For those that still think that food could never become an issue in the U.S., those I refer to as "zombified," we will start this article with proof that food is already an issue. Not only† food in grocery stores in countries already panicked by Coronavirus, but the largest of Emergency Survival Food companies are running out of some of their most sought after products.
Some of these products may never be available from some of these companies again, and if they are, it could take far longer than what anyone expects right now.
I was reminded by someone well connected within the food industry while asking around, that one of the most important points to try to get across is that the survival food we buy today, canned, freeze dried or whatever, is from last years' crops and harvests.
In other words, there was already an issue with food, it just hasn't been noticed yet.
Anyone that doubts that, will end up being one of the first people to starve in a disaster-type scenario, a pandemic, or any type of a catastrophe where food becomes an issue.
FOOD CHAIN IS BROKEN
The same day that ANP received an email from a emergency survival food supplier warning that "Fear of a Pandemic is depleting inventory throughout the emergency food industry," one of our long-time readers, Susie, left the following comment in our comment section:
FYI : I was checking "My Patriot Supply" for some freeze-dried stuff, etc., and they have posted a notice, that many things can be up to 28 days delayed (for shipping to customer). They are normally a 2-day shipper !!! I don't know if this applies to everything, or not ?? I did go ahead and order what I was looking for, but who knows when it will arrive ??
When we received the email which contained the graphic above, our first thought is of course they would push their product at a time of uncertainty, folks do not get into the food supply business unless they intend to supply consumers food, but seeing Susie's comment right then, had us doing some research.
What we found is quite concerning.
A search over at Augason Foods, shared on social media, shows that the "4-person, 1-year emergency shelter-in-place food supply kit," priced at over $5,100, is out of stock already.
Augason Farms and My Patriot Supply are not the only places we are† hearing reports of supply shortages, as a look at the only wholesale website for Cotsco is showing one of their largest bulk packages, the "Mountain House 1-year food storage, 2,814 services," prices at $4,999.99, is also out of stock.
We are being told that the largest of emergency survival food companies can't handle more than 1,000 orders for food kits, packages and/or long-term supplies at this time, and given the shortages in crops last year, the supply chain may make ordering in bulk impossible in the foreseeable future.
Also, proving that once again how unprepared people are for a disaster scenario, using Italy as an example here because the videos have already started coming out, panic shopping, this time because of the Coronavirus, has stores shelves already emptied.
People that have been prepping, whether a little at a time or have been for years, are well ahead of everyone else right now because if their grocery stores' shelves empty, they can still feed their families.
Here is one last thing to remember before we move along to our next bullet point. In a time of emergency in the United States, the government has the right to assume control of all major food sources, including farms, manufacturing, school cafeterias, basically any place that stores any stockpile of food.
ACT AS IF THERE IS NOTHING MORE COMING....................
"Reality based knowledge dispels fear" - Steve Quayle via phone, February 27, 2020
Inevitably when we write prepping pieces we will get trolls that only come to... well... troll. They scream fear porn, or snarkily remind people to be very afraid, implying that those that write prepping pieces want people to be scared.
One really has to wonder about those people and why they would not encourage everyone to prepare.
It is the exact opposite, as we at ANP have stated consistently, if a person is as prepared for any eventuality as they are capable of being, then there is never a reason to be fearful or scared.
Personally I liked Steve's quote far better, so after he said that to me, I asked if I could please quote him. As you can see above... he said yes! So, I repeat "Reality based knowledge dispels fear."
Quayle, who has been talking about prepping for survival before prepping became a movement, also made another point. I am not using a quote but paraphrasing because honestly, I was writing what he was saying down so fast I am having trouble reading what I wrote.
The basic point is that as we see store shelves emptying around the globe from this panic over coronavirus, by people that obviously haven't prepared before, we are noting a disconnect as people assume when the supply chain clears food will automatically become available again when they should be assuming it won't.
We'll provide those links to the growing section after we discuss canning and dehydrating your own meats, vegetables, fruits and other foods.
When it comes to prepping books, when I mentioned I was going to add a section on canning, Quayle recommended, highly, Holly Deyo's book, Dare to Prepare, making it clear her book is one of the best prepping books out there.
Canning is a method to preserve food in airtight containers after the foods are process. Canning, done correctly can provide a long shelf life, at least long enough to get your own gardens producing so that you can feed yourself and can your extras to store more food.
Other resources to learn more about canning, include the following:
Dehydrating And Freeze Drying: One of the most common misconceptions I have noted is that people use the terminology freeze dried and dehydrated as if they are exchangeable. They are not.
An explanation of the differences can be found at the ReadyStore website, but we will link to products that allow both methods, although dehydrators are far less expensive than freeze dryers, but the foods also have less of a shelf life.
The price ranges of the products below are different, from cheaper and smaller to larger and more expensive, because what one can afford another might not be able to.
Growing food indoor year-round: Below are a set of links we have previously published to learn and grow your own food throughout the year. One day you may only have the food you have grown to dehydrate or freeze dry.
Another thing to consider is portion control, because if the food becomes scarce, always assume it is going to stay that way. If it doesn't, then nice surprise, but if it does stay that way, better to ration your food wisely than run out and have to fight for food.
Always act like there is nothing more coming.
Make no mistake, we are not recommending that anyone use their rent, or utility money to go out and panic shop, but if you are planning a vacation or a big spend on something less important than survival, think about using some of that to prepare, just in case.
People have health insurance, car, home, renters' insurance, and prepping, making sure there is enough food to feed yourself and your family should you not be able to head to the store and shop, is simply another type of insurance.
We'll end this as we began it.... today's full plate may very well be tomorrow's empty plate... so act accordingly.
A huge thank you to Steve Quayle for his help, tips, information and for allowing me to use some of his quotes within the headline and article.
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