posted on Apr, 23 2008 @ 02:11 PM
After reading the posts on this string and thinking about all the different perspectives people have on this subject, I would like to give you the
perspective of a long time food merchant and preparedness proponent (that would be me
There are world wide reasons for the shortages and price increases; wheat rust destroyed the wheat in some parts South Africa and spread wheat rust
via a cyclone off of Oman to the middle east. It spread to Pakistan and is traveling to India. The wheat rust is virulent and most strains of wheat
grown world wide are susceptible.
There has been a major shortfall of rice due to pestilence in Viet Nam and Thailand (Basmati, Jasmine and several other rices come from these areas).
What rice we have already in the USA (or grow in the USA) is all we will have until their problems are resolved.These countries are not exporting so
that they can feed thier own and keep up their reserves. Australia has had a severe drought- they aren't even trying to grow rice or much else for
Corn is being used as biofuel instead of food. This impacts not only corn products but also beef, chicken, goat which are fed corn. Anyone seen the
price of milk or eggs recently?
These are real
problems, not ploys to drum up panic. They are not isolated incidents, the USA isn't immune... as a food merchant I have a back
stage view of the industry and it isn't good.
It is much better to be prudent and put by a supply of your most used food items so that you can weather whatever is ahead, whether it is an
inconvenience or a crisis. Store what you eat, eat what you store, and preserve your long term food investment in a moisture proof, oxygen free
environment. It is easy to do and I will be glad to tell you how, if that is permissible on this forum. I am new to the forum and don't know all the
ins and outs yet.
Is anyone interested in knowing how to keep their food bug free and good for years ? If so maybe I can post the info somewhere so everyone can have