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August 23, 2012

Think About It: Rainy Daze and Numb Days

"Rain, rain go away, come again some other day" is an age old nursery rhyme, but it sure isn't a cute thought these days. With drought conditions at record levels all over the mainland, and with drought conditions intensifying in leeward areas throughout Hawaii, the ramifications will be felt for many in the months ahead as prices rise for many products; certain meat, vegetable, fruit, and dairy products may not be readily available due to this problem. 

Some ranchers locally have suggested that recent drought conditions over the past few years are worse than ever. Whether the drought is blamed on global warming, El Nino, environmental pillaging, or a plot by Martians angry that we've invaded their planet, the reality is that grain prices- especially soy and corn- are going up, and corn is in quite a bit of our food supply and a lot of other products we use. Meat prices will probably go up and U.S. exports of food products will invariably suffer as overseas markets balk at increased costs. And in Hawaii, which is much like an overseas market for mainland producers, we could see sharp spikes in pricing for everyday items like breakfast cereal and margarine.

While domestic water tables locally are OK for now, consumers would be wise to help out by making sure to do the simple things- turn off the sink while brushing your teeth, turn off the shower while soaping up, back off on washing your car and lawn, take shorter showers, check for faulty faucets and sprinkler heads, etc.  Everyone loves to speculate on oil supplies and replacement options. But cruel water problems could replace crude oil reserves as a major issue in local and world politics in the coming decades, especially if droughts become even more severe. Think about it…

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