While the world is currently experiencing supply chain issues, there is a shortage of fertilizer and analysts are predicting serious shortfalls in world agricultural production. At the same time, a series of fires and industrial accidents keep happening in and among our food production and distribution facilities.
Now, every time I post about one, I get informed by everyone that it’s all just a big coincidence and that there isn’t some vast World Economic Forum conspiracy at the heart of it. Hey, I don’t disagree – it COULD be a total and complete coincidence.
BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER ONE BIT.
That’s right, whether or not they are a coincidence or a deep-state/globalist/lizard people (pick your favorite) plot doesn’t matter one bit to you and me. It is completely IRRELEVANT.
I want to start with a piece of Tactical Wisdom that applies here:
Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning,
their blood will be on their own head.
If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves.
So many people blow these occurrences off because it’s “not a plot”, but there is STILL danger here. Every fire and every plane that crashes into a food processing facility affects that facility’s ability to prepare, produce, or distribute food. Even if a plant is only impacted by 10%, with our “just-in-time” supply chains, it has a significant impact on total food production.
All the fire or crash damage will need to be repaired. They need to be repaired at a time when spare parts and raw materials are scarce. Modern businesses don’t keep spares on hand anymore, so that lengthens the repair timelines. While awaiting repair, that part of the facility is NOT producing product.
So, as you can see, it DOESN’T MATTER why. Just as I always say, prepare for the second and third order effects, rather than arguing about the cause. The cause doesn’t matter…what it means to your life does.
As we approach this summer, nations all over the world are announcing that they aren’t going to export food to any other country. That’s significant because the US doesn’t produce some foods year-round. As an example, while it is winter here, we get fresh vegetables from the Southern Hemisphere, as it is summer there. When that stops, we will have issues.
But what can we do? Well, first buy a few extra cans of vegetables every week, while you can. You can build up a quick stockpile of food this way.
The more permanent answer, once again, comes from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land.
What enabled some tribes to live and flourish and some to die in ancient history was the ability to grow and then store food. Over millennia, food was a valid reason to go to war or to raid a neighboring tribe. It’s why tribes banded together and began professional warrior classes, to defend food stores. How did warriors get paid up until the 1500s? In food. A Lord fed his warriors and gave them a place to stay, and they protected him (The future Duke of Montana and I have already struck such a deal).
The Earth is created to provide food to you. People have been gathering or growing their own food for tens of thousands of years. As recently as the 1950s, every family in America grew food (even if it was just in the back yard). The Victory Garden needs to make a comeback and quickly.
Learn to grow food (hint: turn over the soil and bury seeds in it; water and weed). It’s the most self-sufficient thing you can do. As I point out in the Baseline Training Manual, you should focus on food production, rather than food storage. Hunting, trapping, and fishing go right along with this. A great book for this is the Self-Sufficiency Manual (see Amazon affiliate link – I may make a small commission from all the links, but you knew that).
Once you’ve grown food, learn how to can it – but be careful, both Facebook and the DHS think canning is evidence of extremist behavior (yes, really). You can also dehydrate foods (including meats) for long term storage. Remember OPSEC and don’t tell everyone how much food you’re stockpiling.
Know what edible wild foods are near you. Here, wild grapes, blueberries & Huckleberries, black raspberries & blackberries, and delicious mushrooms just grow wild all over. Learn how and where to find them. Nature is abundant.
To recap, it doesn’t matter whether or not there is a grand conspiracy behind the food industry incidents. You need to understand their impact on food supplies and begin taking some action TODAY to reduce the second and third order effects to your life later on.
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