If you’re looking for a way to save money amid rising food prices, you might have to take matters in your own hands and find a food solution that fits within your budget. The sad truth of the matter is that food prices will continue to rise throughout this year. The biggest reason for this is the California drought, which has destroyed many crops and forced farmers to make hard decisions. Almonds, in particular, have taken a beating, but other California crops, like kiwis, raisins, grapes, olives, and pistachios, are expected to rise in price as well. One paleoclimatologist has called this year the driest one for California since 1580. Fruit tree damage in the Midwest and poor growing conditions elsewhere have also been blamed for rising prices.
The meat industry has seen prices rise too for a number of reasons. Beef prices have soared because of the drought in the West and diminished numbers in cattle for slaughter. Pork prices have grown because of disease. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus has caused a 7% reduction in pork production. In fact, over the past four years, the price of bacon has gone by more than 50%. Chicken and turkey prices are getting steeper due to growth demand as well as an increase in the prices of corn and soybean based feed.
The full scope of food price increases remains uncertain. The California drought is in full swing, and the extreme temperatures and natural disasters that have affected so many crops elsewhere aren’t going anywhere soon.With that in mind, we encourage you to consider alternative options, such as freeze-dried food products, for feeding your family.
What is freeze-dried?
With Daily Bread freeze-dried products, you get food that tastes good and is good for you as well. All you need to do is add water, and you have a meal ready to serve. What’s more, freeze-dried foods can last 25 years or more. Nobody can tell what the future will bring, but it doesn’t look good in regard to food prices. As supply dwindles and demand rises, prices will continue to go up. Will you be ready? Daily Bread freeze-dried food products are a worry-free storage solution to help you combat the dilemma of the rising food prices in our country.
On May 16th, the CDC reported the first instance of the MERS virus spreading from human to human in the United States. This wasn’t the first reported incident of the MERS virus in the United States, but the first that was contracted from another patient. The newest case was an Illinois man who had previous contact with the first man, an Indiana man who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia for work as a healthcare worker. Officials report that the virus spread from one to the other during a forty minute business meeting that took place before the Indiana man grew ill and become hospitalized. At the time of the writing of this article, the Illinois man appears to have recovered and is resting comfortably. Although this is fantastic news, it is frightening to imagine it happening to yourself or a loved one. The MERS virus is a very serious respiratory illness that originated two years ago in the Middle East. Health officials confirm that the virus originated from camels but aren’t sure how it spread to humans. So far, the virus has inflicted 600 people. Of those 600, 175 people have died. That’s nearly thirty percent. Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough and shortness of breath. It’s in the same family of viruses as the cold and the more severe SARS virus. The reason for the high number of deaths is that there isn’t a known cure for the virus. All of this is scary stuff, to be sure, so what can you do to protect you and your family from this oft-deadly virus? Although, there hasn’t been an outbreak in the United States just yet, the potential is out there. We simply don’t know enough about MERS yet to be sure. Therefore, it’s up to you to prepare. This includes taking care of yourself to keep your immunity system strong, recognizing symptoms in people so you can avoid them, and readying your family for a possible extended stay indoors by stocking the right supplies. Daily Bread is your long-term food supplier, providing high quality food storage products to people in need of emergency food storage. Our food products offer the best value on the dollar, lasting 25 years. You will have peace of mind knowing that you will be ready if an outbreak does occur. In addition, the food tastes good too. Unlike other emergency food storage providers, we have real meats and cheeses. All of our freeze-dried lunch/dinner entrees can be prepared by just adding water. For more information about how we can help you stay prepared for any disaster, please contact us today! Image: Shutterstock