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I've been bitching in my postings for about three years now about food inflation (and other price inflation as well). After the financial industry tanked and our government and the Fed pumped money into the banks, prices shot up or the packaging shrunk.

That's when I started prepping as best I could. People need to:

1. start buying in bulk when certain items are on sale
2. learn how to preserve food by canning and dehydrating
3. start a garden or grow stuff in pots
4. join a food co-op
5. buy liquor and other items for barter
6. stock up on medications
7. prepare for emergencies with batteries, radio, back-up heat sources, etc.

I don't care what the media claims. Most of America is going broke and you need to accept that our standard of living will no longer be the same.

John D

People think that if we drill baby drill and become self sufficient in oil production, oil prices will drop. Agriculture negates this argument. We are quite self sufficient in food production yet that has had no impact on food prices. The value of the dollar, the worldwide demand, and the fact that commodities can be sold to the highest bidder dictate prices, not national self sufficiency.

Coal Mine Canary

@John D.: I don't think the US is self sufficient in food production any more.

"Figures released at the end of 2004 by the Department of Agriculture showed that in 2005, for the first time in more than 50 years, the U.S. will have no trade surplus in food. In 2001, the U.S. had a $13.6 billion agricultural trade surplus. In 2004, that surplus was zero, and 2005 will likely see the U.S. become a net food importer."

U.S. to Become Net Food Importer

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