Skip to comments.Are feds stockpiling survival food?
Posted on 07/24/2008 6:58:30 AM PDT by Perdogg
A Wall Street Journal columnist has advised people to "start stockpiling food" and an ABC News Report says "there are worrying signs appearing in the United States where some locals are beginning to hoard supplies." Now there's concern that the U.S. government may be competing with consumers for stocks of storable food.
"We're told that the feds bought the entire container of canned butter when it hit the California docks. (Something's up!)," said officials at Best Prices Storable Foods in an advisory to customers.
Spokesman Bruce Hopkins told WND he also has had trouble obtaining No. 10 cans of various products from one of the world's larger suppliers of food stores, Oregon Freeze Dry.
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The government purchase of butter may be along the same line as the cheese purchase. Price support.
Beer/spam/beans at my house.
Years ago when I was in the cold storage biz, we had truckload after truckload of butter (packed in something like 68 pound blocks) stored in the freezer....same freebie program as cheese.
One whole side of our garage is cabinets from floor to almost ceiling. Until recently they were filled with junk. I cleaned them out and everytime I go to the grocery store I buy extra of stuff on sale to store in there.
Guess I am nuts but my grandmother always had about a 6 mnth supply of goods that could be eaten during ‘bad times’. Maybe she rubbed off on me. lol
Good idea. I’ll do that to get started. Thanks.
Is that the same cheese Matt Farley eats down by the river?
I, for one, welcome our butter hoarding overlords!
HAIL BUTTER HOARDERS!
A war with Iran would not cause massive food shortages in the US. Article makes no sense. Using ethanol as energy might, if the government doesn’t let prices adjust to accomodate shortages of corn and the downstream shotages that will be created as a result.
‘Clean up’ after a neutron bomb would require just such ‘volume’ to cart off the rotting corpses.
I rotate 60 days worth of canned-goods and water through the house.
It's easy, just buy them on sale (things you would use anyway), date them and put them in plastic bins in the basement. Bring out a few of the oldest ones every month to rotate into kitchen cabinets.
I should be able to secure another source of food within a couple of months - esp. after the Feds have moved everyone out that cannot shelter-in-place.
Am I nuts? A bunch of losers in New Orleans wish they were as nuts as me.
Otherwise known as the Hutts. ;^)
Being an engineer, when I first started thinking about this, I focused on how you could rig up a system so you would put the cans you buy at one end, and when you took things off the other end, everything would automatically move down the row :-)
We probably have food in the freezer that has been there since the last major power outage, which was several years ago.
We probably have boxes of mix from last decade, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find a can of soup from the 80s if I looked hard enough.
But it’s not purposeful, we are just horrendously disorganized in our food storage. The only food that comes and goes regularly is the chocolate... :-)
On a serious note...the tea leaves have prompted perparations at the woolly ranch. Every grocery trip includes long term preparations and represents about 10% of each grocery bill.
THe MRE idea is also a good one, for the most simple reason being they are so portable. In the event of a bugout, the MRE cases load up quickly. Will be picking up a few cases of those in the near future. Before the Hutts get there!
People laugh at the survivalists/crazy/prepared folks. But when their jobs get outsourced or down-sized, you can be sure they wish they had been a survivalist/crazy/prepared.
Last week, I began shopping for the non-hybrid seeds for a back yard garden. Next weekend I'll be pricing the topsoil, peat, and tools necessary. I've already picked up a half-dozen gardening books applicable to this zone.
Resourcful thinking is how my grandparents made it through the 30’s. Grandma is 99 y/o (100 in Dec) and still a feisty one and even she sees that we are in deep stuff.
Maybe they are believing this guy. http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2064785/6509164
Not saying I believe him but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did happen.
Now the important thing is the government is buying food in tin cans. Are they buying manual can openers as well or do they think everybody will use their electric can openers in a big disaster.
>Is Survivalism for crazy people?
Just curious what Freepers think.<
You’re “paranoid” until something happens. After that, you were just “well prepared”.
with gas prices what they are, and grocery prices what they are, you don't want to be running out of things or paying top dollar for everything....
sure....sometimes you have to have something and you can't wait for a sale....so you have to counter act that by buying many other items when they are on sale....
It's all about 'pre-need' funeral insurance/trusts/plans.
They pay huge commissions to the sales people (who are universally used car salesman type scum). But often don't realize much profit until the 'beneficiary' dies.
So if you have purchased pre-need you can count on the fact that the funeral company has already purchased and stored anything they economically can (and taken their profits). They had a Y2K issue on headstones where people lived too long. Lets not even mention what happens when they 'overbook' a bone yard.
My second job out of college. Writing software for undertakers. They hadn't a clue. -3 CIMM