Many people are still trying to consider all possible consequences of going to war with Syria. One of the biggest problems with a Syrian war is that it could cause a worldwide food and water crisis. Here are some of the problems that could arise and why you should be prepared.
Risks of Global Food Crisis
A conflict in Syria could create massive food and water shortages around the world. Here are some of the reasons such a crisis could occur.
Changes in Oil Market
The United States and most European countries get a lot of their oil from Saudi Arabia and their other allies in the Middle East.
That could all change if we go to war with Syria. Saudi Arabia has offered to let Russia control a large part of the Middle East oil supply if they allow Syria to be defeated. Russia and other countries could cause oil prices to increase, which would make it more expensive to transport food and other commodities. It may not even be economically feasible to transport food to some parts of the world. This could also be a serious problem for parts of the world that don’t have their own supply of drinking water.
The United States, Israel and Russia all have access to nuclear weapons. China also has nuclear weapons. They aren’t showing as much hostility as Russia, but have pledged to help protect Syria if it was attacked. Iran and Syria are also developing weapons as well. The Syrian crisis could turn into a full-blown nuclear war that could affect the entire world.
A nuclear war would be devastating to the world’s food. Nuclear damage could kill off many plants and our water may be too irradiated to grow new ones.
Quantitative Easing to Fund War Efforts
The United States would probably need to use quantitative easing to fund the war efforts. The Federal Reserve has already significantly devalued the dollar since the recession. A 2011 report from the Wall Street Journal said that the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies have caused a spike in food prices around the world. More monetary easing could make food prices even higher for people that already can’t afford them.
Preparing for a Food and Water Shortage
You will need to be prepared for these possibilities if a war breaks out in Syria. Here are some things that you will need to do.
Stock Up on Foods
You will need to make sure that you have plenty of food on hand if a crisis breaks out. Keep some nonperishable food and bottled water. Using a water ionizer can be especially important, because it can counteract some of the problems that may be caused by irradiated foods. You should read water ionizer comparisons to make sure you buy the right one.
Leave Contaminated Areas Before Finding New Food or Water
Jack Jones wrote a good post about surviving after a nuclear blast a few months ago. Jack said that you should keep enough food in your bunker to survive for a few months. He also said that you should try to get away from an area that is within a few hundred miles of a nuclear strike.
You will want to get somewhere that hasn’t been affected by the blast, because the food, animals and drinking water will be contaminated. That is why you will need enough fresh food and water to keep you alive until you escape.
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