Are Dimenishing Corn Yields Threatening the World Food Supply?

Are Dimenishing Corn Yields Threatening the World Food Supply?

The price of corn has a huge influence on the price of groceries. This is because nearly everything – from meat, to cereal, to the gas in your car – all of it depends on corn in one form or another. And because corn has surged in price to more than $8 a bushel (an increase of 74% since August 2010), farmers have concentrated on growing it instead of wheat and soybeans in order to maximize the return on their investment (and who can blame them?).

Lower supplies of wheat and soybeans have also driven the prices of groceries up, and struggling families are really feeling the emptiness of their wallets when it comes to their grocery purchasing power.

Top economists are predicting that retail food prices will rise an additional 4% next year, on top of the 4% rise in cost this year. It doesn’t help that we’ve had record heat waves and droughts as well, decimating crops across the country.

But let’s face it, food shortages and famines have been part and parcel of the human experience since time began, haven’t they? Well, yes they have… but not for this country. In fact, for quite a while food shortages and hunger have been foreign concepts to most of our people. Even the poorest among us have much more than the poor of other countries.

But there are warning signs looming, portents that show us that food shortages are not just about to occur…in some ways they’re being carefully orchestrated by a few select elitists and corporations who desire nothing more than total control over our lives.

And in order to prepare for this looming food shortage, we must begin by looking at the past. It’s only through studying the past–picking up patterns that go back in history–that we can begin to see those same patterns emerging and coalescing within our modern world.

For instance, the fall of the Roman Empire produced a famine which swept across the land and reduced the population of the city of Rome by 90% over a 400-year period. The similarity between ancient Rome and modern America isn’t a new subject; however, there are a few precursors to consider when comparing the two civilizations in terms of setting the stage for food shortages and famines.

For instance, the Roman government spent more than it could afford. (Does this sound familiar?) The military was over-extended. (Our military is in Afghanistan, Libya, and posts around the world…) Weak and corrupt leaders had overtaken the seat of government (this could be a statement for our predicament today!). And Rome was plagued by constant infighting… (Red states, Blue states… liberal, conservative… progressives, constitutionalists).

But most startling of all, Rome increasingly became an empire of heavy urban centers. In America today, only about 2% of the population actually works the land. Our age of industrialization has stripped the countryside of farmers and small family farms, creating an influx of people into our larger cities, and replacing those farmers with corporate giants who utilize improper farming methods (planting the same plants in the same fields, year after year…), who rely on chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and most importantly, genetic manipulation to produce their nutrient-deficient crops, all which are beginning to result in fewer and fewer adequate crop yields.

It’s imperative that you protect your family from the inevitable break-down in society that is just around the corner.

Store a supply of emergency food today. Think of it as insurance for your family.

 

Feds Still Stockpiling Emergency Survival Food as of July, 2012

FEMA worker storing food in one of many warehouses

– FEMA worker storing food in one of many warehouses –

In the past, we reported that FEMA is stockpiling millions of meals of emergency food. On July 12, they put out another solicitation for emergency meals.

In the 33 page solicitation, FEMA invited vendors to put in a bid to produce “an indefinite quantity” — but up to 17,500,000 million units — of survival meals. Here is an excerpt from the official documents:

All meals must be shelf stable, self-heating, and include an entrée along with additional meal components that can be consumed either as part of the meal or reserved for a supplemental snack. The meals should provide a variety of nutrient dense foods that reflect the basic food groups… Meal components should be appropriate for consumption by the full range of disaster survivors including children and seniors (65 years and older)… All meals/kits must have 30-36 months long shelf-life remaining upon delivery… The contractor must have the capability to produce and ship up to 1,000,000 meals within 48 hours of notification.

According to the documents, vendors must be prepared for multiple orders to come in over a period of time and delivery could be required to multiple different locations. The questions we would should all be asking is this:

What does the government know that we don’t?

There are several potential reasons the government is making preparations. They could be preparing for any of the following scenarios:

  • The power grid going down, either from a nuclear EMP event or a solar flare.
  • A nuclear event of some form.
  • A terrorist attack on American soil.

You should realize that even though FEMA has ordered these meals, that doesn’t mean that you can depend on FEMA to keep you from starving in a disaster.

Secure your family’s future by procuring your own supply of emergency food today. After disaster strikes, it will be too late.

 

Keep Some Emergency Cash In Your Home

Keep Some Emergency Cash In Your Home

A lot of people no longer use cash in favor of debit cards. Or even credit cards. However, this is not a good idea if you are making preparations for an emergency.

You shoudl keep some emergency cash in your home, just in case you can’t access your bank account. Think that will never happen in America? Think again. All you have to do is look to what is happening in Europe right now. There are banks that have had emergencies and closed for a period of time. If that happens here, you won’t have any cash to operate.

There are other reasons too. If the power goes down, ATM machines may not be working. Computer systems definitely will not work without power. So, having some cash on hand just makes sense.

You would need to store enough cash to handle your everyday needs, for a short period of time. Things such as food, fuel and supplies can all be bought with cash. Needless to say, you will have to find a great hiding place in your home. And most importantly, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! This is something you don’t need to tell the whole world about.

One thing you can do is save all your change in a jar. Every one in a while, exchange the coins for cash and add that to your emergency stash.

This is something you will be so glad you did when an emergency comes around.

 

Learn How to Empty Your Hot Water Tank

Attach a garden hose to your hot water heater drain valve

Attach a garden hose to your hot water heater drain valve

It may seem obvious, but your hot water heater contains clean water that is safe for drinking. In an emergency, this is often an overlooked research. Yet, most people don’t even know how to drain their hot water heater. You will learn how here.

To drain your hot water heater, you need a regular garden hose and a collection vessel(s). Here are the steps:

  1. Turn off the cold water supply to your house.
  2. Water Heaters are either gas or electric. If yours is electric, go to the circuit breaker panel and turn off the breaker for the water heater. If yours is gas, turn the gas valve all the way off. You have to do this because you don’t want to continue to heat an empty tank.
  3. Turn off the cold water supply going to the water heater. This is done by shutting off the valve on the cold water line going into the water heater (it’s usually above the tank).
  4. Attach the female end of the garden hose to the drain valve located near the bottom of the tank.
  5. Put the other end of the garden hose into a collection vessel.
  6. Open the drain valve. If nothing comes out, there is vacuum pressure in the line. You can correct this by going to the bathroom or kitchen and opening the hot water side of a faucet.

After your emergency has passed, remember to turn the cold water supply back on in your house and let the hot water tank refill with cold water. After the tank has been filled, you can either turn the breaker back on (it your water heater is electric) or relight the pilot and turn the gas valve on (if your water heaters is gas).

 

Gourmet Seasoned Freeze Dried Meat from Wise Food Storage



Wise Food Storage freeze dried meats are uniquely-seasoned so they can be easily combined with other food ingredients to create complete meals. Each Grab-and-Go container of gourmet freeze dried meat contains individually sealed pouches that can be opened without spoiling an entire container of meat.

Instead of opening a large #10 can of meat and then trying to figure out what to do with it before it spoils, you can just open a Mylar sealed pouch of meat, enough for one meal, without the waste of opening an entire container.

Each individual pouch of freeze dry meat can be utilized for more than your emergency food storage supply. Use them as tasty, high protein supplements when camping, hunting, hiking, or even everyday as part of your regular meal preparation.

The Wise Food Storage Gourmet Freeze Dry Meat has these advantages:

Freeze Dried Food — Unlike dehydrated foods, Wise Freeze Dry Meats retain flavor, texture, color, and most importantly nutrition.

Great Taste — Our meats are uniquely seasoned to produce a variety of appealing flavors.

Lightweight and Condensed — No need to lug large #10 cans around and when opened be forced to consume large amounts of meat before it spoils. Wise Freeze Dry Meats come packaged in Mylar sealed pouches that are stored in durable grab-and-go plastic containers.

Nitrogen Flushed Mylar Pouches — Removes the majority of the oxygen in each pouch to ensure great taste and a long shelf-life.

Simple to Prepare — Just add hot water, and within minutes you can enjoy real, fresh, tasty, seasoned meats.

Easy to Transport — Grab-and-Go individual containers make it easy to get up and go when there is an emergency.

Extended Shelf Life — Up to 15 years under dry, cool storage conditions.