You might not be aware of it, but some scientists claim that there is a food shortage on its way. In fact, there is a food shortage going on right now.
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It’s not too surprising to hear that parts of South and Southeast Asia, as well as parts of Africa, are currently suffering from food shortages.
Niger, Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Senegal and Yemen are just some of the places with disastrous, ongoing food crises.
What about the Americas? In Venezuela, sugar, oil, milk and rice are just some of the goods that were hard to find in 2013.
Venezuela is no stranger to food shortages. They suffered one in 2008 and the current one has lasted for almost a year.
Looking north, what about the world’s leading economy?
The definition of “food insecurity” is not knowing when and where you might be able to find your next meal. In 2013, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children in the USA were living under these insecure food conditions.
As for Europe?
In Spain, the economic crisis of 2012 led to massive looting of grocery stores to feed the hungry. In Greece, people have been trampled to death in the scuffle for food.
In developed countries, food insecurity ties in closely with unemployment and poverty, but it also relates to food availability and rising prices due to decreasing access to food sources.
One bad year can sometimes be all it takes to decrease availability. A bad corn year, as in 2012, affects more than the prices on corn. It also affects the cost of seemingly unrelated foods such as meat and dairy, since most conventionally farmed animals are largely corn-fed.
What can you do to get by in a food crisis?
Much of the information that you will find on surviving a food crisis will focus on prepping.
You are familiar with how prepping works. Prepping to deal with a food crisis does not differ much from prepping for any other disaster.
The main difference is that a food crisis may last longer. You must adapt your preps to deal with this—for example, by moving into foods with very long shelf-lives.
One way of making your preps last longer in a food crisis is to prepare for bartering.
Store items either beyond what you might need or that are high-value goods in a disaster: everything from dry snacks like trail mix to alcohol and over-the-counter medications. This excess can be used in a crisis for either selling or trading for the kinds of fresh foods and supplies that you would like to have.
Some survivalists go as far as buying gold and silver, or high-value gemstones, which they can sell when inflation goes up.
Increase Your Self-sufficiency
Food crises can last a long time and there is no telling whether you could possibly prep for the entire duration of an extended shortage or post-apocalyptic scenario.
Certainly, some food crises only last for a few months. Others, though, come with a long economic decline that will affect your ability to feed your family for years.
War is another situation wherein a food crisis may affect the masses.
Lately, developed countries have had the luxury of going to war without anyone at home even noticing, but you only have to look back less than a century to WWII for a time when feeding a family was tough!
Start your own victory garden. Self-sufficiency, or near self-sufficiency supplemented by trading, is the smartest way to get through a long-term food crisis.
If you are not ready to start and manage a garden today, there are special seeds for sale that will last for decades without losing their viability.
These can then be stored to be brought out when a food crisis reaches the point when your stockpiles may not see you through.
Even if you are not going to manage a garden today, you need to know how to propagate plants, keep pests away and collect seeds. These are not things you can put off until the day arrives when you must dig into your seed packets!
In addition to growing your own food, you should learn how to store it. You will need the supplies for canning or at least plans to build a solar dryer.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the unpleasant matter of self-defense.
It’s sad to say, but both history and current news stories show all too clearly that our fellow humans will both panic and act violently in the face of hunger.
It is not enough to have the preps to survive or a victory garden to feed you. You must be able to protect your food source; otherwise, you may as well not have prepped one at all.
How you do this is up to you. You might have secured buildings, weapons, guard dogs, fences, moats or traps, but you will need to invest in a system that works for your site and situation. You should also invest in defense skills for fighting off aggressors.
If you have enough preps to see you through a temporary shortage, the strength to defend your supplies in a crisis and the skills to keep your family fed in an extended disaster, you should never go hungry. In the meantime, eat well and prepare intelligently!