Create a deep larder, now before a food crisis
The U.S. food chain is fragile.
The food chain hangs in a delicate balance, though most people
don't know about it. The average American isn't aware of how
vulnerable and dependent we are that every link in the food
chain works for us as perfectly as it does. There are many
things that could disrupt the grocery supply...
Things that could disrupt the grocery
Many natural and man-made disasters could prevent the
groceries from making it to local stores...
#1: Warehouse fire.
A simple warehouse fire could limit the food coming to your
locale, particularly if you live in a remote part of the country.
It's a temporary inconvenience, but could be devastating for the
unprepared who may not have the ability to drive long distances.
#2: Blown Transformer.
If a grocery store's transformer blows, then the entire frozen
food section is gone with it.
#3: Natural causes.
Natural disasters such as always create local food shortages,
- Drought ~ The food supply always decreases with drought.
There's an extreme vulnerability of the current agricultural
state based on the supply of water. In times of extreme
drought farmers crops will fail and we will have to import
food from other sources. This will bring sharp increases in
food prices and can disrupt the grocery supply in significant
ways. Droughts and dust-bowl storms of the 1930s
contributed to the Great Depression and disrupted the food
- hurricanes ~ Before the hurricanes, canned goods and
water run out, along with snack foods, bread, and other
sundries. Also before the hurricanes hit, plywood and nails
run out. After the hurricanes, blackouts may occur leaving
refrigerated food supply questionable. Truck routes are cut
off and it may also take a while to restock the sales
shelves. Cattle had no water or food and farmers did mass
slaughtering to avoid slow and painful death of their
- floods ~ Flooding can limit the food supply by cutting off
roads. Also, before the floods, the sandbags and shovels
- earthquakes ~ after an earthquake the grocery stores may
be closed to put undented foods back on the sales shelves
and to clean up the broken glass.
#4: Long term disasters.
#5: Economic Collapse.
In a hyper-inflation scenario, soaring gas prices might be too
cost prohibitive to distribute foods. In Venezuela today, such an
economic collapse exists.
#6: ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP).
An Electro Magnetic Pulse brings many consequences that could
disrupt the food supply. In addition to the modern conveniences
of refrigeration that vehicles will be unable to start as the
electrical components would be fried.
There are two ways that a pandemic can have an effect on the
- A pandemic could wipe out certain kinds of products.
During the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic, local stores ran out of
what limited supply surgical masks and respirators they
had on hand. In the Ebola pandemic of 2014 local
pharmacies ran out of bleach and Nitrile gloves.
- People could stop working during a pandemic. In a
pandemic situation, truck drivers and the people who stock
the shelves may not want to risk their lives getting
exposed. Or worse yet, the drivers may be dead and the
company is unable to continue the route. Even the healthy
won't want to get out, and that includes the grocery store
clerk and the warehouse personnel. No one wants to go to
work if it means they might die of the pandemic
#8: Supply chain management.
In the good old days, grocery stores stocked back rooms with
inventory of canned and dry goods, and they replenished the
shelves as needed from this stock. In other words, there was
more food in the back. That was back in the day...
Unfortunately, supermarkets today have virtually no back room
warehouse. Managers order twice weekly. Merchandise comes
off the pallet and directly onto store shelves, quickly and
efficiently. What you see is what you get. Trucks may be
unable to deliver food for many reasons.
------------------------------------------------- Revised -05/15/18
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