Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pending Food Shortage - Be Prepared!


Resources
Seeds - Humble Seed the Producer:
Humble Seed's Facebook Page  Additional Resources for Non-GMO Foods are available at http://responsibletechnology.org and include the following brands, retailers and suppliers: New Chapter Organics Whole Foods Amy's Cascadian Farms And many, many others! Non-GMO Shopping Guide makes grocery shopping easy!

It seems evident we are destined to have a food shortage and a run on emergency staples in the near future.  Your chances of survival during a 6 week hyper-inflationary period and food shortage will be greater if you follow some simple guidelines now.

Preparedness Guidelines:
  1. Stock up on clean drinking water!
    Bottled water will go off the shelves before anything else.  We witnessed this after Hurricane Katrina a few years ago.  And in just the past year, we saw this happen after floods in Georgia and Massachusettes where residents were without running water for days.  Local supplies of bottled water were scarce, and people had to line up for rationed supplies.  As shown in the video here, shoppers were fighting over the few bottles remaining in the stores.  For optimum health, try to find water that is fluoride-free.  Purification through osmosis or distillation is best.  A gallon of purified water is usually about a dollar at the grocery store... currently.  Once the crisis hits, it will go up! If you have a good water filter, start bottling water now and keep it in a safe place.
  2. Plant your own garden.
    Much of the food we purchase at our local grocery stores is shipped in on trucks.  If there is a gas shortage or labor strike, shipments will be delayed, possibly for several weeks.  It's also healthier to grow your own food or shop from your local farmers' markets where natural, whole foods - free of pesticides and genetically modified organisms - are more abundant.
  3. Buy seeds now!  Seeds will become a key factor to growing your own food and and will become scarce in the coming months.  Big Ag seeds (genetically modified seeds from Monsanto, Sygenta, etc.) are not the seeds you want to purchase.  They are genetically altered and designed to soak up pesticides and herbacides instead of relying on nature to produce healthy crops.  Look for heirloom, organic or Non-GMO seeds.  Stay away from weed-killers and herbacides such as Roundup as these products contain high levels of toxins and were designed to work with genetically modified seeds.  Now the manufacturers and consumers are coming to the horrific realization that these harmful chemicals have only made matters worse by creating "super weeds" and producing smaller yields of crops than if they had used natural seeds, fertilizers, etc. and not relied so heavily on pesticides and herbacides for farming.
  4. Purchase food reserves with a long shelf life for emergency.  Start now!  There will be times when crops are out of season or you may not have yet harvested enough food to last throughout a crisis.  There may also be a period of time when you won't have power or optimal storage to preserve what little food you do have on hand without it perishing.  There are resources where you can obtain food that requires no refrigeration and has a long shelf life to feed your family during these difficult situations.  You will want to make sure you have enough food on hand to feed your family for at least six weeks.



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