Global food prices continue to rise amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Grain prices have reached record highs – higher, in fact, than during the 2011 Arab Spring. Because of this, some say that political uprisings could soon be on the horizon.
On Friday, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index (FFPI), which measures the monthly change in international prices for a basket of food commodities, reported record-high food prices for the month of February.
“Prices are, in fact, 3.1% higher than they were in February 2011 when anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions sprung up around the Arab world,” reported Zero Hedge.
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“The risk of an uprising happening again is rising.”
SocGen’s Albert Edwards speculated two years ago about a future agricultural price shock and how it might be used to spur another Arab Spring. It looks like Edwards’ predictions may be coming to fruition.
The situation is now being exacerbated by the fact that Ukraine, which is considered to be Europe’s “breadbasket,” has cut off all exports of wheat, corn and other grains.
The latest data shows that the country most reliant on Ukrainian wheat is Egypt, which imports around $610.5 million worth of it per year. In second place is Indonesia, which imports $543.2 million worth of Ukrainian wheat every year.
Other countries that rely heavily on Ukrainian wheat include Bangladesh ($294.8 million), Pakistan ($258 million), Turkey ($207.2 million), Morocco ($196.2 million), Tunisia ($194.4 million), Yemen ($144.4 million), Lebanon ($133.2 million), and the Philippines ($118.9 million).
“While there are no indications that any of these countries are on the brink of social unrest, keep a close eye on them as food prices soar and spring in the northern hemisphere is two weeks away,” Zero Hedge warns.
How long before bread lines come to America?
Due to the interconnected nature of the global economy, the domino effect of all this is already being felt worldwide.
Food prices in the United States are soaring just as they are in Europe, which is also facing an energy crunch. Natural gas prices are soaring, which is negatively impacting fertilizer production.
Another thing to consider is the fact that much of the wheat distributed to poor countries by the World Food Program comes from, you guessed it: Russia and Ukraine.
“My friend living in Kenya says they’re eating potatoes for breakfast and another working in Ethiopia says food costs have risen by 33% this year,” someone noted in the comment section of an article about this dire situation.
This kind of thing has happened before in the third world, but the so-called first world is now feeling the effects of it for the first time in a generation. The end result could be uprisings even in the United States, even though Americans typically have an aversion to rising up in protest about things that are actually important.
“Americans don’t know how to uprise because they love smelling the government’s butt too much,” someone joked.
Another responded to this, however, with a warning that food inflation or scarcity “can topple any government” if things get bad enough.
“Humans are the most dangerous animal on earth, especially when hungry,” this same person added.
Someone else put it like this:
“When the bread runs out, the circus won’t be enough.”
Another person emphasized, like many have observed, that food prices were rising long before Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.
“So, the record-high prices for February can’t be blamed on Putin,” this commenter wrote, throwing in a “nice try” at the end for every media talking head and government official claiming otherwise.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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