Category: Food Shortage

USA: Back To The Wild Wild West This Fall

Yesterday, I was surfing the Internet, reading the latest news, when I stumbled upon a very interesting article on CNN. It was called “Why 2013 will be a year of crisis”, written by David Frum (CNN contributor).

I don’t know if you’ve read it, but if you did, I want to ask you something. Didn’t you just feel like nodding with every single sentence you read? Because I found myself doing just that, from top to bottom. In just 600 words, this article sums up an almost morbid prediction about the coming worldwide food crisis.

Here’s just a few key notes:

Prediction: 2013 will be a year of serious global crisis. That crisis is predictable, and in fact has already begun. It will inescapably confront the next president of the United States. “

“The drought has ruined key crops. The corn harvest is expected to drop to the lowest level since 1995. In just July, prices for corn and wheat jumped about 25% each, prices for soybeans about 17%.”

“Surveys for Gallup find that the typical American family is spending one-third less on foodtoday, adjusting for inflation, than in 1969.”

“When grain prices spiked in 2007-2008, bread riots shook 30 countriesacross the developing world, from Haiti to Bangladesh, according to the Financial Times”

And he ends the article with a conclusion that, as David puts it, is anything but reassuring::

“Will 2013 bring us social turmoil in Brazil, strikes in China or revolution in Pakistan? The answer can probably be read in the price indexes of the commodities exchanges — and it is anything but reassuring.

But what about Americans?

Let’s take the average American and put him face to face with the harshest food crisis of the century. Now, I won’t even compare his situation with the sufferance South Africans deal with, as we’re dealing with two completely different worlds here. I’ll just stick to comparing the before the crisis – after the crisis life of a regular Joe.

First, let’s take the root of all evil: the worst drought in 75 years. The media has been raging on this subject for months now, but I personally doubt Americans actually understand what this drought means to our economy (with some exceptions, obviously).

80% of our crops are currently destroyed, but 95% of Americans are still completely unprepared for the coming crisis. I’m sorry, but I’m just going to deem that as sheer ignorance. I just can’t tell what they imagine they’ll be eating in two months’ time… And how they’ll afford it since prices simply will NOT stop rising.

Last month, predictions said food prices will rise yet another 20% by November… but a surprise came along that forced specialists to change their estimates to the worst:

“U.S. gas prices at highest ever for Labor Day weekend”

gassource: foxnews.com

On Monday, Gasbuddy.com reported an average of $3.80 per gallon of regular gasoline, “the highest price ever recorded during a Labor Day weekend.”This not only means you’ll be thinking long and hard before taking your car out of the garage… but it also means food prices will shoot for the stars in less than two months’ time!

Never have I imagined thinking of a 20% rise in prices and go “Ah, the good times…”. But knowing what awaits us before the autumn ends, I get shivers down my back… And I’m one of those “preppers” with a solid 3-month stockpile and an indoor garden. And I still worry about the future of my family. After all, who knows how long this crisis will last?

So what will average Joe do just two months from now when food will no longer be a commodity, but a luxury product? Who will they go to for help? FEMA? Obama? The same people who left “more than 100,000 people without power”after Hurricane Isaac struck on Monday? Days have gone by and those people are still in pitch dark as you’re reading this.

So who’s going to take care of 313,000,000 Americans after the food crisis ravages the US?

My friendly advice to you, American patriot: get ready NOW and stock as much food as you can for your family, because you’re going to see some violent riots on the streets of your town…

I honestly hope you’ll stay safe and secure. God help us, cause no one else can!

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Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #2: Kids’ Special Sweet Potato Salad

SWEET POTATO SALADphoto source: http://hanimcooks.tumblr.com

I’m back with this week’s emergency food recipe and YES, this time it’s a nutritious treat for the kids.

Of course, it’s not just for the little ones, you can make this simple salad for your whole family and friends. Heck, bring everyone in and serve them this delicious munch! But I can tell you this: kids looove it. And that’s because it’s half meal, half dessert. And you know just how much kids love desserts…

And it’s not just about the taste. Sweet potatoes are very healthy and nutritious. In fact, there are 5 major benefits you get from eating sweet potatoes:

1. They protect your body against illnesses. That’s due to the high amount of vitamin C. As I said in the previous Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week, vitamin C is crucial during a crisis because it helps you fight off illnesses and makes you feel energetic. Also, it helps children develop strong bones and teeth and eases digestion.

It’s an important resource for the ladies, too, as it keeps your skin elastic and young. And recent studies show that vitamin C protects you against toxins that may build up in your and lead to cancer.

Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked to degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.

2. They’re a stress reliever, thanks to vitamin B6. This vitamin is well-known for reducing stress levels, but also for reducing the risk of developing degenerative diseases, such as heart attacks. Very useful in times of crisis, when stress reaches record levels.

3. They actually make you feel happier. Yep, it’s scientifically proven. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin D, critical for the immune system and for the proper functioning of your body.

Now here’s something you may not know: Your body normally produces vitamin D when you’re exposed to sunlight (more in the summer than during the cold season). If you don’t get enough exposure to sunlight, you may develop the seasonal affective disorder, which is a lot like depression, only you can cure it by taking sun baths… or by taking vitamin D.

4. They help your metabolism work better. Let’s all thank good old iron for that, which is crucial to red and white blood cell production, a good immune system and getting long boosts of energy that take us through the day.

5. They keep your heart healthy. They contain potassium, which regulates heartbeat and nerve signals. It also controls the activity of the kidneys.

Now let’s get to our recipe. Here’s what you’ll need to cook this savory salad:

• 2 (15 oz.) cans sweet potatoes (you can drain them if you find it necessary)

• 2 stalks celery (diced)

• 4 green onions (sliced)

• 1 green bell pepper (diced)

• 5 oz. mix of Dijon mustard and salad dressing

• 1/4 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing

• Salt and pepper to taste

Getting all these items is actually the most difficult part. It’s all dead simple from here: just put everything in a large bowl, then mash the potatoes as well as you can. Mix the mashed potatoes with the rest of ingredients and chill in the fridge for an hour. with mix and mash with potato masher. Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for an hour or two.

It only takes 15 minutes to prepare and an hour to make it refreshingly delicious. Then it’s just perfect for filling 6 people’s tummies. Enjoy!

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Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #1: Creamy Mushroom Soup

Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #1: Creamy Mushroom Soup

Welcome to the Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week column!

Every Friday, I’m going to be posting a new delicious recipe you can make with survival foods… and some emergency cooking etiquette advice, to make sure everything goes well.

Now, I’ve got just 3 plain rules when posting these recipes. They have to be:

a. Healthy

b. Easy to make and

c. Delicious!

We start off with a tasty and nutritious mushroom soup.

In fact, it’s not any kind of soup, but a wonderful, creamy one that’s so rich, you’ll get addicted.

But its out-of-this-world taste is not the only reason I chose to post this particular recipe. You see, mushrooms are filled with vitamins like vitamin C, B6, and B12. They’re responsible for boosting your immune system, and a solid immune system is crucial during a crisis. Also, mushrooms help flush toxins out of your body, so you stay away from illnesses. You wouldn’t want to feel weak and helpless when your family needs you the most, would you?

And here’s another reason why mushrooms go so well in emergency meals: they can be used in so many dishes, you could never get bored of including mushrooms in your meals. Their flavor is adaptable, so it brings the best out of every dish you use it in.

Now let’s get to the recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need for this creamy mushroom soup:

• 1 ounce dried mushrooms

• 3 cups boiling water, divided

• 1 cube beef bouillon

• 1 tablespoon dried onions

• 2 tablespoons cornstarch

• 1/8 teaspoon pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

• 1 (13-ounce) can evaporated milk

• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

First of all, you’ll need to boil some water. You can boil it outside, on a grill, or inside your house, on a stove or even in your fireplace, if you have one.

After the water starts boiling, place mushrooms in a saucepan and cover them with 1 cup of boiling water. Let them stand for 10 – 12 minutes while they get all juicy, then check the package to see how they need to be processed (remove the stems, peel them etc)

Put the saucepan on the stove (or whatever you’re using as heat source) and turn the heat to medium. Add beef bouillon and dried onions and them stir to mix. Keep stirring until it boils and then let it simmer for 4-5 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients (cornstarch, pepper, thyme) and let it simmer until the soup gets a thick, creamy texture. Pour the milk and heat again until it almost comes to a boil again.

Serve it while it’s still hot (not too hot!), but not before you top it with some Parmesan cheese. Enjoy it with your spouse and your kids, as it is enough for 4 people.

All this will take you no more than 30 minutes: 15 minutes to prepare the mushrooms and the other ingredients and another 15 to cook them. Easy and delicious!

Bon appetit!

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