TUCSON, Ariz., March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — President Biden warned last week that global food shortages were going to be “real” because of the war in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine together provide about a quarter of world wheat exports.
“The price of [U.S.] sanctions are not only imposed on Russiait is also imposed on a very large number of countries, including European countries and our country,” Biden said.
Russia fertilizer exports—18% of the potash market, 20% of ammonia exports—are also off the market. It is unclear how much the West will want to buy, or how much Russia will be willing to sell, and on what terms, now that its foreign exchange reserves have been frozen, effectively invalidating all previous economic contracts.
Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) also notes that natural gas is a key ingredient in nitrogen-based fertilizers, so shortages affect food production, not just heating and power generation. Currently, 41% of Europe natural gas comes from Russia.
DDP has long advocated that Americans store food as an insurance policy against all kinds of natural and man-made disasters. Many convenient forms of survival food are offered. Buckets of unprocessed wheat, corn, and beans are the most economical. Salt, sugar and oil are also necessary. Field-tested storage and preparation methods are detailed in the book Nuclear War Survival Skillsavailable free online.
“Americans are stocking up on toilet paper again,” said DDP President Jane Orient, MD, “but first they need to make sure they have at least a minimum of basic foods, salt and preserves in their pantry”.
Doctors for Disaster Preparedness is a group of scientists (including doctors) founded in 1984, who provide information to help save lives in the event of natural or man-made disasters.
Contact: Jane M. OrientMD, (520) 323-3110, [email protected]
SOURCE Physicians for Disaster Preparedness