Warning within the story that the 'predicted' food crisis will begin in the year 2020, and that the decade between 2020 and 2030 would see two major food crises, quite interesting is the fact that this simulation was run in the year 2015, several years before the arrival of covid-19 and the 'food shortages' that have come along with it.
With the absolute key to Lewis's warning being unlike all other commodities, food is the one essential that cannot be postponed, we continue to serve our families and loved ones best by preparing now for whatever the future might bring, whether that future is only months, 2 years, 5 years or 10.
So we'll be taking a look within the next section of this story at more signs that have come out over the past several days of potentially dire food shortages ahead in this covid-19 age that we're living in while looking at what happened in Venezuela (especially with leftists also now pushing to transform America into a socialist nation) while looking at more we can do to 'prepare' in the final section of the story below.
According to this October 12th story over at USA Today, between fears of another Covid-19 lockdown ahead and fears of election violence breaking out in America, more than half of Americans confirmed in a recent poll by the Sports and Leisure Research Group, Engagious and ROKK Solutions, that they already have been, or plan to, stockpile food and other essentials in the days, weeks and months ahead.
And while some might think that's great news, as the more people who are prepared, the less overall chaos we may see once the SHTF, it's also a sign that the 'coming food shortages' warned of for years by people such as Steve Quayle and Michael Snyder have already begun to materialize.
And as Daisy Luther had reported within this October 12th story over at the Organic Prepper, while we'd all love to believe that our nation is on the road to economic recovery and things will get better than what we've seen in 2020, with many Democrats actually believing that once 2020 is over and 'Joe Biden somehow wins', life will return to “normal”, we should take a look at the uncanny similarities between what happened to Venezuela and what is happening to America now. And we'll add, especially if Biden somehow steals the election in November and the radical left takes over. America as Venezuela 2.0? From the Organic Prepper story.:
Here’s how Venezuela ran out of food.
In February of 2016, I wrote about what an economic collapse really looks like, using Venezuela as an illustration.
The article begins when prepping began to be frowned upon by the Venezuelan government.
In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.
Shortly thereafter, grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent “hoarding.”
The United States:
Early in 2020, supplies began to be difficult to find due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the potential of a lockdown. When folks couldn’t find basics like toilet paper, fingers immediately began to point at “preppers” and “hoarders.”
The word “hoarding” is being repeatedly used throughout news reports. They’re already working to paint preppers as bad and selfish people. They’re already vilifying those who hurry out to fill any gaps in their supplies. They’re making it seem like a mental illness to get prepared for what could potentially be a long stretch of time at home with only the supplies you have on hand.
This is a frequent trick of propagandists everywhere. Repeat a word often enough and suddenly everyone begins using it. Everyone begins to believe that the people labeled with an ugly word are terrible, selfish, and threats to decency. (source)
This dialogue is still in place, with people being shamed for large purchases, when in fact, they’re simply getting necessities for a large family. A friend of mine with a large family has said she’d have to shop every two days with the original limits stores posted to keep everyone in her household well-fed.
It wasn’t long until the basics were incredibly difficult to acquire.
Then, just over a year ago, it became even more apparent that the country was falling. when long lines for basic necessities such as laundry soap, diapers, and food became the norm rather than the exception. Thousands of people were standing in line for 5-6 hours in the hopes that they would be able to purchase a few much-needed items.
The United States:
Writers on this website have talked about the shelves being cleared back in March, what we may see in shortage after halting many imports from China, and the fact that in most parts of the country, the supply chain is clearly broken.
People from all over the country have reported in the comments the bare spots in their local stores, with a few exceptions who say that everything in their part of the nation is back to normal. Many areas still have limits on how many packages of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and canned goods customers can purchase months after the original panic-fueled shopping sprees.
Shortly after the story broke to the rest of the world, the propaganda machine shifted into high gear. As the government began to ration electricity, it was announced that this was not due to economic reasons at all, but instead was a measure of their great concern for the environment.
The United States:
We’re looking at you, California, where PG&E, the largest power provider in the state has shut off the power to people in rural areas repeatedly over the past couple of years to “prevent wildfires.” Millions faced the hottest days of the summer without electricity.
As stores struggled to provide the essentials to customers, the government stepped in to “help.”
As the situation continued to devolve, farmers in Venezuela were forced to hand over their crops last summer. They assumed control of essential goods like food, and began putting retail outlets out of business. Then, once they had control of the sales outlets, they began forcing farmers and food manufacturers to sell anywhere from 30-100% of their products to the state at the price the state opted to pay, as opposed to stores and supermarkets.
But that wasn’t enough to keep the population fed. (Isn’t it astonishing how much less motivated people are to produce food and supplies when they are no longer allowed to benefit from their hard work? Historically, collectivism and farming have never gone successfully hand in hand.) This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food. The Ministry of Urban Farming was created to oversee this. While self-reliance sounds great, it isn’t so great in Venezuela. Just so the urban farmers don’t get too self-reliant, a registry of the crops and livestock will be required. (And obviously, they’ve already proven that they have no issue forcing farmers to hand over what they’ve produced.) (source)
The United States:
As our supply chain devolved, it was learned that farmers in the United States were unable to get their products to the market due to logistics issues, closed packaging plants, and a totally different marketplace. The President signed an Executive Order to force people to go back to work at meat packaging plants and also tried to organize a way to get food that was just being thrown out to the people who desperately needed it.
Processing plants across the country are shutting down as more and more employees become ill. At least ten large meat processing plants have closed due to the virus. Distribution issues have farmers dumping thousands of gallons of milk, plowing under vegetables in the fields, and leaving potatoes to rot. A lot of the food being produced was destined for restaurants, hotels, and cruise ships. Diverting it to grocery stores and the millions of people using food banks right now (because they didn’t get their money from unemployment yet, remember?) is unfortunately not as easy as it should be. This article explains some of the issues with getting food to hungry people.
One of the issues processing. With meat, in particular, this is difficult – most folks aren’t even going to be willing to process their own chickens and it’s wildly unrealistic to imagine a family in the city processing a cow or a pig. With produce, it becomes a little bit easier – anyone can wash fruits and vegetables – but employees are still needed to harvest the food.
A lot of that scarcity could be remedied if we could reallocate things – if janitorial supplies could be sold to the general public, if farmers could sell directly to stores or consumers, and if farmers could donate unpurchased items to food banks.
To summarize, farmers are losing billions of dollars and people are going without food, while the food we have is left to rot. Hopefully, President Trump’s new 19 billion dollar plan will allow the federal government to play matchmaker between frustrated farmers and hungry families.
So while we'll continue to hope that President Trump wins in 3 weeks, ends the unnecessary lockdowns and America can move forward productively into the future, with all of the warnings of leftist riots ahead of us no matter who wins and more and more evidence that democrats will never 'allow' President Trump to win again (if they have any say in it), it looks like moving well into 2021 we'll continue to have economic and political chaos and the shortages and 'economic fallout' that comes along with it.
So in the final part of this story we'll take a look at another look at preparing with this story from WTOP in Washington DC actually getting in on the 'prepping action' helping to emphasize the point. Titled "Items you should always buy in bulk", the mere fact alone that WTOP has decided to 'weigh in' on prepping is another confirmation that prepping has gone viral with that radio station normally focusing upon traffic, weather, politics and local Washington DC area news. From their story.:
Before you stock up on your favorite foods and household items, review this list of expert-backed recommendations on which items are best to buy in bulk.
Please also see ANP's 'Still or Back In Stock Prepping page' with ANP reader suggestions. In the 1st video below, Mike Adams discusses with us the easiest way to grow sprouts and harvest our own live food mineral supplements, with those being able to grow their own food well ahead of everybody else in a TEOTWAWKI scenario.
In the 2nd video below, Adams warns us why no matter who wins in November, America's days are likely numbered so we serve our families and loved ones best by preparing for just such a scenario. And in the 3rd and final video, 'Canadian Prepper' discusses with us the reasons 95% of Americans likely won't survive a full-blown collapse in this country, with the post-collapse mental environment dooming many, and what we can do to avoid that fate.
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