Saturday, July 27, 2019

food for thought


FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I've done my best already to calm down any Nervous Nellie's who automatically assume flooding in the midwest means instant famine, death and 'Murica NOT being great again. I don't claim there won't be price and supply issues-I'm just saying that it won't be apocalyptic. Yet. This time. You do remember when ethanol became a huge thing, right? Everything with fake sugar in it seemed to double in price, then everything else doubled in price because X product farmland was turned into corn cropland so as to cash in on the bonanza. Hey, I don't blame the farmers-they get paid zero to negative most years.
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One result of that, because it takes years for a change to become the New Normal, was that the sugar from Hawaii and Florida suddenly wasn't an expensive luxury anymore. Hell, for the last six months Wal-Mart was selling cane sugar for 33% under everyone else. It was a lose leader ( well, I think so anyway, not being on the Wally board of directors ), but it just shows how much corn syrup had to increase that real sugar seemed reasonable again. But we don't see any more seasonal sugar sales anymore, so I wonder if beet crop land is growing something else.
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Now I'm hearing of canned vegetable shortages, specifically peas. The theory is that peas are being used in Fake Meat as protein. Perhaps there is a backlash against Poison Soy. Yeah, if I want Bitch Tits, I'll take real steroids and at least bulk up as I ruin my internal organs. Someone discovered peas as fake meat will make them money, and bought up enough of the little green turds to jack the price up. Until this unexpected demand produces more supply, canned peas are out.
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What happens if canned peas ( I don't know about frozen-this is just based on a snippet I heard ) suddenly double in price? Most people buy another kind of veggie, although I understand that to get to the level of legal child abuse peas represent, you'll have to use broccoli, cauliflower, okra or diesel fumed ditch weeds by the highway. Still, cash strapped households will save money on food before they drop their $1k a month family medical ( with $5k deductible ), because it makes perfect sense to get your kids sick on budget food, then take them to an expensive doctor, and hence pea substitution.
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Usually, instead of raising the price and turning people to buy generics, usually companies just embrace shortages. That way, if a customer buys generic and discovers how wretched the taste is ( one imagines a brand name company owns the generic, purposely putting subpar ingredients in, such as-true story-wheat flour rather than semolina in pasta, and creating future demand for the brand name ), they eagerly await the eventual return at higher prices of the real item. The shortage creates even further value, since the Jones' want brand name and that must have created the shortage.
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The pea shortages simply represent shifting demand, not food issues in general. Then there is mention of increasing jobber food prices ( the guys selling to restaurants-the big grocery chains surpass them ), but this is just a reflection of the long standing death of smaller businesses at the hands of giant corporations. This is not indicative of ( catastrophic ) food shortages, but the giants passing any increases over to mom and pops since the big chains have cost frozen contracts. And, we already talked about grain importation as part of the global food chain.
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HOWEVER. Although. Except! Here is a caveat. Your competitor for food is not Mother Nature, it is other customers. What I mean by that is shortages and price increases will of course be felt, to some degree, but if there is any hoarding of food by individuals, all bets are off. Then there will be huge price increases and long periods of shortages. Remember the 1970's Johnny Carson joke about toilet paper which caused a real shortage? Better yet, remember the five year long rimfire ammo fiasco? It is hoarding, not production shortages, that are the main problem.
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In a Just In Time Inventory world ( those little slant eye bastards made rice popular, also. And you know how I feel about rice! Kidding, mostly. They also are the last bastion of quality consumer goods, making even the Krauts look like feral fraudsters-and yes, I know an American started JIT ), the smallest disruption, such as a new niche company needing peas to make Vegan Burgers, and the system stalls, farts and sputters and sends out false signals to all the Paranoid Pete's. The reason rimfires are cheap right now is because there is only a fraction of demand compared to pre-Obammy.
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( I still say Chinese copper demand did more to create that fiasco than the no-gun-control President did [ of course, while he didn't give Deplorables an excuse to fight, he was busy implementing far more dangerous protocols such as Even More Open Borders, Black Get Out Of Jail Free Cards for killing Whitey, and the ever popular Quadruple Health Care Costs To Genocide working Deplorables. You think White Genocide is hyperbole on my part. Fine, everyone is entitled to delusion ]. But the price wouldn't have lowered even with zero demand without less demand from overseas ).
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Now, having given that example, don't think it applies to food. Someone can always delude themselves about ammunition, and in fact most of you do. “Well, I have twenty guns, which isn't enough, but by gum I think five hundred rounds each is way more than enough.” Or, “Well, I only plan on firing my semi-auto in a controlled manner, even under stress”. You all know my views. But ammunition isn't food. You can cut back on plinking by 95% and still remain proficient. You can go from semi to bolt action to need less ammo. But one thing most of you won't do is go on the Karen Carpenter Diet.
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And while non-preppers will, mostly, not stack cases of ammo in panic ( at most, pre-collapse amounts of hunting ammo- say, an extra box or two of shells ), EVERYBODY, prepper or not, will panic buy food. The fear of food shortage is primal. It is the only thing normal people will panic buy. Not your precious AR-15. Now, I don't discount completely panic buys of other supplies ( yeah, that rhymed! ). When the Oppressed Minority Youth rioted in L.A. there was a panic rush of the Perpetual Clueless to arm themselves.
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But that was a state already with disagreeable gun control. Normal people, in normal Deplorable Friendly areas, will focus just on food. After all, a box of shotshells and a scattergun is all they will ever need, crime being their only conception of violence. But everyone knows how bare the shelves get in a winter storm. Everyone knows some small level of hunger pains at the end of the month ( or when unemployed ), and know they must eat three times a day ( well, whatever is “regular” for them ).
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Continued tomorrow.
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16 comments:

  1. A couple points...

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    Today's free book has volumes 2 and 3 available free, too. Go to the recommended books at the bottom of the page.

    b)
    frozen vegetables

    Because of the cell wall, vegetables are easier to digest after they are frozen. Freezing breaks the cell walls. A minute or three in a blender helps us digest vegetables, too.

    Animal foods have cell membranes, and are much easier to digest.

    (Whatever you do, avoid presenting these facts to a vegantarianist. Facts is a dirty word, and most be avoided by vegantarianists to remaim pure.)

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    1. Just like Peak Oil, and Civilization Collapse, vegetarianism is a religious movement, only accepted by the faithful. All three movements call their arguments "facts", giving those a bad name :)

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  2. Thanks for the heads up on peas! Been stocking canned foods in my personal "grocery store" since 1978.
    Have been stocking canned corn big time since the floods, (I know GMO!) saw the price go from .59 to .89 for store brand!
    Could you please inform me of who is using peas to make fake meat? First I have heard of it.
    I know the shit that McCrap sells is full of garbage and that they can legally say that their burgers are made with "100% Beef" because that's the name of the company who sells
    them that crap.
    Is this fake meat fast food or frozen patties from the store?

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    1. The fake meat info was from watching a video from the Surv Prep For Norm People dude, and he gave no names or his source. I know there is already fake meat on the market in Britain or the EU, from other news stories, but I don't know the details on that either. First I heard on "100% beef" being a company name. Clever! I wondered how they sold Pink Slime and sawdust and called it 100% beef.

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    2. Most new generation fake meats use pea protein because of irrational and long outdated soy and gluten phobias. Its also easier to find non-GMO pea sources since nearly all soy is GMO these days. In addition, its easier to infuse with flavors. Highest growth brands are Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Both are miles beyond the old TVP soy burgers developed in the 70s. I wouldn't worry about "vegantarianists". They seldom eat this stuff. I think its mostly targeted at those transitioning from animal to plant based diets. Those who say, "I could NEVER give up meat." If they actually make the transition they generally lose interest in meat analogs.

      Here in the US both Krogers and Safeway sell the stuff, often in the meat section right next to beef. You can get burgers made with the stuff at most Applebees, TGIFridays, Carls Jr, A&W, and Burger King.

      Better get used to it. Its market is exploding while beef's is declining (peak beef in US was in 2004). Currently it is competitively priced with quality beef and in a couple years as production expands, it will be cheaper since it is inherently cheaper to produce than beef. Very big money is behind it, like Gates, Google, and Nestlé, plus some of the big meat producers like Tyson are also investing heavily. The technology is now rapidly evolving and in a couple more years, it will probably be indistinguishable from beef. These companies also produce pork, sausage, chicken, and cheese analogs while other well funded ventures are beginning to release palatable sea food products. I'll bet in about 10 years real beef will be about as scarce as whale meat, which I recall was stocked in supermarkets next to the canned tuna when I was a kid in the 60s.

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    3. Excellent. Thanks-I had little idea. Really, Burger King? Is it sold as Fake Meat, or do they just add to to the hamburger to stretch it? I don't think soy phobia is overdone. I really don't trust that estrogen pod.

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    4. Yeah. Its the full patty, not just mixed with beef. Burger King (The Impossible Whopper)is in trial markets around the US. Only cities so far in the West are Las Vegas and San Francisco. Carls Junior (The Beyond Famous Star) seems to have it just about everywhere as does TGIFridays (The Beyond Meat Cheeseburger). A&W is still only in Canada I think. You can buy the raw patties in just about all Safeway stores and most Krogers, though I'm not near Krogers so I can't verify. I understand Walmart should have it soon. Some here in Washington already do.

      I won't try and convince you to eat soy. My study of recent research says it isn't a problem, but I don't eat much of the stuff except for soy sauce, so I don't really care much about the health benefit/problems.

      Full disclosure - I call myself a "casual herbivore". I eat about 95% plant based except when visiting other people's homes or having dinner with others in restaurants. That's where the casual part comes in. I made the switch primarily for health reasons, but also because I eat what I store and its just so much easier to store plant based foods.

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    5. I envy your ability to shut off the need for storage meat. Yes, it does make it so much easier. I'll have to try to remember to check Kroger the next time I go.

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    6. I’ve also looked into “the hazards” of soy before, and from what I gathered, the hit campaign against it was mostly funded by guess who? Yep, big beef. Also looked into the estrogen causing effects. Yeah, it’s true on some level, but you would have to eat so much of the stuff in order for it to affect you in such a manner, that you won’t (i.e. The plastic bottles that you drink from, and hormones in the water supply, are probably having more of an effect than the soy that you’re eating). It’s also very heart healthy in many ways, because it’s rich in isoflavones. I’ve been eating it since the 80’s, with absolutely no ill health effects at all, but admittedly, I do not eat it constantly. I do not even eat it every week, so maybe my experience does not count.

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    7. Well, I'm a bit embarrassed. I didn't think of a smear campaign by an organized party. I guess, just hating Hippies I assumed if they liked it, it had to be bad for you. And good point on the other pollutants.

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  3. White genocide is a goal of the elite. They have been working on this for decades.

    I'm not sure exactly why they want all whites dead but perhaps it is because whites have high IQs and are very independent and creative.

    Asians have higher IQs than whites but they are more passive and more easily controlled. They are also less creative.

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    1. It could be as simple as all the Whites had most of the wealth and were using most of the dwindling resources. And don't forget, high IQ people act incredibly stupid most of the time. Look at college professors embracing PC, or scientists accepting Gore Warming just because it is the consensus.

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  4. I’ve noticed that there has been a lot of mention of vegan patties, particularly at fast food restaurants, and I get the impression that it is not soy based, so you’re probably on to something there. Though you’d think that the chick peas would be more versatile in this application.

    I guess I was a weird kid, because I liked broccoli. But you know who didn’t? George H. Bush. But he liked Bubba, the Monica flavored cigar aficionado, and his she-male wife (Or whatever the heck they’re calling those things these days? (Tranny? Transgender?)

    Hillary’s dirty little secret (She’s not a blond :D )

    http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/file.php?40,file=226860,filename=hillary-clinton-nude-12.jpeg

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    1. Jeez! Thanks a bunch for that picture. Not! :)

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  5. Rutger: I re-watched Flesh + Blood. It's not apocalyptic, but you can see it from there. Bonus: hot chicks and plague. Or maybe I shouldn't mix those?

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    1. I think the combo works. And I wonder how much the "see it from there" accounts for how much I like the movie? That one of him a blind Samurai dude during the apocalypse was just too weird, though.

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