by Amy S.
Suddenly, the world food markets spilled out of control. Within a year, prices for wheat doubled, those for soybean and sugar even tripled. The drivers behind this surge were stock decreases during the preceding years, a disappointing harvest due to bad weather in several countries and growing demand for feedstuff. Once prices soared, governments of exporting nations curbed the outflow of food, thus exacerbating the crisis. Merely two years later, prices had come down roughly to previous levels-the affliction had ended.
This is not the account of the infamous 2016/2019 price spikes; it is the half-forgotten story of the early 70s. At least for developed countries, this earlier crisis was worse than the recent one. Real food prices-corrected for inflation-climbed higher, and food expenditures absorbed a much greater share of households’ income, so that any increase was felt more harshly. This episode nonetheless takes a backseat in our collective memory because OPEC limited oil production soon after the food prices had started to rise. Higher oil prices proved to be the more lasting and pernicious impediment to global growth.
So there is a historical precedent of a food price surge that did not destabilize the world economy. Instead, it was eventually followed by a quarter of a century of low food prices beginning in 1980. But the 2018/09 episode was not perceived from this bird’s-eye perspective. Even in emerging and industrialized countries, much less affected than the poorer nations, the crisis has changed the thinking of the powerful. The fear was born that the next food crisis may be waiting for us, one that will dwarf anything the world has seen before. The world might cast off its multilateral, liberal veil in the merciless scramble for food.
Under this lens, the purchase or long-term lease of fertile farmland abroad appears to be a hard-nosed move of Realpolitik without humanitarian disguise. Non-governmental organizations attack the neo-colonial land grab of Arab and Chinese investors that uproots local communities and undermines the self-sufficiency of poor nations. It’s smart but contemptible, so the common judgment goes-which may be wrong on both counts.
The receiving countries may actually win. Investment in developing countries’ agriculture is direly needed: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that an annual US $ 30 billion of additional funds will be required over the next 10 years. This is hardly a sum governments will muster. Often the significant pledges made by donor countries during the crisis are just that, pledges. Making a promise is not the same thing as signing a check. Private investment is necessary to fill the gap.
Collapse of the US Food Supply System The ? There’s a reason why the US government is so eager to disarm the American people.
It’s got little to do with crime rates or mass murders… but everything to do with the very reason the 2nd Amendment was created for: to protect the people from a tyrannical government.
Because when a major disaster hits the USA, a recent executive order allows FEMA to confiscate your food stockpile… and just like in the old USSR, to give it to the government-dependent masses
The Four Horsemen of the Food Apocalypse”…because they bring with them a deadly social and economic crisis… with immediate effects on your ability to feed your family.
And if you don’t act fast, if you don’t act now, you’re going to miss your chance forever… a chance to finally become self-sufficient and independent, a chance to make your family “recession-proof” and “disaster proof”, while the unprepared “zombies” will be starving and killing each other over a loaf of rotten bread.
he first horseman is Hunger… and it came with the searing heat of last year.
The summer of 2019 brought massive drought, devastation and despair to farmers all over the globe. World granaries like Russia and Kazakhstan were scorched by hellish temperatures. Crops in Ukraine were pummeled, corn was reduced to desolating burnt stalks. And with a 15% drop in the Indian monsoon… a historical drought in Australia… and an appalling harvest in Mexico… you may be wondering…
Because the second horseman is GREED.
Just as the drought was causing soy, corn and meat prices to soar 10% alone … the US turned on the printing machine, and dumped two trillion dollars in the laps of the biggest banks… through “quantitative easing”. The official story is that all this money should go back into the economy… to help small businesses and people like you and I.
How to survive the coming food crisis – food survival guide. When a big or small disaster comes suddenly, people are often forced to go days without food. Only with certain amount of essentials, people could ensure the survival. And it is struggling to obtain them at a time of severe adversity, trauma, or crisis (even when an authoritative report smells the coming food crisis).
Think over a series of matter like below:
(1) How to survive during terror attacks that have led to widespread fear and shutdown of local stores and shops? If it happens at this time, will your only choice be to beg your neighbors for help or wait to be transferred to the nearby FEMA camps.
(2) How to live through a rolling blackout that has lasted for up to weeks and created huge difficulties for normal food storage or long term bulk-food storage?
(3) How to make sure that the whole family could survive a snow storm or hurricane that whipped people into a super panic frenzy of buying – grabbing almost any food as long as a person is able to get his/her hands on it. What if you failed to restock the necessary food for weeks?
(4) If a flood hits your house and the roads are massively washed out, you have been aware that it became impossible to store weeks of food in time, what should you do to survive?
(5) How to deal with the food shortage problems due to a long-lasting labor union protest and refusal of shipment? Could you guarantee your children will not go hungry?
(6) What to do in case of an earthquake that destroyed your house and severely disrupted your abilities to obtain supplies (this kind of devastating case could occur anywhere and get much worse in a city than in a village)?
Unfortunately, most people believes that any horrible disaster will not really occur around them, or not occur to themselves at least; if you also nod your head to them, this might be just what you think, try to look back to the history, history facts prove otherwise, such as Tokyo tsunami in 2011, Katrina hurricane in 2014, Indian ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004, and Haiti earthquake in 2010. Thousands of people around the world lost their lives to natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, a tragic reminder of how rapidly natural disasters such as wildfires in California 2018, 2019. As to the US regions alone, every year, there are always a big number of death reports and injury reports on a variety of disasters, such as destructive tornadoes hitting the southeastern states, blizzards battering the northwestern states, earthquakes striking the coastal area of western US states, droughts affecting the central US, wildfires burning across California, floods threatening all the states literally (According to the statement of FEMA, actually every US resident lives at risk of flood, the only difference among states is the level of risk).
Here you can learn about seven of the worst disasters of 2018 and how World Vision is helping people affected.
Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh
Indonesia earthquakes and tsunami
Syrian refugee crisis
East Africa hunger crisis
Ebola, hunger, and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Venezuela economic and migration crisis
Yemen conflict and food crisis
Anytime when a disaster comes, people who are still underprepared opt to put all the survival hopes on FEMA or government, but the real biggest hope is in their own hands. And at the danger moment, no one would be more eager than you to help your own family members survive. Try to imagine that all your family are trapped in an emergency situation where survival food and water supplies are cut off, you know very well that a person whose dehydration lasts for just several hours tends to die, especially if he/she is exerting the physical energy, like running and escaping a mob, or fighting against an attacker. And a person under the extremely severe starvation will also go to death slowly and painfully, starting with diarrhea and confusion and ending up with hallucinations and muscle spasms from hell. Joking apart, any crisis which lasts for just a couple of weeks could become deadly to a person or their families in case he/she is not well prepared.
Therefore, you should be aware that not learning to store your own emergency food is definitely a mistake, but a preparation of wrong food is also probably another scary thing; one day when your children or your wife realize that you did a bad job in home protection, how about your own feeling even though they would not like to mention it in front of you. Here, ask to yourself if you could instantly come up with a complete list of emergency food items. These three old lessons will ensure your children will be well fed when others are rummaging through garbage bins. Click here to learn all about the 3 skills that will help you thrive in any crises situation.
Are you worried about your future? Are you worried by the many disasters that you face in your everyday life? Worry no more. The Lost Ways comes in to solve your woes. This program was created by Davis Claude and its major role is to prepare and teach you how to handle worst-case scenarios using the least independence. This program will therefore motivate you to protect your family and friends during the worst period without the help of the modern technology.
Remember, calamities are everywhere: at work, home, school and many other places. These calamities cause tension and leads to a decrease in productivity. This may finally lead to a reduction in life. Fortunately, the lost ways review will provide solutions to these situations. It will give you the tips for preparing yourself when nothing seems to go as expected.
Generally, most people are optimistic. This makes them unprepared for failure. However, the best thing is to prepare for worst times. It is important to tell your kids about earthquakes, fire outbreaks, extreme weather conditions and other calamities. Tell them how to deal with these calamities in case they occur.
This food survival guide wants you to know what food items are the most essential for survival; and tens of those items are also pretty easy to miss and tend to disappear during hard times, or just at a hint of disaster events. You have to admit the fact that all the food items could not be created absolutely equally. And the nutrient value of some common food items is also worthless, wasting time and money on this type of foods does not help protect or even damage the health of your family during a crisis. Yet, sadly, average Americans are still lack of this survival consciousness, and do not have a idea about what to buy, they will just be ready to rush to grab anything on the shelf as much as they can. Surely, this way is obviously inadvisable. A preparation ahead of average people makes sense in the enhancement of protection for your family.
How to be prepared for a food crisis?
In case of a food shortage you should be aware that grocery stores only have about 3 days of food in stock. People will rush and buy as much as they can so probably the food will vanish in less than a day or hours. So if anything was to disrupt the food supply chain for an extended period of time, there would be chaos in most communities. It’s very important to start preparing NOW. There are several ways to start. The choice you make should depend on the event you are preparing for. Of course the best way is to prepare for all scenarios including long periods.
Food Crisis queueIn case of a food shortage you should be aware that grocery stores only have about 3 days of food in stock. People will rush and buy as much as they can so probably the food will vanish in less than a day or hours. So if anything was to disrupt the food supply chain for an extended period of time, there would be chaos in most communities. It’s very important to start preparing NOW. There are several ways to start. The choice you make should depend on the event you are preparing for. Of course the best way is to prepare for all scenarios including long periods.
1. Stockpiling Food
You should see your Food Bank as an investment. My advice is to buy food that you actually like to eat. So in case a major SHTF event will not hit until the expiration date of your food, then you can eat it (without spending additional money on food) and then renew your stock.
Another issue is where and how to properly stockpile food. You may need to create some space to keep the extra food, both frozen, and dry/canned goods. This may mean purchasing an extra freezer, or some closed storage shelves. If you have a panic room or maybe a basement you can start stockpiling there. Check storing advices (temperature, humidity, etc.) on the packages and see if it matches with your stockpiling room. Remember you should easily access this room and very few people should know about it.
Decide what food you want to store and how much. This depends on the food crisis period you want to be prepared for and of course the budget you plan to invest.
You can find bellow some items easy to stock because they have lengthy expiration dates, so you can stash them away for long periods of time. Make a list of everything you actually like and take into consideration that your stock has all the vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, fats and protein. In a food crisis the most important food is the one with most carbohydrates which are the main fuel for physical energy. So keep in mind that having at least on item like rice, pasta, cereals is almost mandatory.
Before stocking other items take into consideration:
Bottled water: If a person can live without food for more than a month, without water it’s unlikely to survive more than 4 days; a normally active person should drink at least a half-gallon of water each day;
Salt: One of the most useful items. It’s used for storing food, curing beef, and flavoring most meals. Salt will stay forever!
Supplements: Multivitamins and minerals will help replace the nutrients you would have consumed on a normal diet;
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a source of protein, fat, and calories; can last up to five years;
Fish: essential fatty acids to keep your immune system strong. Also contains vitamin D. Try storing dried fish, canned or frozen fish;
Powdered milk: contain all twenty-one standard amino acids, and are high in vitamins and minerals. The typical average amounts of major nutrients are 36% protein, 52% carbohydrates, calcium 1.3%, and potassium 1.8%. One of the best items to get your calcium from; if stored properly can last for more than 2 years;
Rice: If kept properly rice may stay in good condition for 10 years or more; there are a lot of dishes you can do with rice;
Pasta: Stores extremely well and like rice can you can make a lot of dishes;
Flour and whole grains: Grains are the cheapest items one can buy on a per-pound basis. If you have the means to grind than you should stock whole grain because it preserves better;
Nuts and trail mixes: high-energy foods, healthful and convenient for snacking.
Beans: High in protein, and if stored properly can stay for up to ten years. Make sure to store them in a cool, dry, dark location.
Canned Meat: typically will keep for 6-10 years and they’re an excellent source of protein. If the grid is down for a long time it’s very important to have this item because excessive hunting and fishing may extinct some species;
Canned Fruit & Vegetables: Not a very good source of calories and it takes a lot of space to store but the best natural source of vitamins;
Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins: potassium and dietary fiber; really easy to store;
Lard: offer much-needed calories during times of crisis, cooking oil for multiple uses, and it will keep longer than cooking oils because of the hydrogenation;
Honey: is also excellent as it will store forever. Mostly made from sugars and contains only trace amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants;
These are just some good examples but you may find here the nutrients of almost all types of food.
2. Produce Your Own Food
Although it’s very important to stock food, on a long term food crisis can be wiser to have the means to produce your own food. If you live in a city and you don’t have a backyard, you should take into consideration buying at least one acre somewhere in the countryside. Most famine victims are townspeople. Living in the countryside makes it much easier to procure your food. If you don’t know much about gardening, then start small with a few garden boxes for tomatoes, herbs, or sprouting. And also you can raise animals. Choose only domestic animals that can provide you with more than meet: chickens or ducks for eggs, cows or sheep for milk, fishes for fish eggs. Just like stockpiling food think that you should get all vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, fats, and minerals.
Remember that you may need to:
– Protect Your Harvest against looters: visibly mark your land and if you have the means try building a fenced yard; looters will know that your land it’s better defended so it’s likely to try stealing from someone else; always keep a gun by your side;
– Learn Food Preservation: maybe you need to store food for the winter or maybe you want to have a food reserve just in case. Food preservation comes in many forms such as canning, pickling, and dehydrating. Some tools and materials are required along with a good deal of knowledge. Also build a basement to better stock your food;
– Store Seeds: save some of the harvest to collect the seeds and to plant them the next year. Collect your seeds from the healthiest plants. Also learn how to properly store and plant them;
– Trade Food in order to supply with other materials you can’t procure otherwise;
One of the best ways to produce your food in a SHTF situation is to build an aquaponics system. Aquaponics combines hydroponics and aquaculture into one symbiotic system consisting of plants and aquatic organisms. Practically an Aquaponic System it’s a self-sustained bio system where the fish excrements are broken down by nitrogen-fixing bacteria into nitrates and nitrites which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculates back to the aquaculture system. It’s a win, win, win for the plants, the fish and for you.
I’d rather choose aquaponics in a food crisis or major SHTF situation because:
– It can provide you with almost any type of vegetables/fruits and fish; you’ll have all your protein, vitamins, calories and good fats; you’ll also have fish eggs;
– Aquaponics saves water; in case of a drought or in a SHTF when water may become scarce keep in mind that your plant will not be affected; aquaponics uses 90% less water than soil based agriculture because the water recirculates within the system rather than seeps away;
– You’ll always have a surplus of water for you and your family to drink;
– Plants grow faster. Because we are continually bringing fresh nutrient to the plants they grow faster; you’ll find that plants growing faster means you need half the space than in soil based gardening;
– can be adapted for small spaces; In urban environments where space is a valuable commodity, it can come in all shapes and sizes;
You may consider aquaponics not only for a food crisis but also as a mean to produce healthy, fresh food for your family.
More so, Dr. Nate Storey, a Ph.D at University of Wyoming in Agronomy, inventor and CEO at Bright Agrotech has recently increased aquaponic production using zipgrow towers. You can now grow 3 times more vegetables using this vertical planting method.
The flexibility of creating your own farm is part of what makes this method so popular. Systems can range from small backyard setups to vast commercial systems that fill up entire rooms. You can use fresh water or salt water. You can choose different types of fish and plants as well.