Food Shortage Crisis and Your Emergency Preparation

Submitted by: Thomas Bruce

Being ready for an emergency is something we all should be thinking about, whether it be a natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane, or a more man made crisis such as civil unrest or even riots, Whatever the cause, any disruption in the supply chain will most likely cause a food shortage.

Depending on your personal economic situation, having food or items set aside for an emergency can be a challenge as the present economic climate has taken a toll on many in the US and around the world, and does not seem to be getting better any time soon.

On a global scale, unless there is severe weather conditions such as long term drought, many developing or third world countries, the problems are many times cultural, where social hierarchy structure sometimes dictates who gets w

 

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Even more damaging to local people getting aid is, corrupt dictatorial type government leaders that use aid, food, goods or money, for their own gain with little or no help to those that need it the most, passing on only the bare minimums to the masses. It is said there is enough food produced in the world to feed all, but most of it falls victim to these cultural and governmental diversion of goods and food.

Countless organizations over the years have contributed to helping the local people with better water supplies to introduce farming methods for a more steady supply of food and goods, yet at times the locals are still at the mercy of a reliable distribution and marketing infrastructure.

With this as a backdrop, we see this as the larger global food situation that will eventually put pressure on more developed nations and their food supplies to help, but the problem with this is trade agreements, depending on the countries involved, their supplies, and the other unseen culprit, inflation.

Many major world currencies are losing value, thus reducing buying power, affecting anything to large commodity contracts to the price of food in the grocery store, which affects you, the consumer.

The grain supplies in the U.S. have been lower for quite sometime, or rather more marginal with less cushion than what we are capable of producing. With the government paying farmers not to farm and also pushing ethanol production, the supply has more demands and affects other agricultural food suppliers, namely the livestock industry.

Throw this in with weather conditions, and the weakening U.S. dollar and massive debt, we see prices increasing or containers shrinking, yet for the same price, at the grocery store. This hits us where we live, our wallet, and most of the time it is so gradual we don't even know it is taking place unless we are watching closely.

Recent civil unrest and riots around the world are seemingly political, but many times are connected to food supplies and peoples frustration of no jobs, benefits being cut, resulting from an overspending and in debt government, all of this makes for a very volatile situation, with frustrated people.

We see some of this now with the occupy Wall Street protests, yes, the unrest has come to America. Is this food related? Most likely not, at least on the surface, but if you are cutting into someone's buying power, because of inflation or no jobs, then it always comes back to a certain lifestyle level and what one has to eat.

Political protests can be a bit unruly, but a full blown food riot, downright mean and nasty.

There is one more critical event that could spark food riots in America and that is the U.S. dollar ceasing to be the world's monetary standard, whereby hyperinflation will set in and we could see food prices jump 10-20 fold overnight, this is the biggie that could hit all of us and will especially be hardest on those with no job.

Prepare yourself for with goods and stocked up food, whether it be a natural disaster or a longer sustained supply disruption from civil unrest or riots, which we hope will not come to pass.




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About the Author: Writing about the concerns I have for people to be prepared for emergencies and to become more aware of the not so visible events that may have an affect on peoples lives. For more information on food shortage issues, visit Survive A Sold Out Food Crisis.

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