Do you get a little nervous when people start throwing around words like “famine?” I do because it sounds like hype. Besides, it’s gloom and doom talk, right? They only have famines in places like Ethiopia, don’t they? Surely we won’t have anything like that here. Don’t be too sure.
Believe it or not, we import as much as a third or more of our food, and it comes with plenty of problems. You’ll recall over the years we’ve had several incidents of Salmonella and e. coli outbreaks in vegetables and salad greens. Hundreds of people became ill.
Part of the problem is unhealthful produce coming in from Mexico. Think of how much concern there is about contaminants in food from China, as it has been reported in the news from time to time. Who ever thought we’d be importing so much food from China for such concerns to even be noticed?
As if that isn’t enough, what would happen if we had repeated incidents of grain elevators having problems in the Dakotas and throughout the Midwest getting propane necessary for drying harvested grains? This happened a few years ago. Grain could spoil in the bins, or it could go bad or produce much lower yields if left in the fields.
What’s more, what if there were difficulties getting ammonia for fertilizer next spring? What if insurance companies balked on paying claims to farmers who’ve experienced floods and drought? What if banks balk at lending money to farmers? Could these factors combine and lead to food shortages next year? Time will tell, but it all makes a good case for having long term storage food on hand.
If you find all of this as compelling as I do, I have to caution you that you’re not the only one thinking about storage food. Now and then we hear reports that the the government has been purchasing plenty, causing tight supplies from time to time.
Remember, purchasing a supply of storage food isn’t hoarding. You’ll be helping yourself and your family to survive, and you won’t be a drag on the system in time of shortages or disaster. With the variety of top quality foods available these days, you don’t have to suffer from boredom or appetite fatigue.
Don’t wait to see if we’ll have food shortages next year. Be ready for whatever comes our way. Incidentally, if food shortages don’t materialize after you’ve purchased storage food, what’s the harm in being wrong? When survival is at stake, being prepared is a must.
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