Food shortages and Chinese Imports

For years some of us have been telling you to stock up on food.  Many people have listened and followed this advice.  For those of you who have not and are starting late don’t waste time.   We are seeing food prices rise across the United States every day.   I never thought that I would see a major company like Mountain House have to discontinue sales of #10 cans so that they can fill the back orders.  Freeze Dried and Dehydrated foods are in such demand that the suppliers cannot meet it.

In addition droughts in China, floods in Australia and Pakistan have affected the grain markets.  Russia just recently banned all exporting of wheat.  The global food price index hit a new record high for the third straight month, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said today. The index averaged 236 points in February, 2.2 percent higher than the previous all-time high set in January of this year.

Food prices in the United States will continue to rise.  If you are just starting or behind in your food storage, there are a few things you can do.  First don’t go into debt to acquire food.  Buy what you can afford, learn to can, buy a little extra every time you go to the store.  If you know a member of the LDS Church (Mormon) talk to them they can give you good advice and may take you to one of their canneries.

Beware of what you are buying; the Chinese are now exporting freeze dried and dehydrated food into the U.S.  Friends in the storage food industry tell me that they are being contacted by the Chinese and offered products that they consider to be inferior.  I have added a few links so that you can check this out for yourselves.  The following links are to Chinese suppliers selling in the U.S.

http://www.easybizchina.com/FreeMember/products/17835/guangxi_endu_high_tech_co___ltd/freeze_dried_fruit-1.Html

http://www.diytrade.com/china/4/products-list/0-k-c-1/dried_vegetable.html?&biz=10

http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/freeze-dried-chinese-yam.html

I would recommend that when you purchase freeze dried and dehydrated foods that you stay with the older established companies and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  FreezeDryGuy is a good option.

Don’t give up hope, just do your best and remember every item you add to your storage will save you money and add to your food insurance.

Howard

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