The Global Emergency Food Shortage
Why Should We Worry?
Those of us who are fortunate enough to live in a developed country generally give little thought to how our lives can be impacted negatively. While we may be familiar with temporary disruptions caused by storms, or even earthquakes, few worry about a serious, worldwide shortage of food. However, some sobering facts should make everyone take notice and, hopefully, begin to do something about it – for the sake of themselves and their family.
- There are currently almost 7 billion people on earth, and we will add another billion in about 10 years.
- The amount of arable land is shrinking all the time, as development and degradation increase.
- Drought has made it difficult to grow crops well in a number of areas, such as India, China, South America, and Australia.
- High food prices have caused food riots in several locations around the world.
- The oceans are becoming ‘fished out’ as more nations scramble to harvest food for their populations.
What Can Anyone Do?
None of us, basically, have the ability to prevent a global food shortage. Tragic as it will be for millions of people, the only thing that we can do is to make sure that our families are as safe as possible should food shortages and famine strike
If you live in a rural setting, you will probably be better equipped to handle as global food crisis, as you will be able to grow at least some of your own food. Making plans now, before an emergency exists, is the best way to protect your family. Some of the things you can do are:
- Prepare a garden bed if you don’t already have one, and learn how to grow food.
- Use heirloom seeds whenever possible to grow vegetables, as the seeds from these plants can be saved and will produce reliable results year after year, unlike hybrid seeds.
- Invest in a small flock of chickens. Yes, they are noisy, but the hens will produce eggs every day, and if you have a rooster, you will have chickens in the future.
- Learn how to preserve your harvest, either by dehydrating it or canning it.
- Buy emergency food supplies and store them in case you need them – after all, crops take months to mature.
Living in a city or suburbs can make it difficult or impossible to garden, but you can still take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- Begin storing emergency food supplies immediately. You do not need to buy them all at once, gradual accumulation is also helpful.
- Likewise, store water. You might also consider purchasing a counter top water filter, which will be able to supply your family’s water needs without electricity as long as some water source is accessible.
- Keep your mouth shut. If food actually becomes scarce, people will do anything to get it; the fewer people who know about your stash, the better. Instruct children to keep quiet about emergency food supplies, too.
Forewarned Is Forearmed
No one likes to think of the world as being a dangerous place, but to simply put your head into the sand and hope that there will never be any disruptions is naïve at the best. Preparing your household for the possibility of food shortages is just sensible, and will allow you to sleep better at night.