A moment on the lips…

Anyone who has spent time in conversation with me beyond pleasantries knows that I advocate and promote food storage.

I have strongly suggested stocking up on what we consider ‘staple’ items that you and your family could need in a crisis or emergency.

I feel the prompting to store food; when I go to the store I feel it even more urgently. I think about how the typical American has enough food at their homes to get through a few days at best. I think about how often shoppers will rush in to the store to buy food for their dinner.

I wonder what will happen when, and yes, I do say when, our food supply is stunted or completely depleted. We see brief glimpses of that when hurricanes or other disasters hit. We watch on our televisions when stores are emptied and people fight over the last case of bottled water. But do we realize it could happen at any time?

I’m not sure what will cause us to need food storage; financial collapse, out-of-control commodity prices, continued droughts, even war. What I am sure of is that it is the responsible thing to do to have a little extra set aside.

Your parents or your grandparents and great-grandparents had food storage. They canned, or preserved food as a ritual of sort; remembering days when there were rations, or simply because they knew it was a good practice.

Really, one only needs to look at the headlines to get an idea of what’s going on. There are news stories from all over the globe about rising commodity prices. It should be our responsibility as Americans to know what’s going on and make sure others are informed as well.

Brazil inflation up on food price spike
Food prices rose 1.56 percent after a 1.08 percent gain in the previous reading. Rice prices were among the main upward pressures, jumping 11.91 percent. Other items such as potatoes, onions, beans and poultry also gained sharply.

Nigeria: Up! Up!! Goes Price of Staple Food Items
BARELY three weeks ago when wild flood ravaged some states in Nigeria, prices of staple food items as garri, rice, beans and yam are beginning to soar high.

Hard times ahead as food prices rise
Food products that reflected an upward movement in price this year included dairy, cereals, fats and oils. The highest price increase recorded was for sugar beans.

High chicken prices force consumers to depend more on eggs and fish
A leading poultry farming factory official said it is the feed, basically which is eating up all the profits. To raise a healthy chicken it is the feed that is essential so when the basic feed cost is high the farmers were pushed into a situation to increase the prices.

World food prices rise, stay close to crisis levels: U.N.
The worst drought in more than 50 years in the United States sent corn and soybean prices to record highs over the summer, and, coupled with drought in Russia and other
Black Sea exporting countries, raised fears of a renewed crisis.

Goldmark: The food squeeze is tightening all around us
We have drifted into a serious and fascinating global problem that will affect every human being on this planet: the food squeeze. For the first time in decades, we’re on the verge of producing too little food to feed the planet.

There are plenty more of those stories from around the world. Other countries are beginning to grumble about how the US turns its corn production into fuel as well.

Price increases caused by US biofuel mandate hurts poor countries
Price increases for corn—a direct result of the U.S. biofuels mandate—added $11.6 billion in costs for countries importing the food staple between 2006 and 2011. More than half the increase fell on poorer, developing nations, adversely affecting people who can least afford it.

Drought 2012: U.N. Now Warning of Looming Food Price ‘Catastrophe’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Droughts in the U.S. have forced the U.S. Agriculture Department to slash its forecast for the nation’s corn crops to only 10.8 billion bushels, the lowest amount since 2006.

 Now, a brief focus on the effect of rising food prices here in the US from 2002 to today:  (all percentages courtesy of the Consumer Price Index):

Eggs – 73%
Coffee – 90%
Peanut Butter – 40%
Milk – 26%
Bread – 39%
Spaghetti & Macaroni – 44%
OJ – 46%
Apples – 43%
Margarine – 143%
Tomatoes – 22%
Turkey – 56%
Bacon – 39%
Ground beef – 61%
Chocolate chips – 39%

And lest we think we can drown our sorrows in alcohol:

Wine – 60%
Beer – 25%

There are more stories out there; about how farmers can’t afford feed for their animals, how the price of fertilizer is rising because farmers need to get more from their land, and producers buying fewer animals because the cost has become too prohibitive. Those who read the news can remember stories from a few months ago about farmers feeding their animals out-of-date candy because it was cheaper than feed.

So, what should you do? There are a myriad of options for each person to take personal responsibility for their own food storage, whether you have money to stock up all at once or you have to spread it out over time.

My advice is to be practical. What do you need to survive a crisis? To me, there are common sense items; water purifiers, grains, sugar, powdered milk and canned fruits and veggies. I also believe we should have a stockpile of candles, matches and first-aid supplies.

I am supplying you with some links to get you thinking and hopefully started on a food storage journey. At best, we have left supplies for people who need it, and at worst we have food and supplies to help our families.

My favorite storage website is http://www.survivalblog.com/ James Wesley, Rawles has thought of everything. I mean everything. Don’t let his lists overwhelm you. Just gather the lists you find essential to your specific needs.

For those who can afford it, http://www.foodinsurance.com/ is a great website to order food sealed and ready to store.

Other than that, the internet is teeming with websites that give you lists, ideas and tips on how to store food and supplies for your family.

A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. – Proverbs 6:10-11

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. – Proverbs 22:3

But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. – 1 Timothy 5:8

33 “Therefore, Pharaoh should find an intelligent and wise man and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt. 34 Then Pharaoh should appoint supervisors over the land and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years. 35 Have them gather all the food produced in the good years that are just ahead and bring it to Pharaoh’s storehouses. Store it away, and guard it so there will be food in the cities. 36 That way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come to the land of Egypt. Otherwise this famine will destroy the land.” – Genesis 41:33-36

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