People have been keeping pantries for centuries! It isn't new. I keep seeing posts about "how do I do this?" "where do I start?". It truly boggles my little brain. I guess being raised the way I was, I just always thought everyone made sure there was ample supplies to take care of the family for longer than a few days.
I always thought KEEPING a deep pantry was normal behavior.
I know many don't have funds for big shops. I know many don't have tons of room. I know many are just getting by. BUT getting even a couple extra cans a week, or storing under the bed, or utilizing food pantries for extra - just seems normal and makes sense to me.
People have used cellars, cold storage and deep pantries for ages. Ladies dried many goods to keep them - including smoking meat. They used nature at every opportunity, as many had no money. Men fished and hunted. Folks foraged for berries, greens, nuts, grains - whatever they could find. The creek was the water source in many instances.
I wonder WHY people think today is special!!!! Yes there are some empty shelves, yes there world tensions, yes there have been much higher prices----- but this has all happened before. Over and over.
There have been many wars. There have been many, many recessions. There has been the great depression. There has been drought, floods, hurricanes, volcanos, earthquakes and pestilence. There has always been feast of famine.
If you don't know that - then you have never read the Bible or a history book!
Farmers have had problems forever. Some years are great, others have been a bust. I keep hearing about the govt. pays farmers not to grow. Well, that started in the 30's. There was such a glut of crops being harvested, that it made the prices drop. The govt. stepped in to stop that. Being prolific obviously was not good for retail!
We have had mad cow disease and avian flue many times. It is a cycle that happens.
Fires - everyone thinks there is some huge conspiracy happening. Think about it. There 10's of thousands of plants in the U.S. alone. If you do a little research, you will see that there are over 1,000 plant fires in U.S. each year! Nothing new.
Gas prices are up. OH MY GOODNESS - this has surely happened before. I remember gas shortages and high prices in the 70's. You had a lottery on what days to buy gas - could wait in line for hours and then get none. Yep!
I remember the panic in the 80's with the market crash. Y2K had people going nuts. 2008 was a big recession. 70's energy crisis. 2012 was supposed to be the end of the world according to the Myan calendar. C19 happened and caused people to go nuts.
Hoarding and panic caused a lot of the shortages and still is. Lack of people working due to many plants closing and laying people off (due to threat of illness) caused some shortages. Greed caused a lot of the higher prices. Governments in all their crazy 'wisdom/decisions' (she says sarcastically) has caused a ton of problems.
Stuff happens - it always has.
THAT IS WHY WE KEEP PANTRIES!
Starts with you.....
We all need to encourage each other and support each other - don't spread misinformation and don't spread PANIC! Don't spread conspiracies - just because you believe something, doesn't make it true. There is research out there, that shows what our history has been - and well, we all know history usually repeats itself.
YES, prepare your pantries and your lauders. Plant and grow what you can. Learn to glean and forage. Have a plan. You need to take care of yourself and your family. You need to be prepared for ANY emergency - it can be anything. Make sure you have supplies for more than few days. Most stores will run out within days if there is a huge crisis in the country. You need to take care of you - no one else will.
STOP being afraid and spreading fear. STOP letting Satan discourage you. That is exactly what happens when you fret and fear. God gave us all we need on this earth and he gave us a mind to THINK and to help ourselves. Have faith and go forward with confidence.
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off; but those who wait for the Lord shall possess the land.
Keep stocking - don't panic.
We have this - if you want to spread something - let it be hope and encouragement.