The world’s biggest breadbaskets are struggling this year.
Cold front after cold front continue to batter the largest and most important growing regions on the planet: from East Asia to the Canadian Prairies, from Europe to Brazil.
Farmers almost everywhere are struggling to cope with the unpredictable weather patterns brought on by a weakening jet stream associated with historically low solar activity.
Are we welcoming in the official beginnings of the next Grand Solar Minimum cycle?
China’s vegetable prices usually see a sharp seasonal decline in the summer, but that isn’t happening this year given the country’s chronically short supply.
The contributing factors are many, with the main ones being the persistent bouts of cold during the first quarter of 2019, increased cloud cover limiting sun hours, and June’s record precipitation.
And now, in what seems like unrelenting climatic drama, there will be yet more anomalous cold to contend with in July, further restricting the development of open-field crops:
GFS TEMPERATURE ANOMALY for JULY 08:
With the cold set to hinder vast portions of East Asian growing regions thru July 19 at least:
GFS TEMPERATURE ANOMALY for JULY 19:
Furthermore, the Japanese Meteorological agency is warning of lower than average temperatures across the country for the next two weeks:
Canada’s major grain-growing area is called the Canadian prairies.
Often the province of Saskatchewan is further singled out as the main breadbasket of Canada.
Latest GFS runs reveal temperature departures of up to 16C below-average will batter the heart of the Prairies, along with the crucial wheat belt of the United States, which extends 1500 miles from central Alberta to central Texas:
GFS TEMPERATURE ANOMALY for JULY 09:
The Ukraine is known as “the Breadbasket of Europe” thanks to the richness of it’s soil and usually advantageous climate.
This summer looks set to challenge the latter, however:
GFS TEMPERATURE ANOMALY for JULY 07 to July 18:
Those ‘pinks and purples’ infecting important central growing regions are already causing headaches.
The Ukraine exports substantial amounts of grain, vegetables, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, milk and meat around the world — mainly to Russia, the EU and China.
GFS TEMPERATURE ANOMALY for JULY 09:
In addition, Russia’s wheat production has seen a doubling since the year 2000, with nations like Mexico and especially Egypt increasingly reliant on the Federation.
Any slowdown here, and an activation of the much-documented export-ban, will have serious global implications.
Brazil is responsible for 25% of the world’s food production.
Such products include sugar, soybeans, tobacco, coffee, cotton, and orange juice.
Here too, things look anomalously cold in thru July, according to latest GFS runs.
While Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay as well as Peru and Ecuador will also suffer:
GFS TEMPERATURE ANOMALY for JULY 07:
GRAND SOLAR MINIMUM
A warming Alaska, North Atlantic and Arctic –which all occur naturally during times of global cooling (NASA, see below image)– will have next-to-no impact on our species.
It’s the cold infecting our growing regions that’ll hurt us.
And that’s what we’re seeing now.
Historically low solar activity is weakening the jet stream, reverting it’s usually tight (zonal) flow to a looser, waviy (meridional) flow — the cold at the poles is being dragged much further south in the NH, and north in the SH.
This phenomenon is only likely to increase as the sun progresses into it’s next solar cycle (25), which NASA forecasts will be the weakest cycle for the past 200 years:
The cold times are returning, as the sun slowly slips into its next Grand Solar Minimum cycle.
The time to prepare is now.
Start growing your own.
GSM + Pole Shift