As I see it, the BIGGEST regret most folks will have when the economy house-of-cards comes crashing down is that they did not have an adequate supply of food to get through the period of turmoil and chaos it will leave in its wake. I’ve been preaching all sorts of prepping for a few years now and many people have responded positively. For this I am very grateful and heartened. If, however, you’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’ or that next bonus check to begin your food preps, for Pete’s sake, start it NOW. Those people in that photograph do not live in a 3rd world country, or one ravaged by a natural disaster or war or famine, they live in Greece. A modern country. A member of NATO! A country, however, ravaged by debt and ‘economic austerity imposed upon it by their European Union overlords.
The Greek Debt to GDP ratio is 160%. That is to say that they owe 60% more in debt, that their entire economy produces. Ha ha, what a joke of a country, eh? Before you snicker too loudly, please realize that the US debt to GDP ratio is about 110%. Yes, that’s right: We too, owe more in debt than our entire economy produces. The only thing preventing pictures like the one above from being taken all across this country is the world’s mistaken and misplaced belief that the US dollar has some real value. The milli-second that some country comes to its senses and proclaims that it no longer has faith in the US dollar – we’re screwed. Financially, we will have become Greece. Psssst: The dirty little secret is that we ALREADY ARE GREECE! Like I said, all it will take is for some kid in a crowd to proclaim that the ‘Emperor has no Clothes!!!’
To wit, I have recently begun the slow process of ‘upgrading’ my food stores from grocery store canned and packaged food to long-term freeze-dried, dehydrated meals. This will be a slow process because it is expensive. But, my foresight in stocking up about a years’ supply of food has bought me time to do the transition at my own pace. Ideally, I will have a good supply of both types of stores, for variety’s sake. I hope I have the time to complete the transition. I’ll keep you posted. In the mean time, I implore you to stock up on food now. I have plenty of ideas on the subject in this blog if you’re a first time visitor. Do not hesitate. We are Greece/Greece is us.
Practical Prepper 2013