Gas prices have been surging recently as well, making it more expensive to transport foods. In fact, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the country is at $3.086, up from $2.171 last May. That corresponds to a 56 percent increase. And as is the case with foods, the price of gasoline isn’t expected to go down soon.
Western states are no stranger to droughts, which are common enough occurrences. That’s largely why experts believe those regions are more than two decades into a “megadrought,” one made severe by warming temperatures caused by human activities.
The punishing drought in the west is causing grasshoppers to proliferate quickly. In fact, the swarms are so thick in some areas that they’re showing up on weather radars. Federal agriculture officials have already launched a massive spraying campaign to kill the grasshoppers before they can strip farmlands bare.5 Reasons to stockpile food now – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD