Perhaps you are familiar with Aesop’s fable of “The Grasshopper and the Ant.”
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.
"Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"
"I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."
"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.
When the winter came the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.
Then the Grasshopper knew... It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.
“Dying” is a hard way to learn a lesson in self-reliance.
Disney in 1934 did an animated version with a softer ending – presumably for children. In it, the weak and starving grasshopper turns up on the door front of the ants and begs for help. The warm, well-fed, happy and well-stocked ants have mercy on the grasshopper and offer him food and shelter in exchange for work.
In either case, the lesson is clear. It’s better to be an ant than a grasshopper!
Throughout the ages, wise men have always stored food. Why? . . .
. . . Because “Winter” Always Comes
Sometimes it’s a personal “Winter” that we face:
- We are facing the worse employment numbers since Disney did his cartoon in the middle of the Great Depression.
- Tens of thousands of people are disabled by accident or illness yearly
- If you lost your job or source of income, wouldn’t you feel much better knowing that at least you had a good reserve of food?
We have heard from countless people who are so thankful they have been prepared because they owned their own food reserves.
Other causes of food shortages are the result of inevitably occurring natural disasters that impact large geographic areas or the whole world:
- Severe Droughts
- Hurricanes (remember the images from Katrina?)
Have you ever seen the food shelves cleaned out even before a more minor storm in your local area? Wouldn’t it be comforting to know you were prepared no matter what? And . . .
Inflation is Inevitable
Based on the last 100 years, do you think there is a chance that it’s NOT going to be more expensive to feed your family next year than this year?
Imagine if your grocery store announced that tomorrow they were putting everything on sale for the same prices they had 15 years ago?
Disregarding the hassle of fighting the crowds, would it not make sense to be there in the morning to buy as much as you could?
Would it not be easier simply to invest in your own source of food right now? Locking in today’s prices now, before they inevitably rise?
The threats to our food security are now larger than ever because of the interdependencies built into our modern society.
Simply put, having sufficient food for our families depends on all of the following working perfectly:
- our bank
- our job, health, and paycheck
- our supermarket
- the local delivery trucks and their warehouses
- the manufacturer's shippers and the plant itself
- the farmers and their harvesting equipment and delivery trucks
- the crops, and
- the weather.
Frankly, it’s a delicate weave that is getting more vulnerable the more in debt our whole country becomes and the more our U.S. Dollar is devalued.
Act now to prepare for your future! There will always be “Winters.” There will always be ants. And there will always be grasshoppers.
The more of us that are prepared, the more generous, empowered, and powerful we will all be. The safer our families will be. The more secure our communities will be. The stronger our States will be. The more invincible our Country will be.
Self-reliance is a moral responsibility.
Building your food reserves for your and/or your family is one of the most prudent actions you can take. No one knows what can or will affect the functioning of society or food distribution. With food reserves, you eliminate the worry. Each week, the attention of the nation is focusing more intensely on families storing quantities of emergency food and water in their homes. Why? Potential disruptions in the food supply can be caused by a number of factors such as unemployment, economic downturn, erratic weather, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, contamination of food supplies, and transportation. Start building your food reserve today.