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I think there should be more concern raised over these issues in the mainstream and alternative / independent media, especially as to their their collective impact.
When the US or China need crop products or meat, they go to South America. If the problems are bad enough, this may mean a heated competition, which will raise prices significantly. The tariff disputes between the US and China could aggravate the situation. In addition, the "Pig Ebola" virus seems unstoppable, and has now taken 20% of China's pigs (so far, but there's no reason to expect that will be even close to all). The effect of the Fall Armyworm has not been quantified yet, but could be severe by the time harvests end. If food costs skyrocket, since everyone eats, that will ripple out to cause price increases in almost everything. And what if Pig Ebola (and / or the Fall Armyworm) jumps to the US and / or Brazil, by accident or design*? And / or jumps to beef cows, etc.?
I hate to sound like a Michael Snyder-style alarmist, but one thing govts turn to in times of mass starvation is war. It takes the heat off them. Let's hope (pray?) that Brazil can come to the rescue, and that we don't have a repeat of the flooding in the US midwest in 2020.
* "by design" would be as part of an oligarchical power grab, in my opinion. For purposes of creating chaos and depopulation.
Speculation - Could Pig Ebola virus be genetically engineered? It seems efficient in the extreme.