Rising food prices and scarcity have already played a part in the overthrow of the governments in Tunisia, and Egypt. Other Middle East nations' governments are also feeling the pressure of unrest among their citizenry as prices push past a family's means.
Business Insider has published The Top 25 Countries Whose Governments Could Get Crushed By Food Inflation. Just as an aside, while you're over there, check this out: Photos Of What People Keep In Their Fridge. I swear one has what looks like laundry in it, and another has a frozen rattlesnake. Just weird.
Back to the subject at hand, look at what some people in some countries have to spend to feed themselves. In the Ukraine, people spend over 60% of what they earn to feed themselves. Many others are pushing 50%.
Those of you here in the United States, imagine that. If you had to set aside fifty cents out of every dollar you took home just to feed your family. How would you manage everything else? Fuel? Shelter? Clothing? Medical care? It boggles the mind, especially considering that some families struggle to meet every one's minimum needs.
Then on top of it all, compare what the average family in those countries earn per year. Food isn't cheaper in those countries because people earn less. Often it is more expensive because many of these countries have to import food.
Maybe some residents in Canada will be able to identify with this situation, as it was recently reported that people are spending $29.00 for Cheez Wiz and $38.00 for Cranberry Cocktail.
One must consider that we may have already pushed past the precipice when it comes to food availability and price stability. The continuing unstable weather patterns and extreme weather events that have devastated crops around the world are likely to persist in the foreseeable future.
So what does this mean?
How about counterfeit food? Think I'm kidding?
How To Make Fake Eggs
While fake eggs have plagued the Chinese consumer for about ten years now, as scarcity and rising prices continue, the effort to produce and market these bogus items will likely escalate. Unconfirmed news reports say that these fake eggs have also been found in other Asian nations.
Watch the video below and watch fake eggs, grapes, and intestines being made from chemicals.
Fake rice made from plastic?
There have been reports of bottled olive oil being cut with other "oils". There hasn't been a definitive list issued as to what adulterates the olive oil, but one report said that it was "synthetic". When someone says "synthetic", I think motor oil.
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