There’s an old story, in various iterations, about how the lack of a horseshoe nail a kingdom was lost. People seem to have forgotten that in our modern age. Our supply lines are fragile, fickle things, with multiple choke points. This weekend Tyson Foods took out an ad in the New York Times covering some of the difficulties they are having.

I’m hopeful that this ad might start getting people aware that there is the very real possibility that we could be staring famine in the face here in the US. The US, the most prosperous, wealthiest, most efficient country this world has ever seen is likely looking at food shortages the likes of which we haven’t seen since my grandparents were little kids. We produce so much food here in the US that we feed our enemies and keep them from starving. That’s likely to change for the next couple of years I suspect.

My neighbor works for a local grocery distributor. We chatted briefly last night about Tyson while we were waiting for our daughters to come in. He told me that of the roughly 3,000 cases of meat they had ordered they received about 200. I’ve already noticed that meat is getting expensive. I expect it to get much more so.

My suggestion would be to stock up on food stuffs now and start praying hard.