Maybe the title should be “Supply Chain Failure, Famine Watch and Inflation News”
Why did I write this? In an online discussion I threw a crazy estimate out that there was a 5% to 30% chance that the shelves will be bare for WEEKS if not MONTHS.
A reader asked –
Just curious how you figure those odds. Thanks!
That got me thinking… why do I think the odds are so high? Well here goes…
There are a LOT of reasons I think we are likely to see a moderate increase in empty shelves – and even a chance for a severe to possibly catastrophic breakdown in the Jan/Feb timeframe. The list below includes references.
And just so you know this isnt intended to be some alarmist rant. Be reasonable, be prepared, have a backup plan, but above all; plan for GOOD TIMES and BAD TIMES. Your FIRST preparations should support both good/bad times. Skills to make you more money, food, water, first aid skills and gear, backup gear etc are something you will use in good times and bad. For related info read https://wearethebackupplan.com/am-i-prepared/
- Latest News Updates
- Critical industrial materials Shortages
- Shortages of other Farming Supplies
- We are Losing Farmers
- Supply Chain Chaos
- The backlog is decreasing?
- Port of Vancouver Closed
- Canada/US Border Trucking Backlog to INCREASE
- China Turned Off Ship Transponders
- Chicago Trains are Backed Up
- WHO “helping”
- Russia and Ukraine
- Global Food Prices Spike in 2021
- Pork Prices likely to Spike due to Swine Flu
- Computer Chips
- Random Fuel Shortages
- Fuel price spikes
- Food Prices and Supply Issues
- Palm production
- Edible oils prices spiking
- Reduced South America crop production
- Meat prices spiking
- Crop to Table
- Farmers Banned from Delivering Crops
- China Doing its Part to add to the Chaos
- China bad weather and CROP failure
- China Buying up to 50% of all world grains
- China Buying up Farmland
- China saber rattling
- Covid Politics
- Cyber attacks against food and energy
- Finally – it is already happening
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Latest News Updates
May 23: A growing number of food items up 20% over last two years https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/hundreds-uk-grocery-items-more-20-pricier-over-last-two-years-study
May 21: Russia predicting famine (after WHO already predicted it) https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/top-putin-aide-predicts-global-famine-end-year
May 20: bit of good news! Indonesia lifts palm oil export ban. https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/indonesia-lifts-palm-oil-export-ban-supply-improves but the bans expand else where https://thehill.com/policy/finance/3494773-export-bans-abroad-threaten-to-push-sky-high-food-prices-even-higher/
Food protests in Iran 300% increases in flour costs – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/anti-government-protests-spread-iran-after-flour-based-food-staples-jump-300 and india seeing increases although not as bad https://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/rural-food-prices-continued-to-surge-in-april/article65442931.ece
General downturn possible across the board… https://www.zerohedge.com/political/12-nightmarish-economic-trends-we-should-expect-see-during-2nd-half-2022
More Africa famine talk – https://finance.yahoo.com/news/action-against-hunger-reports-55-163200591.html and it isn’t even fall harvest yet.
May 16: Elon Musk says recession for 12-18 months (i think still an optimist) https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-says-us-in-recession-will-get-worse-2022-5
May 12: US farmers under pressure and on the front lines of food inflation amid price spikes https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/12/politics/us-farmers-drought-food-prices-inflation/index.html
May 11: Price spikes eventually affect food costs — https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-lobbying/3484748-here-are-the-products-that-had-significant-price-spikes-in-april/
May 9: Wheat prices increasing… again. Spring Wheat Hits 14-Year High On World War 3 & Weather Woes as do natural gas prices US Gas Prices Soar As Europe And Asia Scramble For LNG
Financials don’t look great either. Germany’s Top Banking Chief Warns Of Bankruptcy Tsunami Amid Stagflation Threats
Markets are starting to show the real risks https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/dow-suffers-longest-losing-streak-99-years-bonds-bullion-bid
May 8: Diesel used by American truckers is up 75% and just hit an all-time high “Outright panic buying of diesel” The World Is “Crying Out For Diesel”; Product Tankers Could Win Big really… really hoping we see Feds allow more US oil production – this is getting out of hand. (maybe reverse the Feb 2022 lease denials/delays).
May 6: Baby food availability? Not so much. https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/nationwide-baby-formula-shortage-hits-shocking-levels-sparking-panic-among-parents
Corn/Wheat etc are not looking great (weak year for USA). That would be ok, if the rest of the world wasnt seeing drops and Ukraine already out of the picture. https://www.theepochtimes.com/perfect-storm-hitting-us-crop-planting-amid-talk-of-shortages_4446123.html and China Corn futures high – https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-corn-futures-at-record-high-due-to-adverse-factors_4445048.html and drought is visibly impacting US crops https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-rains-unlikely-to-help-smallest-oklahoma-wheat-crop-since-2014/ar-AAWXWih and in Brazil slight downturn https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/dry-weather-brazil-tests-bumper-corn-crop-outlook-2022-05-05/
Even more pressure on already low diesel stocks https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-distillate-stocks-fall-critically-low
A bit of good news – 1.7mil acres of USA farmland moved out of conservation back into production https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/high-commodity-prices-shift-conservation-lands-to-crop-fields
India (amid heatwave) is pushing for crop diversification, additional planting and providing minimum price guarantees to protect farmers https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/punjab-cm-bhagwant-mann-meets-farmer-leaders-stresses-on-crop-diversification-need-to-save-water/articleshow/90896965.cms
Ukraine might be able to ship out wheat! This is big news, but ONLY if they can get it out (which doesn’t look good, no trains and no ships. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/scientists-ukraine-2022-wheat-crop-will-be-close-to-last-years-32-mln-t/
May 5: Inflation in Turkey up 70%. https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/inflation-surges-70-turkey-higher-energy-prices-and-weakening-lira
Labor Costs Spike, productivity tanks – https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/us-productivity-just-crashed-most-1947-labor-costs-explode
May 4: On the food front, I was hoping India might pull our collective butts out of the fire… guess that is looking less likely. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-04/india-considers-restricting-wheat-exports-as-heat-destroys-crops
April 28: Things are not crazy enough, lets just add some fuel to the fire? “Oil Spikes” https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/eu-embargo-russian-oil-imminent-germany-drops-opposition and https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/us-east-coast-inventories-hit-supply-shock-ahead-summer-driving-season
April 27: The China ship backlog is getting more obvious and is impacting more businesses:
- The maps of 2019 vs 2022 really tell the difference. The China shipping backlog is ENORMOUS https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/bigger-mess-last-year-global-supply-chain-crisis-could-emerge-summer
- Normally I dont really pay much attention to military contractors. Much of it does not apply to the rest of the markets, but supply chain on “parts” is sort of a canary in the coal mine. This is feeling VERY similar to Land Rover and Jaguar shipping parts in suitcases before COVID really blew up. https://www.zerohedge.com/military/stinger-missile-production-hit-delays-raytheon-ceo-warns (watch for some crazy market problems due to supply chain)
April 22: Inflation, fertilizer, parts and fuel costs are hitting farmers hard. https://www.foxnews.com/us/future-of-u-s-farmers-at-risk-rising-input-costs-continuously-sky-rocket
April 21: More weakening of the USD https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2022-04-21/israel-dumps-dollar-chinas-renminbi
Another chemical plant fire this one in Russia https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/large-deadly-fire-breaks-out-russian-defense-research-facility
oh and World Bank warns of ‘human catastrophe’ food crisis https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61171529
April 19: More bad news about foods. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/3-factors-which-are-about-make-coming-food-shortages-even-worse
April 18: Excerpt “yields could drop 10% in the next season, translating to a loss of 36 million tons of rice, or the equivalent of feeding 500 million people.” https://finance.yahoo.com/news/rising-fertilizer-costs-catching-rice-160100406.html
Editorial 4/18/22: The lock-down of 40mil to 100mil Chinese is going to ripple across the markets and supply chain, how bad is the unknown. The supply chain was just starting to recover but then we got Ukraine and now China with self imposed lock-downs. Add in the number of farmers going out of business, inflation, secondary market problems (critical equipment parts delays causing commodities shortages) and we are in for some very rough times.
Corn Hits $8/Bushel and the chaos hasn’t even started yet. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/corn-hits-8-bushel-first-134210933.html
Pretty much everything spiking (and the bad crop info wont hit till later):
- Wholesale prices 14.55% up. https://www.ndtv.com/business/wholesale-price-inflation-rises-to-4-month-high-of-14-55-in-march-from-13-11-in-february-2896882
- Sliver of good news, rerouting around China for fuel https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3174677/ships-opt-bypass-singapore-amid-china-port-delays-hitting
April 17: And we are not even in the middle of it yet. https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/04/13/global-food-crisis-german-wholesale-see-highest-percentage-price-rise-in-60-years/
April 16: Aaaaannnnd we are back again…. “COVID” strikes again. China has a MASSIVE backup of container ships due to a April COVID lockdown of 30mil to 60mil+ people. No one is sure how many people are locked down and jumping out of buildings, but the ships are visible from orbit and at least some are visible in the maritime tracking systems (remember china turned off tracking on their ships so the graphics are only a portion of the ships. If you have not stocked up – your options are quickly shrinking.
Bloomberg reporting https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-11/477-bulk-ships-wait-off-east-china-s-ports-amid-virus-lockdowns basically we are back in the mess again. For real-time shipping info click here: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:123.4/centery:30.8/zoom:6
April 15: Amazon to raise costs 5% https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/amazon-to-boost-seller-fulfillment-fee-by-5-to-cover-fuel-and-inflation/
Spiking food prices some over 30% https://www.post-journal.com/life/viewpoints/2021/09/americans-grocers-grapple-with-ongoing-food-shortages-high-prices/
Global prices up for food: https://www.insideedition.com/world-food-prices-surge-to-record-high-due-to-war-in-ukraine-74271
OTHER APRIL 2022 NEWS
Sorry but it is just more bad news. We continue to see market trouble. Lots of signs of: impending food shortages, worsened supply chain problems (diesel and air fuel), increased lag on semi-conductors, and materials issues across the board.
Get ready for a ROUGH ride (we are not through the worst yet). Also this will be slow – likely taking 18months at least more likely 24 to 36 months. It feels like an extremely slow train wreck. A train wreck with some people trying to keep it from happening while other people are tearing out the tracks.
FOOD: A scary but accurate summary of current problems affecting the food supply. And it doesnt list everything 20 Facts about the Emerging Global Food Shortage that should Chill You to the Core
If you don’t have a bit of long term food storage I STRONGLY recommend it (but get what you EAT and eat the oldest first and keep rotating your stock).
Oh and if there was not enough pressure on CORN, the feds are allowing sale of E15 blend fuel this summer which will increase demand for CORN (food turned into fuel) https://www.theepochtimes.com/biden-administration-to-suspend-summer-e15-gasoline-sales-ban_4398495.html
CURRENCY: We could also be seeing the beginning of the end for the US dollar as the foundation for international trade. Squeezing Russia financially when they hold durable goods including oil, precious technology metals, food and fertilizer. The squeeze combined with pinning the ruble to the gold/oil standard creates a crack in the concept of the US dollar being pinned to the price of oil (effectively oil backed).
The balkanization of currency would result in huge market changes. Supply chain challenges as each trade would be a BARTER more than a currency exchange. We could be seeing a HUGE change in markets because of this (effectively the end of US/oil money)
- “A Paradigm Shift Western Media Hasn’t Grasped Yet” – Russian Ruble Relaunched, Linked To Gold & Commodities
- Ruble Edges Closer to Clawing Back All Its Post-Invasion Decline
- Industrial Diamonds supply https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/us-treasury-sanctions-largest-russian-diamond-miner-producing-third-world-supply
Good summary of the coming financial mess https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvxNsY8iSGk
Editorial: Combine these events with the ongoing use of Keynesian economics. FYI Keynesian economics is a theory based on belief not on facts. It doesn’t actually work – and is bad planning. Hopefully reality catches up BEFORE seriously bad economic fallout and we scrap the Keynesian economics and go back to Classical proven models of simple supply/demand and then improve those instead. Cutting off someone who has the supply from someone in demand WILL NOT WORK long term – markets exist regardless of “theory” or “belief”.
Miscellaneous supply chain failure news:
- feds taking “faster than expected quantitative tightening” (raising interest and shrinking the amount of cash available in the market) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/fomc-minutes-signal-bigger-faster-expected-qt-multiple-50bps-hikes
- Baby Formula Rationing https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10701087/Walgreens-starts-RATIONING-baby-formula-supply-chain-crunch-hits-new-parents.html
- Famine in Africa https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/historic-drought-looms-for-20-million-living-in-horn-of-africa
- Ukraine causing famine https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/april-2022/russias-invasion-of-ukraine-could-trigger-catastrophe-in-africa/
March has brought, pretty much across the board bad news. The combo of Ukraine war, supply chain and “bad luck” is not helping the situation. China has reduced output (bad weather), Russia and Ukraine are likely 50% or more out of the picture.
We also have huge problems with fertilizer availability at least 10% loss already. A number of fertilizer companies are completely sold out.
Public Acknowledgement. The general media isn’t really covering this much. Even though President Biden said food shortages are “gonna be real”, no one is taking real action at the govt level, other than banning exports in some countries. China did buy up a LOT last fall though.
A bit of good news. India and Argentina are reporting better crop numbers. India crop production levels will be a HUGE variable in the next 12 months. Any bad weather or further pinch on fertilizer is going to be a major problem. There are people working to improve the situation, so not all hope is lost.
The “Fed”. The federal reserve is being backed into a corner being forced to raise interest rates when the market is unstable due to covid, supply chain and war. This situation creates pressure on the value of the dollar.
Combine these financial pressures, with massive federal spending with, the fact that the middle east, may for the 1st time ever start trading oil for something other than USA DOLLARS is a huge deal. We are entering uncharted times.
Inverted Yield Curve. This has historically indicated a recession to follow. So we have confirmed inflation, likely recession, war and supply chain chaos. Not a good combo. https://finance.yahoo.com/video/yield-curve-inverts-first-time-132101059.html
Diesel Fuel. Another major challenge is diesel fuel. UK, US, Germany and other countries are running short on diesel fuel very quickly. This is a double whammy affecting supply chain AND farming.
Brits are seeing food shortages and we are not even in the middle of the mess. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brit-shoppers-face-fruit-veg-26506021
100,000 Italian farmers might go bankrupt because of fertilizer and other costs. https://www.rt.com/business/552751-italy-farms-risk-closure/
March 2022 News Links:
Inflation. Yup crazy high inflation on the way. Truck Snow Plow blades went from $10k in 2021 to $16k in 2022. 7% is FAKE. See crazy spikes for fertilizers etc. Prices for ballistic helmets are up 10%. More Inflation news https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/inflation-cassandra-speaks
China has been given permission by the WTO to impose retaliatory tariffs on the US. Brace for impact – two areas inflationary pressure AND supply chain pressure.
Critical industrial materials Shortages
There are increasing shortages in raw materials including: nitrogen, urea and fertilizer as examples. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/30/business/supply-chain-shortages.html
Nitrogen availability is down as is skyrocking price for glyphosate- cause pressures on already razor thin produces. https://fortune.com/2021/11/04/energy-crisis-food-shortage-security-fertilizer-prices-yara-ceo-madagascar-cop26/ (SHORT TERM DEMAND PRESSURE LONG TERM SUPPLY PRESSURE)
China is the world’s biggest producer of urea, and supplies are running out (or China is holding up new production). https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-08/adblue-shortage-a-serious-threat-to-australias-supply-chain/100683230 Urea is used in a TON of stuff from farming to diesel engines. (SUPPLY AND DEMAND PRESSURE)
Russia piling on Fertilizer
Russia is through fuel on the fire regarding fertilizer https://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-slap-quotas-fertilizer-exports-131808345.html This results in people buying up what we have now knowing we will have less in the future. (SUPPLY AND DEMAND PRESSURE)
There is a shortage in raw nickel which is a key component in batteries. https://www.eenews.net/articles/nickel-shortage-spells-trouble-for-evs-report/
Shortages of other Farming Supplies
Other supplies: https://www.iceagefarmer.com/2021/11/02/farmers-panic-cant-get-supplies-to-grow-food/ (SUPPLY PRESSURE)
Fertilizer Inflation Contributing to Higher Food Prices https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/armstrongeconomics101/inflation/fertilizer-inflation-contributing-to-higher-food-prices/
Chemicals and Fertilizer prices SPIKING. $86,844 jumps to $171,345. https://youtu.be/HP9oP09wars?t=20
We are Losing Farmers
Wisconsin alone lost 500 farms 2019 to 2020 and the pressure looks worse for 2020-2021 and into 2022 (take that nationwide).
(LONG TERM SUPPLY PRESSURE)
Supply Chain Chaos
The global chaos in supply is well documented and reported. If you aren’t aware here is more info https://wearethebackupplan.com/supply-chain-disaster
In the graph above people are reporting the peak is ending – my gut is NOT by a long shot. Definitely better in some spots worse in others, but we are NOT OUT OF THE WOODS. Also the inflationary pressures will create supply side limits, that we haven’t even figured out yet.
There are a lot of simplistic responses to the supply chain issues.
There is nothing wrong where I am! People saying this are sticking their head in the sand, and being intentionally blind to the obvious problems. There are HUGE market changes occurring and some will likely shake out and others will create permeant change.
Unload faster! There’s are a fixed amount of cranes to offload, and fixed number of operators. So add more shifts! there are a finite number of qualified operators regulated to the numbers of hours they can safely work. Working 24×7 has helped but not completely.
Well reroute to other ports! It is happening but adds shipping time, shipping distance, cost and those ports are not empty either. Also, there is a global problem (it isn’t just California, although California is leading the way in screwing up shipping). And the infrastructure expects 30% to 40% to come through California shifting that to Texas and Florida isn’t easy.
There is a backlog of containers on land just send more trucks! There is a shortages of truckers. Oh and truck chassis are regulated in California so old trucks cant legally operate even if they work in ALL OTHER STATES. Oh and more regulations on operators, truckers and equipment and vehicles. The USA is between 10,000 and 80,000 truck drivers short. https://fortune.com/2021/10/28/truck-driver-shortage-supply-chain-80000/
The backlog is decreasing?
Not really. The reports are there are fewer ships waiting, but that is only because they are not being allowed into the area. They are farther out to sea (effectively a 2nd less visible waiting area).
Cargo Ships Wait Off Coast of Mexico as Supply Chain Delays Worsen Jan 24 2022 190 ships of all types were waiting in line to dock at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports on Jan. 19. In mid-October, the number was about 170. It is NOT getting better.
Port of Vancouver Closed
The Port of Vancouver is damaged, and may be closed or at least crippled. The Port of Vancouver is the 2nd largest port on the West Coast. This is more than 1/12th of the entire west coast supply chain OFFLINE. Very bad. (SUPPLY PRESSURE) UPDATE 1/24: they are partly back in production but still repairing, and have had additional flooding since this event. https://supplychaindigital.com/logistics/supply-chain-blow-storm-cuts-port-vancouver
Canada/US Border Trucking Backlog to INCREASE
An unknown number of truckers are walking away because of the new Jan 2022S US/Canada border vaccine requirement. https://www.ccjdigital.com/regulations/article/15281839/us-canada-requiring-covid-vaccine-for-crossborder-truckers This will add even more pressure on food supply.
The supply chain mess is DEFNINTELY not over – but should theoretically start to look better IF they don’t keep losing people.
(LARGE SUPPLY PRESSURE)
Want to see the realtime shipping fun? Here is a link to realtime shipping information https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-125.9/centery:47.6/zoom:3 as of 12/10/21 it is looks better than it was last July BUT we cant be sure because China turned off transponders.
China Turned Off Ship Transponders
To make things even more confusing, a lot of the shipping data disappeared because China turned off transponders on many ships. https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/24/business/china-shipping-data-mic-intl-hnk/index.html
Chicago Trains are Backed Up
Just like the ports the major rail hubs are backed up, for similar reasons – trucking & labor. https://legallysociable.com/2021/10/05/global-supply-chain-problems-lead-to-25-mile-train-backup-at-chicago-area-railyard/ (SUPPLY PRESSURE)
In the middle of the pandemic DURING the supply chain crisis they are pushing for local food production. Right NOW, and it is already being implemented in some countries. https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/food-safety/public-consultation/draft-who-global-strategy-for-food-safety-13may2021.pdf I personally am not against self sufficiency, but not allowing food trade during a crisis is a recipe for more problems.
- Botswana: http://www.apanews.net/en/news/botswana-places-more-restrictions-on-vegetable-imports.
Russia and Ukraine
Russia has been playing with supplies of gas, fuel and hinting at invading Ukraine. They hacked Ukraine power grid around Christmas in two years. If they do something it will likely be in the same timeframe. https://www.foxnews.com/world/ukraine-russia-troops-border-blinken-concerns-invasion (Supply and Demand Pressure)
New “politics” in California
The rules regarding max hourly work, who can enter ports and what trucks are allowed on the road – are causing yet more chaos
Record number of people leaving workforce. Add in the jab requirements and people refusing (significant and underreported – look at the impact on airlines and they haven’t hit all the deadlines yet). Across the board, people are NOT joining the workforce in critical positions.
Not sure where this is going… but it results in (INDIRECT PRESSURE ON SUPPLY AND DEMAND)
Medical Staffing Crisis
There are organizations across the USA firing medical staff because they are unvaxxed. One estimate is that NY alone has fired in excess of 1300 medical professionals.
This isnt really “direct” supply chain but it adds to the overall risk factor, and increases odds for staffing pressures. The staffing pressures result in general inflation pressure. https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/staffing-shortages-ramp-recruitment-pressure-hospitals
The CPI says 6% or 8%. For the working class we are seeing more like 20% because of food and fuel. This creates problems that bleed into supply chain again. (INDIRECT) It makes suppliers and distributers unsure.
Erratic price spikes create risk and cause suppliers and consumers to react in ways they believe will protect them from that risk. Normally increased demand would cause a supplier to expand operations. But right now, inflation and COVID create a situation where they would rather raise their rates than take on risk in the middle of a fluctuating situation, with an increasingly unknown outcome.
Increased demand with no change in supply results in increased costs. The fear to expand is part of the reason we see inflation. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/consumer-price-inflation-accelerates-to-fastest-rate-in-31-years_4096742.html (INDIRECT PRESSURE ON SUPPLY AND DEMAND)
US price rises hit highest level for 40 years https://www.bbc.com/news/business-59573145
Global Food Prices Spike in 2021
World Food Prices Hit 10 Year High https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/world-food-prices-hit-10-year-peak-2021-2022-01-06/
Pork Prices likely to Spike due to Swine Flu
The good news African Swine flu is not a risk to humans directly. Bad news is it lethal to pigs. It has cause huge cullings of animals in China and South Korea. And is not confirmed in northern Italy. https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/african-swine-fever-found-wild-boar-italy-regional-government-says-2022-01-07/ (SUPPLY PRESSURE)
New cars and trucks are hard to find – causing increase in used car prices also. It is likely that it will be 2022 or later before this changes. https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/global-chip-shortage-makes-it-tough-to-buy-certain-cars-a8160576456/
Who cares about cars and chips for food? Well the parts and chips are also for farming equipment and parts replacement which is causing issues with harvesting (most have been worked around) but that continuing is putting more pressure on farmers. (SUPPLY PRESSURE)
Random Fuel Shortages
Fuel isn’t available and you wont have supply or demand
(Supply and Demand Pressure)
Fuel price spikes
This one is OBVIOUS
(Supply and Demand Pressure)
Food Prices and Supply Issues
Edible oils prices spiking
Reduced South America crop production
Numerous areas are seeing “Very dry planting conditions across Brazil and Argentina in October and November are likely to extend through the growing season” (SUPPLY PRESSURE) https://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/forecasters-see-mixed-planting-weather-for-south-americas-farmers
Meat prices spiking
As an example our local supermarket only received SINGLE load of frozen turkeys for thanksgiving. Instead of 2 to 3 semis full. Just ONE this year. https://www.npr.org/2021/09/14/1036678722/chicken-beef-pork-meat-prices-inflation-biden
Crop to Table
Seeing issues with crop to table – harvesting issues due to lack of tires/parts. Packing issues due to lack of staff (direct). Supply chain and other very odd problems https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57856566 (SUPPLY PRESSURE)
Farmers Banned from Delivering Crops
Some suppliers Australia is now banning non-vaxxed from delivering crops.
From the CBH website:
“CBH is required to follow the Government’s instructions on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and has decided to make the vaccination a condition of entry to all CBH sites and offices. As a result, anyone who visits our premises including employees, contractors, growers, transporters and visitors, are required to comply with the Government’s directions by ensuring that they have received their first vaccination by 31 December 2021 and are fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022. “https://www.cbh.com.au/harvest/covid-19-requirements
China Doing its Part to add to the Chaos
Issuing “buy food” order for people – they expecting food issues. https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/chinese-stock-up-food-temperatures-fall-covid-19-spreads-2021-11-03/ (LARGE DEMAND PRESSURE)
China bad weather and CROP failure
China Buying up to 50% of all world grains
- https://www.reuters.com/article/china-australia-wheat-idAFL4N2QO1TF (SUPPLY PRESSURE)
China Buying up Farmland
China saber rattling
Doing exercises where they invade Taiwan. They might actually invade and start a regional or global war. Odds aren’t high but they are definitely not zero. To make things worse we are likely to reduce our front line fighting force because of vax mandates by 5% to 20% depending on the units (without Russia or China firing a shot). https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3155908/china-will-keep-escalating-military-intimidation-taiwan-experts
More politics, nations locking down grain exports, possibly overlapping with the WHO initiative.
Cyber attacks against food and energy
Finally – it is already happening
There is no overwhelming single thing that I can point to why I suggested that there will be bare shelves this winter. This list hopefully explains why I say 5% to 30% chance things will cascade to empty store shelves.
My odds of risk as of 11/14/21
- 30% for of moderate to severe impact supply issues (fuel/food) in Jan 2022
- 10% WW3 in Jan/Feb 2022
My odds of risk as of 12/9/21 are about the same – slightly sliding out because of court cases for covid19 and WW3 because of increased China airspace violations, port expansion in Atlantic and Russia massing more troops near Ukraine.
- 30% for of moderate to severe impact supply issues (fuel/food) in Jan to April 2022 – seems to be a slower burn that I expected
- 10% WW3 in Jan/Feb 2022
My odds of risk as of 12/28/2021 are up because of the WHO activity by Canada and US and Chinese buying spree. Russia still has more troops at Ukraine, China has more activity near Taiwan. It feels like it is a slow motion train wreck with people trying to stop it but it SLOWLY keeps getting worse.
- 15% WW3 in Jan/Feb 2022
- 40% for of moderate to severe impact supply issues (fuel/food) in Feb to July 2022 – seems to be a slower burn that I expected
So if you are prepping it doesn’t mean 100%. It means we are in a dangerous time, that is increasingly complex and unstable. You still need to plan for the GOOD stuff, and the 99% chance of inflation. Plan for GOOD times and BAD times. Not just one or the other.