attorney, Jean Marie Butterlin, who conducts our Ecuador shamanic and real estate tours and Bonnie Keough who conducts our Ecuador export tours to speak and help you with ideas about Ecuador.   

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Read the entire Economist.com article Icelandic Volcano, Outlook: cloudy

Read the entire article Volcanic Winter by Syzy Gyastro