Volume 11, Number 9 June 16, 2008
A swift kick in the bread basket
by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad
48 "And (make him) a messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I determine out of dust the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird with Allah’s permission, and I heal the blind and the leprous, and bring the dead to life with Allah’s permission; and I inform you of what you should eat and what you should store in your houses. Surely there is a sign in this for you, if you are believers." (Holy Qur’an, Sura 3:48)
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad fulfilled this prophesy mentioned in the above verse from the Holy Qur’an to the letter in his over 40 years of labor for the Black man and woman of America. In his monumental book, "How to Eat to Live", he taught you and I "…what you should eat…" and his many articles in the Muhammad Speaks Newspaper warned us about a day of famine and want in America and told us "…what you should store in your houses." Have we taken heed of these warnings and teachings or are we just "disbelievers"?
I find the end of this Sura very interesting when Allah adds "…if you are believers." Does this mean that there are types of people who are "believers" and types of people who are "disbelievers"? If there is such a species as a "disbeliever", then what can one say to such a type to get him or her to believe. The disbeliever will disbelieve anything that you say to him unless the fire or the punishment actually touches his or her flesh.
In May of 2004 the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan warned President Bush and America to get out of Iraq or Allah (God) would bring down some punishment in the form of bad weather. That year 5 major hurricanes touched the shores of America and the tracks of those storms spelled out the name "Allah" in Arabic as we documented in "The Hand of God: Hurricanes and Mighty Snow". This was a sign for the "believers" or just "Dr. Ridgely tripping" to the "disbelievers".
The next year, 2005, hurricane Katrina slams into the Gulf with devastating effects. The weather "experts" predicted that there would be even more such storms in 2006. But their "scientific" predictions failed for 2006 and 2007. This world’s scientists are at their wits end to explain the strange weather that is plaguing America.
Disbelievers and cowards are afraid to even think that God would punish, America for how she has treated Black people. The white man has turned a human being into a "negro", a person who hates self but loves white people the way a dog loves his master. God created man to be free and not the slave of another and definitely not a "negro". One day the destroyers of the human spirit will feel the consequences of their deeds even though the disbelievers may want them to get away.
In the past America has been blessed with fertile soils and balanced weather patterns: not to hot, not to wet, not to dry, not to cold. However, agribusiness has raped her soil and the weather patterns are changing for the worst. There has been extreme drought in America’s southeast, wild fires and mud slides in the west, now flooding in the Midwest, the "bread basket" of America. Even the Mississippi River had to be closed for grain traffic because of the extensive flooding.
Last year we wrote an article called "The Perfect Storm hits grain industry" where we laid out the series of steps that would lead to extremely high food prices and grain shortages. Even though corn prices were very high last year, farmers in 2008 decided to plant 8 percent less corn, devoting more land to soybeans which was also receiving record high futures prices. So the grain prices were predicted to go up even before the spring flooding of the Midwest began. Now the USDA has lowered its expected corn yields by another 3 percent. The flood could destroy up to 20% of the Midwest’s corn crop.
Corn is a major ingredient in most livestock feeds. Corn is also a major ingredient in the vast processed food industry. So prices will soar. The panic is on.
Thousands of years ago Iowa used to be part of a great inland sea or lake. It is very flat and low, flanked by the Mississippi River on one side and the Missouri River on the other while being crossed by the Des Moines River. When all three of these rivers overflow, as they are doing now, Iowa turns back into a lake, livestock is drowned and crops are destroyed. Truckers are being told not to enter Iowa. The bread basket of America is soggy and off limits.
We wrote an article called "Organic is not good enough" to explain what happened to spinach when it was contaminated with E-coli. Now tomatoes have been found to be contaminated with salmonella. People ask us, "How can we shop wisely for safe food in the grocery stores?" We say as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us, "get your stomach out of the white man’s kitchen."
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad compared the "disbeliever" to a hog who never looks up to see the impending storm until the rain, sleet or snow actually hits his back. Can we feel it yet? There is not much else for me to write for the "disbelievers", just watch the news.
However, for the believers, keep up prayer, plant you a garden, support your local food buying club or co-op and continue to support the Three Year Economic Savings Program. The Ministry of Agriculture has established 17 active food buying clubs across the nation.
We don’t write as much as we used to because the time for warning is over and the "mystery god" will not help us make Muhammad Farms or our food co-ops a success. As a farmer we work 12 to 16 hours every day, so sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to say to "disbelievers" without hurting the feelings of weak believers. However, Allah has blessed us with ample rain this year, so we should be shipping sweet corn, squash, eggplant, whole wheat flour, navy beans, watermelons and cantaloupes to your area shortly. Go to www.MuhammadFarms.com. and use our "Resource List" to contact your closest representative of the Nation of Islam’s Ministry of Agriculture and see how you can participate in your own survival, if you are believers.