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Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages

Welcome to the

BIG RIVER TRADING CO. Website...  

Australia's most consulted resource on

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

& DISASTER PLANNING          

for Home, Lifestyle and Family ... 


Your Family is the most important thing in your life, right?

But what if you couldn't help your family when they needed you the most?

Sure, life gets busy, finances get tight and if there was an emergency you could always rely on emergency services to help you, right?

Well what if they were busy helping everyone else...?

What if they couldn't get to you in time?

You need to learn HOW TO HELP YOURSELF!

And you can do that here.....

 

The Big River site offers a comprehensive library of reference articles and information about planning and preparing for an emergency or disaster...

We share articles such as news, stories,  information, practical ideas, projects & how-to's ... as well as emergency references & links and product reviews to help you become more informed and better prepared.

Our aim is to inspire, motivate and educate you about the importance of being prepared and how you can do this in simple ways at home by yourself by offering you options, alternatives, solutions and ideas ....  

So, whether you are preparing to protect yourself or your family from a Natural or Man-made Disaster, Financial Hardship or Civil Unrest or perhaps just wanting to set-up and prepare your home to be a little bit more self-reliant – the team here at BIG RIVER TRADING CO. can help you.

Please take the time to explore the site it is full of great information ... see also our popular 'Prepper Pages' for the more serious minded ...

Don't forget to join our social media groups so you can keep up-to-date with new items as they are published and then you can share, tweet, like and email  your friends and family so that they too can be better informed and kept up-to-date....

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10August

The Floating Gardens of the Aztecs

The Ingenious Floating Gardens of the Aztecs...

When Cortez discovered the Aztec Empire in the year 1519, he found 200,000 people living on an island in the middle of a lake.  Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, was the biggest and best-fed city in the world, and this fortress city was completely surrounded by water.

To feed their enormous population, the Aztecs ingeniously built chinampas, or floating gardens, to convert the marshy wetlands of Lake Texcoco into arable farmland.  These floating gardens were a masterpiece of engineering.

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Home Preparedness - The Garden

09July

Depression Era and War Time Books - Food

 

(Image - Project Gutenberg)

Old books from the depression era and war times can provide a wealth of knowledge and many tried and true hints and tips for getting the most out of what you have to get by, for example ...

FOODS THAT WILL WIN THE WAR AND HOW TO COOK THEM

BY C. HOUSTON GOUDISS

" This book is planned to solve the housekeeper's problem.

It shows how to substitute cereals and other grains for wheat, how to cut down the meat bill by the use of meat extension and meat substitute dishes which supply equivalent nutrition at much less cost; it shows the use of syrup and other products that save sugar, and it explains (pg 5] how to utilize all kinds of fats.

It contains 47 recipes for the making of war breads; 64 recipes on low-cost meat dishes and meat substitutes; 54 recipes for sugarless desserts; menus for meatless and wheatless days, methods of purchasing—in all some two hundred ways of meeting present food conditions at minimum cost and without the sacrifice of nutrition. "

 

FOOD GUIDE FOR WAR SERVICE AT HOME PREPARED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOOD  ADMINISTRATION

IN CO-OPERATION WITH
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
AND THE BUREAU OF EDUCATION

WITH A PREFACE BY HERBERT HOOVER

UNITED STATES FOOD ADMINISTRATOR

1918

"The long war has brought hunger to Europe; some of her peoples stand constantly face to face with starvation.

All agriculture has been seriously interfered with. Food production has been lessened to the point of danger. Millions of men who had given all their time and energy to raising food have been killed; more millions are still fighting; other millions have gone from the farms into the great war-factories.

Women, too, have been drafted from the fields and home gardens into the factories and to replace the absent men in a host of occupations.

Great stretches of once fertile land have been temporarily ruined by the scourge of war; some are still under falling shot and shell.

Belgium and France have lost millions of acres of productive land to the enemy. The fertilizers necessary for keeping up the production of the land still available are lacking...."

Posted in Home Preparedness - The Kitchen - Cooking, Canning, Preserving, Drying and Preparing Food, Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages

07July

FEMA Wargamed Global Food Crisis… The Results Weren’t Pretty.

wheat wikimedia

One of the most frightening scenarios that anyone in the modern world could face, is a global food shortage. It’s one thing when just the country you live in faces a food shortage but  a global food crisis means that there is nowhere to run to.

All that’s left to do is endure for as long as you can, with whatever food you have stocked up and whatever rations the government can provide. Your absolute best case scenario involves living on a self-sufficient property, and very few people have that. And the people who are living self-sufficiently would have to live with the fear of being raided by hungry looters or an opportunistic government.

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories

11June

Food Crisis - The Common Sense Show

food crisis

In one of the most telling interviews ever conducted on The Common Sense Show, Dave interviewed the owner of Numanna Foods, Daniel Brigman, about the importance of storing food in these times of unprecedented trouble.

EBT card troubles are just the beginning. This is a can’t miss interview.

What this interview will teach you is that buying food is not enough, you have to know how to prepare and how to store and eventually how to  hide your food...

 

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

11June

EBT Card Outage?: It Is 8 Days Into June And Many Americans Are STILL Waiting For Food Stamp Money

 Image result for ebt card

If you relied on benefits to put food on the table for your family, how would you cope if those benefits were overdue and you didn't know when you were going to get paid?

There are over 40 million people in the USA that depend on  EBT Cards, a food stamp program, which allows the holder of the card to use government allocated credit at participating outlets to buy food... and that system is failing them.

It is reported that it has been over a week since their expected payments were due and retailers are turning people away in droves leaving them hungry and enraged.

 

 

 

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

30May

What Really Caused The Great Depression? Will YOU Be Homeless After The Economic Depression – Preparing For A Long Term

What Really Caused The Great Depression

 Great Depression

The stock market crash on October 29, 1929 set in motion a series of events that led to the Great Depression, but in fact, the American economy and global economy had been in turmoil six months prior to Black Tuesday, and a variety of factors before and after that fateful date in October caused and exacerbated the Great Depression.

 

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

27May

Exclusive: Harrowing Video Shows Starving Venezuelans Eating Garbage, Looting

 

New video shot this week and obtained by the FOX Business Network shows in gruesome detail how the meltdown in Venezuela is growing more desperate by the hour.

People in the nation’s capital, Caracas, have resorted to eating and fighting over old food thrown away in garbage bags outside shopping malls where restaurants are located.

"They're ripping through garbage bags searching for food, the government says this is not happening, but we are very hungry here in Venezuela," says a male bystander on camera. A local says: "We are starving, we are eating dog food and food meant for farm animals."

Posted in News - International, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

18May

Watch Venezuela, Because Food Shortages, Looting And Economic Collapse Are Coming

Venezuela Economic Collapse

The full-blown economic collapse that is happening in Venezuela right now is a preview of what we could be experiencing in the not too distant future. 

Just a few years ago, most Venezuelans could never have imagined that food shortages would become so severe that people would literally hunt dogs and cats for food.  But as you will see below, this is now taking place.  Sadly, this is what the endgame of socialism looks like.  When an all-powerful government is elevated far above all other institutions in society and radical leftists are given the keys to the kingdom, this is the result. 

Food shortages, looting and rampant violent crime have all become part of daily life in Venezuela, and we all need to watch as this unfolds very carefully, because similar scenarios will soon be playing out all over the planet.

 

Written by Michael Snyder, Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

13April

Economic Collapse Is Erupting All Over The Planet As Global Leaders Begin To Panic

Earth Ready To Explode - Public Domain

 

Mainstream news outlets are already starting to use the phrase “economic collapse” to describe what is going on in some areas of our world right now.  For many this may seem a bit strange, but the truth is that the worldwide economic slowdown that began during the second half of last year is starting to get a lot worse. 

In this article, we are going to examine evidence of this from South America, Europe, Asia and North America.  Once we are done, it should be obvious that there is absolutely no reason to be optimistic about the direction of the global economy right now.  The

Written by Michael Snyder, Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

08October

Food Pantry: Take Care of Your Basic Needs

homestead pantry

Some years ago I became aware of the phrases “homesteading” and “prepping” that seemed to suddenly pop up all over the Internet.  I’d only known the words from history books when settlers came out West to lay claim to land by “homesteading” it and harvest time when you needed to “prepare for winter”.  I soon realized these phrases weren’t anything new- my family had always been doing it, but we just called it being poor and needing to make ends meet.  Now suddenly, homesteading and prepping were fashionable!

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Home Preparedness - The Pantry - Basic Set-up and Ideas, Home Preparedness - The Kitchen - Cooking, Canning, Preserving, Drying and Preparing Food, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Emergency Supplies - Food and Cooking

05July

Guess What Happened The Last Time The Chinese Stock Market Crashed Like This?

Question Button - Public Domain

The second largest stock market in the entire world is collapsing right in front of our eyes. 

Since hitting a peak in June, the most important Chinese stock market index has plummeted by well over 20 percent, and more than 3 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has been wiped out. 

Written by Michael Snyder, Posted in News - International, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

02April

3 Tips to Ensure Perpetual Food Supply

FoodSupply

The key to survival is preparation, and the consummate prepper is well aware of Sta-Bil, the fuel additive that allows users to store gasoline for a year or more to prevent its highly-refined molecular structure from breaking down and losing octane. The same type of precautions need to be taken to extend the shelf life of food, whether they’re canned or dried.

Posted in Home Preparedness - The Kitchen - Cooking, Canning, Preserving, Drying and Preparing Food, Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages

29January

Venezuela food shortages: 'No one can explain why a rich country has no food'

Venezuelans queue for food

Venezuela used to produce it's own food just like here in Australia but they now rely totally on imports....

Oil has been their main export but now that production has nearly stopped and many people are unemployed ....

 

 

 

 

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress

09January

How an Old Swimming Pool Feeds an Entire Family and Changes the Way We Look at Food

Drought, climate conditions, and pollution are major factors concerning agriculturists.

One family in Phoenix, Arizona responded to the worlds agriculture issues and ensuing food crisis with their own self sufficient pool farm.

Dennis and Danielle McClung began by placing an emphasis on producing their own sustainable grow and ended up with an elaborate backyard ecosystem made out of a swimming pool.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Information & Idea's, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages

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