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Maybe you haven't noticed but it seems that the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse have already arrived. Every time I go to the grocery store I am reminded that so many people not only here in the United States but all over the world face day to day decisions on how to obtain enough food. With the recent report in China where there are safety concerns on the available food sources to now scientists have reinforced their grave concerns over the shocking groundwater losses is just another nail in humanities coffin unless we globalize efforts to combat the growing threat of a world wide Famine.

With the world today already on the verge of another great biological extinction, where humans are the sole perpetrators of this catastrophe scientists have already seen hundreds of animal species die out. According to a recent analysis they have concluded that human activities and population surges are responsible for the drastic decline of animal life. With this drastic decline it further escalates the growing threat of global famine. The overexploitation of resources and habitat destruction are prime contributors to the destruction of the earths ecosystems which only accelerates the threat of mass starvation.

We have already seen over 350 terrestrial vertebrates become extinct. Of the remaining land dwelling species of vertebrates, there has been a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation also appears to be dire for invertebrates, with a 45 percent decline in monitored species. The consequences of this mass extinction means that the balance of the earths ecosystems are no longer able to produce the benefits to mankind that will ensure there is enough resources to grow the food that is vital for human survival.

The trickle down effects, when there has been such a sharp decline of animal species to our ecosystems begin where human density is high. In over populated areas there are also high levels of animal decline. Conversely though, in densely populated areas there is also an overabundance of rodents. The rodents carry with them high level of pathogens which increases the transmission of diseases and a higher mortality rate results. A deadly vicious cycle has already begun.

Humanity has seen signs of what we have done but for years now. We have either ignored it, been just plain oblivious to it, or have been too blind to see that we have done. In essence, mankind has done nothing to dispel the onslaught of destruction that our own technology and our callous regard for the earth ego systems. In our zeal to save money and yet at the same time use technology to produce bountiful food sources man has inadvertently caused the natural process of growing harvestable food to wither and die mainly because of our insistence that pesticides are necessary to produce abundant healthy crops. The natural process of growing starts with pollination and that requires the all important Honey Bee. Of all the animal and insect species that are so important for the balance of nature the Honey Bee is vital for mans survival.

Today, the Honey Bee is facing a rapid decline and if we continue on our present course in the way we are growing harvestable food soon that Honey Bee will disappear completely. Last winter, 23% of American honeybee colonies died. The rate of their decline is no less than shocking. In fact, every year since 2006, about 30% of the nation’s honeybee colonies have perished. Some people may be thankful there are fewer stinging insects around, but bees are a crucial part of the U.S.'s agriculture industry. The recent unprecedented losses have already had a devastating impact on crop production. And if honeybee populations continue to decline, a serious crisis lies ahead.

What this means is that the shortage of bees fewer crops go to market and that means more money out of your pocket. Prices have already soared for the most nutritious foods we eat, including almonds, apples, carrots, broccoli and citrus fruits. Honeybees, in fact, are the lynchpin in our multi-trillion dollar food chain, because it all comes down to cross-pollination. The bees carry the pollen, and the pollen powers our plants. And, in terms of dollars well, the USDA estimates $15 billion in agricultural production hinges on the survival of the American honeybee. Already grocery prices are rising triple of what they were last year. That trend is expected to continue as increasing numbers of bees die off, either because of monoculture (the practice of growing a single crop over a large area), parasites, pesticides, sickness or pollution. But it’s more than a money problem. If one-third of our food is coming from insect-pollinated plants, then when all the bees die out, we will follow.

The death of so many honeybees is creating a pollination shortage, which in turn is threatening our food production. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about one-third of the human diet comes directly from insect-pollinated plants, and the vast majority of this insect-pollination work is carried out by honeybees. And with the decline of the honey Bee means not only the US but the whole world is faced with one of it's greatest challenges. Global famine is going to be a reality. In some parts of the world they are already facing acute food and water shortages. Even here in the United States a growing number of people face starvation and poverty everyday. In essence, a major catastrophe is going to happen if we continue to use the same farming methods currently in place today.

The greatest concern is that at least 85% of the earth's farmable land is already under productive. Of this 85% nearly 50% of this land is so severely depleted due to the extensive chemically based farming methods and practices that have been used for the past 30 years. Compounding the problem is the increasing dependence of hybrid varieties: they don't have the capacity to self replenish due to the fact that these hybrid plants were designed using chemicals. Now, when we throw in the continuing high cost of energy it makes matters even worse. The rotation of crops, a direct link to enriched food sources has become a thing of the past. Land is so worn out that what ever food is harvested today is almost completely void of the essential vitamins and minerals.

The very soil that is the base for food sources through-out the world has been steadily over cultivate to the point where the nutrients and minerals that are essential for health crops are so depleted that what ever is harvested no longer contains the necessary nutrients that are so essential. Consequently, the Honey Bees are dying off because the soil has not been given the time to replenish itself. When there are so few Honey Bees it is devastating to the future of all. The Honey Bees are more susceptible to viruses, mites and pesticides. It is the usage and overuse of pesticides by that today's industrialized farmers that are one of the greatest causes as to why the Honey Bees are disappearing. If the Honey Bee continues to suffer all humanity will suffer as well.

The United States Department of Agriculture projects that domestic production of grain continues to be at the lowest levels in 50 years. Now, a large percentage of food sources continues to be processed to supplement the oil industry for the production of Ethol Alcohol. Using vital food sources that are the bread and butter of human existence in the production of fuel is so hideous when any organic compound can be substituted and is readily more available.

Global commodities such as grain, meat, and dairy have now risen in cost by more than 60% in the last year alone. Another factor is that due to these soaring food prices the United States {still the world's most dominate exporter of food } has diminished it's exports by almost one half and now it is at it's lowest level in decades. The long range projections are that the United States will continue to export less every year unless we change not only from the production of organic food such as grains in the production of bio fuel but revolutionize our farming technologies to replicate to the use of perennial farming in the development of food sources that saves the environment, replenishes the soil, and is more cost effective. Not only will this change our way of modern farming but the after effect will be enormous. The health and vitality of a population will be the beneficiaries of this agricultural revolution. if we don't this means that countries that are dependent upon our exports will only be in a continued state of economic, social, and health crisis. When a nations populations health is in jeopardy that nations national security is also at grave risk. In general what we have now as a result of ignorance and greed practiced by our current agriculture industry from over the past 40 years is a disaster of epic proportions in the making.

This is the clear and present danger we all face today. The technology and the resources are now available but time is rapidly running out. Only through intervention, education, and the commitment will solve this impending catastrophe. The United States must pass and fully implement National Economic Reform with it's ten articles of confederation Only in this way will the United States be able to lead the world in the harvesting of renewable plentiful food sources while at the same time stop the inflationary cost of living that is undermining the security, the health, and the quality of life in America and the rest of the world.

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