4 Reasons There Will Be A Food Crisis
There are 4 reasons there will be a food crisis: end of the world as we know it (a zombie attack!?), a natural disaster, an economic collapse and an EMP attack!
1. The World ‘Will End’
Well it’s 2012 and you know the hype about the world as we know it ending precisely on the 21st of December of this year. The Mayan civilization has used a Long Count Calendar that spanned roughly 5125 years and the last cycle will be ending on the 21st of December 2012. Different people have studied the Mayan culture and there are also varying interpretations as to what will happen when a great cycle of the long count calendar ends. The most popular interpretation is that the end of the Mayan calendar will mark the end of this world. How does this make it one of the 4 reasons there will be a food crisis?
Scientists have for years been arguing that the end of this world happening in a couple of months is highly unlikely. The thing is, many people will still choose to believe that Armageddon is coming. The result: panic! People will start hoarding food and water, building underground shelters, buying gold, etc. Even if you don’t believe in the hype, many others will and this will affect you and your family.
Stores will run out of stock and it’s likely that you’ll be facing empty shelves at the grocery a few weeks before the dreaded date. So if you don’t want to be caught in a food shortage dilemma, start building your food store now to make sure your family has enough food until people regain their senses back.
2. A Natural Disaster
A sudden natural disaster is also one of the 4 reasons there will be a food crisis. There are now ways to predict the weather but these are not always reliable. And even if we receive a storm warning early, there is still no perfect way to prepare for anything that could happen. And there are also sudden, unprecedented events like earthquakes that can be followed by a tsunami, really dangerous if you’re near coasts.
A natural disaster can flood or damage major highways and roads, stranding people within the affected area and keeping a lot of emergency responders and volunteer workers from extending much needed help. In the event of a massive flood like what was seen in New Orleans after Katrina, a lot of the food and stocks in stores would get damaged. Hunger would prevail for days due to lack of food and death could be caused by lack of potable water.
3. Economic collapse
An economic collapse could happen to the United States. The dollar is not as strong in the world market as it used to. If the Eurocrisis has not happened, the US dollar might no longer be the world’s reserve currency. Also, the government debt has now reached $16 Trillion, so very near the $16.4 Trillion debt limit.
The dollar is steadily weakening as we are faced with mounting economic woes like bankruptcies, increasing national and international debts, unemployment and the failure of Obama’s stimulus program to stabilize U.S. economy.
A sudden economic collapse is among the 4 reasons there will be a food crisis because prices of everything from fuel to food would soar, the dollar would inflate and food as well as other product importation would become limited. Fewer department stores would be able to stock their shelves yet more people would flock to buy whatever are in the limited supply.
4. An EMP Attack
This is a threat that many Americans don’t know about or take for granted, but it’s actually the worst among the 4 reasons there will be a food crisis. EMP or electromagnetic pulse is produced when a nuclear weapon is detonated high above the United States. Other causes of EMP can be natural like when a geomagnetic storm is caused by massive solar flares.
The effects of EMP will not hurt humans in any way but will damage and cripple a great number of our infrastructures including power, water infrastructure, food production, processing and distribution, transportation infrastructure, communications and the financial infrastructure.
EMP can knock off the National Power Grid which in turn would cause food processing and distribution to stop. Since EMP can damage any electrical equipment that stands in its way, power plants would stop working, farm machineries would stall, a number of vehicles would be affected, phones would become useless and even life support systems would stop.
An EMP attack could trigger a food crisis by reducing mass production, slowing down processing, decreasing the shelf life of perishable foods and crippling food transportation means.
With these 4 reasons there will be a food crisis enumerated above, you should by now have an idea how vulnerable our local food supply is. It’s a good idea to start preparing for the inevitable and begin building your own survival food store. You can discover how you can prepare and survive any food crisis here.
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TOR here: First I would like to thank Rod for taking the time to write this post. Second I think it is important to put things in perspective.
It is worth noting that survivalism and it's better polished cousin preparedness are full of things we might need or use some day. I may need a winter sleeping bag or a NOD or a sweet rifle some day then again I might not. On the other hand tomorrow we are going to want to eat 3 meals and a snack or two. I can say with a high level of confidence that we will want to do this just about every day we are alive and kicking.
In particular buying food that you actually eat which has a fairly long (shelf stable) life just makes sense. If we eat a big jar of peanut butter every other week then having a few can't be a bad thing. Assuming you have some basic food rotation in place this stuff never goes bad. Having a few weeks or months of food that you regularly use makes sense for all sorts of reasons. This lets you wait until sales and lower food costs. Also if inflation is a concern, which it should be!, then you can go all Alpha Strategy (the post lings to a free download of the book).
The longer term storage stuff like those 5 gallon buckets with mylar bags full of wheat, beans and rice or various freeze dried products store just about indefinitely. One could consider them the insurance portion of your food storage plan. One might sock them away in a safe place just in case they may be needed.
There are probably a lot more reasons to put time and money into food storage but right now I cannot think of them.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed the guest post.