The term ‘Bread & Circuses’ comes from an ancient Roman poet, describing how the people are governed. Not by excellence and public service, but by food and distractions, like a herd of livestock. Today’s circuses can be found in live televised celerity feuds, and on Twitter – a reflection of the human herd’s short attention span. Meaningless distractions to keep everyone calm, while their food supply is being destroyed.
Starvation has been used as a weapon of mass destruction for centuries. In just a two year period, Stalin’s communist government murdered over three million people in Ukraine by simply pulling the strings of democracy – sanctions.
The US state department murdered over half a million women and children in Iraq, with starvation by sanctions, and this is exactly what is happening in America today – the Biden administration’s sanctions against Russia are only succeeding at killing more innocent people all over the world by dramatically cutting down the world’s food supply.
There is already a significant wheat, fuel and fertilizer shortage, which is obviously going to affect everything else, starting with fresh produce and livestock, but in order to completely collapse the food economy, they’ve started destroying food packing and processing plants as well, so that there is nothing left on the shelves for you to eat.
Destruction of Food Processing/Distribution Plants
Over the past month alone it has been confirmed that over a dozen disabling ‘accidents’ at food distribution and processing plants, some 18 in total since the string of ‘accidents’ began.
We’re talking about some very significant plants – the Taylor Farm facility, in Salinas, California was completely destroyed by fire, two major potato processing plants in Belfast, Maine, and one in Washington that were completely gutted, coinciding with an already ongoing potato shortage globally. And it’s not just produce plants. Recently there was a fire that took out a Nestle food plant in Jonesborough, Arkansas, effecting frozen food brands, which people may rely on when fresh food is not available.
The most recent instance appears to be the destruction of Oregon-based Azure Standard’s joint headquarters and warehouse facilities during the night of April 18. In the text of an email alerting affiliates to the damage, the company describes itself as “the USA’s largest independent food distributor.” It notes that “basically any…liquid product,” such as honey, oil, and vinegar, will be out of stock as a result of the damage. Azure Standard also states it lost its fruit packing and carob product facility in the blaze.
In another instance, a vegetable and nut processing facility in Dufur, Oregon became engulfed in flames for unknown reasons. The independent distributor of natural, organic an non-GMO foods which employees around 150 people, burned to the ground.
One week before that a massive fire brought down a meat processing plant in Conway, New Hampshire. After burning for 16 hours, multiple fire crews finally put out the fire at East Conway Beef and Pork but the facility is completely destroyed.
Just weeks before that, a massive fire engulfed a Walmart distribution center in Plainfield, Indiana where over 1,000 employees shipped food and other supplies all over the region. The fire destroyed the massive 1 million square foot operation.
That same week, one of the largest food facilities of its kind in South Texas caught fire and burned to the ground. Prior to burning down, the Rio Fresh facility in San Juan, Texas, grew, packed and shipped farm produce. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
In Hermiston, Oregon, in February, a massive food processing facility suddenly exploded, injuring 7 of the nearly 400 employees who work at the Shearer’s Foods plant. According to reports, the cause of the explosion which originated near a boiler is still under investigation, and so on.
If arson wasn’t enough, the ever-trustworthy FBI have released a statement [PDF] saying they expect cyber-attacks on ‘agricultural cooperatives’, citing Russia, as always, as the probable source of the attacks.
Decimated Poultry Stocks
However, the assault on the food supply and it’s distribution network is not limited to destruction of processing and distribution – with remarkable timing, a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has decimated poultry stocks globally, effecting 24 states in the US, with 1.4 million birds culled in Pennsylvania, another 600K in Nebraska, another 5.3 million egg-laying hens were euthanized in Iowa, as well as 1.5 million culled in the EU, and so on, causing both poultry meat and egg prices to more than double since march.
HPAI, specifically the H5N1 bird flu, has been spreading across the US like wild fire. As of today it has resulted in the deaths of millions of birds, mainly chickens and turkeys, but is now popping up in wild flocks of birds across the Midwest. As of writing this article, Scotland has also identified the H5N1 virus in a poultry farm.
Adding to the pressure on the food supply is multiple issues stemming from severe fertiliser shortages. In the US, the world’s largest fertilizer company said Union Pacific (UP) rail had hit it with railroad-mandated shipping reductions, instructing CF Industries to decrease shipments by a whopping 20%. Tony Will, president and chief executive officer of CF Industries, said;
“Not only will fertilizer be delayed by these shipping restrictions, but additional fertilizer needed to complete spring applications may be unable to reach farmers at all. By placing this arbitrary restriction on just a handful of shippers, Union Pacific is jeopardizing farmers’ harvests and increasing the cost of food for consumers,”.
The reasoning behind UP’s mandate to cut fertiliser shipments is “congestion in rail car inventories“. The story has largely been downplayed and ignored in mainstream media, with only a meager 270-word Associated Press rewrite of CF’s press release repeated ad nauseum.
In other instances, multiple fires at fertiliser plants have occurred, with one company experiencing two catastrophic fires at different plants. Nutrien Ag Solutions fertilizer plant in Sunnyside, Washington had a fire burn through 1.7 million lbs of sulfur in early march, only to be followed by another major fire at their fertilizer plant in Leoti, Kansas in late April.
The fertiliser crises is not limited to the US however, with both Russia and Ukraine declaring a halt to fertiliser exports. Russia is the world’s largest exporter of fertilisers, accounting for 23% of ammonia exports, 14% of urea exports, 10% of processed phosphate exports, and 21% of potash exports, according to data from The Fertilizer Institute. Then Ukraine suspended exports saying the ban would help “to maintain balance in the domestic market” and applied to nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and complex fertilizers.
US & UK Paying Farmers to Stop Farming
Going back to last May, the Biden administration began pushing farmers to add agricultural land to the “conservation reserve program”, a federally funded program allegedly aimed at preserving the environment. The program is essentially paying farmers not to farm. A very odd policy decision, given the widely predicted food shortages.
A state-level plan in California is going to pay farmers to grow less, this time in the name of saving water.
Interestingly, the UK has a similar program going on for (again, allegedly) totally different reasons. Starting this past February, the British government is paying lump sums of up £100,000 to any farmers who want to retire from farming. Again, a strange policy during a period of geopolitical unrest impacting the food supply.
Ukraine and Russia produce a substantial amount of grain and other food for export. Ukraine alone produces a whopping 6% of all food calories traded in the international market. Russia, meanwhile, is the world’s largest exporter of wheat, providing more than 17% of all wheat sold across national borders. At least it used to, before it was struck with some of the most severe international sanctions ever inflicted. Any way you slice it, there’s a lot of bread this year that was supposed to be sourced from Ukrainian or Russian wheat that definitely won’t be.
When it comes to cereals like wheat, corn, rice and barley, the big players talk about millions of metric tonnes, or MMTs. A single MMT of wheat contains about 3.4 trillion food calories, which is enough to feed every person in Europe for about two days, or the entire population of Africa for about a day and a half – although, of course, people would still need vitamins and protein.
Ukraine produced about 80 MMT of grain (a category that includes wheat, corn and barley) in 2021, and is expected to harvest less than half of that this year. A shortfall of 40 MMT is enough missing calories that a country like the UK could only make it up by having everyone stop eating for three years. That’s the thing about tonnes of grain: a million here and a million there and pretty soon you’ve got a real issue on your plate.
It’s not just Europe that is effected, Argentina is undergoing severe drought, with their grain output expected to be down at least 33%, and in China farmers in Jilin, the rice basket of China, count for about 10% of the nation’s total, and are being forced to leave fields due to “Zero-C19” lockdown measures in a move that is clearly nothing to do with virus transmission. Trucks are dumping their goods by the side of the road before they can get into cities under threat of lengthy quarantines at the driver’s expense. Bans on interregional travel are also disrupting transport of agricultural goods.
The road vehicle freight flow index for Jilin, which gauges the number of trucks running in a specific region, was 16.12 on Friday, dropping by 86.7 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to Wind data.
Russia and Ukraine also supply the bulk of the world’s grain to many Middle-Eastern and African countries.
Another factor behind this global food crisis is China’s ridiculous four week long, zero-C19 total lockdown policy. Note the silence of Western zero-C19 cheerleaders now that their sadistic desire to lock up entire populations has lost much of its sparkle.
Recently, lockdown restrictions have been enacted in major cities like Shenzhen and Shanghai, as China deals with one of its worst casedemics since Wuhan in December 2019. As a result, Over 500 cargo ships are stacked at the port of Shanghai & Ningbo. Continuing lockdowns have cripple supply chains, from grains to raw metals & finished goods. Businesses need products, economies need businesses and people need jobs. See where this is going?
Traffic has been building up at the Shanghai terminal. As of April 19, 2022, over 470 ships are still waiting to deliver goods to China. Here’s a look at satellite imagery that was captured by the Sentinel-1 satellite, which shows the current congestion at Shanghai’s port as of April 14, 2022. In the image, a majority of the white dots are cargo ships, many of which have been stuck in limbo for days.
This all comes after China managed to stockpile more than half of the globe’s maize and other grains by end of 2021, leading to steep price increases across the planet and dropping more countries into famine. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China is expected to have 69% of the globe’s maize reserves in the first half of crop year 2022, 60% of its rice and 51% of its wheat.
The Perfect Storm
Add to these factors skyrocketing fuel costs casing food prices to double in some instances in just 6 months, prompting even Biden to announce “food shortages are going to be real“, and the fact that Blackrock, Gates, and the usual suspects have bought up all the farmland in the US, you can start to see how you may very well be eating their bugs soon whether you like it or not, and of course, it will all be blamed on the plandemic, and as always, ‘Russia man bad’.
- A war which did not need to happen is driving up food and oil prices.
- Sanctions which did not need to be put in place are also driving up food and oil prices.
- Western allies are intentionally raising their oil prices.
- Despite warning of a food crisis, US and UK are paying farmers not to farm.
- A “bird flu epidemic” very much like the fake C19 “pandemic” is driving up the price of poultry and eggs.
- Western companies are actively making the fertiliser shortages worse.
- Bizarre fires are crippling large sections of the US food industry.
Those still satiated with their bread and circuses are soon going to start getting hungry, and its because the world is under siege, being destroyed from within by corrupt NGO’s, billionaire oligarchs and their governments, fulfilling the agenda of the new world order, while the people seek ‘fairness’ on twitter.
Let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
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