Global Facts

  1. Food is rapidly becoming one of the most important global economic issues of this decade. Because food is a commodity, speculators are causing prices to swing wildly.

  2. There are some 30 countries around the world that currently have export bans on food products. China is price fixing and rationing controls on food.

  3. In June 2011, as the world's largest sugar producer, Brazil drought was to trim sugar output by 1.5 million tons in its major growing region.

  4. In June 2011, England's leading wheat growing region declared drought hit. Britain is the European Union's No. 3 producer of wheat. The U.S. is the largest exporter of wheat and almost half the winter-wheat crops is rated poor or worse.

  5. In July 2011, heavy rains damage 30% of Ukraine crops. The rains have compromised grain quality, encouraging fungal disease.

  6. The U.S. is NO LONGER the "Breadbasket of the World." We export 15% to 20% of food products we produce. In America, we are EATING MORE THAN WE PRODUCE.

  7. The U.S. mostly crops GMO corn for Ethanol for gasoline. As a nearly net importer of foods, we mostly import fruits and vegetables.

  8. In February 2011, Algeria had purchased at least 1.75 million tonnes of wheat. At Algeria's current population, that's 100 POUNDS OF WHEAT PER PERSON.

  9. In June 2008, the remaining grain reserves in the entire USDA Commodity Credit Corporation inventory was 2.7 million bushels of wheat, which is merely enough wheat to make ½ of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 million people living in America.

  10. The 1996 farm bill eliminated the government's grain reserves as well as the Farmer Owned Reserves. In the last 60 to 70 years, Mom and Pop Farms have been completely dismantled.

  11. According to the Leopold Center on Agriculture, there is only approximately 4 days of food supply in any given U.S. town or city. In America, we are only 12 meals away from anarchy; food travels an average 1500 miles to get to the grocery store.