There has been a perfect storm brewing for a while now. We just haven’t been paying attention to the signs. Here are just a few reasons why, in the next twelve months, you could be wondering how you’re going to feed your family.
Extreme Weather: With a recent onslaught of droughts, heat waves, flooding and winter cold snaps happening all over the globe, including right here in the U.S., annual crop yields have been devastated. China, Russia, Pakistan, Australia and Argentina, as well as America, are just but a few of the countries that have suffered massive crop loss due to extreme weather conditions.
Bee Colony Collapse: According to the USDA’s study on bee colony decline in the United States, reported by The Guardian, “The abundance of four common species of bumblebees in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades.” Most people would respond by saying, “who cares?” But bees are responsible for pollinating about 90% of the world’s commercial crops. Naturally, eliminating almost the entire pollinating bee population has significantly affected the world’s food production.
Governmental Regulations: The recent passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act gives the FDA even more ammo to regulate the small, hard working farmers right out of business. Additionally, for years the government has been paying farmers to convert their farms from rich, food yielding farmland into corn ethanol farms.
Rising Oil Prices: When oil prices rise, so does the price of food. The price of oil not only affects the cost to plow and harvest a crop, but it also affects the cost of fertilizers, pesticides and the hauling of crops. Add to that the increased cost to distribute the food to your local grocery store and you have yourself some seriously expensive food.
Dollar Crisis: Food commodity prices have reached record highs, mainly because of the fact that traders are aware of the aforementioned issues, as well as the fact that the U.S. has a serious debt crisis. When nations like China and Russia lose faith in our inability to keep the dollar strong, they will discontinue using the dollar as their trade vehicle, which will, in turn, weaken the dollar even further and drive commodity prices higher.
Increased Demand for Food: At the same time that food production is decreasing, demand for food is increasing. In countries like China and India where they are experiencing rapid growth in population as well as per capita incomes, America and other countries are competing for food supply.
In the case of China, people are not just buying more of the staple foods, such as wheat and sugar, their consumption of meat and diary products is skyrocketing. Food is becoming so scarce that, this past summer, Russia banned all exports of wheat to ensure their own nation’s supply.
What’s the Result of All This?
We are already seeing riots occur around the world because global food prices have spiked to all-time highs.
The survival food business is experiencing a huge boom, so much so that the makers of freeze-dried goods have such a backlog of sales they are warning customers that they may have to wait as long as 45-60 days to get orders filled.
Our nation’s food reserves have dwindled down to just an 18 day supply. Since there are no warehouses in the back of stores today, in the event of a disaster you should anticipate grocery store shelves to be emptied within just a few hours and not replenished for weeks.
What Can I Do?
There are several things you can do to prepare and protect your family.The first thing you should do–and do it soon–is to create your own emergency food storage.
There are several ways to do this, but one quick and easy way is to stock up on freeze-dried food. Most of the freeze-dried food that we offer at the PrepRoom.net has up to a 25-30 year shelf life, which means you can just store it and not have to worry about creating a FIFO (first in, first out) rotation system. Today, there are brands such as Mountain House, Wise Food Storage and Lindon Farms that offer exceptional tasting, easy-to-prepare entrees.
We encourage you have at least a one-month supply of food for you and your family,and ideally a 6-month to 1 year supply of emergency food. Remember, with food prices rising the way they've been, even if there is no crisis in which you are forced to tap into your emergency food supply, it's still a tasty, affordable way to eat.