Originally published May 23 2011
Global food inflation hits hemp seed, coconut oil and other superfoods: Here's why it's happening
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) Food inflation is hitting the superfood industry right where it hurts -- in the wallet. Thanks to several factors you'll read about here, prices on hemp seeds, hemp oils, coconut oil and other superfoods are set to skyrocket beginning in just a few days. One of the largest superfood suppliers in the USA, Nutiva, has announced an 11% price increase coming May 27th, and that may be just the beginning of an accelerating trend in steady increases.
In anticipation of this price increase, we've taken on a huge inventory of Nutiva's Certified Organic Hemp Seed and Hemp Oil at the old prices, and we have a generous supply available to NaturalNews readers who want to beat the price increase (see below).
Why hemp and coconut oil prices are heading into the stratosphereIn a letter sent to us by Nutiva, founder John Roulac explains that the price of coconut oil has doubled in the last six months. While coconut oil suppliers are able to absorb some of this cost in the short term, they cannot do so on a permanent basis. This means that the prices consumers pay for coconut oil are headed sharply higher.
Impacting hemp seeds and hemp oil, the price of crude oil (up 30% or more over the last few months) adds to the cost of transporting these foods. Remember, thanks to the completely idiotic and utterly anti-American stance of the DEA, President Obama and most of the U.S. Congress, it is illegal to grow hemp seeds in America, meaning all hemp seeds sold as nutritional foods in the USA must be imported from other countries. This policy is not only destroying opportunities for U.S. farmers; it also results in the wasteful expenditure of fossil fuels to transport hemp products to the USA from other countries.
(Seriously, you have to wonder just how much Washington is really trying to destroy America these days with its continued ban on the growing of hemp oils, hemp seeds and hemp fibers. This is not a question of whether hemp products are good for America -- we already know without question that they are, which is why so many hemp products are imported. This is a question of why the economic morons in Washington have declared war on U.S. farmers and continue to criminalize the growing of a superfood crop with a huge number of industrial and textile applications...)
The fall of the dollar means a rise in the price of imported goodsThe third factor sharply increasing the cost of imported hemp products is the plummeting value of the U.S. dollar versus the Canadian dollar. Much of the hemp imported into the United States is grown in Canada (where it's legal, see? So Canadian farmers reap the financial rewards while U.S. farmers face bankruptcy...), and as the U.S. dollar loses purchasing power, it's going to make the domestic cost of imported items increasingly expensive.
For those who enjoy following what's really going on behind the scenes with international currencies, the truth is that the United States is constantly trying to weaken the dollar in order to bolster U.S. exports to other countries. A weaker dollar makes our goods cheaper for foreign buyers. But when combined with the utterly insane domestic policy of the prohibition of hemp farming, it becomes a shell game circus that only ends up hurting American farmers and consumers.
The day our elected leaders actually demonstrate an intelligent grasp of the laws of international trade and economics is the day I gobble down an ear of GMO corn on live television...
Food scarcity is causing food inflationAll around the world, radical weather patterns and the day-by-day losses of topsoils are causing record crop losses. Areas that used to be rainforest have been clear-cut to grow soybeans, and now many of those areas have become deserts due to ecological destruction.
Insane corn ethanol subsidies continue to send corn prices sky-high, too. This is yet another example of economic brilliance brought to you by the clowns in Washington.
Global food prices have risen 36% over the past 12 months (http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/14/news/interna...), and there's no indication this trend is going to reverse. With world water supplies dwindling, the Fukushima disaster wiping out a large portion of Japan's domestic food production, and the UG99 wheat rust devastating wheat crops in many regions, we are now looking at a new era of food prices where you get to choose between high and higher.
The last of the cheap hemp seeds and hemp oil - ON SALE now at the NaturalNews StoreEven in the face of these alarming increases in food prices and a shortage in the global food supply, the incredible team running the NaturalNews Store has managed to acquire a large quantity of USDA Certified Organic Hemp Seeds and Hemp Oil, and in an action that is truly a service to our readers, we are discounting this by 41% to help you acquire this superfood before the price increases ripple through the industry.
Right now, a five-pound bag of Certified Organic Hemp Seed normally retails for $84.69.
Amazon.com currently sells this five-pound bag at a 30% discount, offering it for $59.52 (http://www.amazon.com/Nutiva-Organic-Shelled...).
But while supplies last at the NaturalNews Store, we are letting go of these five-pound bags of Certified Organic Hemp Seed at 41% off -- just $49.95 -- PLUS, we give you a 16 oz. bottle of Nutiva's Certified Organic Hemp Oil at no extra charge.
Click here to take advantage of this hemp seed offer, plus the free bottle of hemp oil, to beat the worldwide price increase.
Again, this is a 5-lb. bag of Nutiva's Certified Organic Hemp Seed, plus a FREE 16 oz. bottle containing Nutiva's Certified Organic Hemp Oil (liquid) inside dark glass to protect the oils from light. This hemp oil normally retails for around $12.50 per bottle. That puts the total value of this combo at over $97.
You can get it today -- and you will NOT see these prices again for years to come -- for just $49.95.
Click here to get this organic hemp seed / hemp oil combo at this "last chance" discounted price.
Global prices on foods and superfoods are rising quickly. The only way you're going to see this kind of price on Organic Hemp Seed in the USA anytime soon is if Congress magically legalizes hemp farming across America. Of course, I strongly support such a move, and if someone like Ron Paul ever becomes President, we might actually see some movement toward food freedom and health freedom. But don't hold your breath: The DEA, FDA and USDA all have vested interests in keeping hemp farming illegal in America, and they will fight its legalization with every (taxpayer) dollar they can muster.
How will we afford our food?The simple truth is that we're all facing far higher food and superfood prices in the years ahead. That's disturbing information for a lot of folks who are barely scraping by right now, I know. It's going to mean a lot more Americans end up on food stamps. Even right now, an astonishing one in seven Americans is living on food stamps (http://www.naturalnews.com/032312_food_stamp...).
It's also going to mean that more people stop spending money on processed foods and low-nutrition "factory foods." Instead, they need to shift to more food staples and high-nutrition foods that pack more nutrition per ounce. A whole lot of American consumers are simply going to have to learn how to intelligently shop for groceries for the first time in their lives. No, that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is not a good investment of your food dollars...
To the extent we can, NaturalNews will attempt to find incredible buys on high-nutrition food items (or superfoods) and make them available to our readers. This hemp seed / hemp oil offer is a fantastic deal, and we hope to be able to bring you a more such deals. These are obviously not done on a profit motive, because in the face of rising prices, a profit-minded retailer would always try to charge MORE, not LESS. These deals are being arranged to quite literally help get these superfoods into your hands at the best discounts possible so that NaturalNews readers beat the price increases headed our way.
So far, the response of NaturalNews readers to specials like this has been extraordinary. And that huge response has helped us negotiate even better price discounts on very large purchase volumes with suppliers like Nutiva. It is your support of our store in the past, in other words, that has made today's great deal possible in the first place.
As long as you keep supporting our store, we will keep searching for ridiculously great deals that we can pass on to you for the items that matter most: Superfoods, high-nutrition food staples, and even necessary kitchen appliances such as blenders and juicers. Thank you for your support, and here's our specials page if you want to see everything we have on sale right now: http://store.naturalnews.com/index.php?main_...
Today, you can beat the coming price increase on hemp seeds and hemp oil. A five-pound bag is a generous supply of hemp seeds that you can use as a superfood supplement for several months. It's great for smoothies and salads, and it's a high natural source of plant-based omega-3s, among other nutritional benefits.
This pricing is only good while our supply lasts, which may be as little as three days.
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