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Scientists warn rising food prices, and ensuing pandemic hunger, will create mass riots & anarchy

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By Josey Wales, Before It’s News

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By using plain and simple math, along with data charts, scientists at the New England Complex Systems Institute have come to a clear-cut conclusion that when food prices rise, as much as they are in the US, then people start rioting.

Did you know right now in the US, 49 million Americans are already dealing with food insecurity. One in seven Americans rely on food banks.

One quarter of the American military needs outside assistance to feed their families. And of course, minorities are facing serious hunger issues.

Ukraine, one of the largest wheat exporters in the world, has suffered a 73 percent increase in domestic wheat costs.

According to the World Bank, these price increases have been caused primarily by three factors: 

1) Sharply higher demand for food in China,

2) U.S. drought conditions that hammered wheat production, and

3) unrest in Ukraine due to the near state of war with Russia.

World Bank blog entry by Senior Economist Jose Cuesta entitled “No Food, No Peace” (2) warns that:

“It is quite likely that we will experience more food riots in the foreseeable future… food price shocks have repeatedly led to spontaneous — typically urban — sociopolitical instability.”

American investigative journalist Alfred Henry Lewis (1855-1914) famously said, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.” He went on to explain, “It may be taken as axiomatic that a starving man is never a good citizen.” 

Hunger dispels the illusions of a polite society and unleashes the desperate animal-like nature that lurks inside all human beings.

A starving man trying to feed his starving children will at some point abandon all law and order, doing anything necessary to keep himself and his children alive, including engaging in robbery, assault and murder

Stated another way, the only reason most people obey laws and agree to live in a socially polite manner is because their bellies are full. Take away the food and all illusions of social friendliness vanish in about nine meals (three days).

No local police force can hope to control the actions of the starving masses, regardless of how obedient the population once was when food was abundant.

The coming food collapse is now inevitable

Many are now warning about the coming collapse in the food supply. These warnings include all the following factors:

* EBT CARDS are the federal government’s “food stamp” system that distributes money to over 47 million Americans who use that money on debit cards to buy food.

The EBT system depends entirely on the financial solvency of the federal government, an empire steeped in over $17 trillion in debt and constantly on the verge of a financial wipeout.

When the day comes that the feds stop funding the EBT cards, food riots are imminent. EBT cardholders have already ransacked a Wal-Mart store, even in good times!

(Once the EBT entitlements are cut off, EBT card holders will simply ransack the same stores they used to visit as customers. Once those stores run out of food, U.S. cities will devolve into all-out street warfare.)

* HYDROLOGIC CYCLE SCIENTISTS are warning that much of the food production taking place in the world today — across the USA, India, China, etc. — depends entirely on fossil water extraction from underground aquifers.

Those aquifers are being rapidly depleted, some dropping more than a foot each year. Once this fossil water is used up, it’s gone for hundreds or thousands of years. Entire breadbasket regions of the world (such as the U.S. Midwest) will be turned into agricultural deserts.

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