There was a time when the worst crisis anyone could think about was ‘nuclear war’. It seemed so unreal, that unless someone was convinced to dig an underground bomb shelter or store tubes of awful-tasting emergency rations, the fear of nuclear war didn’t cause many people to live their lives any differently.
But today we know that ‘crisis’ is much closer to home. Today the average family is much more likely to experience a ‘crisis’ that changes their normal daily life. What exactly is a ‘food crisis’? A ‘food crisis’ is anything that affects you being able to get enough food for yourself and your family.
Today we are watching many different crises playing out on the worldwide stage. According to recent United Nations statistics, about 925 million, or 1 in 7, people went hungry in 2010. The number one cause of hunger is poverty, and most people who went hungry were in developing nations.
But just this year alone we have seen global political unrest, toppling of long-time political leaders, rioting in the streets, the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East, countries stuck in debt and close to bankruptcy.
In the United States, often a beacon of prosperity to the poor in other countries, there is a political stalemate in Washington DC. A black cloud hangs over the nation – millions have lost their homes to Survive a Food Crisis foreclosure, about 14 million are without jobs and millions more are working part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs. Food and gas prices are spiking; it’s not surprising anymore to see the stock market tumble several hundred points in a day. The country continues to fall deeper into debt while politicians argue about what safety net programs must be cut. Almost every U.S. state is suffering financial shortfalls. The United States of America does not even have an accurate count of how many of its citizens sleep in the streets at night.
But debt and deficits are the work of man – we’ve seen cataclysmic natural disasters in the past few years too. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti from which that island nation has not yet recovered. The March 2011 record-breaking earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, volcanic eruptions: seemingly an onslaught of natural disasters have happened in gigantic proportions all over the world since the beginning of this century.
If you think you are secure, think again. Sudden illness, job loss, unexpected death of a loved one – these are life events that happen to all people. How prepared are you to feed yourself and your family if you lose your source of income tomorrow? How many meals can you cook with the food that is in your house right now?
The only thing we can do is to face forward. The only thing in front of us is the future. The best person to take care of you is you.
We hope this book will help you in preparing to meet tomorrow, no matter what it brings with it. We will show you ways to survive any food crisis. And when you are ready to survive a crisis, you become the lighthouse in a storm that can reach out to help others.
Get ready to face forward.