Food Shortage–How Real is the Threat?

Every year I see grim forecasts a food shortages that are sure to take place in the months to come. As of this writing it hasn’t happened. At least not officially. On the other hand, would we be told if there was one?

After a while the alarmist rhetoric gets old and loses its credibility. But that doesn’t mean a food shortage won’t happen.

The fact is, shortage or not, there are ongoing threats to our food supply which should motivate each of us to take action to protect our own households. I’ll briefly touch on a few of the key challenges before us.

  • Extreme weather–Everything from droughts to floods, fires and freezes worldwide.
  • Diminishing bee colonies–Bees pollenate up to 90% of commercial crops. They’re dying, and scientists argue about the causes.
  • Weakening dollar–Currency wars worldwide continue to create uncertainty. Commodity prices have risen dramatically in recent years. Some analysts predict hyper inflation. Even if that doesn’t happen, have you ever seen food prices go down?
  • Regulatory crackdown–The FDA and even Homeland Security are raiding and shutting down small food producers in the name of food safety.
  • Fluctuating oil prices–This negatively affects the cost of fuel and chemicals used in food production.
  • Destructive agricultural practices–Conventional crop production kills soil biolife and causes soil erosion. Factory farming of livestock results in unnatural and unhealthful production of the meat we eat.
  • GMO pollution–Genetically modified grain crops have infiltrated and polluted foods we eat every day, likely causing unknown illnesses.
  • Geoengineering–Chemtrail spraying modifies our weather, cuts down on available sunlight for plants, and pollutes air, soil and water with aluminum, barium and other harsh chemicals.
  • Nuclear radiation–In the northern hemisphere we’re receiving unknown amounts of radiation from the crippled reactors of Fukushima, Japan.
What can you do? Several things. And they don’t involve writing to your Congressman or picketing Monsanto.
  • Add to your stock of food at home. Buy a few extra canned food items and dry soup mixes each time you shop for groceries.
  • Buy long term storage food, including freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Buy beans, rice, wheat or other grains for storage.
  • Grow a survival garden. Also buy locally grown produce from farmers markets and those practicing community supported agriculture.
  • Buy a good water filtration system, such as the Big Berkey, to insure you have clean water to drink.
  • Build good health. Get exercise. Improve eating habits. Find out about natural healing, including nutritional supplements and herbal medicine.
Whether or not we have a food shortage, you can take steps now to become less dependent on our modern food system. Anything you can do is better than doing nothing.

If you and I are going to survive, we obviously need to eat. When it comes to our food supply, now’s the time to think survival.

 

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Food Shortage–How Real is the Threat?”

  1. Additionally, the government sponsored push for ethanol has caused major shortages in corn in the USA, and spikes in just about everything food related. What the average person doesn’t realize is that many of our everyday foods have a component of corn or corn syrup in them, thus when there is a shortage of corn, there is a spike in the price, and eventually a spike in other foods derived from corn.

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