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Many people think that a food crisis would be a rare event, but the reality is that it is already happening.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, at least one in eight people are suffering from constant undernourishment. There are varied reasons for this, from poverty to natural disaster, conflicts to disease, but just because these issues do not seem to be affecting your directly at this moment, be sure that they will. We live in a global economy, which means none of us is immune to a food crisis. Add in the fact that as the population increases, so does the demand for food.

Of course, you probably have already been experiencing certain forms of a food crisis, such as the drastic increase in peanut butter and other products due to poor crops, and the fact that finding healthy nutrient-rich food is getting harder and harder. Most of the food we now consume is genetically modified (GMO), contains toxic artificial ingredients, and is possibly killing us in the long term.  (To learn more about GMO food and the eFoods Difference, click here.)

Don’t care about all of that? What about how quickly shelves get emptied at your local store when bad weather is predicted? Imagine what those stores would look like if something more serious were to happen. The normal panic for milk, bread and eggs would turn into mass panic for everything.

Finally, what if your source of income were suddenly limited or cut off completely? How would you feed yourself and your family if your food budget were reduced or vanished completely?

The only way, I repeat the only way, to survive a food crisis, short-term or long-term is to be prepared for it. It will happen, eventually. Here are some ways to be prepared.

Stockpile Food

Consider your stockpile of food as insurance. By investing in this food bank, you know that you will survive. Include plenty of easy to prepared food storage meals, water, salt, shortening, supplements, and extra long-storing staples such as powdered milk, peanut butter and canned fish. Make sure to only choose safe, non GMO food without artificial ingredients.

Stock more, much more food, than you think you will actually need. This is by far the easiest way to insure survival during a food crisis. If you do nothing else, make sure you have a healthy stockpile of food.

Produce Food

Learn now how to produce your own food. This will be essential if the food system crumbles, and your stockpile runs dry. Five little laying hens can produce a good, inexpensive protein source. A garden can give you an abundance of life-saving vegetables.  A pond or fish tank can produce more protein with the added benefit of important omega nutrients. Bees provide honey, which is not only a sweetener, but also a natural antibacterial salve.

These are just a few examples of how you can cultivate your own food sources.

Learn to Preserve Food

Sometimes food can come in bounty, from your garden or an unexpected source. You should be prepared to take advantage of anything that comes your way and preserve any food that you cannot consume immediately. Canning, pickling, dehydrating and smoking are all valuable food preparation skills to learn, and you may need them for food insurance if you did not stock enough in your food bank.

Make sure that your family is prepared for a food shortage by preparing now.

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