FEMA is Still Stockpiling Emergency Food

An employee working at the FEMA distribution center in Atlanta, GA
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An employee working at the FEMA distribution center in Atlanta, GA


Previously, we reported how FEMA was stockpiling survival food at unprecedented levels. Typically, they keep 6 million meals on hand for any kind of emergency or natural disaster. But recently, they have put out RFPs (Request for Proposal) indicating their interest in buying hundreds of millions of emergency meals worth about a billion dollars. This is a huge purchase for a minor government agency. And they’re not the only government agency getting in line to buy. Government orders have now locked-up the capacity of all the major manufacturers of emergency food supplies. If you’ve tried recently to buy a larger quantity, you probably had trouble finding anyone who could fill your order.

This is only going to get worse. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Global Food Shortages are having an impact on the emergency food market. There’s almost no surplus food anymore that can be preserved for emergencies. As fast as most crops are ready for harvest, they’re being used to feed people. Food reserves are at alarmingly low levels and emergency food manufacturers are having trouble getting what they need to produce emergency food supplies.
  2. The Fukushima Disaster dealt a huge blow to the dehydrated food supply. The Japanese disaster, with its earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant meltdown, has been a huge blow to the dehydrated food industry. Why? Because Japan has a large food processing industry. Many U.S.-based emergency food suppliers send their food to Japan for processing and then ship it back here for packaging. With radioactive contamination now detected on inbound cargo ships and airline passengers, it’s anybody’s guess as to how long it will be until these emergency food shipments are deemed unsafe. Everything coming out of Japan is suspect, and will be for a long time to come.
  3. A Wheat Famine threatens continents across the globe. Almost everyone has heard of the potato famine that decimated Ireland in the 1840s. It happened because the Irish practiced monoculture, planting just one species of potato that was well adapted to Irish soil. When potato blight hit, wiping out the country’s staple crop, there was no plan B. Millions starved to death.

What did we learn from the potato famine? Absolutely nothing. Big Ag’s foolish practice of monoculture puts us at more risk than ever before. These days, it’s wheat that’s at grave risk. Wheat’s biggest vulnerability is something called “stem rust”, which is a fungus. The fungus has begun to infect wheat crops around the world is officially known as Ug99. Ninety percent of the world’s wheat is vulnerable to Ug99 and this scourge has been spreading swiftly over the past few years, jumping from Africa to the Middle East. Just a few more seasons and it’s expected to hit Asia from India to China to Russia. Millions of people depend on wheat in these nations for their daily sustenance.

If so much as a single spore of this deadly disease finds its way to U.S. shores, and in these days of global air travel that’s almost a certainty, the U.S. stands to lose at least a billion dollars worth of wheat. National Geographic recently reported that, according to Rick Ward of the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project at Cornell University, “A significant humanitarian crisis is inevitable.”

As this new wheat blight unfolds, backup food reserves are more important than ever before.

How should you prepare for “the new normal?”

Place your order for Emergency Food today!

You must get in line now!

Emergency food shortages will persist for months, if not years, to come. Emergency food supplies operate outside the normal “just in time” economy we’re used to. That’s why:

If you hope to have any emergency food on hand, you must plan ahead.

If you’ve been putting off your decision to buy emergency food, you can’t afford to put it off any longer. When you finally decide to get some, it could be too late.

 

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