Food shortages in the “land of the free and the home of the brave” sounds impossible; especially with every mainstream media outlet blasting the obesity epidemic day after day. Witness Venezuela. The Venezuelan government enacted price controls on certain dietary staples in 2014 in order to combat inflation. In addition to price controls, the Venezuelan government also imposed currency restrictions on food importers. Food importers were limited to which currencies they were legally able to accept for their food purchases. This has resulted in disaster for the Venezuelan people since food importers struggle to obtain acceptable currency and at the same time find willing food suppliers who accept that currency. There is a massive food shortage in Venezuela. There is such a dire food shortage there at the moment that trucks transporting food have taken to traveling with armed guards. There is major civil unrest due a shortage of food. In May of 2016 Venezuelans have begun to storm the supermarkets just to obtain the most basic food supplies such as oil and flour. A 4-year-old girl was killed in a street fight over food. Money is basically worthless when you cannot exchange that money for life-sustaining food. When human life becomes expendable in an effort to obtain food, civilization has basically crumbled.
A food shortage like the one in Venezuela can happen anywhere at any time. Government policies, currency devaluations, and crop failures can come together in a perfect storm of food disaster. You, as an individual, are in no way capable of controlling, much less influencing government policies and natural disasters. When civilization crumbles, you do not want to be long on cash and reliant on a supermarket that may or may not have food available for purchase. You certainly don’t need to be involved in a street fight over food, putting your life in imminent danger.
Being amply prepared for a food shortage is your best defense. There are some excellent strategies available to you for preparing yourself and your family in the event of a food shortage. One of the best things that you can do right now is to join a community of like-minded individuals who can assist you in devising the right plan for you and who can also help you when an eventual food shortage occurs, just as you will then be prepared to help others. If you live in an urban area you are especially vulnerable because you more than likely do not have access to enough fertile soil to grow enough food to support yourself and your family during a prolonged food shortage.
If you are reading this, you are already aware of the potential for a serious food shortage and the resultant civil unrest that will follow. You have probably begun to prepare already but may be unsure of your level of preparedness. Even the best survivalists have gaps in their plans due to simple geographics. It is always best to be part of a group of like-minded individuals who you can share plans with.
Luckily, you have access to one of the best and largest survival groups in the U.S., Survival Life Association. This is an 18,000 member strong community if like-minded individuals, both experts, and beginners. The benefits of belonging to this group are enormous. You have access to a free survival gardening booklet for starters. Even in an urban area, there are ways to overcome a scarcity of fertile soil. With your membership, you will also have access to survival planning checklists, training events, access to member’s only savings on name brand survival gear, and a private forum to discuss your plans with others.
It is never too early to begin planning for a food shortage as it is never too late to join with a group in order to maximize your plan as well as share your knowledge with others.