Extreme Flooding

Extreme weather makes significant impact on Scottish agriculture, food prices, U.K.. ‘A measure of wheat for a penny, three measures of barley for a penny.’ Disasters around the world affecting crops and farming are hurting grain prices.

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Extreme weather makes significant impact on Scottish agriculture, food prices, U.K.. ‘A measure of wheat for a penny, three measures of barley for a penny.’ Disasters around the world affecting crops and farming are hurting grain prices.

Posted by TW on April 12, 2019. Watchers.news

 Extreme weather contributed to losses of up to £161 million for Scotland’s farmers during 2017 and 2018, according to a new independent economic report.

The losses represent around 6% of the total agricultural output of the previous year.

The hardest hit was the livestock sector, which experienced heavy losses as a result of the snowstorms in March 2018 (Beast from the East) and increased feeding costs over the summer. 

Sheep farmers suffered the biggest losses as the Beast from the East hit during lambing season, with losses of £45 million. This was followed by wheat (£34 million), beef (£28 million), and barley (£26 million).

The impact of the weather events on the livestock sector is ongoing during 2019 with reduced cattle numbers, lower breeding sheep numbers and reduced lamb production.

Sowing of winter crops was delayed in autumn 2017, which led to a reduced planting area. As a result, crop yields for key crops were negatively impacted. Overall losses to the cereal sector were £62 million—equivalent to 15% of the sector’s output in 2017.

At the UK level, wholesale prices of some staples like carrots, lettuce and onions rose by up to 80%.

Farmers also experienced building damage due to heavy snow and strong winds bringing down roofs and burst pipes causing disruption to water supplies. 

Apart from long term trends influencing Scottish agriculture, e.g., a long-term decline in livestock numbers, uncertainty over Brexit is also likely to have impacted the sector during this period however data are not yet available to quantify this supposition. 

“Last year’s extremes will soon be the norm, rather than the exception and that will have huge implications for farmers and the environment.  That’s why it’s so important the Scottish Government takes action now to support our agriculture sector to adapt to the challenges ahead,” Dr. Sheila George, Food Policy Manager at WWF Scotland said.

The report was commissioned by WWF Scotland and compiled by economic consultancy Ecosulis.

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