In the United States and other Western countries, we take food for granted. It has always been cheap relative to our incomes, and obtaining food is as easy as going to the local supermarket. But we can’t afford to take food for granted anymore. A global food shortage is looming. Regardless of where you live, the food shortage and ensuing crisis will affect you. Here is why and how millions of people worldwide are making preparations.
Why Would a Global Food Shortage Happen?
Food shortages is something that over 900 million people worldwide already know about. At the risk of sounding cold-hearted, it isn’t really surprising that you’ve got people starving in places like Sub-Sahara Africa. After all, you can’t grow much in the desert! And decades of war and corruption have made for bad infrastructure so food supplies can’t get in. But food shortage in America? Yes, even in developed countries a food crisis is soon to happen. Don’t think you are immune just because you live in a wealthy country. Here are the reasons why the looming issue cannot be overlooked any longer:
Regardless of what you think about the human role in global warming, you can’t deny that weather conditions are changing. We’ve seen huge hurricanes, heat waves, and massive droughts are affecting the country. The recent California drought opened a lot of people’s eyes – and that drought is only a taste of what could happen. The state lost 30% of its cropland and $2 billion. On a global scale, the results are even more devastating. A UN Report on climate change predicts that even a slight increase in global temperature will cause a 2% decrease in grain production and massive flooding will ensue. The result? Massive famine and wars over resources.
Lack of Resources
Need I remind you that there are over 7 billion people living on this planet? By 2050, it is estimated that the global population will raise to 9 billion. In order to feed all of these people, we will need to increase food production by 70%, says the FAO. It takes a lot of land, water, and energy to grow food, and these are things we don’t have an abundance of.
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
If you still don’t know about the threat of EMP, I suggest you read this post on What is EMP? If an EMMP event were to occur, whether from terrorist attack or a solar flare, it could cause a massive grid outage across entire continents. We might not need electricity to grow food, but we do rely on electricity and the grid for pretty much everything that goes into growing and distributing food. Without farm machinery, sprinkler systems, storage warehouses, and delivery trucks, people will not be able to shop for food. Anyone without their own food supply will quickly starve.
Any type of disaster, such as a terrorist attack on the water supply, could affect food production. True, this might not result in a global food shortage. But, as we will talk about below, even short-term, small food shortages can spiral into massive problems.
Food Shortages Lead to Global Chaos
We’ve got plenty of land in the United States for growing food, so we should be able to survive a food shortage – right? Wrong! You might not realize it, but we are already feeling the toll from food shortages.
When a food shortage occurs, the first thing that happens is the price of food increases. Populations don’t react well to this, and riots ensue. Just look at what happened in the Middle East starting around 2008. Food prices drastically increased, and this directly led to riots in Egypt, Tunisia, and other places around the Arab world. The World Bank reports that 51 riots in 37 countries in the past 8 years are linked to food shortage.
These riots lead to outright war. This is already happening! Food shortage is one of the main underlying causes of the Syrian war. I don’t care where you live; this affects you. You might not care about starving Syrians trying to survive war, but you will care when think about the aftermath: the influx of millions of refugees, the breakdown of the European Union, and, since hungry people are easy to radicalize, the rise of terrorism and ISIS.
All this is ALREADY HAPPENING. Imagine how bad things will get when the food shortages get worse?
How to Prepare for Looming Food Shortage
During a small-scale disaster, we may be able to rely on the government to help us through a rough patch, such as when they give out food rations and other emergency supplies. But the government isn’t going to be able to help everyone during a global food shortage. The likely outcome is a complete breakdown in government and every man and woman fending for themselves.
This doesn’t mean we are doomed. Nor does it mean that humanity is doomed. In fact, the point I want to get across here is a positive message: If you take steps to prepare, we can get through this disaster.
Here are the steps you need to take to be prepared for a large-scale, long-term food shortage.
1. Stockpile Food and Water
Having a supply of food and water isn’t going to help you survive a long-term food crisis. However, everyone should have at least a 30 day supply on hand to help them through any rough patches. Read this post for what foods to stockpile.
2. Stockpile Emergency Supplies
When a food crisis occurs, it won’t just be food which will be in high demand. The disaster may result in a huge demand for items like medicines, generators, tools, and other supplies. See this post about what non-food items to stockpile.
3. Prepare a Survival Property
If possible, you should have a secure site that you can retreat to in cases of large-scale disaster. This property should be secluded, easy to defend, and have a sustainable source of food and water. Read how to choose a survival property location here.
4. Become Self-Sufficient
The threat of a global food crisis means that we MUST learn to be self-sufficient for our food and water. You cannot rely on supermarkets to provide you and your family with sustenance. Now is the time to learn valuable food production skills and methods. These go well beyond gardening, such as using rainwater collection systems, hydroponics, and aquaponics. Learn about food production systems here.