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NW Indiana Self Reliance And Preparedness Expo In Schererville On August 29

I thought some Chicago-area prepper show was going on at the end of August. And when I headed over to the Prepper Shows USA website earlier today, I spotted this:

2015 NW Indiana Prepares

Banquets at St. George
Schererville, Indiana
August 29-August 29

FREE to attend!

A variety of preparedness and sustainable living vendors and educational presentations are planned. There will be skill building opportunities, exhibits and food available for purchase

Time 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM…

I headed over to the web page listed for more information (belongs to Live Free, USA, billed as “one of the oldest and most respected survival/self-reliance advocacy organizations in the world”) and saw the following:

2015 NW Indiana Prepares!
Self Reliance and Preparedness Expo
Fun and informative for the whole family!

Alternative Energy Exhibits, Hands On Projects, Food Storage & Preservation Workshops, Raising Poultry & Small Game Forum, Home Defense Presentations, Herbal Health Alternatives, Aquaponics, and More!

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING

Head on over to that event web page here more information, including a schedule of events and a description of presentations/vendors.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Thursday, August 13th, 2015 Energy, Food, Health, Preparedness, Security, Self-Defense, Training Comments Off on NW Indiana Self Reliance And Preparedness Expo In Schererville On August 29

USDA: Food Prices Expected To Rise 2.5 To 3.5 Percent In 2014

It’s not only prices at the pump that are going up these days where I live.

From what I’ve seen, food prices keep rising as well (while portions continue to shrink).

And it looks to continue that way in 2014. Ros Krasny reported on the Reuters website Tuesday:

U.S. food prices are expected to rise more rapidly this year after a very tame 2013, led by gains in beef, poultry and egg prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

The food price inflation outlook assumes normal weather, the USDA said, adding that the California drought poses a risk of bigger increases in many food categories, and that high supermarket prices for beef are “here to stay.”

Various measures, including overall food, food-at-home and food-away-from-home prices, are expected to rise by 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2014. The consumer price index for all food prices rose by 1.4 percent in 2013…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Krasny added that according to the USDA, prices at the supermarket have risen by an average of 2.8 percent annually since 1990.

I blogged about potential avenues for saving in this area back on March 10, 2011, and March 23, 2013.

Seeing that a landscaper is scheduled to stop by tomorrow, now’s as good a time as any to formulate a plan for fighting higher food costs while moving towards food self-sufficiency here in the Chicago suburbs. I’ll fill you in on what I’ve come up with in a future “Project Prepper” post (starting up again next week).

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Krasny, Roz. “Pricier beef ‘here to stay’ as food costs seen higher: USDA.” Reuters.com. 25 Mar. 2014. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/25/us-usa-agriculture-inflation-idUSBREA2O13Q20140325). 27 Mar. 2014.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014 Essential Reading, Food, Government, Inflation, Weather Comments Off on USDA: Food Prices Expected To Rise 2.5 To 3.5 Percent In 2014

Prominent Scientists Warn Of Serious Risk Of Pandemic H5N1 Virus Being Accidentally Released

How many times have you seen this plot in a movie? Scientists toy around with a killer virus that accidentally escapes the lab and goes on to decimate humankind.

According to a number of prominent scientists recently, such a scenario isn’t as far-fetched as many of us would probably like it to be.

Steve Connor reported in The Independent (UK) last Friday:

Some of the world’s most eminent scientists have severely criticised the arguments used by some influenza researchers who are trying to make the H5N1 bird-flu virus more dangerous to humans by repeatedly infecting laboratory ferrets.

More than 50 senior scientists from 14 countries, including three Nobel laureates and several fellows of the Royal Society, have written to the European Commission denouncing claims that the ferret experiments are necessary for the development of new flu vaccines and anti-viral drugs…

The signatories of the letter, who include eminent virologists, microbiologists and vaccine experts, as well as Nobel laureates Sir Richard Roberts, Harald zur Hausen and Richard Ernst, warned that there is a serious risk of an accidental release of a pandemic H5N1 virus from laboratories undertaking such research.

“The potential for accidental release of a hazardous pathogen is real, not hypothetical, as demonstrated by an alarming increase in the number of potential and actual release events in laboratories working with high-threat pathogens,” they say.

“We are in a situation where the probabilities of a laboratory accident that leads to global spread of an escaped mutated virus are small but finite, while the impact of global spread could be catastrophic,” they add…

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“As demonstrated by an alarming increase in the number of potential and actual release events in laboratories working with high-threat pathogens.”

Haven’t heard too much about this supposed increase in potential and actual “release events.”

Somewhat disturbing, if you ask me.

For those of you who don’t know, H5N1 is an avian (bird) flu virus. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website Flu.gov:

H5N1 is a highly pathogenic avian (bird) flu virus that has caused serious outbreaks in domestic poultry in parts of Asia and the Middle East. Highly pathogenic refers to the virus’s ability to produce disease. Although H5N1 does not usually infect humans, nearly 600 cases of human cases of H5N1 have been reported from 15 countries since 2003.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Connor, Steve. “’Untrue statements’ anger over work to make H5N1 bird-flu virus MORE dangerous to humans.” The Independent. 20 Dec. 2013. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/untrue-statements-anger-over-work-to-make-h5n1-birdflu-virus-more-dangerous-to-humans-9018666.html). 23 Dec. 2013.

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Monday, December 23rd, 2013 Asia, Emergencies, Europe, Health, Man-Made Disasters, Medicine, Middle East, Science Comments Off on Prominent Scientists Warn Of Serious Risk Of Pandemic H5N1 Virus Being Accidentally Released

And The Drought Marches On

The last thing on the minds of many Americans this holiday season is probably the ongoing U.S. drought.

I’m concerned however. Especially as I’ve heard recent reports of the drought getting worse in areas of the country and forecasts for a drier-than-average winter for the nation’s breadbasket.

Carey Gillam wrote on the Reuters website this afternoon:

Drought is tightening its grip on the central United States as winter weather sets in, threatening to ravage the new wheat crop and spelling more hardship for farmers and ranchers already weary of the costly and ongoing dry conditions.

While conditions started to improve earlier in November, they turned harsh to close out the month as above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation proved a dire combination in many regions, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly compilation of data gathered by federal and academic scientists issued Thursday.

Forecasts for the next several days show little to no relief and weather watchers are predicting a drier than average winter for much of the central United States.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Sounds like the “summer drought” may not be ending anytime soon. The same goes for rising food prices. Patrick Burke wrote on CNSNews.com earlier today:

U.S. Department of Agriculture economists are predicting that the price of meat, poultry and other farm products will continue to rise in 2013, thanks largely to the drought…

The price of poultry, which went up by 5.5 percent between Oct. 2011 and 2012, is expected to go up between 5 and 6 percent during 2013, according to USDA forecasts.

Beef and veal products are expected to rise by 5.5-6.5 percent in 2013 and the price of pork will likely go up by 1-2 percent.

I wonder how much of these rising prices is due to drought, and how much is due to inflation.

Sources:

Gillam, Carey. “U.S. drought expands, blankets High Plains.” Reuters. 29 Nov. 2012. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/29/usa-drought-idUSL1E8MT5H220121129). 29 Nov. 2012.

Burke, Patrick. “USDA: Meat, Poultry Prices to Rise Even Higher in 2013 — Thanks to Drought.” CNSNews.com. 29 Nov. 2012. (http://cnsnews.com/news/article/usda-meat-poultry-prices-rise-even-higher-2013-thanks-drought). 29 Nov. 2012.

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