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Daisy Luther July 31, 2015
Government of Venezuela Forces Farmers to Hand Over Food
The government of Venezuela is playing Monopoly, but it isn't the kind with those little plastic hotels.
They're controlling essential goods like food, and putting the retail establishments of the country out of business.
According to a UK Telegraph report, the government is now forcing farmers and food manufacturers to sell anywhere from 30-100% of their products to the state, as opposed to stores and supermarkets.
There's a pattern in collapses around the world
As countries around the world collapse, it's very important that we take note of the ways that governments take steps to control their people. While no two countries have exactly the same situations, there are some very distinct patterns that we can identify, and this can help us to prepare for a similar scenario if it were to happen in the United States.
Products are already nearly impossible to acquire in Venezuela, with their mindblowing 64% inflation rate, and now those supplies will be even more limited.
There are 7245 government-run stores, mostly in cities. There are more than 113,000 privately owned stores. What are the ramifications of this?
The government will control the prices
The government will control the dispersal of the goods
If you don't live in the city, you may still be forced to go there to acquire supplies
The already day-long lines to purchase goods will get even longer
Venezuela has made preparedness illegal, with strict laws against "hoarding," and they've even instituted a fingerprint registry for the purchase of food and supplies, so that no one can quietly stock up for the future. Meanwhile, the government of Venezuela vehemently denies there are any problems whatsoever while simultaneously rationing electricity.
You must prepare ahead of time
We've all heard that quote about controlling the people through controlling the food. It's happened in many government takeovers, including the Holodomor in the Ukraine and the communist takeover of China. Once the government takes over the distribution from the farms, it only goes downhill from there. (In my book, The Pantry Primer, I discuss several government-instigated famines in more detail.)
If you wait until draconian measures are being put into place, you've waited too long. The time to prepare for economic collapse and overbearing governmental controls is well before they happen.
Yesterday, I wrote about the state of North Caroline forcing people to register their backyard chickens. While some people thought I was being silly in my concern about this, when you consider the situation in Venezuela, is it really crazy to NOT want the government to know about your chickens? What do you think would happen to those registered chickens in a situation like the one in Venezuela? Would you really want the government to know you had self-reliance measures like this in place? Discretion is essential.
If you haven't already begun to prepare for a long-term economic crisis, it's time to get started. Economically speaking, things aren't great here in the US, despite the soothing propaganda from the White House.
As we recently learned watching the Greek collapse unfold, having supplies and being able to meet your own needs is essential to surviving.
Here are a few resources to guide you.
You need to develop a preparedness plan.
You need to build a food supply.
You need to build self-reliance skills.
You need to prepare financially.
You need to learn about natural remedies.
Are you watching the situations in Greece and Venezuela? How do you think a similar scenario would play out, here in the United States?
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Home » Venezuela Is Out of Food: Heres What an Economic Collapse Really Looks Like
Daisy Luther February 14, 2016
Venezuela Is Out of Food: Heres What an Economic Collapse Really Looks Like
Venezuela is out of food.
After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a "nutritional emergency." This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country's slow, painful economic collapse.
Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic, but really, it's far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I've been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.
A quick review: Why Venezuela Is Out of Food
In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are "hoarding" basic staples with serious sanctions.
Shortly thereafter, grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent "hoarding."
Then, just over a year ago, it became even more apparent that the country was falling, when long lines for basic necessities such as laundry soap, diapers, and food became the norm rather than the exception. Thousands of people were standing in line for 5-6 hours in the hopes that they would be able to purchase a few much-needed items.
Shortly after the story broke to the rest of the world, the propaganda machine shifted into high gear. As the government began to ration electricity, it was announced that this was not due to economic reasons at all, but instead was a measure of their great concern for the environment.
As the situation continued to devolve, farmers in Venezuela were forced to hand over their crops last summer. They assumed control of essential goods like food, and began putting retail outlets out of business. Then, once they had control of the sales outlets, they began forcing farmers and food manufacturers to sell anywhere from 30-100% of their products to the state at the price the state opted to pay, as opposed to stores and supermarkets.
But that wasn't enough to keep the population fed. (Isn't it astonishing how much less motivated people are to produce food and supplies when they are no longer allowed to benefit from their hard work? Historically, collectivism and farming have never gone successfully hand in hand.) This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food. The Ministry of Urban Farming was created to oversee this. While self-reliance sounds great, it isn't so great in Venezuela. Just so the urban farmers don't get too self-reliant, a registry of the crops and livestock will be required. (And obviously, they've already proven that they have no issue forcing farmers to hand over what they've produced.)
Now, it looks like all of the socialist measures and forced food production haven't been enough to keep the people of Venezuela fed. The country is in so much trouble now that it isn't possible to cover it up with propaganda.
According to Breitbart.com, lawmakers have learned nothing.
Socialist legislators are hoping to manipulate the initiative in the other direction, and use it to expand government control of private food enterprises. Legislator Héctor Rodríguez has insisted that the economic emergency "does absolutely nothing," and the government should impose itself on private enterprises. Another socialist legislator, Ricardo Molina, is calling for the government to expropriate Polar, Venezuela's largest private food corporation: "we have to intervene on private sector enterprises."
Venezuela previously forced a Polar food distribution center in Caracas to shut down in July, putting 12,000 tons of food, six million liters of soft drinks, and 2,000 jobs at risk.
And now, the announcement of the "nutritional emergency" makes it official. Venezuela is out of food, and it's only a matter of time before Venezuelans are quite literally starving due to a long series of terrible decisions by their leaders.
Prep before it happens
It's essential to note as this all plays out that there is little people can do now to rectify their situations. If they aren't already quietly prepared, they are completely at the mercy of their socialist government. It is absolutely vital to put back supplies well before the general public is aware that a crisis is pending.
As well, consider the fact that many folks here believe that a socialist government is exactly what our country needs. They eagerly lap up the promises of "free education" and "free healthcare." They warmly embrace a presidential candidate who is an unabashed socialist. It absolutely astonishes me. They'd be well-advised to pay attention to how well the freebies have worked out in Venezuela. Socialism is not a sustainable economic model, something that has been proven time and time again, much to the detriment of the victims of the misguided notions.
The game pieces here are already lined up to control the American people should our economic situation continue to worsen. For example, there are already laws in place to "prevent hoarding." Remember a few years ago when President Obama signed an executive order that gives the federal government authority over every resource and infrastructure element in the United States?
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2016/02/venezuela-is-out-of-food-heres-what-an-economic-collapse-really-looks-like/#hh7CZUGORe0VtCAz.99