World food stocks dwindling rapidly, UN warns

Christmas Dinner
Enjoy the bounty we have now — it may soon disappear

December 20, 2007 (IHT) — In an “unforeseen and unprecedented” shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the top food and agriculture official of the United Nations warned Monday. Full Report

As families all over the world gather to celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ, let us thank Him for whatever bounty we find on our tables. Food is in short supply in many areas of the world.

Drought, killing frosts, war, pestilence and crop diseases, and even bee disappearances have devastated reserves in most countries. Rising gas prices mean higher transportation costs, leading to higher food prices at the market. Milk, wheat, fruits, and vegetables have doubled in price — and are likely to climb much higher.

Avian flu and mad cow have forced the destruction of millions of geese, turkeys, chickens, and cattle, sending meat prices through the roof. But if you think it’s bad now — hang on. 2008 is likely to take an even bigger bite out of our wallets.

Stock up now on what you can. Many baking staples are on sale right now. Buy a freezer and load it up with turkeys, chickens, or whatever beef or pork you can afford. Start a pantry in your basement or closet. Next spring, plant a vegetable garden or fill containers with peppers, tomatoes, onions, etc.

God has told us that hard times would come, so let us store up what we can — while we can — and use those goods to share with others as God leads. Let us show His love at all times — not just at Christmas. — PID