Why Do We Need To Store Food?
Unfortunately, most people don’t pay attention to food storage until they need it. Don’t let that be you. Here’s a practical list of reasons why you need food storage. Read them and let me know if you agree. Got more to add?
Build up your own “mini mart” of sorts. It sure is convenient to simply stroll to your “deep pantry” area and pick out what you might want for dinner. Seriously, that’s a great reason all by itself, yes?
Okay, you’re still buying food at a grocery store, so this is not what you call “self sufficiency”. That’s okay, and becoming more self sufficient is another level. However you WILL be washed over with a warm fuzzy feeling of independence while looking over your own little ‘grocery store’!
Because The Ants Do
Have you ever read the short story about the ant and the grasshopper whereby the grasshopper learned (after it was too late) that “it is best to prepare for the days of necessity”?
Recession Proof Food Storage
Food prices always go up over time! Food price inflation can be pretty significant. It’s nearly always a good investment for your household. The more food you buy now (and store in your ‘deep pantry’) the less you will pay in the long run. Store what you normally eat. Eat what your store.
You Will Only Need To Buy “On Sale”
Here’s a secret: When you have accumulated a decent amount of stored food (a deep pantry, full chest freezer, dry goods, etc.., basically your own mini grocery store), then you will have the luxury of (mostly) buying only when something’s on sale.
How’s that? Well, if you mostly eat foods from your stored food inventory, you won’t be forced to grocery shop for “needs”. Your needs will already be in your home. Thus, you can be picky about your shopping – buying items when on sale, etc..
Never Want To Be Hungry Again
A commenter here on the blog once said, “I have been hungry before. It was not a good feeling. I still remember that feeling today.” ” I try to make sure that never happens to me again. ever… “
Crop Failures | Large Scale Agriculture
We rely on big agriculture, corporate farming. There are times when major weather shifts will decimate crops or greatly reduce output. What happens next? Prices will go up on those products while availability goes down.
Systemic Risk of Just-in-time Delivery
‘JIT’: ‘“Just In Time”‘ delivery: It’s pretty much how all distribution works these days. Basically there is zero extra inventory in stores (including grocery stores). If this is disrupted (for any number of reasons), there will be shortages.
Weather Event PANIC
Severe Weather Events: People preemptively freak out right before a forecast weather event (snow storm, hurricane). They flock to the grocery stores to clear out the shelves. Why? Probably because they don’t have more than a day or two of food! This is another reason for storing food…so you don’t have to be part of that crowd.
Weather Event | Actual Disruption
Stranded at home. A major snowstorm, ice-storm, flooding, hurricane, (fill in the blank) can leave you stranded at home for awhile. It may leave people isolated for days or even a week or more! Power and utilities are often damaged while roadways and distribution is affected (availability of food & supplies). Severe weather may be one of the most common reasons for food storage preparedness.
Sick, Injured, Recovering at Home
Unable To Leave Home: You might become sick. Maybe a health issue or injury has you home-bound for awhile. You will be glad that you have at least a minimal food storage and one less thing to worry about.
You Lose Your Job: It’s not unheard of to lose one’s job. Expected or unexpected. With no more paycheck, if you’ve built up a food storage supply it will be one less expense to deal with until you get back on your feet.
Drop in Income
Your Income Drops: It happens. For whatever reason if you are suddenly faced with reduced income (maybe you retire, a pay cut, your spouse loses a job) having extra food in the house will be a relief.
For Those Reliant On EBT
(EBT) is an electronic benefit transfer system that allows state welfare departments to transfer money. Lots of people are on it, and I’m not judging here. For those who rely on this assistance, you can (and should) be smart with grocery purchases. There is cheap food available that could be added to a food storage. Forgo some of the more expensive products to make that happen. Just suggesting.
Pandemic (Especially Important)
This threat is real: especially with today’s modern (fast) worldwide travel. Isolation from others is what will save you. And this could be a period of months or longer under a worst case scenario! People will be warned to avoid contact with others. It may be a risk to your life just to go to the grocery store among the public! This is where a very deep food storage may even save your life (months of food).
Earthquake: For those who live in earthquake country, do yourself a favor and build up emergency food storage. The big one is going to happen. You don’t know when. It could be tomorrow. Building and infrastructure damage could bring an entire region into shutdown.
Terrorist Attack: A terrorist attack could happen again. The follow-on effects could be bad enough to limit movements and travel. The reasons for food storage are many. And this is just another one…
Prices go up as the uncertainties of war pressure the markets. The price of oil puts price pressure on everything, including food. You know that food prices will not go down. Rumors of war? Yet another reason for food storage.
Financial Economic Meltdown
Economic collapse of the current financial system could lead to a domino effect bringing down the entire system. If bad enough it could lead to an era similar or possibly worse than the Great Depression. Buy food storage now, while you can afford it.
Living in a City Region That Might ‘Trigger’
Social Chaos: Mass protests, rioting, looting on a grand scale, perhaps caused by a trigger event. More likely in urban areas of high population density. The trigger event could be nearly anything. We’ve seen it in the news, and it will happen again somewhere. Perhaps even widespread.
EMP or CME Event
EMP: An electromagentic-pulse, either man-made (EMP nuke) or a natural event (massive solar flare and CME). It could badly damage or destroy the electric power grid, anything electronic. We could be sent back to the stone age and most will not survive it. This is a worst case scenario, but worth mentioning.
Look at Venezuela, North Korea, Others
In short: “real” socialism, or communism. It leads to shortages and starvation (except for the ruling class). I simply mention it here because there is an apparent upcoming generation that actually wants this here. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. For the rest, among other things, be prepared with food storage. Another good reason.
These are just a few reasons to have extra food storage.
I will leave you with this: another comment here on the blog:
” and then there is this headline….” ‘Start stockpiling food NOW’: Volcano experts warn a massive eruption could disrupt the global climate causing crop failures and mass starvation”
Once people panic, it’s too late.
Obviously you can build up your own food storage with your own grocery shopping, growing and preserving some of your own, and other ways. For a quick jolt for long term food products, check out our long time sponsor, Ready Made Resources. They distribute for a number of reputable preparedness food companies.
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