Friday, September 9, 2011

The Reality of Food Scarcity, Famine, and Massive Disruptions to Our Food Supply

Mac Slavo

Since the end of the Great Depression the greater majority of the American people have given little thought to the idea that food is scarce. Unlike most other countries, even those who have no gainful employment are still able to acquire food in one way or another in America – be it through private or public assistance. We’ve been the richest country in the world for over a century, and with that comes the ability to acquire food before any other nations have a shot at the bidding process. The leftovers – like rotten meat and dairy products – are often then distributed to second and third world nations, essentially leaving them to fight over our scraps. Here in America, we toss out millions of pounds of uneaten food, often from ‘single portion’ plates capable of feeding entire families in poorer African and Asian countries. But, as American wages continue to drop (adjusted for inflation, of course), jobs are lost, debts are taken to never before seen levels, and tens of millions join the global population yearly, the food scarcity that has so eluded us for decades may become reality even here – and much sooner than we think.

The only plausible solutions are a return to personal farming practices, or at the very least, local community farming in one way or another. It is simply irresponsible to depend on someone several thousand miles, or an ocean, away to deliver our food to us. This solution, arguably, may be considered overly optimistic and not grounded in reality. We can only advise our readers to take matters into their own hands. The government certainly won’t be there to help when you need it most. Personal food production, whether it be in the form of micro farming or micro-livestocking, will ensure that when those grocery store shelves become empty, you and your family will have something to eat. Storing up supplies and becoming proficient in the production methods yourself is really the only way to ensure your food will be there when you need it.

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