Throughout the last 70 years in U.S. history, we’ve never had to worry about food. At any moment, day or night, we can hop in our car and go to the local grocery store to buy food. What if that all changed? What if one day the grocery store doesn’t have food to sell you? Or what if that food was so expensive that the average person couldn’t afford it? Would you be prepared? In the event that food disappeared from shelves, most people could only survive a few days by using what they have in their pantry or refrigerator. What if power went out too? There goes the food in the refrigerator. These are worst-case scenario questions but questions worth thinking about. While they may seem far-fetched in the world you’ve always known, they’re questions that must be asked when you look at what governments all over the world are doing.
Many Governments are buying staple foods like wheat, corn and sugar… in bulk. Why? They say it’s to prevent everyday people from panicking and buying in bulk themselves, prevent food inflation, and protect themselves. By trying to prevent these things from happening, it only highlights that there is a real problem. Governments are panicking that there isn’t enough food. Governments are buying buying it up in several thousand pound purchases. Recently, high food prices have contributed to the social unrest in much of the Middle East and North Africa. The most obvious example was when riots erupted in Algeria. The people were chanting “bring us sugar”… because they’ve seen sugar reach it’s highest price in over 30 years. The Algerian government is hoarding staples like sugar to “maintain the peace”. Are these moves being made to insure food safety or is there other motivation?
Lest you think this is only in less civilized parts of the world, less publicized bulk purchases are happening all over the world by major powers like China, Russia, and the U.S.. Recently, many large U.S. producers of dairy and grains are reporting they’re suddenly out of stock. Why? While they admit that the U.S. government is a regular client, they are silent when asked if it’s the government that caused the complete loss of stock. This can only mean one thing. The U.S. government is quietly and consistently buying up food stores.
Even if the government is buying up food for the intended purchase of “regulating the markets”, that strategy still comes with unintended consequences. By regulating the supply and demand, it drives prices higher and higher. According to Cargill, the world’s largest feed and Grain Company, agricultural prices are going to stay artificially high because the prospect of higher prices causes institutions to hoard. If there is any further disruption to the food supply because of weather or from countries changing, it would lead to extreme prices.
As I mentioned earlier, in the last 70 years we’ve never really had to worry about something people have worried about for centuries…food. With technological advances in farming equipment, less and less people are creating more and more food. This has created on of the most unique food booms in history. With that being said, the world is becoming a much more volatile place where natural disasters and man-made crisis are increasing. Food isn’t the “given” it once was. If Governments are hoarding food, it should send chills down your spine. Do they know something you don’t? Can they see what’s coming? The answer is they can. They’re using their own “Survival Kit”. They are planning for a crisis and you should too.
With food supplies and prices being so unpredictable, the only assurance that puts the control back in your hands is having your own food source. In recent years, more and more Americans are growing their own gardens. Everyday people who never worried about food before are hoarding and growing the essentials for survival. Many of them use Seed Banks and Survival Seed Kits to supplement their preparation tactics. If hoarding and controlling the food supply is what Governments all over the world are doing to prepare, there’s a good chance the average person should be preparing too.