Tuesday, August 7, 2012

U.S. drought: 'Water water every where, nor any drop to drink'

U.S. Drought Monitor
We hear about the severe drought conditions across much of the United States, but just how bad is it?

For egocentric Americans living in non-affected areas, the thought of drought is limited to those periods where extreem conditions caused by a lack of rain forces restrictions to be imposed that say we can't water our lawns as much as we would like to.

Or perhaps we may see what appear to be higher prices for ears of corn when shopping for a Sunday barbecue and attribute it to drought, but before and after that for the most part it's an out of sight, out of mind phenomenon!

Therefore in an effort to bring my readers up to speed, this is an excerpt from a recent article at The Economic Collapse that puts the total landmass of the contiguous U.S. currently existing under some degree of drought conditions at an astounding 64%.

Even worse than that is the forecast for the future.

How dry I am
How wet I'll be
If I don't find
The bathroom key

The United States Drought

"As you read this, the United States is experiencing the worst drought it has seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.  

As you read this, nearly half of all corn crops in the United States are in "poor" or "very poor" condition.  

As you read this, 38 major wildfires are ripping across the central and western United States.  

The brutal wildfires in Oklahoma have been so bad that they have made national headlines.  The price of corn has hit a brand new record high this summer and so has the price of soybeans.  More than half of all the counties in this country have been declared to be "natural disaster areas" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at this point.  

Things are so bad for ranchers that the CEO of Smithfield Foods is projecting that meat prices will rise by "significant double digits" in the months ahead.  

Sadly, this drought is projected to continue throughout August and into September.  As you will read about below, some meteorologists are even openly postulating that there may not be enough moisture to avoid another drought next year.  Yes, things are really bad this year, but when you step back and take a look at the broader picture they become truly frightening..."

Read the rest of "Dead Crops, Extreme Drought And Endless Wildfires Are Now The New Normal In America" at The Economic Collapse here.

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