I have always gardened. When you have bushels of peas, you freeze or can some for later. When you have an abundance of something, such as fruit, you can or freeze the surplus to eat it later. That is just common sense. I am not a paranoid end of the earth type. The end Of the Mayan calendar, in my opinion is just that they ran out of room on the rock they chisled it on. But Our economy in in the tank. Worldwide, people are hurting. Governments around the world are going broke. People are rioting over broken promises. I truly hope that it does not get that bad in the USA, but we owe over 16 trillion dollars. We are so deep in debt that is is incomprehensible to me, and the politicians keep borrowing more. It will have to stop at some point. And when it does, where will we be? I am not trying to get anyone mad or trying to hurt anyone's feelings. I am just asking for an open discussion about your feelings on food prices, buying now because of possible shortages caused by drought or a break down on services. I live in hurricane country. We go a week or weeks at a time with NO gas,NO water, NO electricity, NO grocery stores open,and food supplies wiped out days before the storm hits. Paniced people fleeing the storm, think the flight of Houston running from hurricane Rita, 3 weeks after hurricane Katrina, and we all know what Katrina did to New Orleans. I live 75 miles north of Houston and it took people 28 hours to get here and they were out of gas. Think they were happy about that? To my small town's credit, we opened schools, churches took people in and we made the best of it. Even once electricity gets turned back on, it takes several days to a couple of weeks before grocery stores open back up. All meat is spoiled. All ice cream is melted. All frozen food is spoiled. All cold foods are ruined. And all of it must be cleaned up and dumped out. And since businesses are plugged into "just in time" delivery of goods, there is no inventory in the back room to put on the shelf. Not even canned goods. What I have just described is real, it happens, and I have lived it several times. We are ready for it when it hits. We store water in new large trash cans with lids. We fill every pot, pan and bottle in the house. We are already stocked up on food, so we not only don't go hungry, but also feed friends, family and neighbors. As the freezer melts, we eat really good. haha. For the last hurricane--Ike-- we had a generator, but getting fuel was a challenge. Not to mention the huge oak tree that crushed the house. Now ask yourself this question. What if there is a crisis and it won't be over in a few weeks? Will you have plenty to eat or will you be hungry? Can you build a fire in the bar-b-que pit or a hole dug in the back yard to cook in? Incendentally, if digging a hole in the back yard, the racks out of the oven work really well for a grill. Ask me how I know. do you have candles or kerosene lanterns and do you have matches or lighters to light them with? Can you walk to them in pitch black darkness and light one up? How much food is in your house and how long will it last you and your family? Again, not trying to come off like an end of the earth, the sky is falling, paranoid. But food prices are rising and the sky seems to be the limit. Can you feed your family if the food supply gets disrupted for even a week?