There are always lessons to be learned from watching what goes on in other areas during crises. For the last several years Venezuela has been having food shortages, infrastructure problems and inflation. While this is an oil rich country, their socialistic economic policies have pushed them into a major food crisis.
Yesterday I received some information on the current food crisis in Venezuela. Food is in short supply and very expensive when you can get it. Supermarkets are locked into a system that controls their sales. They are not permitted to sell Venezuelans food 15 days since their purchase of the same product. At the same time, prices are skyrocketing.
Because people are hungry, they are starting to experience looting at shopping malls, pharmacies, supermarkets and food trucks. All the while people are chanting, “We are hungry”. Recently six Venezuelan members of the military were arrested for stealing goats, the Fort Manaure military base was out of food.
Hunting dogs, cats and pigeons is common. Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said “the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food”.
Many families have had to cut down to just one or two meals a day. Victoria Mata said: “We are eating less because you can’t find the foods and when they appear, the queues are hellish and we cannot buy. Now we do not eat three meals, we are eating two meals a day, if we have them.”
These are hungry Venezuelans protesting that their children are dying from lack of food and medicine and that they do not have enough water or electricity. The situation is now starting to turn violent with demonstrations and looting. This has resulted in some vigilante justice. An alleged thief in Caracas, Venezuela, was beaten up and burned alive in the street.
People are eating anything that is edible including garbage and wild plants. During this type of situation a good food storage, knowledge of how to forage for wild foods and a good garden would make all the difference. But don’t forget you need to protect it from others. The best ways is to have it hidden and not to have to use violence.
Learn from the example that we see occurring in other countries. But keep in mind cultural differences; on the whole the Venezuelans are not as spoiled as Americans and can probably handled their food crisis better than we would handle one.