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The Economic Impact of the 2012 Drought
It is sad; very sad.
I have family that farm in Iowa and I have heard how the corn and soybean crops are pretty much spoiled this year. The lack of rain and the very hot conditions have turned the corn and bean fields into dry waste. On top of that, any of the crops that have survived are being attacked by bugs.
Yes, it is very sad.
I think it is time that many people are going to have to look at other ways to eat. Many people have no idea what this drought will do. Corn is used to feed cattle and without it, it will also drive up the cost of meat. Think about everything that is made with corn; breads, corn syrup, corn oils, cereal and many more. Costs of all these items will rise. Fact is, there are other items that will rise that you probably had no idea corn prices would have an impact on. One prime one is Ethanol which is put in much of the unleaded gasoline. Here are some other items made with corn that may rise too:
- Paper products-raw starch from corn is used to process paper products.
- Spark Plugs-corn starch is used in the production of the porcelain.
- Toothpaste-Corn sugar dextrose is used in toothpaste
- Beer-corn starch is used
- Pharmaceuticals-Many corn properties are used to make over the counter drugs
- Drywall-Corn starch is also used in the manufacturing of drywall.
So it won't just be food prices, but other items as well.
The other fact is, soybeans are almost in the same shape. Soybeans are used in many things that you probably have no clue they are in.
- Soybean oil is used in many food products; crackers, cookies, tuna, salmon, breads and pies, margarine and many other food items.
- Soy proteins are used for many animal feeds from dog food, fish food, etc...
- Carpets and laminate flooring has soybean products in them.
- Biodiesel fuel is made from soybeans.
- I know for a fact that Claymore mines used by our military are made with soy products.
Watch for rising prices! Get prepared.
Change Your Ways
I have learned some things since moving to Puerto Rico. One of the lessons I want to pass on is we don't really just need corn to survive. We don't have to have soybeans to survive.
A dish that you find here that I have adapted to is rice. Many meals have rice as a side dish. Rice is a grain that God gave us also and mankind has been on a corn extravaganza for years.
Don't get me wrong, I like corn, but if prices are going to go through the roof, we need to have other avenues.
Mankind needs to learn to use other resources and not put it all in one. I am going to put a couple rice dishes that are wonderful. I suggest you give them a try; you may need them in the coming days.
Two Rice Dishes
There are many rice dishes that are wonderful. I love these two. Down below is a web site where you can find many Puerto Rican dishes.
Arroz con Gandules
1 lb. raw medium or long grain rice
1 15 oz. can gandules (pigeon peas)
2 1/2 tbsp. sofrito*
2 envelopes sazón seasoning with achiote
2 tbsp. Manzanilla olives
1 1/2 tsp. capers
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
16 oz. water
Place the vegetable oil, sofrito, sazón with achiote, gandules, olives, capers and tomato sauce in a big pot.
Thoroughly wash rice and add to the other ingredients.
Pour water over the ingredients and stir well.
(Water should be about 1 inch above the ingredients).
Boil on medium high until all the water is absorbed.
Reduce heat to low and cover the pot with aluminum foil* and lid.
Cook for 35-40 minutes, depending on your stove.
Serve with pasteles or tostones.
Arroz con Dulce
1 cup raw medium rice
6 cups coconut milk
6 cinnamon sticks
1 cup sugar
1 cup seedless raisins
1 1/4 tsp. salt
Small piece of mashed ginger or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger (optional)
Place 5 cups of the coconut milk (set 1 cup aside) in a deep (teflon) pot and add the raw rice. Let it soak for 2-2 1/2 hours.
After soaking the rice in the coconut milk, add ginger, cinammon sticks and salt to the pot.
Cook on low hear for 30-35 minutes, but DO NOT STIR.
After 30-35 minutes, add the sugar, the reserved cup of coconut milk and the raisins.
Continue to cook on low heat for another 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so it won't stick. Stir ONLY by moving the rice from the bottom of the pot to the top of the pot. Don't stir in a circle like motion.
When the rice and coconut is ready, sprinkle some cinammon on top and serve.
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Through time there have been droughts and issues with food supply. God blessed the United States for many years to not suffer such a thing. It is my opinion that people need to wake up and bow before our God. I have watched the reverence for our Maker go downhill over the years. Is He allowing this to wake people up? We need God, He doesn't need us!
I ask that you guide mankind into a place where they will look only to You, our Redeemer and Savior. That mankind will realize that Jesus came and had His blood shed to wash our sins clean. If hard times are what it takes to awaken people, so be it. You have been a gracious God and I am sure it pains You to see the evil that mankind has started showing. I bow before You and ask Your mercy and grace. I thank You for all the blessings You have given me. Praise You!
In Jesus' Name I pray,
© G.L. Boudonck
© 2012 Greg Boudonck