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Ice Age Farmer Report: China's FOOD CRISIS: Recycling food, limiting orders, censoring eating on social media

China has launched a "CLEAN YOUR PLATE" campaign, indicating that we are entering a global food crisis and moreover that it is YOUR fault for wasting too much food. Eating shows are being censored from the internet, and social media sites are telling users to "value food." Restaurants are limited, no longer able to serve meals to each person!

And "AgriFoodTech" companies are working to "Upcycle" food waste and FEED IT BACK TO YOU as other foods ... or even an innocent looking cup of coffee. Christian breaks down this next-level nanny state encroachments and this latest salvo -- which sets the tone for the rest of the world -- in the war on food.


Comment: Ice Age Farmer Report: States secretly stockpiling food for need ahead - "To the Roof!"

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At least 43 killed, 180,000 affected by floods across Sudan since late July

Flood damage in White Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
© Sudan Civil Defence
Flood damage in White Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
Flooding in Sudan has affected over 180,000 people across 17 states, with over 40 fatalities reported.

Recent flooding began in the country after heavy rainfall in late July. Damage was reported in parts of Khartoum and a dam collapsed in Blue Nile state.

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Huge hail storm hits Critérium du Dauphiné riders and spectators in France

© Tim Declercq / Instagram
The finish of stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné was battered by a brutal hailstorm on Thursday afternoon, catching out a chunk of the peloton as they rode to the finish atop the Col de Porte and the crowds along the road.

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) had long since taken the stage victory and overall race lead, but even the Slovenian was affected by the storm, his wife and young child forced to seek shelter in the car of Cyclingnews reporter Peter Cossins

Meanwhile, the podium ceremony was cut short after the inflatable roof collapsed just as Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) was receiving the white jersey for best young rider.

Deceuninck-QuickStep domestique Tim Declercq posted a photo to Instagram of vicious-looking welts on his back suffered after taking hits from the hail, while B&B Hotels-Vital Concept neo-pro Maxime Chevalier had a similar injury.


Bald Eagle attacks woman along Lake Superior

Bald Eagle Attacks Woman

Young Bald Eagle attacks woman
A scary attack between a young bald eagle and a woman took place along Lake Superior Thursday - and it was all caught on video, as FOX 21's Dan Hanger reports.

The aggressive bald eagle was seen attacking the woman Thursday morning just 100 yards away from the Cascade Lodge and Restaurant along Highway 61 in Lutsen.

Head Kitchen Manager Bernie Banks ran to help the woman — a guest at the lodge — using his chef's jacket to safely stop the raptor from charging on.

"I just took off my jacket and threw it over him and tried my best to get him off of her while not hurting the bird or hurting her anymore without me getting hurt, alright," Banks said.


43% of Iowa corn, soybean crop hit by Monday's storm

Governor Kim Reynolds says an initial estimate indicates 10 million acres of Iowa cropland "was impacted" by yesterday's storm.

"This morning I had a farmer reach out to me to say that this was the worst wind damage to crops and farm buildings that he has ever seen across the state in such a wide area," Reynolds said during a news conference late this morning.

According to the U.S.D.A., 23.4 million acres was seeded with corn and soybeans this spring, so this early estimate indicates 43 percent of Iowa's 2020 corn and soybean crop has been damaged or destroyed.


China floods: 63.4 million people affected, 219 dead or missing

At least 96 vehicles and nearly 500 firefighters are working at different locations across the city of Guanghan, southwest China's Sichuan Province. As of Wednesday morning, they had rescued at least 30 people, including an old lady stranded on a tree after her house was flooded.

At one of the most populated residential areas in Guanghan, residents of at least two compounds were blocked without electricity or clean water supply, with rescue work underway since Tuesday.

Firefighters have been using lifeboats, canoes, and even bulldozers to evacuate those stranded. A few patients in need of medical assistance were shifted to a nearby hospital, while others were sent to a relocation center or to their relatives' houses.

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Strange cloud phenomenon captured over Ashville, Alabama

Strange cloud phenomenon over Ashville, Alabama
Thousands of people have shared a photo of clouds in the Ashville, Alabama sky yesterday and no one has been able to identify a reason for the strange phenomenon. Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa and ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann shared the photo set on Sunday evening, submitted by Facebook user Joshua Smith. Smith said he took the pictures on Interstate 59 near Ashville.


Hurricane Hanna hits citrus industry in Texas - around 30% crop loss

Citrus was blown off the trees by the hurricane.

Citrus was blown off the trees by the hurricane.
Texas was hit with their first hurricane in over a decade at the end of July. Dante Galeazzi of the Texas International Produce Association shares: "The typical rule of thumb is that we'll get a hurricane here in Texas once every 10 years, so Hurricane Hanna was roughly on schedule. Unfortunately, there's little we can do, agriculture-wise, to prepare for these severe weather conditions."

April Flowers of Lone Star Citrus shares: "Hurricane Hanna defied the early forecast predictions and turned south after making landfall, resulting in a direct hit on the upper Rio Grande Valley. It's safe to say that the winds were much higher than originally forecasted."

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Torrential rain wreaks havoc in SW China's Sichuan - 6 dead, 5 missing

Heavy rain is continuing to wreak havoc in southwest China's Sichuan Province, with tens of thousands of residents evacuated, houses damaged and roads blocked.

Torrential rain starting from Monday evening in the province has left six people dead and five others missing, and has forced more than 40,000 residents to evacuate as of Wednesday noon, according to the province's flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Around 107,000 people had been affected by the rain across the province, with 14 rivers swollen by floodwater, it said.

The downpours triggered mudslides in some areas of Sichuan, damaging houses and roads. Traffic was interrupted on a national highway due to landslides in Shimian County, Ya'an City.


Typhoon Mekkhala makes landfall in China's Fujian

A car is covered under a fallen tree in Xiamen,

A car is covered under a fallen tree in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, Aug. 11, 2020.
Mekkhala, the sixth typhoon of this year, made landfall in east China's Fujian Province on Tuesday morning, bringing with it strong winds and torrential rain.

The typhoon landed in coastal areas of Zhangpu County at around 7:30 a.m., bringing gales of up to 33 meters per second near its eye, according to local meteorological authorities.

Strong gales and torrential rain toppled trees and houses, trapped tourists and caused hazards on roads in Zhangzhou City, which administers Zhangpu County, as well as in the coastal city of Xiamen.

In a highway service zone of Zhangzhou, dozens of vehicles took shelter from high winds on the roadside on Tuesday morning. Two police officers also stood in front of a toppled tree near another expressway rest stop in the city to warn upcoming cars of the danger.