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  •  two-thirds of the United States (2+ / 0-)
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    RLMiller, Angie in WA State

    was in drought conditions this year. Two-thirds, including 80% of all agricultural land.

    Then we have this jaw-dropping fact.

    Blistering heat in the US has destroyed 45% of the corn and 35% of the soya bean crop in the worst harvest since 1988.
    Think for a minute about what that means.

    And did anyone say anything about any of this in this last election? Not a peep from either Obama or Romney. A silence enforced by the fossil fuel-garchy and its outsized power and money.

    On the most important issue facing humanity, silence. Nothing. That's the best our political system can produce right now.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:26:12 PM PST

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    •  Expectations are food prices ^^ 5% to (1+ / 0-)
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      15% in spring, due to these crop failures.

      Corn crop down, means higher prices on almost every processed food product, because they all have HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) in them. Bread, canned fruits, chips, soda pop, everything processed.

      Beef and pork prices will be higher, too, corn is big ingredient in animal food products.

      I don't expect any year after to get any better.

      It's why I spent $1000 and got a greenhouse this past summer. To ensure I could feed my family in years to come.

      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

      by Angie in WA State on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:26:05 PM PST

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    •  Was not; Is (0+ / 0-)

      Looking at the map, drought is afflicting approximately 2/3 of the nation still.
      Drought Monitor

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