Survey Shows Americans Fear Economic Collapse the Most

A food line during the Great Depression
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A food line during the Great Depression

A recent survey revealed the number one catastrophic event that Americans worry about the most.

Many are deathly afraid of a major terrorist attack. Others live in constant fear of natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes. Others are incredibly concerned that a massive pandemic will break out or that World War III will erupt in the Middle East. There are certainly a lot of potential catastrophic events that one can worry about. But the number one catastrophic event that Americans worry about is economic collapse. That’s what a recent survey found that was conducted by Leiflin Inc. for the EcoHealth Alliance.

Again and again, opinion polls have found that the number one issue American voters are concerned about is the economy. The truth is that average Americans are deeply, deeply concerned about unemployment, debt, the housing crash and the steady decline in the standard of living. And why not? It has been many years since the U.S. economy has operated at a normal level.

Here are the results of the survey. Remember that the people were asked about what they feared the most:

  • Economic Collapse: 63%
  • Natural Disaster: 46%
  • Terrorist Attack: 44%
  • Global Disease Outbreak: 33%
  • Global War: 27%
  • Nuclear Accident: 25%
  • Global Warming: 22%
  • Fuel Shortage: 15%
  • Cyber War: 8%
  • Famine: 8%
  • Oil Spill: 6%
  • Industrial Accident: 5%

As you can tell from the result, economic collapse was the winner by a large margin.

So are there good reasons for the American people to be concerned about an economic collapse?

Of course there are. Right now, we are seeing the financial world come apart in slow motion. But because these stocks have declined over the course of a year, and not on a single day, it doesn’t feel like a collapse to most people.

Unfortunately, things are about to get a whole lot worse. Global credit markets are really freezing up – especially in Europe.

Considering the fact that the entire global financial system is based on credit and debt, that is a very bad thing.

Our system simply does not work when banks do not want to lend money to each other or to businesses.

If you want to see what happens when a collapse happens and a depression begins, just look at what is happening now in Greece….

  • The number of suicides has increased by 40 percent in the past year.
  • About a third of the nation is now living in poverty.
  • Thefts and burglaries nearly doubled between 2007 and 2009.
  • 100,000 businesses have been closed since the beginning of the crisis.
  • The unemployment rate for those under the age of 24 is 39 percent.
  • Hundreds of families are abandoning their children. Some are taking them to charitable institutions and others are handing them directly over to the government.

Does that seem shocking to you? Well, all of this is coming to America eventually.

Someday we will see American parents abandoning their children because they cannot take care of them anymore.

Someday we will see suicides skyrocket in America because people have lost all hope.

Someday we will see thefts and burglaries soar to unprecedented heights as millions of desperate people attempt to try to find some way to survive.

It is all coming.

Prepare while you still can.

 

Curious How Emergency Freeze Dried Food is Made?

The Freeze Drying process

I get asked this question more than another other. How is freeze dried food made? No matter whether you are interested in purchasing emergency food from Mountain House Food or Wise Food Storage, the manufacturing process is the same.

First of all, you must understand this:

there is currently no freeze dried food that is totally organic

Reasons to Buy a Freeze Dried Food Supply

Emergency Food manufacturers buy raw ingredients by the truckload. It is the same type of food that you can buy in the grocery stores. They get it from the same suppliers. You may be disappointed knowing that, but consider why a person buys an emergency food supply. They buy it as insurance in case there is an major disaster or emergency that would limit or block their access to food in the stores.

They also realize that in a major disaster, the government is not going to be able to take care of them. If you don’t know that, you should. The Department of Homeland Security has advised everyone to have a minimum of 3 days worth of food and water. And some of their publications advise having a minimum of two weeks of food and water. In my opinion, a one month supply is the absolute minimum.

Now that we understand why we would buy freeze dried food and where the raw ingredients come from, let’s take a look at how it is made.

How Freeze Dried Food is Made

Freeze-drying has several advantages over other food preservation methods. Freeze drying is actually a three step process. It takes the three steps to freeze-dry the food, and a fourth step to reconstitute it just before it is eaten.

Let’s look at the advantages of freeze drying over other food preparation methods. This will explain why freeze dried food is particularly well-suited for long term food storage programs.

Frozen foods retain fresh flavor and nutritional value, but require uniform, low temperature storage conditions, and that takes energy. Dehydrated and canned foods are shelf-stable, but high-temperature processing can degrade flavor, texture and nutritional content. Freeze-drying combines the best of these processing methods. It preserves freshness, color and aroma similar to frozen food, while providing the shelf-stable convenience of canned and dehydrated food.

The freeze drying process of different foods varies with temperature, time, pressure, and other intermediate steps. Foods are first tested for bacterial counts. Next, the food may be cut into smaller pieces, depending on its original size. For example, thick meats do not freeze dry very well, so they must be cut into smaller chunks before freeze drying.

Meat and seafood are then cooked before freeze drying. Fruits and vegetables are washed first. Some vegetables such as peas and corn have to be blanched.

The food is then placed on trays, the trays are placed in carts, and the carts are wheeled into cold rooms where the temperature can be as low as -40 degrees F. This causes the food to be frozen very quickly.

Next, the carts are moved from the cold room into the vacuum drying chamber. The drying stage involves a process known as sublimation. Sublimation is where a solid material is forced to change state into a gaseous state without ever becoming a liquid. The process is started by removing the air with a vacuum pump. The temperature is then raised to about 100 degrees F.

Since the pressure in the chamber is below the point where water can simultaneously exist as a solid, liquid, and gaseous state (called the triple point), the heat causes the ice crystals to change into water vapor. The vapor is then drawn off from the chamber, leaving only the food.

At this point, the dried food is filled with tiny voids, similar to a sponge. These voids are where the ice crystals were once present. This makes the food easier to absorb water when it is prepared for eating.

The dried food is then tested for moisture content and purity. Some foods may be ground into small pieces or even into a powder. Different ingredients are then blended together and the resulting food is packaged in airtight containers to prevent them from absorbing moisture from the air.

Freeze-dried foods have several advantages over other types of food for long term storage. They retain virtually all their fresh food taste and nutritional content. They maintain their original shape and texture, unlike dehydrated foods which shrink and shrivel due to high temperature processing. They weigh less than fresh food and take much less storage space. Finally, they stay fresh and can be stored at room temperature in their original packaging.

 

Prices of Essential Items Have Soared in the Past Ten Years

The frozen foods aisle at a local grocery store
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The frozen foods aisle at a local grocery store

The price of basic purchases, such as food and fuel, have soared 43 per cent in the last decade. Ordinary families have been crippled by the skyrocketing cost of essential goods over the past ten years, a report has found.

These rising costs – far above general inflation – have already wiped out most of the gains in living standards made by families on low and modest incomes in the early 2000s, before the downturn began, according to research.

The analysis, which was commissioned by the Resolution Foundation think-tank, revealed the squeeze on living standards for ordinary households has been more severe than previously thought.

It found 30 per cent of working-age households now have incomes that are too low to afford the essential basket of goods.

According to the think tank’s boss, Britain is ‘in danger of drifting back into recession in 2012’. The report also showed that Labour’s stewardship of the economy may not have benefited ordinary families as much as the party had claimed.

Some household costs increased even more dramatically than the 43 per cent average, according to the study.

Household fuel has more than doubled in price during the 2000s and water bills have increased by 63 per cent, the report said.

Report author Donald Hirsch, from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, said: ‘This research shows the dramatic impact recent price increases have had on the ability of households to afford a minimum standard of living.

‘Of course, global pressures on prices are largely beyond our control.

‘But that makes it all the more important that we do all we can to reduce pressures in areas where we can make a difference, such as transport costs, council tax and energy prices.’

The analysis is based on the commonly accepted essential basket of goods, which includes food, fuel, public transport and very occasional treats for families with children. Fuel prices have more than doubled in the last decade

The official inflation measure, the Consumer Price Index, takes into account a wider basket of goods. Over the decade to 2010, CPI was 27 per cent.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that demand for frozen meals has rocketed among cash-strapped Britons desperate to cut their grocery bills and produce popular family meals for less.

The latest market data has revealed that the frozen food retail market has grown by 5.2 per cent since 2010. Volume sales of frozen meat and poultry are up 5.5 per cent, pizza by 3.6 per cent and frozen fish by 3.4 per cent.

Brian Young, director general of the British Frozen Food Federation, told The Grocer magazine: ‘In times of economic uncertainty choosing frozen meat and poultry allows consumers to make their favorite meals and foods at a much lower price point.’

 

Six Months of Great-Tasting Freeze Dried Food for 2 Adults and 4 Children

Wise Food Storage - 1440 Serving Package - Freeze Dried Food
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Wise Food Storage – 1440 Serving Package

Freeze Dried Food from Wise Food Storage is the highest-quality food you can buy for emergency food storage for your family.

Interested in a 6 month supply of emergency food for your family? Do you think a six month supply of food could fit in 12 buckets? You bet.

Wise has a 1440 servings unit that is a 6 month supply of food at 2 servings a day for 4 adults, or 2 servings a day for 2 adults and 4 children.

If you think emergency survival food must taste lousy, then ask yourself how if you would like to eat the following meals:

  • Crunchy Granola
  • Apple Cinnamon Cereal
  • Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal
  • Cheesy Lasagne
  • Ala King and Rice
  • Pasta Alfredo
  • Chili Macaroni
  • Savory Stroganoff
  • Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini
  • Cheesy Macaroni
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Teriyaki and Rice
  • Tomato Basil Soup

Here is what the individual meals look like when they are prepared:

Wise Food Storage - 1440 Serving Package - Freeze Dried Food

To grab this six months of high-quality freeze dried food for your family, just go here:

 

Child Poverty is Exploding in America

If the U.S. economy is going so great, then why is child poverty exploding? Why are more than half of all children in major U.S. cities like Cleveland and Detroit living in poverty? If we are the “greatest economy on Earth”, then why are one out of every four American children on food stamps?

Tonight, millions of American children will go to bed without any dinner. They will shiver as they try to go to sleep because their families cannot afford any heat. How bad does child poverty have to get before we all finally admit that our economic system is completely failing many of the most vulnerable members of our society? Our economy is in the midst of a long-term decline and is slowly but surely dying. Many of those that are suffering the most from this decline are children.

Are you aware that:

  • Child homelessness in the United States is now 33 percent higher than it was back in 2007.
  • According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 1.6 million American children “were living on the street, in homeless shelters or motels, or doubled up with other families last year”.
  • The percentage of children living in poverty in the United States increased from 16.9 percent in 2006 to nearly 22 percent in 2010. In the UK and in France the child poverty rate is well under 10 percent.
  • In Washington D.C., the “child food insecurity rate” is 32.3%.
  • A higher percentage of American children is living in poverty today than was living in poverty back in 1975.
  • There are 10 different U.S. states where at least one out of every four babies is born to a family living in poverty.
  • Since 2007, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.
  • There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.
  • According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.
  • In the United States today, more than 35 percent of all African-American children are living in poverty and more than 33 percent of all Hispanic children are living in poverty.
  • There are seven million children in the United States today that are not covered by health insurance at all.
  • Today, one out of every seven Americans is on food stamps and one out of every four American children is on food stamps.
  • It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.
  • The number of children living in poverty in the U.S. has risen for four years in a row.
  • In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.
  • More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

So why are so many children suffering so much?

One reason is that millions of parents are unemployed. The government tells us that the official unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, but when you take an honest look at the numbers the truth is that the situation is much worse than that.

American families are being squeezed by this economy, and millions of children are feeling the pain.

Every single day, large numbers of American families get dumped out of the middle class and into poverty. According to the latest figures, extreme poverty in the United States is now at the highest level ever recorded. The number of good jobs continues to shrink and the poor are getting poorer. Things are really bad in America today, and unfortunately it looks like the economy is going to get a lot worse in the years ahead. However, most Americans believe that things will eventually return to “normal”.

After all, every time the U.S. has had a recession in the past we have always recovered and gone on to better things, right?

The hard truth is that this is not just another economic downturn. We are a nation that is drowning in debt even as our economic guts are being ripped out. The greatest economic machine in the history of the world is being destroyed right in front of our eyes, and most Americans don’t even realize it.

Sadly, most Americans are so brainwashed by the mainstream media that they are not going to believe you the first time that you tell them about all the statistics that point to a coming economic collapse.

America is in a massive amount of trouble, and because of the economic mistakes that we have made millions of children are going to needlessly suffer. Don’t let your family be one of the ones to suffer. Prepare now.