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An Unprecedented Plague Has Hit Oranges And Another Has Hit Bananas

Florida Orange - Photo by Benjamin D. EshamWhat is causing all of these plagues to hit our food supply?  Have you heard of citrus greening disease?  Probably not, but it has already gotten so bad that it is being projected that Florida’s orange harvest will be the smallest in 30 years.  Have you heard of TR4?  Probably not, but it has become such a nightmare that some analysts believe that it could eventually wipe out the entire global supply of the type of bananas that Americans eat.  In addition, another major plague is killing millions of our pigs, and a crippling drought that never seems to end is absolutely devastating agricultural production in the state of California.   Are we just having bad luck, or is there something else to all of this?

Citrus greening disease has been a steadily growing problem that has reached epidemic levels this year.  Because of this disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting that orange production in the U.S. this year will be down 18 percent compared to last year.  Here is more on this horrible plague from Yahoo News

A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida’s orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets.

The culprit? The gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid, which is infecting citrus trees across the Sunshine State with huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, which causes fruit to taste bitter and fall from trees too soon.

“It feels we are losing the fight,” said Ellis Hunt, the head of a family-run citrus farm spread over about 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) in the central Florida town of Lake Wales.

Another horrifying disease is threatening the global supply of bananas.  In fact, according to a recent CNBC article, the kind of bananas that we eat today could eventually be totally eliminated by the TR4 fungus…

Banana lovers take note: The world’s supply of the fruit is under attack from a fungus strain that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

“It’s a very serious situation,” said Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of Panama disease, called TR4, that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. supplies of the fruit and Latin American producers.

“There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

While there are nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas, the most popular is the Cavendish, which accounts for 45 percent of the fruit’s global crop—and the one Americans mostly find in their supermarkets.

Another plague that is affecting our food supply is a virus known as porcine epidemic diarrhea.  It has already spread to 27 different U.S. states and has already killed up to 6 million pigs since first being spotted in the U.S. last May.

As a result of this virus, pork production is going to be down substantially this year, and it is being estimated that Americans could pay up to 20 percent more for pork by the end of the year.

And of course perhaps the worst plague of all that we are experiencing at the moment is the nightmarish drought in California that never seems to end.  Conditions are so dry that it is being estimated that California farmers may leave up to 800,000 acres fallow this year.  In other words, they are not going to grow anything at all.

Needless to say, this is going to result in much smaller overall harvests.  Just check out these numbers from the New York Times

A recent report on prospective planting from the federal Department of Agriculture forecast a 20 percent decline in California’s rice crop and a 35 percent decline in cotton this year from last year’s crop.

And it isn’t just rice and cotton that we need to be concerned about.  In a previous article, I included the following information which shows how dependent the rest of the U.S. is on fruits and vegetables grown in the state of California

The state produces 99 percent of the artichokes grown in the US, 44 percent of asparagus, a fifth of cabbage, two-thirds of carrots, half of bell peppers, 89 percent of cauliflower, 94 percent of broccoli, and 95 percent of celery. Leafy greens? California’s got the market cornered: 90 percent of the leaf lettuce we consume, along with and 83 percent of Romaine lettuce and 83 percent of fresh spinach, come from the big state on the left side of the map. Cali also cranks a third of total fresh tomatoes consumed in the U.S.—and 95 percent of ones destined for cans and other processing purposes.

As for fruit, I get that 86 percent of lemons and a quarter of oranges come from there; its sunny climate makes it perfect for citrus, and lemons store relatively well. Ninety percent of avocados? Fine. But 84 percent of peaches, 88 percent of fresh strawberries, and 97 percent of fresh plums?

Come on. Surely the other 49 states can do better.

The lack of fresh produce is already being felt in California.  Usually, fresh produce accounts for about half of the food handed out at food banks in the state, but these days fresh produce is in short supply

The effects of California’s drought could soon hit the state’s food banks, which serve 2 million of its poorest residents.

Fresh produce accounts for more than half the handouts at Bay Area food banks, but with an estimated minimum of 500,000 acres to be fallowed in California, growers will have fewer fruits and vegetables to donate.

With less local supply, food prices will spike, increasing as much as 34 percent for a head of lettuce and 18 percent for tomatoes, according to an Arizona State University study released last week. With fewer fields planted, there could be as many as 20,000 unemployed agricultural workers who will need more food handouts, especially in the Central Valley.

By themselves, each one of these plagues is very serious.

Taken together, they represent an emerging “perfect storm” which could have a dramatic impact on our food supply.

So why is all of this happening?

Why is our food supply being hit with so many plagues?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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  • Tatiana Covington

    By design? I remind you that even things like Ebola can be made from nonliving inert materials.

    • Michael

      Just like evolution, nothing none living becomes living, can I set my computer on the table and it starts to become living, I think not, evolution in all precepts is a fairy tale, maybe the rock which is inherit will start walking in my front yard, or the tree which is kind of living will start walking down the street, maybe next I will start having conversations with my dog, give me a break your theories are just that theories never proven just spoken.

      • Tatiana Covington

        Actually, you turn nonliving into living every time you take a breath, drink some water, or eat the salt you shook onto your food.

        • da

          Water and salt only exist in the living…they don’t become the living…God is life..and we cannot exist without him…

          • Tatiana Covington

            Do you then think clouds are alive?

          • Michael

            sounds like your reaching for the sky to come up with something credible to support your non living to living, it just does not exist, what is alive is alive and what is inanimate is inanimate.

        • Michael

          That is pretty far fetched those things help sustain the fleshly living, but they themselves are not alive and neither do they become alive after they are consumed, then if I ate dust that becomes alive I think not, the only living water is the water that Jesus can give us were we never thirst again,

          John 4:9-15

          King James Version (KJV)

          9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

          10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

          11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

          12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

          13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

          14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

          15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

        • Hammerstrike

          Are humans and other living things made of cells? I think not!

          Why? Cells are bad. My uncle lives in a cell. It’s ten foot by twelve and he has to read the same old, boring magazine everyday. The end.

  • K

    So lets see all crops to be affected to some degree by drought. Deadly swine virus, orange blight, and banana blight. Yup nothing unusual here, those prepper people must be crazy, not. Oh and let us through in, the first possible case of ebola, outside of Africa. It is only just beginning.

    • K

      oops should be throw not through

    • Hammerstrike

      Maybe biological terrorism/sabotage have already started, be it by Al-Quaida or mererly disaster-profiteers.

    • Hiroshi Yamamoto

      Don’t forget higher global volcanic activity, more earthquakes and just in: Ukraine crisis starts to turning into major devastating war which could turn into Russia-NATO confrontation and WW III at the end.

      • Hammerstrike

        Not likely, the “elite” are gutless cowards and too much to loose, atomic krieg would mean the end of the easy times for them.

        Most of the population would follow them in leaving all the major cities and of course, looting, it would be Katrina 911 times over.

        • Hiroshi Yamamoto

          But those cowards have a plan to depopulate Earth to maximum 1 billion humans. If not by nuclear holocaust it’s could be a massive global pandemic of deadly virus like ebola?

          • Hammerstrike

            They don´t.
            Ineptocracy
            *_Ineptocracy_****(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least
            capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the
            members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded
            with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number
            of producers*
            The so-called maidan re volution are one the exact same side as the flea-baggers protesters, they are on the side of global ineptocracy.

  • steve

    I can only quote Cher Bono. “The beat goes on.” Things are as they’ve always been. Sometimes they’re better, sometimes worse. Nothing will or even can happen to the economy or anything else.

    • Ovril

      Catch A evil spirit and see how evil and ugly it looks.You see what what it’s doing to the world today.

      • Planet Capp

        I hate planet earth. it has to mutch evil on it.

        • http://www.roymartinministries.wordpress.com/ Bro. Roy

          As if you have a choice of someplace else to go?

          • ELUDZ

            *CLANK*
            PRISON PLANET!

          • http://www.roymartinministries.wordpress.com/ Bro. Roy

            Been there, done that, 4 times. The best you can hope for is an apple that’s good. The oranges were terrible.

          • Omie

            Satan needs to be defeated by God soon

          • http://www.roymartinministries.wordpress.com/ Bro. Roy

            He is defeated. Our victory has been won at the Cross. Just because he’s able to make a few swipes at us shouldn’t cause us alarm. Where is your faith?

  • YahNo

    Check out wheat rust blight that is seriously threatening wheat crops OR the fact that the oysters and scallops in the Pacific = 90% morality rate…considered non-viable and “no harvest.” Same thing with clams.

    Not to mention the 244 cases so far for soybean rust OR the cocoa pod borer disease in Indonesia that is dropping drop by 2% OR the potato blight that is recurring OR the coffee leaf rust from Mexico to Panama that is impacting the livelihoods of more than two million people.

    God always predicates his “repent” times with famine.

  • YahNo

    Found white mold on a barely ripe banana today…that’s never happened before.

  • Coffeedrinker

    As Michael says these plagues are going to hit the food banks (soup kitchens) hard:
    “Fresh produce accounts for more than half the handouts at Bay Area food banks, but with an estimated minimum of 500,000 acres to be fallowed in California, growers will have fewer fruits and vegetables to donate.”
    I hope the Government does not see the evolving food shortage crises as an opportunity to step in and help the soup kitchens/bread lines with a Soylent Green (1973) type solution. In the movie they offered the bread lines Soylent Yellow (a first generation food product) on certain days of the week.

    • laura m.

      Agree, best to not eat anything you can’t ID or looks strange; could be corpses of people or animals made into a food bar or biscuit. Yes it could come to that in the future. food banks are now hit hard, less donating by people since food is high now. Folks: cook from scratch and buy from better groc. stores like Publix or Krogers and local produce/meat mkts. raise rabbits and chickens.

  • Lorna Faith

    Think of the tax increases we will be hit with as government raises taxes to issue more food stamps

  • Hammerstrike

    Could it be artificial?

  • DJohn1

    The entire basis of our money supply is not gold. A lot of it is the ability to buy and sell food for dollars.
    I think this is a good year to start a really large garden and can said produce of that garden. Probably a good idea to start storing commercial canned goods for food in the near future.
    I cannot help but wonder if this is a coincidence or whether the government has angered God with their policies. Of course, atheists will say there is no connection. I really do not believe in coincidences.
    The other thought is this some kind of government interference with our food supply? Well, Bundy and the ranchers seem to think so.
    Where did these bugs come from and how did they slip up letting them into the country?
    I never thought I would see the day when the U.S.A. might have to ration food. If this article is correct, then that day might be approaching a lot faster than anyone suspects.
    Don’t forget that the same government has the ability to confiscate any food that people are hoarding.

    • frenemy

      It’s called Globalism. When you can go from some 3rd world cesspool to Miami or NY or LA in a few hours with no quarantine, you get bugs, disease, and animals you didn’t bank on.

  • Kim

    It seems this could lead to food shortages, if it does come together as a “perfect storm”, which seems to be the case. At the very least, it would force a dramatic paradigm shift in the way food is produced (for profit)

    I suppose the elephant in the room is the prophecy in which Jesus himself prophesied about global food shortages. I believe these prophecies, but they are not brought about by “design” in order to fulfill them, as it were.

    The negative aspects of the comprehensive, global sign of the last days are a consequence of man’s deciding for himself what is right and wrong (tree of knowledge of good and bad). The bible says that which is crooked cannot be made straight, so clearly imperfect human decision making based on the abuse of free will would clearly manifest itself near the end of this system with all sorts of breakdowns in the global system. Things would become critical, out of control, difficult, chaotic… God has the ability to foresee

    • DownWithLibs

      Spot on!!

    • Gay Veteran

      jeez, you people have been predicting the “end of days” for 100s of years

      • Watermeloniqua

        I can see why you wouldn’t believe in God or the End of Days. If I was you, I would be the exact same way. If you are doing wrong, you don’t want to hear about, or even think of, the day of reckoning. Much better to eat, drink and be merry! Hope you don’t end up regretting your decision.

        • Gay Veteran

          religion exists for 2 reasons:
          (1) man fears death,
          (2) as a means of social control (obey the king or you’ll go to h ell)

          • Watermeloniqua

            Yeah, I’ve heard all the arguments before. Not all “religious” people are as ignorant as many would believe. I see the new religion of secular humanism as basically “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”. It’s ALL manipulation but some of it has truth, some of it is all lies.

    • Hammerstrike

      If he really had inside information, Josuah could have bothered to give a few essential dates.

      The current world is already post-apocalyptic from a Roman perspective.

    • frenemy

      At the same time, plagues, droughts, and famine are a natural part of life on Earth. They would occur with or without us. There’s no reason why this time would be any different, aside from the artificial plenty we have enjoyed during the oil age of the last 100 years.

  • ELUDZ

    would the asian natz not have come on asians?

    is open borders /w no decontamination rooms to blame?

  • Manna Hari

    The state of Florida’s answer to the citrus greening problem is lots of chemical pesticides, absurd propagation standards, and the development of citrus greening resistant GMO oranges. This effort is driven by the few mega-producers in the state.
    The mono-culture/chemical farming paradigm is the real culprit. Those trees are chronically nutrient deficient and the 1000s of acres of mono-culture lends itself to infestation.
    There are citrus farmers in Florida who are successfully thinking outside the box and utilizing practices that promise to strengthen the citrus trees’ resistance to the disease. These practices include the use of sea solid fertilizers to re-mineralize the soil. Sea solids are the precipitants of dehydrated sea water. Sea water is abundant, free and full of the trace minerals we all need for health in a perfectly balanced proportion.
    Big-Ag and their bought and paid for cronies in government aren’t into sea solid fertilizing. Too dangerous. It just might solve the problem from outside their grips.

    • bb

      Exactly, Manna Hari. Most people are so brainwashed with the propaganda from Big Ag “Rescue Farming” advocates using toxic herbacides, insecticides and deadly GMO’s that they don’t seem to understand that these farming practices kill the life in the soil which enables plants to thrive. Too bad there aren’t more people around like you who are capable of connecting the dots.

    • seth datta

      Manufactured plagues in future….

      Love G-d
      Deny Satan’s friendship

    • frenemy

      Precisely! Monoculture is just putting all your eggs in one basket, which has never been a good idea.

  • Ron

    Well, I have a pretty good idea what is happening: a shadow from the tribulation is being cast…the solution is spelled out in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    • Tom

      Or maybe we should be sane and not listen to a 2000-year old book of fairy tales.

      • Watermeloniqua

        Maybe you should show some respect for people who hold different beliefs than you. Oh, but then you wouldn’t get to feel smugly superior to all those “insane” people!

      • CallmeAdam

        Ah, ridicule. Sounds like conviction, if you ask me.

        It’s kind of interesting. I mean, if I were to pass upon a comment by, say, a Wiccan, saying that the goddess is returning in the near future, I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be compelled in the least to make a ridiculing response. It’s just not that important to me, and it just doesn’t get that strong of a reaction out of me.

        But for you, however, it invoked that response. Personally, that tells me that, you’re not quite as grounded/confident in your beliefs (whatever they may be) as you thought you were. Otherwise, such responses as the one above would have no such power over your day.

        But, I digress. Maybe you’ll respond to this with another ridiculing response (i.e. some tired remark about pasta), or maybe someone else will jump in for you.

        Ha, it don’t matter to me.

      • Sps

        Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess….

      • finnigansmom

        Just because 2/3 of Bible prophecies have come true, no need to look there for answers now ….

      • jennylynn

        Maybe you should.
        Jesus said “You do Err not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
        Matthew 22:29

    • Hope

      People are not supposed to be eating pigs anyways–as this is a commandment from God.

      • Gay Veteran

        LOL

      • Hammerstrike

        The ancient heblews may have done terrible deeds but cannibals, they where not!

      • laura m.

        I thought that too in the past, however we have refrigeration and meat inspections today, and not under O.T. Jewish laws, N.T. folks are free to choose and not under bondage; other ex: women head coverings and male circumcision, etc. Bacteria is rampant in gulf seafood from raw sewage, chemicals, over the years to incl e- coli and salmonella, and worse, avoid it folks.

    • laura m.

      God has already slammed the door on America, and there is no viable solution politically or via voting. The churches have sold out to the gov 501c3 agenda and leaders/councils silent on issues/run like a business/entertainment center only Judgement is crashing down. Other states can pick up the slack and grow various crops since Calif. has become a cursed desert. People can home church or start a small ind. fellowship. Avoid corp. churches which are muzzled and have gelding pastors.

  • Cynical Guy 42

    This sounds like Revelation 6:6. Food Prices look like they’re going up, unless something totally unexpected turns it around.

  • Undecider

    Biological warfare?

    • Watermeloniqua

      Of course! The Chinese are exactly the type that would do this on purpose. I would be astonished if they DIDN’T do it.

  • Christine

    Luke 21:10-12

    Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12″But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.…

    Enough said.

    • Sps

      Well done Christine! Im not used to seeing a board with so much powerful scripture to back up whats happening and predicted. Persecution has started heavily in the USA, when “they put hands on” Christians…Watch Out!

  • Watermeloniqua

    Here in FL, it is almost impossible to get FL oranges unless they are the nasty juice ones. I usually get my FL oranges from a fruit stand, but I was told that they probably wouldn’t get any next year because all of the citrus that isn’t blighted is sent overseas. That seems to be a common thing with crops, our wild mountain ginseng is almost impossible to buy because it’s being sent to Asia! We have turned into a colony, we send our fresh food out of the country to foreigners and import their tainted, poisonous garbage. Or, in the case of oranges, we truck them in from CA, and they taste like crap and are expensive. We are sending chicken to China to be “processed”, and we think they are going to send us the same chickens back, instead of swapping them for their toxic poisoned chickens? And nobody notices, nobody cares!

    We have all these blights, pests, and 99% of them are from Asia, but nobody says anything about that either! Nobody even bothers to wonder if they are deliberately infesting the country with their invasive and dangerous species to destroy our ecosystem! It’s insane and we just keep fiddling while our nation burns! But Dancing with the Stars is on and the fridge is full of beer and GMO/Chinese poisoned food so who cares, right? It’s insane!

  • frenemy

    The banana blight is not really the end of the world. There are numerous types of bananas. Everyone in the banana industry have known the Cavendish, the type of banana we all know and love, is going to die out. The Cavendish was bred to replace another banana that was also blighted over 50 years ago. Monoculture is the culprit-due to marketing, we only know that banana and none of the dozens of other varieties have ever been made available. If the big producers were growing a variety, we might not be so concerned. We’re just going to have to change our taste to accomodate other types of bananas or come up with a hybrid version of the Cavendish that approximates the flavor, color, and consistency we’re used to.
    The citrus blight is one I hadn’t heard of. I guess Grovestand and other premium blends are going to be the domain of the well-off. The rest of us can have that Donald Duck-brand battery acid stuff, Sunny-D, and Tang.
    We are steadily approaching the point where the welfare regime will be replaced by the you-don’t-work-you-don’t-eat regime.

  • SantosGarcia

    Because America is clearly under GOD’s Divine Judgments for the murder of 57 million babies in the womb, the pervasive ‘spirit of violence’ in the continent, and the outright disdain of traditional Holy Matrimony… Read “The Harbinger” (and viewed linked videos in post) to learn the increasing extent of the damage: http://zionsgate.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/the-harbinger-the-ancient-mystery/

    • Gay Veteran

      how many unwanted babies have YOU adopted?

  • BerniMac

    I honestly don’t even know what to think or say anymore. Except to weep silently for my children.

  • Charles

    Revelation 6:6
    I heard a voice among the four living beings. It said, `Four cups of wheat for bread will sell for a day’s wages. Twelve cups of barley will sell for a day’s wages. But do not destroy the oil and the wine.’Revelation 6:5-7 (in Context) Revelation 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  • jennylynn

    For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    Matthew 24:7-8
    Also in Luke 21:11, Revelation 18:4, 18:8
    People would be wise to repent and get right with God!

  • jennylynn

    They didn’t mention coffee in the article, but Central America has a plague on their coffee plantations as well which will affect prices.