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.

 

Freeze Dried Food Is Whats for Dinner When All Hell Breaks Loose

Mountain House Freeze Dried Food - There When You Need It

Storing food for a disaster or an emergency protects you the same way homeowner’s insurance protects you against damages to your home. Having some food on hand will insure that your family will be able to weather disasters and major emergencies.

We are living in very turbulent times and they are about to get more turbulent. Storing food is no longer an activity just for “survivalists”. More and more, people in the mainstream are looking at the world around them and realizing they need to prepare.

The value of Mountain House Freeze Dried Food is that its shelf life has been proven by laboratory testing to exceed 30 years. However, Oregon Freeze Dry, the maker of Mountain House Freeze Dried Food generally claims 25 years on their website.

Mountain House Freeze Dried can be prepared with only hot water (in a pinch, you can use cold water), and it is ready in less than 10 minutes. Mountain House quality is unsurpassed. Which is why it’s been the choice of backpackers, preparedness-minded individuals, and NASA for over 40 years. If it’s good enough for the astronauts, it’s good enough for you and me.

Freeze-drying provides unique benefits and advantages over other food processing methods. It combines the best of all food processing methods. It locks in the freshness, color, original shape, texture, and aroma of frozen food while providing the shelf-stable convenience of canned or dehydrated food.

Freeze-drying is a unique process that begins with fresh or cooked foods. Food is then flash frozen in a special vacuum chamber that reaches -50°F. Then, low-level heat is applied (much less than dehydrating), and the ice crystals evaporate without going back to the liquid phase. This process is called sublimation, and it removes approximately 98% of the moisture and thus prevents the food from spoiling. Freeze drying is the ultimate in long term food storage.

I read a statistic recently that said 250,000 people are born on the planet every single day. That’s 2.5 million people every 10 days. In another article, I read that the U.S. now produces less food than it consumes. So, it is only a matter of time until we have a food shortage in the United States.

If you look around, you will understand that having a few days of food in the house is no longer a good practice. Remember all the news reports you have watched where people in the southeastern coastal U.S. were preparing for a hurricane. Every single time, the store shelves are stripped clean within a few hours. What would you do in that situation if you couldn’t get food to feed your family? What would you do if no amount of money would get you the food your family needs?

I know I am pummelling this point in this post, but I look around in my area and don’t see people doing anything. As long as people can get to the grocery store and there is food on the shelves, they think everything is all right. And it will be, until some unforeseen event occurs. Then what will they do? What will you do?

The big three items of basic preparedness are as follows:

  • food
  • water
  • medical supplies (first aid, prescriptions, OTC medications)

If you only store these three things, you will be ahead of the majority of people, and you will be providing insurance for your family. Remember, food is the only insurance you can eat.

Store food for your family today. Your family will thank you when the unexpected happens.

 

Cover All the Bases When Storing Water

Emergency Water Storage Containers

I have been asked by several readers about my thoughts on water storage. There is some confusion because I have written posts about 55 gallon water storage barrels, water filters, and water purifiers. So, I will clear this up.

Yes, I advocate storing water. I have a water well and I still store water. I also advocate owning a water filter. Now, there are many choices out there, but a gravity filter like the Berkey would be a great choice. If you are looking for something portable, you can get a Katyden water filter, or a Steripen water purifier.

You may wonder about water purification tablets. I have never used them, but they must work because lots of people buy them.

Some people add some chlorine bleach to their water storage containers. I did this in the beginning, but I realized you don’t need to if your water containers are in a dark area. If there is no light, then algae can’t grow. So, for the past 10 years I have not added chlorine bleach to my water storage and have gotten along just fine. But, I knew the water I put in there was organism-free. I had my water tested to find that out.

I’ll give you an example why I store water when I have a well. A number of years ago, there was an earthquake in my area. My house was not damaged, but it took out my water well. I didn’t know it had, because the well didn’t actually go dry until 7 months later. My neighbor’s well went out too. We both had to have new wells put in. A costly affair. Well, I had to make an appointment with the water well driller because he had a waiting list. So after making the appointment, I had to wait 3 weeks until he could drill the new well. I had stored some water, so I was able to make it through the wait without too much trouble. But, if I had not stored water, my life would have been much different.

If you make the decision to store water, you don’t have to store it in 55 gallon barrels. But that is a good method. Some people even buy a water tank and store their backup water in that. It’s up to you.

A lot of folks store water in used milk jugs or they buy 1 gallon containers of spring water at the store. The problem with these is that over time, they may leak.

Here’s another example. I store 1 gallon containers of distilled water because I have a backup power system with a battery bank. You have to put distilled water in the batteries every six months to keep the cells covered. After storing some of these gallons for a couple years, I noticed that they sometimes will leak. I’ve also noticed that they sometimes leak even after a few months. So, you can store water in these types of containers, but just realize that over time, they may leak.

Actually, the plastic used in bottled water seems thicker than what is used in 1 gallon milk, spring water, and distilled water containers. So, bottled water may last longer without leaking than the 1 gallon containers. I don’t know, I have actually stored water that way.

The bottom line is I advocate storing water, having a water filter, and having a water purifier. Yes, if you live near a pond or stream you can get water and filter it, but ponds and streams sometimes dry up. Do you really want to take a chance that your favorite natural water source will always be there? Things change, and the weather now seems to be more unpredictable.

In summary, store some water. You’ll be glad you have it when the unexpected happens.