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Is The U.S. Government Stockpiling Food In Anticipation Of A Major Economic Crisis?

Friday, September 23, 2011 21:55
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Is the U.S. government stockpiling huge amounts of food and supplies in anticipation that something bad is about to happen?  Is something about to cause a major economic crisis that will require large quantities of emergency food?  For a while, I have been hearing things about the government storing food through the grapevine and I have not been sure what to think about those rumors.  Well, today I received a phone call that blew me away.  I debated for quite a while before I decided whether or not to share this information with you all.  Normally I do not like to talk about anything unless I am able to prove it by pointing to an article in the mainstream media.  But the source of the information that I am about to share with you is rock solid.  I cannot reveal his name, so you will just have to trust me on that.  Hopefully the following information will be one more “dot” as we all try to connect the dots about what is really going on out there.

This morning I received a call from a very prominent person in the storable food industry.  He has asked me not to reveal his name.  I have been dealing with him for an extended period of time and I consider him to be a rock-solid source.  When I talked to him today, he had just received a huge order for storable food from a U.S. government source.  He told me that the dollar amount of the order was in the “five figures”.

When he asked about why so much food was being ordered, the government source told him essentially that “you know what is coming”.  When pushed further, the government official did not elaborate.

It was unclear whether this was part of a larger food stockpiling program by the government.  Perhaps this order was just part of the normal preparations that government agencies make for potential emergencies.

Nobody could blame the government for storing up some emergency food.  That is something that we all should be doing.

The truth is that the government is taking emergency preparedness very seriously these days.  For example, you can see video of a high-level NASA official urging NASA employees to develop preparedness plans for their own families right here.

But what if this is a sign of something bigger?

Remember, this is not some rumor I just pulled off the Internet.  This is not something that someone got from “an aunt” somewhere.

I got this information over the telephone from the person who took the order.

I promised that I would not reveal any more specific details, so I won’t.

But this does seem to fit with a pattern that we are beginning to see emerge.

Earlier this year, FEMA issued an RFI (Request For Information) that inquired about the availability of 140 million meals of emergency food.  Apparently the food was meant to be stored up in case there was a “catastrophic disaster event” along the New Madrid Fault.

You can view this FEMA RFI right here.  The following is an excerpt….

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) procures and stores pre-packaged commercial meals to support readiness capability for immediate distribution to disaster survivors routinely.  The purpose of this Request for Information is to identify sources of supply for meals in support of disaster relief efforts based on a catastrophic disaster event within the New Madrid Fault System for a survivor population of 7M to be utilized for the sustainment of life during a 10-day period of operations.   FEMA is considering the following specifications (14M meals per day):

- Serving Size – 12 ounce (entree not to exceed 480 calorie count);
- Maximum calories – 1200 and/or 1165 per meal;
- Protein parameters – 29g-37g kit;
- Trans Fat – 0;
- Saturated Fat – 13 grams (9 calories per gram);
- Total Fat – 47 grams (less than 10% calories);
- Maximum sodium – 800-930 mg;

Requested Menus to include snacks (i.e. fruit mix, candy, chocolate/peanut butter squeezers, drink mix, condiments, and utensils).  All meals/kits must have 36 months of remaining shelf life upon delivery.   Packaging should be environmentally friendly.

Mysteriously, seven days later this RFI was cancelled.

At that same time, FEMA also issued an RFI that sought to identify a supplier for 140 million blankets.  You can view that RFI right here.  The following is an excerpt….

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) procures and stores blankets to support readiness capability for immediate distribution to disaster survivors routinely.  The purpose of this Request for Information is to identify sources of supply for blankets in support of disaster relief efforts based on a catastrophic disaster event within the New Madrid Fault System for a survivor population of 7M to be utilized for the sustainment of life during a 10-day period of operations.   FEMA is considering the following specifications (14M blankets per day):

- 100% cotton;
- White;
- 66″ x 90″

Also, there have been some much publicized shortages of storable feed recently.  There has been much speculation about whether or not the government is part of the reason for these shortages.

There are some products that simply were not available for an extended period of time.  For example, the following was posted on the Mountain House home page….

As you know we have removed #10 cans from our website temporarily. The reason for this is sales of #10 cans have continued to increase. OFD is allocating as much production capacity as possible to this market segment, but we must maintain capacity for our other market segments as well.

The shortages around the country got so bad at one point earlier this year that a special alert was posted on Raiders News….

Look around you. Read the headlines. See the largest factories of food, potassium iodide, and other emergency product manufacturers literally closing their online stores and putting up signs like those on Mountain House’s Official Website and Thyrosafe’s Factory Webpage that explain, due to overwhelming demand, they are shutting down sales for the time being and hope to reopen someday.

Unfortunately, shortages have not been limited to storable food.  Most Americans don’t realize this, but there is a significant shortage of certain pharmaceutical drugs in many areas of the country right now.  Just check out the video news report posted below….

In addition, it is not just in the United States where food is being aggressively stored up.  For example, a recent article in The Telegraph noted that governments all over the globe are now stockpiling food….

Authoritarian governments across the world are aggressively stockpiling food as a buffer against soaring food costs which they fear may stoke popular discontent.

Also, some governments are now gobbling up as much farmland as they can.

According to the New York Times, China has been buying up “vast tracts of Latin America’s agricultural heartland” and is seeking to acquire quality farmland all over the globe.

So what does all of this mean?

It could mean something.

It could mean nothing.

But as I have written about so much recently, we really do seem to be on the verge of a major economic crisis.

The signs that the financial world is melting down are all around us.  I won’t take the time to repeat what I have covered in the last few days here.  If you missed any of it, just go back and read these articles over….

*Is Financial Instability The New Normal?

*Depressed As A Nation? 80 Percent Of Americans Believe That We Are In A Recession Right Now

*Nervous Breakdown? 21 Signs That Something Big Is About To Happen In The Financial World

One thing that I haven’t covered yet is a very curious move by Lloyd’s of London.  It turns out the Lloyd’s of London has started pulling money out of banks in Europe’s peripheral economies according to Bloomberg….

Lloyd’s of London, concerned European governments may be unable to support lenders in a worsening debt crisis, has pulled deposits in some peripheral economies as the European Central Bank provided dollars to one euro-area institution.

At this point, world financial markets have officially entered “bear” territory.  In fact, global stocks are down approximately 20 percent since May.

Many believe that what we have seen is just the beginning of another major financial crisis.

For example, in a recent editorial for The Ticker, Karl Denninger (who saw the 2008 crash coming) warned that the house of cards is starting to fall once again….

Well, America (and the world), you’ve been scammed by the financial institutions and governments for the last 30 years.  2008 was the first spasm of recognition but was short-circuited by…. you guessed it…. even more scams.  Rather than demand truth and an end to the games the American consumer lapped up the frauds and schemes of the politicians on both sides of the aisle who conspired with the financiers to rip you off once again.

Later on in the editorial, Denninger stated that he hopes that all of us have “taken the last couple of years to become prepared”….

Now recognition of that fact is dawning on people in a convulsive fashion, and markets of all sorts are reacting as one would expect when their entire worldview is exposed as having been a gigantic and intentional pyramid scheme constructed of debt layered upon debt thatcannot be paid down.  The wrong thing was done in 2008 and there is zero evidence that our government has changed one iota in their singular focus on misdirection and lies in this regard.

Welcome to awareness; I hope you’ve taken the last couple of years to become prepared.

Well, if the anecdotal evidence presented above is an indication of a larger trend, it appears that the government is getting prepared.

And if the government is stockpiling food, who can blame them?

It should be obvious to anyone that the world has become an incredibly unstable place.

Hopefully we are not about to enter another major economic crisis, but it never hurts to be prepared.

If anyone out there has any additional information that is relevant to this report, please let me know.

If the government really has started to aggressively stockpile food, that would be an important thing to know.

If it is happening, the mainstream media surely will not tell us about it.  So we will have to rely on one another for information.

So what do you think about all of this?  Please feel free to post a comment with your opinion below….

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  • True News

    An order “in the five figures” is a rounding error, that must be a typo. If you had said eight or nine figures or “our plant will be booked up for the next two years and we won’t be able to take any other orders”, that might be a different story.

  • Anonymous

    7months ago was looking for mountain house foods. You know ones you take camping.
    I couldn’t find them. Came home got online.
    That statement above was posted on website. Then they posted days later a retraction. ODD
    So went to second choice nitro pack
    There website said they had limited supply because teamed with mountain house. ODD 2
    Finally found some army navy surplus store.
    Go to counter lady says…good thing you are stocking up on those, got an email from mountain house, they have big order with govt and we do not
    know when we can order from them again.
    couldn’t find them for months.
    Now in last two months you see some packages again camping stores, army navy even walmart. But not as much as before.
    But for 4-5 months….nothing

  • Anonymous

    if you cannot bring proof to the table, I will not believe your “tales”.

    Who is the author of this article? What are his/her credentials?

    There is nothing in this article but hearsay, conjecture and speculation.

    Why waste your time on unconfirmed nonsense. there has been talk of large orders for freeze dried foods for years now. Big deal. Nothing has happened thus far. And why would the government go directly to a sales outlet to purchase emergency foodstuffs? Why not use a contractor? Why not process your own food? You could set up your own operation for a few million dollars…and that is nothing for the US government.

    No….this article makes no sense. It is misleading and is likely more propaganda or misinformation to keep you on the edge, and more likely so that you go out also and purchase emergency supplies because you are now filled with FEAR!!!

    No author. No backup. No sources. You know where you can stuff this article. But, hey, nice try.

  • Anonymous

    oh…and BTW….Denninger is an asshat as well. He’s either a looney tune or a shill IMO. NONE of his predictions have come true in the past…in fact…many were the complete opposite. Just compare readership at Denninger’s site now versus a couple of years ago. His legacy is no more.

  • Anonymous

    old news. march 16 th this year fema put out orders for $1 billion in long term dried-dehydrated food supplies. these supplies must be in fema storage by Oct 1th.
    In May I tried placing a large order for long term food supplies for my family. Everywhere I turned, ‘not accepting orders at this time’ or when you tried to checkout the tranaction would not process. I finally got what i wanted but it took months in a round about way, and still did not get everythinng i wanted. it is starting to get much better, but many companies are still out of some items. i finnally resorted to ebay and cosco to get most of what I wanted.. Lucky for me and unlucky for the seller, many unemployed preppers are selling part of their supplies on ebay to help pay the bills.

  • Al Gores Genitalia

    Horseshit! e-foods direct, foodinsurance.com, preparewise.com, and the Ready Store (just to name a few) are ALL taking orders for long term food storage. Some are offering free shipping to!

  • andronaonda

    Classic that only cowards with no name bag out the writer… Put your name to comments you chicken shit tools… Wright for you hiding in a dungeon typing on your computer bagging out someone who is having a go… Put your name on comments and face your music or piss off… Dogs!! The world has had enough of you uneducated clowns…

  • Anonymous

    Old story..the RFI is from 20 Jan 2011 and was cancelled 7 days later (just read it)…
    Added: Jan 27, 2011 3:59 pm
    This RFI is being cancelled in its entirety effective as of 4 pm Eastern Time on January 27, 2011.

    Mountain House shortage was NOT due to the RFI, but simple demand.

  • cyberkahuna

    Wouldn’t it be funny if all they were doing was modernizing emergency supplies and NOTHING ELSE!! You know, just restocking emergency supplies that get too old !! And there actually was NO idiotic agenda like the writer of this dis info story wants people to believe??

  • Anonymous

    This article isn’t trying to persuade any one, it is merely made available for us to interpret. So what if there’s no proof? He or she is using logical deductive reasoning to connect the dots and is sharing that information to the rest of us to get our opinions if we have heard or know something that is related. Yes it is speculation, but it’s also opinionated and his to her own right to that. Don’t be a troll.

  • cyberkahuna

    O’h here we go if you dont go with the author again you must be a “troll” That one is sooo old now and WEAK!!!!!!! This article is nothing more than fear mongering.

  • mythoughtsalone

    Please dont shoot the messenger.
    If you do not like what your reading, fine.
    Nobody is forcing you to read it.
    You can decided for youself if you believe some or any of it.
    No need to start yelling names.
    We all know about misinformation, disinformation and lies,
    But do we always know the truth?
    It makes sense to stock pile something for an emergency, for all of us, We can see the market looks like it is going down, at some stage…. So maybe, taking some sort of action, might be wise.
    I would also put my name in, but I cannot see how you would do that apart from press, post comment…

  • Anonymous

    NASA and others have already confirmed the pattern of solar activity has an over 99% chance of a major solar flare (sunspot CME) in 2012 – just as we already had a record hot summer and numerous scheduled solar flares aimed into space away from the earth all year long – Right on schedule! The only debate remains if the 2012 outage (grid down / internet down) outage will last 4 days 4 weeks or 4 months. Four days is everyone’s fantasy best case right now where even the unprepared should be OK if they are not preyed upon by panic stricken looters or bandits. I pray I am wrong! Good luck to everyone and may we all find you safe and still mocking every opinion that differs from yours two years from now.

  • MILee

    The “Emergency Food Supplies” that are supposedly being stockpiled by the U.s. Government are hardly healthy foods. They are filled with GMOs, pesticides, insecticides and herbicides, none of which, to my understanding, are beneficial to the body. We’ll either die from the emergency or emergency food supplies. Take your choice.

  • Empirical

    A sure sign of a troll is one who attacks the author rather than the merits of his article. Whilst it’s your prerogative to do so it just makes one look a bigger fool than one is.
    BIN contributors like any other news contributors whether mainstream or otherwise want to have their stuff read and therefore practice “sensationalizing”. It’s the difference between using large or massive. Which one attracks more attention and therefore more readers?
    If you can’t resist trashing the author, then don’t post at all, or better yet, try discrediting the article by posting your own research on the subject with links.
    With regards to this article, I say he makes a good case towards doing at least some prepping what with the recent deluge of natural or manmade disasters I think erring on the side of caution is a good way to go. If you think it’s all hogwash and can’t happen where you’re at (normalcy bias), fine, relegate the article to useless and move on.

  • Anonymous

    About three months ago, while placing an order with Emergency Essentials, I was told many of the things I wanted were on back-order. I called them three weeks after to check the status, and one of the people there told me they were behind because of the large order FEMA had made. I did get my order, but it was about two months after my initial order.

  • Woodenavaklu

    It has been reported in the Australian mainstream media today the Penicillin has to be rationed out because the manufacturer has not been able to produce the required quantities.

    The alleged reason has been because of demand on account of a lot of natural disasters recently. xhttp://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3326401.htm

    A report such as this is confirming medical shortages as stated in the article has helped me to believe this story has legs.

  • Anonymous

    i know for a fact they started stockpiling food at least 2 years ago. my food supplier wrote me and told me to expect delays of about 3 weeks because the govt had begun to buy thousands of tons of dried and dehydrated food, this was two years ago.

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