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April 5, 2022 at 10:11 am #48783
20 Facts About The Emerging Global Food Shortage That Should Chill You To The Core
Really a sum up of articles we have been seeing over the past few weeks, but good to see it all in one place.
April 5, 2022 at 10:22 am #48786Anonymous
Backyard chickens ain’t so dumb after all huh?
man this is a crazy train and we can’t get off
April 6, 2022 at 11:18 am #48817
Seriously, trying to imagine, anticipate the second and third order effects we could see here in the states.
I am not ruling out food riots or flash mobs at grocery stores.
Imagine having to get your meat from behind a counter like you would at a gun store.
April 6, 2022 at 11:45 am #48822Anonymous
That’ll only last a short time then it’ll run out quickly
At that point they’ll be looking for folks like us much like Brazil government did when folks were “hoarding” TP. They stole it then “shared it”. The murder rate will go up fast. Look hard at South Africa and how they have to build up defenses at their homes.
April 8, 2022 at 11:41 am #48900Anonymous
”Other large grain producers like the United States, Canada, France, Australia and Argentina are being closely watched to see if they can quickly ramp up production to fill in the gaps, but farmers face issues like climbing fuel and fertilizer costs exacerbated by the war, drought and supply chain disruptions.”
Yeah no we ain’t ramping up nothing. Y’all are hit cause no one can afford it IF they can find it.
April 22, 2022 at 7:28 am #49424Anonymous
They list 3 fires. I’m not of the “conspiracy” camp on this however it isn’t helpful to our shortages
starts around 3:30
April 22, 2022 at 7:44 am #49425Anonymous
Treasury Secretary is telling you their plan oh I mean warning you about food shortages
April 22, 2022 at 4:46 pm #49443
April 22, 2022 at 10:50 pm #49451Olivia GreenParticipant
20 is a lot but apparently some will be the usual event.
Fires and Explosions Destroy 20+ Food Processing Plants Moments After Biden Warns of Food Shortages
April 25, 2022 at 8:29 am #49535Anonymous
State of the company email I received from Freeze Dry Wholesalers’s:
An update on our current situation…
It has been a while since I sent an email, and for that I apologize. That was partly because we were not sure what we could announce, because demand was fluctuating by the day for a while there and, and part of me just honestly worried about sending anything out, as no matter what I said, it had the potential to spark some panic buying and we have been struggling to keep up as it is.
So let me first just say this; there is nothing to panic about that we are seeing, and therefore, no reason to panic buy.
Sure, we are wrestling with the same things that every other company in our industry is; supply chain shortages, extremely high demand, longer lead times for many products, astronomical price increases, labor shortages, transportation challenges, you name it. But, I don’t see anything that tells me that it is going to get worse.
There is no doubt that some products have still yet to see the worst in this new reality of ours, but as those products are becoming scarce, other items are starting to open up. So I firmly believe that there is no major cause for alarm just yet. We may all have to get used to some changes in diet and some of our favorite foods costing more, but all of the predictions of mass famine and global hunger don’t appear to be a sure thing in my opinion.
There’s still plenty that can go wrong, but there is also still time to right the ship. This year will be one for the record books for sure. But I am not convinced, like many are, that this is a tipping point. Americans are at their best when we are told that something can’t be done. This can still be fixed!
When we see $50 per pound prices on beef, or literally zero poultry available for purchase, then I’ll be panicking right there with you;-).
So what are we up to?
With that said, there are no doubt still going to be some challenges ahead. Supply is still the biggest challenge in my opinion. Cost is a close second. What good is having all the poultry we want, if it is so expensive that it is out of our reach?
So with demand literally at historic levels, and virtually everything we produce impacted by global events to some degree, we have had to make some changes to our business model on the fly.
First, I have been getting the question about what happened to our military contract and our pre-sales (Mid-Rats)? The answer is, nothing. We are still producing it per the original agreement. I have just decided to suspend sales of these items to the public temporarily until such time as I know that I can continue to produce the items for the government on time and on budget.
Trying to have sales on them for you at the same time that we are producing them for the government is just not possible given the level of consumer demand we are dealing with right now. So, we will just postpone them, not cancel them. As soon as we catch a break and I feel like we can do a pre-sale on one or more of these new Mid-Rats, I will let you know.
You have my word that I will make every single one of them available to you. You will not miss out on even a single one, I promise. I just need to be sure I can deliver on any and all orders that I take, and if I can’t guarantee that, I hesitate to take the order. But I will roll them ALL out to you just as soon as I can, so watch your emails from me!
Shipping and turn around times
We are seeing our shipping times vary for sure. The level of demand we are seeing is unprecendented in my almost 20 years at the helm of the companies I founded that have serviced the emergency and disaster preparedness industry exclusively since 2002.
Sure, we are seeing some strain on our capacity on an weekly basis. But we’re in kind of a unique position in that we solely serve the disaster preparedness/survival community, so we think like our customers and therefore we are almost always in a state of preparedness for potential disruptions. This means that unlike a company who makes products for the camping and hiking sector, we tend to operate like any day could be the last day we are able to get product.
Most companies in this day and age live or die based on how quickly they can get deliveies in. They don’t stock more than a few days worth of product because historically they haven’t needed to. However, I have always planned to be able to operate without interruption in the event that a major storm is going to hit, a pandemic is going to shut down ports, or a land war of an unkown duration is going to unbalance the global supply and demand equation.
I have built our product line around local producers, so we’re not impacted by foreign import issues. We deal directly with the growers and ranchers in most cases, so a fire at a distribution facility has virtually no impact on my ability to continue operations. And as a result of lessons learned over the last couple of decades, I maintain sufficient supplies of just about everything we produce so that a short term (30 to 60-day) interruption on deliveries shouldn’t mean we run out of stock.
But, that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t get wiped out in a few days if demand spiked over a new major world event.
To answer the question specifically on our turnaround times, they have been varying, from still being able to meet our same-day shipping promise (like the good old days;-) to taking us a week to 10 days to fulfill. We’re still literally working around the clock to try and keep up, and if I can just toot my folks horn for a second – they have been doing it, God Bless them for the hard work, hours and dedication!
Let me just state this important point again; I won’t let us take an order that we can’t deliver.
If I have the food items on hand in my facility, I will have it on the website. If I don’t have it in my fridges or freezers, it will not be on the website.
We’ve been managing to stay ahead of demand lately, and we’re pretty comfortable saying that barring any unforeseen news, any delays you experience with us shipping your orders should be no more than 2 or 3 days on average.
Why don’t you expand?
That’s the million dollar question. Literally! The truth of it is, I made a decision last year to undertake major expansion, long before there was a war in Europe that had impacts on supply and demand in America. And even then, we had to plan months and months and months in advance because that’s how far out the lead times were back then on the kind of equipment that we need. Can’t just run to Home Depot for what we do;-).
Now I literally have twice the amount of freeze dry equipment sitting in warehouses here than we already have running. It is collecting dust. By February, I should have been sitting on literally a 7-figure newly completed expansion and just waiting for the paint to dry before we fired everything up and rocked the freeze dry world.
But, the reality of todays environment has put the brakes on that.
We’re having the same problem I guess that everyone else has. We can’t find enough plumbing, electrical and mechanical labor (the trades) to do the work that is needed. We can’t get enough HVAC components and refrigeration equipment in and installed to be able to support it (yes, most of it comes from China). And most importantly, we can’t get enough power to run it all from the power company.
We had plans to add another 2,000 amps of power, which should have taken just 6months to install. But now the power company tells us that they are 2 years out on being able to complete that for us. They don’t have transformers (yes, they come from China as well), and they don’t have enough engineers to be able to deal with the amount of backlog that they have.
We will wait patiently like everyone else, but we WILL get it finished at some point. As it is, we’ve brought in an electrical engeneer and an architect to help maximize the power we have, and we’ve found small but innovative ways to add additional equipment here and there to slowly bring our production capacity up while we wait for a break in the commercial real estate market or in our power company to get their stuff together.
So in conclusion…
While I would like to say that everything is normal, it is not. But I can say that we are making this new reality work for us, and therefore hopefully it is working for you as well. So I do not feel the need to warn you about a fake panic-worthy event like others in my industry love to do to pad their pockets. I just don’t see the need for that on my end if I am being honest with you.
If I thought the sky was falling, trust me when I say I wouldn’t hesitate to tell anyone who could hear my voice that the sky was falling – LOL!
The truth is though, when that day comes, it will likely already be too late, as we will probably all know that the other shoe has dropped at the same time, and then we probably will all need to live on what we have already purchased, as there won’t be enough time or product left after a few hours of panic hoarding by the public to do anything about it.
In 1998, I trademarked the following phrase, which is still true to this day in my opinion;
Remember; When Disaster Strikes, the Time to Prepare has Passed.
That is honestly just common sense (as we saw during the great “toilet paper panic of 2020”;-). By the time the main stream media picks up on it, it’s probably already too late to do anything about it. So in prepping, as in life, slow and steady wins the day, as always.
In closing, let me just say thank you for the patience with us if you waited for more than a day or two for us to ship a recent order to you. That will happen here and there, but just know we are working hard to ship orders as quickly as we can. We know you have choices when it comes to where you can purchase your freeze dried foods, so we promise to always remember that and act accordingly.
SInce you are always here for us, we promise to do our best to always be here for you. As long as we can keep the lights on because the power company is still operating, and there are trucks to pull up every day to pick up all the packages we ship out to you, we will be here day and night working away. So thank you for the loyalty and stay safe out there! We will be here when you need us.
BTW, I promise another update if I get any new news – and I will let you know the second we are able to bring the Mid-Rats back for pre-sale! Which reminds me – if you do see a product out of stock, sign up for an email alert when we get it back in stock if you want to purchase it. We do email those alerts out in real time when the inventory is added, and more importantly, we actually use the lists of people wanting them to tell us when we need to run them again.
Steven L. Cyros, Founder
Freeze Dry Wholesalers
7860 E Benson Hwy
Tucson AZ 85756
April 25, 2022 at 11:57 pm #49554Olivia GreenParticipant
from ice age farmer
War on Food Goes Hot: FBI warns cyberattacks on farms — One farm stands up
April 26, 2022 at 7:40 am #49561Anonymous
Yeah IAF is a great source. I don’t understand why you’d kill millions of healthy birds when one may or may not actually have it. When a chicken dies in my flock I remove the carcass. That’s it. They get sick and they get through it or die. If the rest of the birds appear healthy then there’s no reason to kill them all. Now if you start getting high numbers like 15% death and 20% sick then sure. But that’s not happening. Bird flu ain’t even new.
The whole food chain is under attack from sources that shouldn’t be involved.
April 26, 2022 at 9:58 pm #49577
April 29, 2022 at 5:13 pm #49662Anonymous
Had to travel this morning so we stopped and ate lunch at a taco bueno. I hate eating out like that but it is what it is.
Get to the window after the limited menu to have the manager, because no help, tell us they have no taco sauce. Haven’t had and don’t know when they will.
May 2, 2022 at 12:40 pm #49774
May 2, 2022 at 2:32 pm #49779
This is going to be very bad in some parts of the world.
I am not ruling out parts of America either.
May 4, 2022 at 10:07 am #49841
May 5, 2022 at 7:17 am #49869Anonymous
IAF talks about the totality of all things on the food chain worldwide. Hunting, fishing, farming, processing etc. and how he’s being labeled as Russian disinformation.
the however to this is that it’s not all gloom and doom even though things are not good. Several plants have told the government off and aren’t destroying their birds, people are planting and farmers are doing what they can
May 5, 2022 at 11:52 am #49883Anonymous
So spoiled all they can think about is steak prices
May 6, 2022 at 4:37 pm #49923Anonymous
even the lib media can’t ignore the food insecurity
May 8, 2022 at 9:10 am #50004
Have to wonder if we may see malnutrition in the poorer working classes children.
I mean, if the baby formula shortage gets to the point, the mother has to water down the formula mix to make it stretch, how much will that impact the child’s growth and development?
May 12, 2022 at 10:30 am #50254Anonymous
So illegal immigrants get formula but not Americans
May 14, 2022 at 4:20 pm #50432Anonymous
May 15, 2022 at 10:40 am #50474
I expect to see more of that in the coming months.
A lot of nations that import wheat are going to collapse into chaos.
May 28, 2022 at 7:18 am #51312Anonymous
The outlook on wheat worldwide isn’t looking great due to drought in the major producers areas like America, iran etc. Prices are already up 57%
It does appear China isn’t waiting on the Ukrainian war and has taken steps to secure some food
A few years ago a farmer had spilled some wheat from the combine and just had us clean it up by shovel and buckets. I fed it to the chickens. Where I fed it grew. I actually mowed around it then harvested that little patch and fed it. It got me to thinking though that portion of my backyard that’s mostly unused might get planted for feed if nothing else.
May 28, 2022 at 11:21 am #51321
If you can still find it, Gene Logsdon book Small-Scale Grain Raising is a good resource.
Gives spacing requirements for growing a bushel of a given grain, details about grains, growing/planting.
May 30, 2022 at 12:22 am #51394gagreenmanParticipant
Crow Bar, have you perchance read The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka? I found it interesting. Wendell Berry wrote the preface to it.
May 31, 2022 at 9:56 am #51488
No I have not.
I will look for it!
May 31, 2022 at 11:54 am #51492Anonymous
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