49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

Low Inflation? 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity
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Low Inflation? – 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

If the economy really is “getting better”, then why are 49 million Americans dealing with food insecurity?

Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year, but those that actually are working are better off than the millions upon millions of Americans that can’t find jobs. The level of employment in this nation has remained fairly level since the end of the last recession, and median household income has gone down for five years in a row. Meanwhile, our bills just keep going up and the cost of food is starting to rise at a very frightening pace. Family budgets are being squeezed tighter and tighter, and more families are falling out of the middle class every single day. In fact, a new report by Feeding America (which operates the largest network of food banks in the country) says that 49 million Americans are “food insecure” at this point. Approximately 16 million of them are children. It is a silent epidemic of hunger that those living in the wealthy areas of the country don’t hear much about. But it is very real.

You can read the whole article here on the Economic Collapse website, but here’s the jist of it.

“Nothing is getting better,” said Craig Gundersen, lead researcher of the report, “Map the Meal Gap 2014,” and an expert in food insecurity and food aid programs.

“Let’s stop talking about the end of the Great Recession until we can make sure that we get food insecurity rates down to a more reasonable level,” he added. “We’re still in the throes of the Great Recession, from my perspective.”

If someone tries to tell you that “the economy is getting better”, that person is probably living in a wealthy neighborhood. Because those that live in poor neighborhoods would not describe what is going around them as an improvement.

Just remember that nearly 50 million Americans that are facing food insecurity. When the next economic crisis strikes, that number is going to go much higher.

Emergency Food Storage can help you through the rough times


Making Survival Choices Despite Life Experience to the Contrary

Higher Food Prices at Stores Show Need for Freeze Dried Food Supply
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Higher Food Prices at Stores Show Need for Emergency Food Supply

It’s been interesting over the years watching people’s reactions to having extra food on hand. Even in the age of instant news and information, and with the plethora of natural disasters today, a lot of people still are resistant to having more than a couple days food in their house.

Here is what I’ve seen just with my family and friends:

  • Two of my relatives (a married couple) have no food in the house. They eat out every meal because neither one cooks. And they don’t want to cook. They have no basic handyman skills either. So, if something happens, they are totally dependent on others for all their needs.
  • An aunt and uncle keep a couple days of food in the house but don’t feel the need to have any more. They live in the middle of tornado alley in the midwest and have close calls every year.
  • I have many friends in the Boston area where power goes out every year, sometimes multiple times. None have a fireplace, so they are dependent on purchased fuel for heat. Also, none have a backup generator, so when the power goes out, they have to tough their way through it. Sometimes, they turn on the oven and open the oven door for heat. Plus, they have very little food in their houses.
  • One of my relatives is dating someone from Eastern Europe (I love Europeans and world travel, so I’m not singling him out). He survived the holocaust when he was young because he spoke 4 languages and could pass for a citizen of several countries. Still he was separated from his parents when he was young and never saw them again. He was on his own from an early age and had to fend for himself. However, living in America today, he still takes no precautions. He goes to the supermarket every day and is happy living like that.

Why am I telling you all this? Just to underline the fact that we all make choices. Even with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, people still think it will never happen to them. I hope they’re right.

I assume if you are reading this, you are at least open to having some emergency food on hand. If so, realize you can start small. Here is a 72-Hour kit from Mountain House Freeze Dried Food that will give a taste of what emergency food storage is like.


Food Inflation: Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs

Food Inflation: Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs
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Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs

It has previously been reported that beef and pork prices have been reaching all-time highs on an almost daily basis. What follows are charts showing beef, pork and shrimp prices. No matter what any government agency says about the low rate of inflation, these charts tell a different story.

Here is the current chart for beef prices:

Beef Prices through 03/31/2014
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Beef Prices through 03/31/2014

Here is the current chart for pork prices:

Pork Prices through 03/31/2014
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Pork Prices through 03/31/2014

Here is the current chart for shrimp prices:

Shrimp Prices through 03/31/2014
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Shrimp Prices through 03/31/2014

With shrimp, prices have jumped to a 14-year high in recent months, spurred by a disease that’s ravaging the seafood’s population.

Restaurant chains, which are already struggling with shaky U.S. consumer confidence, are taking a profit hit as prices climb.

In March, shrimp prices jumped 61% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The climb is due mainly to a bacterial disease known as “early mortality syndrome”. While the ailment has no effect on humans, it’s wreaking havoc on young shrimp farmed in Southeast Asia.

Don’t be shocked the next time you go to the supermarket.


Mountain House House Just-In-Case Essential Assortment Bucket

Mountain House Just-In-Case Essential Assortment

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Eleven States Declared Disaster Areas As Food Prices Soar

Food Prices are Soaring

A CBS News article recently declared that “food prices soar as incomes stand still.” This as portions of eleven states have been declared disaster areas by the federal government.

California farmers are going to leave half a million acres sitting idle this year because of the drought conditions. Experts are saying that are probably going to get worse before they get better. In addition, National Geographic recently stated that throughout history, it has been common for this region of North America to experience severe droughts that last for decades. One such drought actually lasted for almost 200 years. This gives rise to the possibility that the drought in California may not end during our lifetime.

Most people don’t realize that 2013 was the driest year on record for the state of California. So far, 2014 has been exceptionally dry also. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 91.6 percent of California is experiencing “severe to exceptional drought.”

Since California is one of the largest agricultural regions in the world, the effects of any drought are huge. About 80 percent of California’s freshwater supply is used for agriculture. The cost of fruits and vegetables could soar.

Hardest hit would be annual row crops such as tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, cantaloupes, garlic, peppers and corn. Consumers can also expect higher prices and reduced selection at grocery stores, particularly for products such as almonds, raisins, walnuts and olives.

The rest of the nation is extremely dependent on the fruits and vegetables grown in California.

According to Tim Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, “There are places in California that if we don’t do something about it, tens of thousands of people could turn on their water faucets and nothing would come out.”

Consider that the Sierra Nevada snowpack is only about 15 percent of what it normally is. Experts are offering dire warnings. The current drought has already eclipsed previous water crises, like the one in 1977, which has been called the “Great Depression” of droughts. Most Californians depend on the Sierra Nevada for their water supply

Much of the western United States has been exceedingly dry for an extended period of time and this is hurting huge numbers of farmers and ranchers all the way from Texas to the west coast.

Ranchers in the West are selling off their livestock and Farmers all over the Southwest, from Texas to Oregon, are fallowing in their fields because of a lack of water.

#12 The size of the U.S. cattle herd has been shrinking for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951. But our population has more than doubled since then.

Laughingly, the government says food prices are up 6.4 percent since 2011. However, chicken is up 18.4 percent, ground beef is up 16.8 percent and bacon has gone up 22.8 percent, making it a holiday when it’s on sale.

Just be aware of what is happening. Consider storing a food supply for your family, even if it is only for 2 or 3 months. With rising prices and jobs being lost, it may very well get your family by during a very difficult time.


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Price of Basmati Rice Rises 80% in Past Year

Basmati Rice Rises by 80% in the Past Year
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Basmati Rice Rises by 80%

The price of Basmati Rice has soared in the past year because of a dramatic drop in the production and rising demand from other countries. The price has shot up by more than 80 per cent in the past year.

Pulsa basmati, a higher yielding variety has also shot up by around 65 per cent.

According to the Rice Association, prices have risen mostly because the 2012 Indian harvest was up to 40 per cent smaller than in 2011.

The Indian government has also introduced a minimum support price for non-Basmati Rice to encourage farmers to farm other varieties.

Makes you wonder if regular-grain rice will be next to rise dramatically. We will see.

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Lesson Learned from Hurricane Sandy – Be Prepared for Multiple Events

By some, Hurricane Sandy was dubbed “The Frankenstorm.” If brought with it many challenges, both to those who were unprepared and to those who were prepared. Here is what I have learned from reading scores of articles from storm survivors.

You need to be prepared for multiple events. Hurricanes don’t just bring wind and rain, they can bring flooding, electrocution, being killed by a falling tree and also fire. Fire is not something that is normally associated with torrential rain and flooding.

You also need to be prepared for other events. Freezing temperatures when you have no heat, trees that become weakened and fall days later, violence that is due to scarce gasoline and food resources, even secondary storms on top of the original one.

When you’re prepared, you don’t have to fret about empty shelves in the grocery stores, pumps that are out of gas or not operating, roads closing.

The time to prepare is before a threat appears. After a threat appears, you must evaluate your preparations and then act quickly.

Obvious things to do are cut down selected trees that could be a problem. That way you will reduce your risk of property damage and death. Also, clean your gutters to reduce chances of flooding near the house. This won’t prevent a deluge from rolling through your neighborhood, but if your area is just subjected to heavy rains, it will help.

You need to also make sure your car and home in good order.

When it comes down to it, some parts of survival can depend on your neighbors and local friends, not the state or federal government. The neighbor with the chain saw will be able to cut down the tree blocking your exit from your home. The friend the next town over who will lend you a generator to keep you warm.

My point is that it is much better to prepare yourself and be friends with your neighbors, so you can all help each other in a disaster. You can’t rely on government to save you. Government will be overwhelmed in a major disaster. It’s just a fact they can’t take care of everyone.

In general, it is guaranteed that most of the people you know will not be prepared. And it is better to be in a position to help than in one of need. Extra items can also be used to barter.

Remember that things can turn out to be different than you expect, so prepare for several possible outcomes.


Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Demonstrates Government Can’t Take Care of You

The FDR Drive flooded next to Manhattan neighborhood East Village.
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The FDR Drive flooded next to Manhattan neighborhood East Village.

Hurricane Sandy demonstrated how incredibly fragile the thin veneer of civilization really is. Many of the hardest hit areas along the Jersey shore and the coast of Long Island quickly descended into a state of anarchy.

Let’s rewind back to before the storm hit and say you are a married couple who has a small child and a pet. Most people will do a version of the following:

  • You go to the store for flashlights, batteries and bottles of water.
  • You also stock up on Power Bars, toilet paper and dog food.
  • You pick up some extra food.
  • You pick up a collection of movies to keep your child entertained during the storm.
  • You charge your cell phones and every other gadget you own.
  • You fill all of your bathtubs with water.
  • You talk to your child about what to expect during the storm.

With your preparations made, you wait for the storm to come. When it does, you are content for the first few hours, at least for part of a day. That is until the power goes off.

The next thing to go out is cell phone communication. So, no calls out from your recently-charged phone. You must rely on your land-line phone. That is if you still have one. A lot of people are opting to turn off their land line phones and just keep a cell phone.

You find you can use water from the bathtub to fill the toilet. That allows you to flush and keep everyone in a better mood (because there’s no smell).

How about the iPad? Welcome to cloud computing. The internet’s down so you have no access to news or current information.

Fast forward two days. You are one of the lucky ones and had no storm damage. However, you still have no electricity, no heat, no TV, no internet and no cell phone coverage. And the two days worth of food you keep around the house is nearly gone. You’re used to going to the store several times a week and right now that is starting to seem like it was a bad idea.

Fast forward to the start of the third day. Your child is hungry, so you decide to venture beyond your neighborhood and look for supplies. As you get nearer to the shopping area, you see the long lines of people and the tempers flying. The question on everyone’s mind is where is the government? Why aren’t they delivering food and water to us?

The truth of the matter is the government does not have the ability to supply food and water to everyone in a major disaster. And it is unrealistic for you to think so.

For Hurricane Sandy, FEMA had a “lean forward” strategy that called for advanced staging of supplies for emergency distribution. However, that failed to live up to its billing in the immediate aftermath of the storm. This is strangely reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina.

Folks, you must realize that you are on your own after a disaster. You must make preparations for your family because most likely, help will never arrive. Or it will arrive too late.

Don’t expect to sit back and be taken care of after a major disaster. The responsibility to take care of your family is on you.