Potential Food and Energy Shortage Across the World

I'll add a personal account to this odd "heat wave" list. 25,000 chickens died at some local farms yesterday in my area. Being not very far removed from these farms I can assure you it is suspicious. These farms are at least adequately managed, and likely much much better than that. We did have a small 'heat wave' recently in my area but nothing really out of the ordinary for my area (92-97F over 4 days). While these temperatures are fairly dangerous to chickens entirely exposed to the elements, all of the farms have the infrastructure, manpower, and a strong economic incentive to keep the birds healthy and alive. While losing a few of the weaker birds of a flock might seem reasonable, the 25,000 birds were about 15% of the flocks to give a very rough number. Again, it seems suspicious.

I'm sure there could be plenty of common explanations for some of these stories, but as they add up... who knows?
From here, an updated List of US-Based Food Manufacturing Plants Destroyed Under Biden Administration:

  1. 1/11/21 A fire that destroyed 75,000-square-foot processing plant in Fayetteville
  2. 4/30/21 A fire ignited inside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Monmouth, IL
  3. 7/25/21 Three-alarm fire at Kellogg plant in Memphis, 170 emergency personnel responded to the call
  4. 7/30/21 Firefighters on Friday battled a large fire at Tyson’s River Valley Ingredients plant in Hanceville, Alabama
  5. 8/23/21 Fire crews were called to the Patak Meat Production company on Ewing Road in Austell
  6. 9/13/21 A fire at the JBS beef plant in Grand Island, Neb., on Sunday night forced a halt to slaughter and fabrication lines
  7. 10/13/21 A five-alarm fire ripped through the Darigold butter production plant in Caldwell, ID
  8. 11/15/21 A woman is in custody following a fire at the Garrard County Food Pantry
  9. 11/29/21 A fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. at the Maid-Rite Steak Company meat processing plant
  10. 12/13/21 West Side food processing plant in San Antonio left with smoke damage after a fire
  11. 1/7/22 Damage to a poultry processing plant on Hamilton’s Mountain following an overnight fire
  12. 1/13/22 Firefighters worked for 12 hours to put a fire out at the Cargill-Nutrena plant in Lecompte, LA
  13. 1/31/22 a fertilizer plant with 600 tons of ammonium nitrate inside caught on fire on Cherry Street in Winston-Salem
  14. 2/3/22 A massive fire swept through Wisconsin River Meats in Mauston
  15. 2/3/22 At least 130 cows were killed in a fire at Percy Farm in Stowe
  16. 2/15/22 Bonanza Meat Company goes up in flames in El Paso, Texas
  17. 2/15/22 Nearly a week after the fire destroyed most of the Shearer’s Foods plant in Hermiston
  18. 2/16/22 A fire had broken at US largest soybean processing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana
  19. 2/18/22 An early morning fire tore through the milk parlor at Bess View Farm
  20. 2/19/22 Three people were injured, and one was hospitalized, after an ammonia leak at Lincoln Premium Poultry in Fremont
  21. 2/22/22 The Shearer’s Foods plant in Hermiston caught fire after a propane boiler exploded
  22. 2/28/22 A smoldering pile of sulfur quickly became a raging chemical fire at Nutrien Ag Solutions
  23. 2/28/22 A man was hurt after a fire broke out at the Shadow Brook Farm and Dutch Girl Creamery
  24. 3/4/22 294,800 chickens destroyed at farm in Stoddard, Missouri
  25. 3/4/22 644,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
  26. 3/8/22 243,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in New Castle, Delaware
  27. 3/10/22 663,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, MD
  28. 3/10/22 915,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Taylor, IA
  29. 3/14/22 The blaze at 244 Meadow Drive was discovered shortly after 5 p.m. by farm owner Wayne Hoover
  30. 3/14/22 2,750,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin
  31. 3/16/22 A fire at a Walmart warehouse distribution center in Plainfield, Indiana has cast a large plume of smoke visible throughout Indianapolis.
  32. 3/16/22 Nestle Food Plant extensively damaged in fire and new production destroyed Jonesboro, Arkansas
  33. 3/17/22 5,347,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Buena Vista, Iowa
  34. 3/17/22 147,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Kent, Delaware
  35. 3/18/22 315,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
  36. 3/22/22 172,000 Turkeys destroyed on farms in South Dakota
  37. 3/22/22 570,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska
  38. 3/24/22 Fire fighters from numerous towns are battling a major fire at the McCrum potato processing facility in Belfast, Maine.
  39. 3/24/22 418,500 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska
  40. 3/25/22 250,300 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Franklin, Iowa
  41. 3/26/22 311,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  42. 3/27/22 126,300 Turkeys destroyed in South Dakota
  43. 3/28/22 1,460,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Guthrie, Iowa
  44. 3/29/22 A massive fire burned 40,000 pounds of food meant to feed people in a food desert near Maricopa
  45. 3/31/22 A structure fire caused significant damage to a large portion of key fresh onion packing facilities in south Texas
  46. 3/31/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Osceola, Iowa
  47. 3/31/22 5,011,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Osceola, Iowa
  48. 4/6/22 281,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina
  49. 4/9/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  50. 4/9/22 208,900 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  51. 4/12/22 89,700 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina
  52. 4/12/22 1,746,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Dixon, Nebraska
  53. 4/12/22 259,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Minnesota
  54. 4/13/22 Fire destroys East Conway Beef & Pork Meat Market in Conway, New Hampshire
  55. 4/13/22 Plane crashes into Gem State Processing, Idaho potato and food processing plant
  56. 4/13/22 77,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  57. 4/14/22 Taylor Farms Food Processing plant burns down Salinas, California.
  58. 4/14/22 99,600 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  59. 4/15/22 1,380,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Lancaster, Minnesota
  60. 4/19/22 Azure Standard nation’s premier independent distributor of organic and healthy food, was destroyed by fire in Dufur, Oregon
  61. 4/19/22 339,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  62. 4/19/22 58,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Montrose, Color
  63. 4/20/22 2,000,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Minnesota
  64. 4/21/22 A small plane crashed in the lot of a General Mills plant in Covington, Georgia
  65. 4/22/22 197,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  66. 4/23/22 200,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
  67. 4/25/22 1,501,200 chickens destroyed at egg farm Cache, Utah
  68. 4/26/22 307,400 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania
  69. 4/27/22 2,118,000 chickens destroyed at farm Knox, Nebraska
  70. 4/28/22 Egg-laying facility in Iowa kills 5.3 million chickens, fires 200-plus workers
  71. 4/28/22 Allen Harim Foods processing plant killed nearly 2M chickens in Delaware
  72. 4/2822 110,700 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  73. 4/29/22 5 million honeybees are dead after a flight carrying the pollinator insects from California to Alaska got diverted to Georgia (New)
  74. 4/29/22 1,366,200 chickens destroyed at farm Weld Colorado
  75. 4/30/22 13,800 chickens destroyed at farm Sequoia Oklahoma
  76. 5/3/22 58,000 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  77. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Beadle S Dakota
  78. 5/3/22 114,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  79. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Lyon Minnesota
  80. 5/7/22 20,100 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  81. 5/10/22 72,300 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania
  82. 5/10/22 61,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  83. 5/10/22 35,100 Turkeys destroyed Muskegon, Michigan
  84. 5/13/22 10,500 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
  85. 5/14/22 83,400 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  86. 5/17/22 79,00 chickens destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  87. 5/18/22 7,200 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  88. 5/19/22 Train carrying limestone derailed Jensen Beach FL
  89. 5/21/22 57,000 Turkeys destroyed on farm in Dakota Minnesota
  90. 5/23/22 4,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  91. 5/29/22 A Saturday night fire destroyed a poultry building at Forsman Farms in Howard Lake, Minnesota
  92. 5/31/22 3,000,000 chickens destroyed by fire at Forsman facility in Stockholm Township, Minnesota
  93. 6/2/22 30,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
  94. 6/7/22 A fire occurred Tuesday evening at the JBS meat packing plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  95. 6/8/22 Firefighters from Tangipahoa Fire District 1 respond to a fire at the Purina Feed Mill in Arcola, Louisiana
  96. 6/9/22 Irrigation water was canceled in California (the #1 producer of food in the US) and storage water flushed directly out to the delta.
  97. 6/12/22 Largest Pork Company in the US Shuts Down California Plant Due to High Costs
  98. 6/13/22 Fire Breaks Out at a Food Processing Plant West of Waupaca County in Wisconsin
  99. 6/14/22 Over 10,000 head of cattle have reportedly died in the recent Kansas heat wave (New)

June 14, 2022
Freeport LNG says its Gulf Coast LNG liquefaction plant won’t return to full operations until the end of 2022 due to damage from last week’s fire. Partial operations are expected to resume in approximately 90 days, the company said.

The announcement comes in the company’s latest update on the fire which included some initial findings from its investigation into the incident that has left the 15 million tonnes per year export facility—the second largest in the U.S. and seventh in the world—completely offline.

The new timing estimates are longer than previously thought, throwing another wrench into the global LNG market already seeing tight supply from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Preliminary Findings

The fire at the liquefaction plant on Quintana Island, Texas started at approximately 11:40 a.m. local time on June 8, 2022, following the ignition of a LNG vapor cloud.

There were no injuries and the incident did not pose a threat to the surrounding community. The company said both the LNG vapor cloud and fire were contained within the bounderies of the facility and the initial ignition lasted approximately 10 seconds.

“The fire and associated smoke visible thereafter were from the burning of materials in and around the location where the incident occurred, such as piping insulation and cabling,” Freeport LNG said in its update. “With the assistance of local area emergency response personnel, the resultant fire was extinguished approximately 40 minutes after the initial incident. While the burning of those materials resulted in carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and volatile organic compound emissions, these were of limited quantity due to the short duration of the fire and not at levels that posed any immediate risk to Freeport LNG personnel or the surrounding community. There was no release of any other chemicals or substances from the plant during the event.”

Water used to suppress the fire was captured on site and will be tested for harmful contaminants before being released or removed for proper disposal.

“None of the liquefaction trains, LNG storage tanks, dock facilities, or LNG process areas were impacted,” Freeport LNG said.

The company said the incident occurred in pipe racks that support the transfer of LNG from the facility’s LNG storage tank area to the terminal’s dock facilities, located on the intracoastal side of Freeport LNG’s dock basin where LNG is transfered to tankers and exported to customers across the globe.

Preliminary observations suggest that the incident resulted from the overpressure and rupture of a segment of an LNG transfer line, leading to the rapid flashing of LNG and the release and ignition of the natural gas vapor cloud, according to Freeport LNG. “Additional investigation is underway to determine the underlying precipitating events that enabled the overpressure conditions in the LNG piping.”

Restarting Operations

Freeport LNG’s investigation into the cause of the incident and necessary steps to safely resuming liquefaction operations, including regulatory clearences, is underway, but full operations are expected until “late 2022” while partial operations.

Freeport LNG Development was formed in 2002 to develop, own and operate an LNG terminal on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas. The terminal started LNG imports in June 2008, but in 2019 it became the fifth plant in the U.S. to start exporting LNG. Most of the LNG produced by the facility is shipped overseas to customers under long-term tolling agreements.

Reuters reported that in March the Freeport LNG facility loaded 21 cargoes carrying an estimated 64 billion cubic feet of gas to destinations in Europe, South Korea and China, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, up from 15 cargoes in February and 19 in January.

“At this time, completion of all necessary repairs and a return to full plant operations is not expected until late 2022. Given the relatively contained area of the facility physically impacted by the incident, a resumption of partial operations is targeted to be achieved in approximately 90 days, once the safety and security of doing so can be assured, and all regulatory clearances are obtained.”

Freeport LNG is the largest all-electric drive motor plant of its kind in the world, which help to reduce carbon emissions by over 90% relative to gas turbine-driven liquefaction facilities.

Current Gulf Coast Temps
Interesting talk about what is happening in Sri Lanka now. They do not have food, no gas, no money. And they are angry.

It seems Sri Lankan farmers (30% of the workforce) have basically quit farming now, they have nothing left and farming has become totally unaffordable, after the disastrous management of the corrupt government, especially last year, an unprecedented economic downturn, supply chain woes and global crop failures have left staple foods in short supply in Sri Lanka. The same can be said for petrol and medicines, too, as record-high inflation continues to ravage household budgets. But the people have more disaster coming their way: the government is in talks for a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund and a delegation is expected in Colombo on June 20.

Now, in a 'bid to forestall a looming food shortage', the government has asked all 1,5 million employees in the public sector to take each Friday off to grow food in their back yards. They expect this move to 'domino' across the planet in the coming months.

“It seems appropriate to grant government officials leave for one working day of the week and provide them with the necessary facilities to engage in agricultural activities in their backyards,” said a cabinet statement–which, even with all the political spin and downplaying in the world, must have Sri Lankans panicked — it should have us westerns worried, too (from Electroverse).

The day spent working the vegetable garden would be a “solution to the food shortage that is expected to occur in the future”, the statement continued, adding that cutting down on civil servant commutes would also help reduce fuel consumption.

Do all these 1,5 million civil servants even have a house with a back yard? I don't think so! Well built, clean housing is rare and very expensive in Sri Lanka. Therefore, families collect whatever they can to create a shelter. Many families live in slums or wooden shacks.

That the people in power live in a different universe is also clear from this: at the end of May, the Agricultural Minister called on farmers to grow more rice, saying "it is clear the food situation is becoming worse"."We request all farmers to step into their fields in the next five to ten days and cultivate paddy [rice]," he added. At the same time the government raised taxes to help shore up its finances.

The UN has warned that Sri Lanka faces a “dire humanitarian crisis” due to food shortages. WFP surveys indicate that 86 percent of families “are resorting to at least one coping mechanism, including eating less, eating less nutritious food and even skipping meals altogether.”

In this study from April 2016 Sustaining food self-sufficiency of a nation: The case of Sri Lankan rice production and related water and fertilizer demands, they predicted that Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, would be self-sustaining with respect to food until 2050, even when the population would rise to 25,3 million. How fast this is all going south.

Mid snip: 8:45 AM · Jun 21, 2022
"Ultimately, this is a matter between the employers—the train operating companies and Network Rail—and the trade unions, and the government doesn't sit directly as a part of those talks for a very good reason—that we don't intervene in a specific process between an employer and the unions representing employees, but we are there to provide the support and enabling framework for those talks to succeed," the treasury minister said.

Clarke said the rail union had requested a 7% pay boost to keep up with the highest inflation in four decades. All of which probably helps explain why the UK's Misery Index is at its highest since 1992...

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warned the strike would "punish" millions of "innocent people" and is "a huge act of self-harm" that will "jeopardize the future of the railway itself."


Meanwhile, how's your own home garden doing.

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Looks like reality finally sets in as EU's Josep Borrell announces that Russian food and fertilisers are not subject to sanctions.

EU says Russian food and fertilizer free from sanctions

These products can be bought, transferred and insured freely, says the head of Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell

Anyone who wants to buy Russian food and fertilizer can do so freely and without fear of sanctions, which do not apply to these products, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday.

“Our sanctions are not directed at food, they are not directed at fertilizers. Anyone who wants to buy Russian food and fertilizer can do so without hindrance.… then they can operate, they can buy, they can transfer, they can insure Borrell told reporters ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers, which will focus on ways to free Ukrainian grain stuck in Black Sea ports amid the ongoing military conflict in the country.

However, EU sanctions target Russian shipping, preventing the country’s grain and fertilizer from being shipped to the world market. This has led to a growing food crisis, with wheat prices rising to record highs in the last two months.

Ukraine, also a major breadbasket, was unable to export its grain by sea. The WTO estimates that between 22 and 25 million tons of grain are currently in Ukrainian ports. And while Western nations have accused Russia of blocking these exports, Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is eager to provide safe passage for grain-laden ships through the Black Sea, but that the Ukrainian military is preventing it because they mined the ports.

According to Borrell, the consequences of the crisis in Ukraine “they are becoming very dangerous not only for Ukraine but for the whole world.”

“I have to warn again about the risk of a great famine in the world, especially in Africa, and it is the war that is generating price increases and energy and food shortages. We are supporting the efforts of the United Nations to unblock the export of Ukraine.,” he stated.
Cash withdrawal cap in China, a foretaste of what is going to happen in the West?

Q: (L) In short, be circumspect, I think. (KJN) What is the status of the money system in the United States? If you have money in the bank, can you leave it there, or should we be doing something more proactive?
A: If you store it with the fox, you will lose it at some point rather soon.
Q: (Odyssey) On the money issue, would it be a good idea to invest in silver or gold?
A: Partly, but what about "needful things"?
Q: (KJN) So we should spend it on things we need now, versus spending it on gold or putting in a bank or that kind of thing?
A: Mostly. Money will soon be worthless, ownership will survive awhile longer.
The funny thing is that we're trying "physicalize" money by buying needful goods to prevent banks from running away with our money, while, at the same time, we, ourselves, are trying to become less physical and more spiritual in preparation for The Wave.
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Now, in a 'bid to forestall a looming food shortage', the government has asked all 1,5 million employees in the public sector to take each Friday off to grow food in their back yards. They expect this move to 'domino' across the planet in the coming months.

#Morning President @lopezobrador_ asked farm workers to sow as much corn, beans and wheat as they can, to produce more; notes that fertilizers are already being dispersed and they are hurrying because rains are coming.
He also suggested not to stop keeping, as before, chickens and backyard animals (sheep, goats).

Fertilizers will be distributed free of charge to 800 thousand producers.

Relatives who detest the president, made fun of this measure. I told them that, it is a good measure and that we should do the same, due to the coming food crisis.

Cash withdrawal cap in China, a foretaste of what is going to happen in the West?

In Mexico you cannot withdraw more than a certain amount from the ATM per day, more or less $450 equivalent to U.S. dollars. They have been raising the amount over the years, they can also lower it. That has not happened but, I would not be surprised.

In 2020, the bank lowered the credit on my sister's credit card and, when she complained, the bank told her that they were doing it for her own good, so she wouldn't get into so much debt during the pandemia.

I would not be surprised if the banks might do the same in future months.
The PTB are slowly turning the screws...very slowly so as not to alarm people too much. In the large multinational shop where I work I have observed gradually worsening shelf emptying. It is very gradual. Some products disappearing here and there originally. Yesterday I noticed that there were areas where several shelves were completely empty. Cereal products seem to be taking a big hit at the moment. I am sure this is being done to get people accustomed to empty shelves before nearly everything disappears. It wouldn't do to remove everything all at once as it would be instantly noticeable so it is being done a little at a time. This is such a devious plan but one that they have used successfully before with covid. A bit like the frog in the boiling water. There are so many varieties of single products that customers simply move on to the available product that is similar to the missing one without thinking too much about it. When I am approached by annoyed customers to ask why that is not available and this not available I do try to instill a little sanity regarding coming global food shortages. I am not sure if it has any impact but it might start a few people thinking that this is not just on the news, it is actually happening at their local shop, albeit in a very small way.
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