Is storing food & water necessary when the grocery store is available 24/7?
This may be true…if you’ve never given much thought to how all that food ends up in grocery stores and supermarkets across the US.
The reality of the situation though is that the food chain has many vulnerabilities. Transportation, disease, crises, weather, and many more factors have a very real, and very substantial impact on the food you take for granted in your local supermarket.
It’s pretty amazing to consider just how readily available food is in the U.S. Grocery stores are everywhere in most communities not to mention restaurants, fast food chains, mobile food vendors, etc. You can even order groceries online and have them delivered to your front door!
But have you ever considered where all that food actually comes from? There are many people and processes that contribute to the end product of food in your local grocery store or your favorite restaurant. The chart below provides a crude, high level overview of the food supply chain.
If just one or two links in the food supply chain are damaged or disrupted, the impacts can be felt globally (the U.S. exports a large amount of its crops). This is one reason why having a long term food storage plan is so important. Without a long term food storage plan, you’re at the mercy of hundreds of variables outside of your control.