7 Reasons Why You Should Store Long-Term Food
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Stockpiling food just doesn’t seem like the thing many people are in to these days. I mean, why should they be? There’s a grocery store or convenience mart on every corner within the city limits, everyone who has a refrigerator can store enough things to eat to last until the next time they shop again, and there’s so many restaurants to choose from. You can even have hot food delivered to your door from many pizza and Chinese food take out establishments.
Yep. Lifestyles have definitely improved since the time when people had no choice but to grow their food during the spring and summer and preserve it to have enough food to last them during the fall and winter. So why, in this day and age, should anyone bother with long-term food storage when our world has been made so convenient?
Let’s take a look at the variety of reasons you should join the ranks of long-term food stockpilers:
A form of financial security comes to mind here. A long-term food storage supply can be used to maximize retirement income. Cost of living is not going to go down between now and our golden years. Storing preserved foods today is one way to battle inflation prices tomorrow. It’s also a good idea to have something set aside in the event of an illness that prevents you from working, job loss in a battered economy, or other economic hardship. Stockpiling food should be thought of in much the same way as purchasing insurance, investing in a retirement plan, or subscribing to roadside assistance.
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This includes major weather events (like hurricanes, blizzards, tornado, etc), disasters (such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions), pandemics (for example a massive wide-spread deadly flu strain), and violence (for example, war, civil unrest, and terrorism). Think Haiti earthquake, Japan tsunami, New York hurricane, and the current New England blizzard.
The End of the World as We Know It scenarios (also called SHTF scenarios or Shit Hits the Fan scenarios) are those that most people rarely give much thought about, but still are possibilities that stand between a snowball’s chance in Hell of occurring and a very real possibility of happening. It includes things like hyperinflation, economic collapse, WWIII, nuclear war, EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse), civil war, martial law, a society WROL (without rule of law), devastating cyber attacks, and what some are calling the “Zombie Apocalypse” which I believe is a mass attack of extremely strong individuals under the influence of bath salts or some other highly potent chemical that renders them out of their minds while behaving in a zombie-like manner.
Peace of Mind
Nothing says panic like an empty belly and no means of filling it. Remember Hurricane Katrina? Remember the chaos when people who were desperate to survive had no means of obtaining food and water? Sure, some of them were able to loot enough to last them for a day or two, but most were at the mercy of a government as they waited for help to arrive. What a stockpile of food and water in this scenario means is that if you are able to shelter in place, you wouldn’t have to wait for federal and state systems to step in and provide life-sustaining necessities. And if you should have to flee, you’d have enough food items to take with you that eating would be the least of your worries.
Some say that the American economy will get so bad that we will be reduced to the bartering system as a form of trade; or we will experience a tragedy of mega proportions that will make federal reserve notes (paper money) useless.
Some people simply enjoy canning, smoking, pickling, and dehydrating food. Some people grow crops and raise animals and have so much food that if they didn’t preserve it, it would go to waste. And some people are preppers who want to be ready for any emergency that life throws at them.
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Some folks seem to be stuck in a time warp where living the way our ancestors did or just trying to get back to the basic way of living is a deliberate choice. And I’ve gotta tell ya, there’s nothing old-fashioned about that. In fact, preparedness is a wise decision… regardless of the time period we live in. A well stocked long-term food storage ensures that your family will not go hungry if an emergency should arise.
After reading a news story today about possible cutbacks that will have a major effect on our economy (here’s the link), I do wonder if these times are the beginning of a new era we must face within our lifetimes. Do conspiracy theorists have a point? Is there any validity to the crushing predictions of what’s to come? Could the hoopla spouted by extreme preppers come to pass? I dunno. I certainly hope not. But is hope enough? …. I dunno.
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