How to Prepare for a Food Shortage in America

DT-1There has been a lot of talk lately about an impending food shortage in America. This is due to a number of factors, including the drought of 2012 that impacted about 80% of our agricultural land and the rising world population putting a strain on our current food and water supply.

Our grain stockpiles are at the lowest level they have been in eight years. These grains not only feed us, they also feed the animals we have come to depend on for meat and dairy products. Therefore we likely will not just see a substantial price hike in one grocery aisle but several. And let’s not forget, corn is also used for the ethanol fuels required for today’s automobiles.

We are not here to discuss fuel prices. We are talking about how to prepare for a food shortage that will at the very least cause another hit to your family’s already tight budget. You do have time to prepare and it is never too late to get started.

How to Prepare for a Food Shortage

Emergency preparedness is not something new or weird. For the generations that came before us, this was part of everyday life. Their pantries and basements were stocked with canned goods to sustain them through winter, wars and natural disasters. It is only recently when convenience began reigning supreme and daily supermarket runs became the norm. Many of us likely have grandparents still living that would consider that behavior odd.

Since it is now October and past the growing season, I want to go through some options outside of growing and canning your own for budget-conscious preppers.

My Doomsday Prepping on a Budget post has some great tips for stockpiling without breaking the bank.

Thrive Life is a direct sales company that specializes in food storage. Their Thrive Q program allows you to create your menu and budget and have items shipped directly to your door monthly.

Every family should have a food plan. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or extreme. You can build your stockpile as your budget allows. And there has never been a better time to get started or increase your gathering than before prices rise further due to shortages.

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