A perfect storm creating global food crisis: Is the black horse out of the gate?

Black Horse

Revelation6:5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds[a] of wheat for a day’s wages, [b] and six pounds[c] of barley for a day’s wages, [d] and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

Important Takeaways:

  • A “perfect storm” of factors has created a global food crisis that just continues to intensify
  • Right now, we are literally teetering on the brink of such a disaster.
  • According to the UN’s World Food Program, we are dealing with “a hunger crisis of unprecedented proportions” right now…
    • Conflict, economic shocks, climate change and soaring prices for food and fertilizer are all combining in a perfect storm to create a hunger crisis of unprecedented proportions. Right now, in some of the hungriest places around the world, there just isn’t enough food to feed the population.
  • According to an article that was posted by the New York Times, the number of countries that are “at risk of famine” just continues to grow…
    • The list of countries at risk of famine now includes Afghanistan, Syria and Mali. Humanitarian observers also worry that North Korea may be nearing a famine.
    • About 90 million people are facing severe hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen. These countries, unfortunately, have their own histories of severe food shortages, but the world has never witnessed all of these countries descending toward mass starvation at the same time.
  • Here in the United States, there is still enough food to go around, but supplies of food have been getting tighter.
  • According to the Farm Bureau, the U.S. actually lost more than 140,000 farms during one recent five-year period…
    • Between 2017 and 2022, the number of farms in the U.S. declined by 141,733 or 7%, according to USDA’s 2022 Census of Agriculture, released on Feb. 13. Acres operated by farm operations during the same timeframe declined by 20.1 million (2.2%), a loss equivalent to an area about the size of Maine.
  • And the size of the U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been in 73 years…
    • Not many ranchers active today will remember the last time the U.S. cattle industry was this small. On January 1, 2024, the All Cattle and Calves inventory was 87.15 million head, the smallest total inventory since 1951. The All Cattle and Calves inventory is 1.9 percent smaller year over year and is the fifth consecutive year of declining cattle inventories, a total decrease of 7.65 million head or 8.1 percent since the most recent peak in 2019. The 2023 calf crop was 33.6 million head, down 2.5 percent year over year and the smallest calf crop since 2014.

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