Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Food and Water Crisis

Before we get to the Founders discussion of food and water, I just want to mention what they say about the energy crisis, which we already know about. Essentially, the world is running out of oil, and everything in 3D society depends on oil, so this will be another economic burden on the world. The Founders' food and water discussion centers around the California breadbasket shown in the picture above.

In the USA, you have a place called California, which grows up to one-fourth of the food consumed by people of that country. Other countries have similar "breadbasket" agricultural regions. The majority of this particular region is within six meters of sea level. Sea levels around the world are rising rapidly. Within a very short time, the sea will be invading this region, causing salt water to mix with fresh water (it is unlikely that your dams and dikes will solve this problem). This will result in the destruction of over 90% of the crops grown in this region. The most immediate effect of this catastrophe will be a rise in food prices, since there will now be a scarcity of food.

Eventually, if the pattern continues, there will be real food shortages for nearly everyone, but in the interim, the main problem will be more and more humans being unable to afford to buy food to feed their families. At the same time, the heat waves and droughts will exacerbate the fresh water shortage on your world (not to mention the melting ice fields and glaciers). So a larger and larger part of the income of the people will be spent acquiring dwindling supplies of food and water.

We have pointed out previously that we do not see the majority of humanity perishing due to famine, hunger and thirst. Nevertheless, the reduced availability of food and water will contribute to the decline of the immune system, which we do see as the biggest cause of exit for the average 3D human.

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