The U.S. 3 Day Food Supply

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by E.L., Feb 23, 2008.

  1. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    This article is actually about helping guard our food supply, but I thought the key sentence in the article is that the food industry operates on only a three day food inventory in most parts of the country. Scary.

    PENNSYLVANIA: Del Val College: Helping guard our food supply
    Higher Ed Law Prof Blog
    Jim Castagnera
    Poison toothpaste and dog food from China… salmonella in eggs, botulism in beef, PCBs and mercury in fish… mad cow disease, anthrax… the list of threats to our food is as long as the Klumps’ grocery order. Was a time when farmers drove their trucks through my hometown of Jim Thorpe, hawking their fresh-picked produce. Lancaster’s Amish and South Jersey’s fruit and tomato growers still bring some fine foods to our farmers’ markets. But the hard fact is that we are eating seafood from Southeast Asia, fruit from Mexico and Chile, beef from Australia. Seventy-seven percent of Americans polled believe a terrorist attack on our global food chain is likely.
    Tom Kennedy, director of the Food and Agribusiness MBA at Delaware Valley College, fears these folks may be dead right. “The system is very porous,” he says. Consequently, “Food security has now become food defense.”
    Kennedy, a lanky, gray-haired Irishman, first became involved in “food defense” at St. Joseph’s University in Philly, where he was a principal investigator on a $ 1.8 million Food and Drug Administration grant awarded under the 2002 Bioterrorism Act. The goal of the grant was to educate executives up and down the food chain, as well as first-responders, who might have to deal with an attack on our food supply.
    How vulnerable are we (mostly overweight) Americans? Explains Kennedy, “With profit margins razor thin, the food industry operates on a just-in-time delivery model. This means there’s only a three-day food inventory in most parts of the country. Here on the east coast we have the greatest population densities and largest port facilities.
    “Just imagine an anthrax attack on the food center in the port of Philadelphia. Do you remember when a little bit of anthrax shut down the Hamilton, New Jersey, post office for years?” he asks.
    So… when Tom Kennedy moved from St. Joe’s to Del Val College in Bucks County three years ago, he brought along his commitment to protecting the American public from agro-terrorism. “After Nine-Eleven, I wondered what an ordinary guy like me could do. I’ve since found out there is a lot.”
    Del Val College is unique among the hundreds of colleges and universities here in eastern Pennsylvania. Some 1600 undergraduates, plus a couple of hundred grad students, study everything from horticulture (which makes for a gorgeous campus) to dairy farming. The 600-acre campus just south of Doylestown includes the corn fields where Director M. Night Shyamalan filmed “Signs.”
    Kennedy continues to work with colleagues at St. Joe’s, developing what he calls “table-top exercises.” Food industry personnel and first-responders are brought together and presented with a food product, a contaminant, and a scenario, then work to solve the situation. Last time, the threat was to the dairy industry. Tom trekked the 65 participants through Del Val’s dairy barns to give them the feel of the business. “Some of the Philadelphia police had never been on a farm,” he chuckled.
    Recently, he went international, taking on a study of Philly’s port facilities, partially funded by sources in Australia. He won’t say how much the Aussies have kicked in… “That’s proprietary.”
    Tom wishes ruefully that information on U.S. food inspection and security practices were equally proprietary. “We’re a democracy,” he explains. “Under the Freedom of Information Act, anybody can get a lot of helpful information, if food is the target.” He adds that, “We can’t build walls around our farms.” I look out the window of his car, as we tour the Del Val campus, and note the cattle munching grass right along the highway… point taken.
    Del Val’s own farmers’ market on Lower State Road does a land-office business. “People more and more want to get food grown close to home when they can,” observes Kennedy.
    After Tom dropped me back at the market, I thought about all I’d just seen and heard. I went inside, grabbed a cart and loaded up on fresh peppers, lettuce, and corn. No, it wasn’t even a three-day inventory, so here’s hoping folks like Tom Kennedy keep the cornucopia safely overflowing.
    Jim Castagnera of Havertown is the Associate Provost/Associate Counsel at Rider University.
  2. FalconDance

    FalconDance Neighborhood Witch

    These snippets are taken from a piece written, I believe, in 2005.

  3. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    What this means, is that during a national emergency, only 77 pounds of food per person is available before all food is TOTALLY GONE in the United States.

    Not at my house :D
  4. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Of which, 76 and a half pounds go to the rich folk..... just like everything else.
  5. sheen_estevez

    sheen_estevez Monkey+++

    I don't keep a food supply, I know Big Brother will take care of us[booze][winkthumb]

  6. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Me neither, in fact I've sold all my firearms to buy the biggest lcd tv I could find at sams.
  7. MbRodge

    MbRodge Monkey+++

    Yup, no need to stockpile anything now, I pay my taxes so I know the government will take care of me if anything ever does happen.
  8. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    The real problem will be panic. A person can survive approximately 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water, in some climates longer.

    Of course, the "solution" to the problem will also be disturbing.

    Communications, transportation, and electricity will be a target as well -the food shortage will be the icing on the cake.
  9. franks71vw

    franks71vw Monkey+++

    Its sad that most people can't see that but guess what that means good news for us.. more for us to go around...[coffee2]
  10. Abby Normal

    Abby Normal Monkey++

    Yup, panic is the right word, all right...I can't believe how everyone in town rushes to the grocery store just because of a little snow'd think the end was nigh...

  11. FalconDance

    FalconDance Neighborhood Witch

    I laugh because not only do they scrounge shovels (how many snow shovels does one family really need?) and salt but the all important soda pop and beer to keep hydrated when the water freezes!

    Oh sheeple are so stuuuuupid.
  12. groovy mike

    groovy mike Immortal

    The following links were stolen from a post by 411man on another board:

    Read the following linked articles and see the deteriating food situation.,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A//

    Does this mean that the sheeple are becoming aware? This just seems to keep getting announced again and again but no one I know is taking it seriously.

    Besides buying more reserve food, I've converted my garden to all heirloom seeds, increased the size of the garden, planted perennial foods, and am planning to reintroduce poultry to the homestead in the spring.

    I feel like I'm all alone in reacting to the warnings though. Has anyone seen any evidence that anyone else is taking action?
  13. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I'm beginning my first garden this weekend - hope I'm not too late. Don't have much property, but I've gleaned some creative ideas from this and other similar boards.
    I have a good nine months stored food - it can get me thru a short term crises, or help smooth out a longer term reduction in available food.
    Small livestock may be an option - I'm in the 'burbs, but a few neighbors have chickens. Rabbits aren't as noisy.
    Anybody thought of raising worms for bait for fishing? My father has done so for decades - it's so easy, it's silly. He has more worms than he'll ever use in his life - so I can get a 'breeder herd' pretty easily! Hehehe.
    He feeds them on the left-over cornmeal from cooking, and an occasional scoop of chicken feed. With several lakes within easy bicycling distance, fresh fish could be an excellent source of meat!
    My 'yard squirrels' are "meat on the hoof" too! Not absolutely reliable, as they do move around the 'hood. Then, there are the 'free-range cats' . . .

    Lots of good possibilities, if one thinks 'outside the box-store'!!
  14. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I wouldnt worry much about bait for fishing. If you are fishing for the sake of food then I would go with fish traps and nets. The nets in particular tend to not matter if the fish are biteing or not so makes food more reliable.
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