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In the 18 and 1900s it was normal to store food for lean times, from Victorian times right up to the advent of supermarkets in the 1960s most familes had pantries and larders that mum would keep as well stocked as possible. Mum and Gran probably remember rationing and shortages from during the two world wars and the lean times between.
We got arogant and smug in the late 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s ( cept for survivalists) We believed the food and fuel would always be in the shops 24/7/365 and easily affordable prices. Now that bubble has burst, Crazy storms like the Canadian Ice storm and a few of the huge hurricanes that hit Florida, plus various global events have shown us that people in civilised technologically advanced nations can end up going weeks without food, power or clean water. The weird weather has buggered up wheat and Rice crops again this year so for the first time in 60 years India, Vietnam, China Thailand etc are no longer exporting rice to the west. the cost of fuel is making farming in the west very expensive, and its made worse by the crap weather. Only a fool is not setting aside a bit of extra food while they can. The wise ( us ) are storing food, fuel, tools, medical supplies, extra prescription goods, specs, Glasses, Hearing aides, clothing etc while its still basicall available and affordable. Just like Gran used to.