Crisis Update - U.S. Initiates State Control Of Food Supply
Coincides with 60th anniversary of Soviet massacre over meat shortages
Biden White House intervenes in food market; baby food is a slippery slope.
Other shortages are inevitable amid sanctions and restrictions on food production.
Iran implements digital IDs to access rationed bread and other staples.
Sri Lankan citizens turn on politicians after their peaceful protests were ignored.
June sees 60th anniversary of Soviet massacre that exposed failure of central planning.
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May 20, 2022
The Biden admin-regime is using war powers to seize control of the food supply.
On Thursday it invoked powers last used during the Korean war to allocate food resources, initially for the production of baby formula.
Under the Defense Production Act, bureaucrats will tell the makers of ingredients for baby formula whom they must supply. Effectively this means the government in the form of FEMA decides which companies get raw materials, while denying others. This simply shifts the disruption from one product or sector, to another.
Federal planes will scour the globe for supplies, potentially exporting the shortage to other countries.
The politically-damaging shortage of baby formula results from contamination at Abbott Laboratories, which led to the death of two babies and the recall of product.
The Financial Times says the temporary shut down at Abbott highlights the concentration (cartels or monopoly) that affects the U.S. economy, as no other producer was big enough to step up and fill the gap. 
Ironically, this is exactly the problem with centralized economies — the direction that Biden is going with the government regulation of food supply.
In an attempt to help mothers on welfare, under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, each state in the U.S. has a contract with a single manufacturer, Abbott.
The White House issued a statement: “Directing firms to prioritise and allocate the production of key infant formula inputs will help increase production and speed up supply chains.”
You don't have to be a libertarian or a strict opponent of government intervention to see where this will lead. You only have to look at the experience of previous inflation crises in the past, such as Argentina (see below) or what's happening right now around the world.
Earlier this week the governor of the Bank of England said food prices are rising at their fastest in 30 years and called the coming shock “apocalyptic.”
Iran is the first country to roll out digital IDs for food rationing. Look closer and you will note that the government of Ebrahim Raisi just increased food prices, so the supposed “cure” of goverment regulation is already in place. It failed, so digital rationing is next.
We wouldn’t usually quote the Atlantic Council (the business end of NATO) but on this occasion the impact, or futility, of government intervention leaps off the page — even of its opponents. 
The Ayatollahs have always been close to the Swiss, French and Germans so it's not surprising they're cooperating with the World Economic Forum’s plan to merge our physical, digital and biological identities.
Sri Lankans took to violence after a peaceful protest failed. The protests are about food shortages but also against police brutality and the neglect of politicians to respond.
Elites around the world will have noticed Ceylonese crowds tipping expensive vehicles into the river and beating police chiefs.
They will already have instructed politicians to put measures in place. The problem is that the food shortages cannot be averted now. Crops are not being planted. The shortage is inevitable.
Venezuela illustrates what could happen even in richer countries. After negotiations with Russia the country has only two-thirds of its usual fertilizer requirement.
Shortage of fertilizer isn't the only threat to the food supply. Economic disruption means that farmers will plant only one-third the usual volume of crops, Ramon Bolotin, president of the PAI independent agricultural producers told AFP. 
Fuel shortages will also push food prices higher, both on the farm and on the way to the grocery.
If governments respond with price controls, that will push demand higher than producers can meet. They will either reduce production or divert it into the black market where they can command higher prices (look at the behaviour of cigarette manufacturers in the West).
If governments take control of distribution — of raw materials or finished goods — they will enter a vicious circle of centralization: state shops and perhaps federally-employed drivers, with the state setting wages in order to control costs.
Controlling prices and distribution cannot increase supply. It can only ensure that goods go to favoured cohorts. After the disaster of centralized agriculture, millions dead in famines and a forced return to a partial market economy, the Soviet Union by the mid-1930s resorted to special shops for politicians and the security apparatus.
The Biden regime has already gone partway down this path, using government planes as part of Operation Fly Formula, presumably to take formula from the mouths of babes elsewhere in the world.
If governments acknowledge that controlling distribution cannot increase supply, they may take control of production. This could be explicit, through expropriation and nationalization, or implicit by subsidies that make government the first customer.
If you think the Soviet famines of the 1920s and 30s were teething troubles, the Novocherkassk massacre of 1962 tells otherwise. Meat packers went on strike after they were ordered to increase production. Workers could not afford to buy the meat they packed with their own hands — and prices were going higher.
This is the reality many U.S. workers will face if shortages deepen and inflation accelerates. Those Russian workers faced down troops — fully believing a government that said that it cared for socialist principles and for all. The troops were ordered to open fire (the Politburo knew the protest had exposed a crucial vulnerability). They killed at least 26, wounding up to 100. Survivors were sentenced to up to 15 years. That was just sixty years ago.