When the world famine hits, and it will hit when the absolute supply of food available drops below humanity’s need for food, then anything that can support the life of any animal will be eaten by starving people – anything. What we presently consider dog food will, in a serious famine situation, be considered a good meal and things a dog wouldn’t eat, until starving himself, will be eaten.
A serious worldwide famine would strike almost overnight if one of the major food crops, rice, wheat, corn, were to suddenly fail. Mono-crops like corn are at particular risk of a single disease wiping out the whole crop in a matter of months. It would be like the Irish potato famine of 1846, when whole fields of healthy potatoes were eaten up overnight by wind borne fungus . With modern air transportation systems a virulent disease could go world wide in a matter of days. There are some known diseases of this type lurking, such as UG 99 a wheat disease which has slowly been spreading north from Uganda where it was first observed in 1999, but it might break out and go world wide at any moment if a traveler’s clothing was contaminated with spores.
World population continues to grow at 75 million new humans per year and shows no sign of tapering off before a serious famine hits, but even with the seven billion people we presently have if a food crop failed there could be an immediate shortfall of twenty percent. With a problem of that enormity, even with absolute coöperation of everyone, which is too much to expect, there would be major famine somewhere, perhaps India. The question then becomes, what will happen to those starving people? The answer is that there will be great efforts to save their lives, but with a major crop failure the number of starving people may reach a billion people, and that will surpass the capacity of normal voluntary distribution efforts to take up the slack. When that happens millions of people will starve.
People will not starve without an extreme effort to save their lives, and so if they are residing in a country where there is an internet, which is now nearly everywhere, those people will try to make money, to by food any way they can, such as online, to purchase food. They will earn money by any means possible for any wage whatsoever; they will work for anything which will get them some money for food for themselves and their family. What that means for everyone else is that anyone who has a job anywhere in the world, which uses the internet, will have their livelihood suddenly taken away by a person working for a starvation wage. Also, those people not directly effected by the collapse of internet related jobs will have to compete with those local people who have lost their jobs. These people will compete for the local jobs, and that will drive even those offline peoples wages down.
You should be very concerned if your job is dependent upon your ability to create value using the internet, because now when someone is capable of doing your job, or some part of it, and is living in a famine-ridden region they will literally work all day for a handful of peanuts. Furthermore, the price of labor will drop even here in the US, although American citizens should physically survive a major famine, because we have an abundance of a variety of crops such as rice, corn, wheat and potatoes and much more, at least for the time being. However, when there are starving people anywhere in the world they will bid up the price of food here, and so you might have a very real problem of competing for the food on the world market with a new salary which is determined by the salary of a starving person in the famine stricken area. If on top of your food expenses you have very high rents, which are common here in the US, how are you going to pay that rent with a starvation wage which will be forced upon you by the world’s internet job market?
The only long-term answer is to own your own home, no matter how humble it is, own it outright and don’t upgrade to a better home until you can pay cash. Also, have some major portion of your job tied to the local economy which can’t be taken away by an internet worker or a robot. A police officer might not be a high status job, but it will probably survive the kind of crisis I’m writing about. There are other jobs which are secure, so look at your life situation and consider your possibilities. But most of all be free of ongoing debts, like rent and payments.
We live in a wonderful world, but it is hanging by a fiber – an optical fiber.