"It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it." - George Ellis
Things ain't lookin' too good out there. A possible economic downturn, food and supply shortages, and egg prices skyrocketing. It's hard to say what's gonna happen, but one thing's for sure – we folks who love Preserving know the importance of being prepared.
Natural disasters, unexpected events, and disruptions in the supply chain can happen anywhere, and we ain't takin' no chances. In this short article, we're gonna talk about how we can make sure that our families have access to the resources we need during tough times.
STRATEGIES FOR BEATING FOOD SHORTAGES
There are a few ways we can beat food shortages. Here are four of the most effective strategy:
1. BUILDING A PANTRY STOCKPILE
Stocking up on non-perishable items like canned goods, rice, beans, and dried pasta is a great way to prepare for a potential food shortage. Throw in some frozen items like meats, fruits, and vegetables and you're set. A pantry stockpile will make sure you have food on hand in case of a shortage.
2. GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD
If you got a backyard or a balcony, startin' a small garden and growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to beat food shortages. Joining a community garden is also a good idea, it'll allow you to share resources with other gardeners in the area. Growing your own food will make sure you're well-fed even during a shortage.
3. PRESERVING FOOD FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE
Canning, dehydrating, and freezing food is a great way to prepare for a food shortage. It'll extend the shelf life of your food and make sure you have access to nutritious, delicious meals even during a shortage.
4. GETTING INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
Getting involved in the community is a great way to prepare for a food shortage. You can join a local food co-op, which will allow you to purchase food in bulk and get discounts on groceries. You can also join a community garden or participate in a food-sharing program. Getting involved in the community is a great way to make sure you have access to healthy, affordable food during a food shortage.
5. BUILD AN EMERGENCY KIT
It might seem over-fetched to build an emergency kit, but in this day and age – it’s better to be safe & prepared than sorry. Building an emergency kit is an essential part of preparing for any potential disaster. Some essential items to include in your kit are a flashlight with extra batteries, a whistle, a dust mask, local maps, copies of important documents, food and water, a first aid kit, tools, clothing and bedding, medications, and pet supplies.
Food shortages can be a scary thing, but with the right strategies, we Americans can make sure our families always have access to healthy, affordable food. By building a pantry stockpile, growing your own food, preserving food for long-term storage, getting involved in the community, and joining local food co-ops and buying in bulk, we can make sure we're always prepared again.