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July 25, 2012
Biofuel consortia and environmentalists are ensuring that people will starve despite the abundance of the earth.
Famine used to be the natural result of adverse seasonal conditions; drought, plagues of insects, plant diseases, poorly managed soil. Famine is now a man-made phenomenon. Drought still parches parts of the earth every year. They’re cyclical and somewhat predictable. Locusts, weevil and fungal blights and plant viruses still hit the food crops of the world. But even with these regional disasters, the global food crop should be sufficient to feed the people of the world. Biofuel consortia and environmentalists are ensuring that people will starve despite the abundance of the earth.
Governments fail their people through bad economic policy. And for the last several years, Ethanol subsidies have encouraged farmers to turn food into a form of a fuel that almost nobody uses. The global dearth of corn started in 2008. It has worsened each year since that time, with corn commodities skyrocketing in price. And the drought of 2012 affecting large agricultural regions throughout America is turning the yellow grain into yellow gold.
A global food crisis is imminent and it’s time to prepare. There is no opting out of this one. The bad times are upon us. There is great hope that Americans will weather the storms which now lash our shores. The storms are here, and no one will emerge unchanged. But “preppers” will make it out with the least damage.
The following is a list of items and their uses that will help almost anyone in any economic situation to be prepared. I have not done per-person calculations since every family looks different and food preferences vary greatly. These are simply ideas for getting started, but the things with which you stock your own pantries will be dictated by your own tastes. Store what you Eat and Eat what you Store!
Three months home storage:
Medicine and Personal Hygiene: Obtain a 90-day supply of the following and store it securely away from moisture and heat.
- OTC Pain killers and anti-inflammatories (Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin)
- 90 days worth of prescription medications (many pharmacies offer discounts on a 90-day supply)
- Dietary supplements, especially essentials like calcium, vitamin C, etc.
- Feminine supplies, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
- OTC Allergy medications, topical anti-allergy cremes, Epi-pen (with a prescription) if needed
- OTC Cold and flu medications
- Topical antibiotic ointiment
- Epsom salts, rubbling alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, witch hazel, mineral oil, aloe vera gel
- Tooth paste, dental floss, soap, deodorant, razors, shampoo, lotion, etc.
- Laundry and dish detergent, cleaning supplies, rags
- Garbage bags
- Other dry goods or pharmacy items that you expect to use a few times per year
- Pantry supplies: Buy what you eat and involve your family in making your long-term storage choices. Obtain a 90-day supply of basic food and supplies for your pets. All of the following items have a shelf life of much longer than 90 days. Be sure to store them in a cool place with a stable temperature (garages are not good) away from light.
- Canned meats; tuna, chicken, Spam, salmon, etc. (only what your family will eat)
- Dried meats such as jerky, chipped beef, summer sausage, salami, pepperoni
- Velveeta or a similar processed cheese product
- Powdered cheese
- Wet canned vegetables, tomatoes, beans, condiments, and fruit
- Easy to prepare dry boxed meals and side dishes ( Macaroni and Cheese is great because it is comfort food.)
- Canned soups and stews
- Dried pasta and a variety of bottled or canned pasta sauces
- Instant potatoes
- Dried beans
- Dried fruit, raisins
- Boxed Jello and pudding desserts
- Boxed cake, muffin, dessert, and cookie mixes (treats and comfort foods have a lot of psychological value during times of stress)
- Boxed cereal, oatmeal, cream-of-wheat, cracked wheat, etc.
- Complete pancake mix, biscuit mix
- Flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, arrowroot
- Sugars, honey, molasses, corn syrup
- Powdered drinks, hot cocoa, fruit drinks, powdered milk, other preferences such as coffee or tea
- Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk
- Baby food and formula
- Peanut butter, Nutella, salted nuts
- Condiments, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, vegetable oil, olive oil, shortening, peanut butter, jams, jellies, syrups, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, pickles, olives, capers, picante sauce, hot sauces, and other condiments that you use on a regular basis
- Packaged gravy mixes and bouillons
For your freezer: Properly wrapped meats and other foods will last in a freezer well over 90 days. The key to making your freezer an effective tool for home storage is to Store what you Eat, and Eat what you Store. If there is empty space in your freezer, fill the spaces with 3/4 full water bottles. Your freezer will be more efficient when it is filled with frozen items and, if your lose power for a time, the food will stay frozen longer, up to 72 hours if you leave the freezer door closed.
- Cured meats such as ham, sausages, bacon, etc.
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Prepared foods such as pizzas
- Butter, margarine, cream cheese, block cheese, shredded cheese
- Sealed packages of pork, beef or poultry
- Breads, bagels
- Candy bars
- Ice cream (don’t underestimate the value of comforting treats, especially if you have children)
- Bags of flour, biscuit or pancake mix (placing these items in the freezer greatly extends their shelf life and will fill up the empty space that may make your freezer less efficient)
- A basic first aid kit
- Several flashlights with batteries, emergency candles or lamps, fuel, matches or lighters
- If you have an outdoor grill, keep it well maintained and the fuel tank full
- Sternos, a hibachi or other simple cooking devices
- A battery powered or crank up radio S
- Short wave “HAM” radio and trained operator within your circle of friends or church group
Some things are inevitable. Gas and fuel prices are skyrocketing. Food prices are on going crazy. At best, our home storage will feed us as we sacrifice other luxuries in order to afford the things we need to sustain our home economies. At worst, our lives will depend up on what we do today to prepare. These are fearful times. That fear comes from uncertainty, the dread of what could happen. That dread can be replaced with calm and resolve. All we have to do is take a few days, and plan and prepare to make our homes places of refuge. Don’t be the silly Liberal who expects someone else to provide for him during tough times. Be the visionary Conservative, whose hope lies in the bounty of his own preparations.
By Marjorie Haun 7/25/12
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