There is a serious food supply emergency going on right now. We don’t have to wait any longer folks. In fact, I would say we are at Level Orange with very little more required to push us to Level Red. No. I’m not spewing fear and chaos. I’m trying to share information with you laid out in a rational, factual manner so that you can be aware and to take measures to insure that you are affected by this food crisis as minimally as possible. Remember. I don’t teach fear. I teach preparedness.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t see this food crisis.
I feel like our blindness of this crisis has a very accurate analogy. It’s much like the battered woman who simply does not see that she and her children are in imminent danger. She’s blinded to the danger due to her belief system in herself, her spouse, and her desperate emotions. Why are we likely as blind to our aggressor? Well, to be frank, because there’s an awful lot of money at stake which is specifically focused to make sure that we don’t see it. Unfortunately, it’s those who are supposed to be protecting us that are the biggest stake holders in the success of our demise. They, too, are either woefully blind or meanly aware of their actions. As such, there is a great deal that most of us Americans are unaware of when it comes to their food supplies. We are so trusting and assuming that organizations such as the FDA, the USDA and our government as a whole will protect us—especially when it comes to something so vital as our food sources. Unfortunately, at the risk of sounding like a cliché, I can honestly say that I know that what we don’t know will, indeed, kill us.
To add insult to injury the crisis is actually two-fold. We are in danger of a free-falling supply of food as well as a serious crisis of nutrition in our foods.
In an effort to properly educate us and PROTECT us so that we can prepare ahead of time in the areas of physical mental and food storage, I’m writing this series about our nations food supplies. What’s in it? Who controls it? What are the vulnerabilities? What about an actual food shortage? And what we can all do to ensure that we are in the best health possible in spite of a serious failure to provide nutritious foods For starters, I’m just going to do a little overview of the food supple scene as it is now. Remember, in spite of the length of this article, this is only scratching the surface.
Medical Anomalies - Food and Nutrition Deficiencies
Have you noticed the overwhelming number of girls who are starting their menses at only 10 years old? Even instances of girls being only 8 years old are on the rise. In 1980 the average age of girls beginning menstruation was 12.8. In such girls who experience early menstruation their height is stilted as well. Why? ("Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler, MPH)
Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans born after the year 2000 WILL have some type of onset diabetes? That’s up from “only” 6.2% of Americans having diabetes as reported as late as 2000. With minority groups, that number goes up to 1 in 2! Yes, HALF of all minorities are expected to have onset diabetes. Yup, diabetes, that same disease which causes blindness, neuropathy, stroke, and death. (“Food Inc.”)
Were you aware that the food allergies have increased by over 40% just in the last 10 years? In my opinion, it is just another one of those things that are misnamed in order to be politically correct. It shouldn’t be “food allergies.” It should be appropriately called chemical allergies. What’s even more alarming is that for every case of food allergy that’s reported, there are another 2 or 3 that are not!
For the first time in history, this generation of children is expected to have a SHORTER life span than their parents. Why? (“Food Inc.”)
The occurrence of pediatric kidney stones is on the rise. Conservatively speaking it’s risen an astonishing 500% over the last five years. For an example, at the Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia, they used to get 10 pediatric kidney patients a year. Now, they are seeing that many every week! 10 years ago it would be rare to have a child with a kidney stone. (ChildrensHospital.org)
Did you know that the last 5 years have involved more instances of contaminants, and recalls of our food supply than all of the previous years put together? (Author’s own study using various sources of statistics)
In 2008, the FDA only did 9,164 food production inspections, whereas they did over 50,000 of them in 1972. Doesn’t make much sense considering the dramatic INCREASE in food production companies in the U.S.—not a decrease, eh? It also doesn’t make sense when our taxes are raised substantially to provide for these kinds of services and yet we’re getting less of them. What’s changed? The power of the food production has trickled to a select few, providing these few production companies with as much power as the head of the Federal Reserve. For example, in 1970 the top meat producers controlled only 25% of the market. Now a mere 4 companies control 80% of the meat market.
As the industrialization of food production spreads through our country and subsequently the world, true blue farmers are nearing extinction status. Today you are more likely to personally know a child pedophile than you are a farmer. Only 1 in 5,000 homes actually try to raise some of their own produce, meat, and dairy supplies. This is primarily due to the deep recession we are experiencing, not because of a desire for more nutritious foods.
The Monsanto group has crafted a truly evil regime in which they take mafia-like tactics towards any farmer who refuses to grow their GMO altered soybean. This unrelenting posture forces uncooperative farmers into bankruptcy or giving in rather than fighting. Monsanto has even gone so far as to hire their own, large, full-time group of thugs to secretly investigate farms all over the U.S. and encourage a Nazi-like tattle tale system in order to reveal any farmers who may be storing their own seeds! (No law enforcement here folks. Just hired civilian thugs which wield the power to bring any farmer to their knees if they don’t cooperate.) In fact, at the risk of sounding dramatic, while doing some more research for this story I was warned that they could come after ME and ruin my life for criticizing their tactics or products. Even worse, the USDA has no authority to actually shut down a repeat offender of food production. Regardless of how many times they’ve been found to have fecal matter in their food or chemical contaminants, the USDA is powerless to penalize them with anything substantial but money. They simply cannot shut them down for consistently ignoring the safety of their product. In addition, the food recalls that do see the light of day are slow to make their way into the media. In spite of a deadly virus such as e-coli or salmonella found in a food source (which can kill in a matter of hours) it can take as much as ten days to alert the public.
I find a bit more than annoying that I have to sign some major disclosure when I go to the health food store to purchase good, wholesome, whole milk right from a dairy farmer, but there’s no requirement for the food manufacturers to tell me where my food is produced, full disclosure of chemicals used in the growth process, nor any disclosure that a product is GMO. I also take exception of the fact that McDonald’s doesn’t have to disclose that their meat has fillers in it, which contain ammonia. Last time I checked, any bottle of ammonia I have in the house had a “poison symbol” on it.
The good news is that organic food farms have increased by 20% every year for the past 3 years. The bad news is that they are being purchased by the same food production offenders armed with deep pockets and still intent on making nutrition decisions based on bank accounts.
So, what does this have to do with your preparedness efforts? Everything. Let’s face it. Our nutrition isn’t being decided by nutritionists and well-informed consumers. It’s being decided in the boardrooms all over the world. That is a crisis in and of itself. We have to make decisions today and take the appropriate actions to better control the food supply that is used by our household. Here are just a few ideas that I suggest.
- Storing and stocking up now will prevent us from being helpless subjects to enormous price increases when the real food shortages begin to hit us this year.
- Learning how to sprout our nutrition will provide us with a healthy source of high nutrients completely void of pesticides, hormones, and chemicals.
- Utilizing freeze-dried foods in our diet which have been cleaned of chemicals prior to the freezing process.
- Learning how to garden in a small amount of space using natural insecticides such as Diatomaceous Earth.
- Counteracting the nasty foods we are exposed to by committing to a nutrition regime which actually penetrates to the cellular level of our body.
- Learn how to make and utilize “wheat meat” in our kitchen dishes so that we can have clean protein in our bodies.
This article is just scraping the surface regarding our food and nutrition supply. I’ll deal more in depth with several of the issues I’ve introduced throughout this week. In the meantime, do a little bit of research yourself on what you’re regularly bringing into your home.
Remember, Peaceful Preparedness.
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