Food Security in a Pandemic: How to Stay Prepared

The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to spread around the world with no clear end in sight. Governments around the world have been implementing strict measures in efforts to stop the spread of the virus. With every passing day, people are becoming increasingly concerned about the effect this virus will have on our world.

As of late March, 2020, systems of food production and distribution are still intact and operational. But it’s not hard to imagine a series of events in the next few weeks leading to their total disruption. With that in mind, it’s more important than ever for individuals and families to build an emergency food supply.

Are you concerned about the economic effects that coronavirus could have on your farming operation? If so, a hobby farm loan from MSF Agriculture might be able to help. In this article, we’ll explore some food security tips and a few of the benefits of a hobby farm loan.

Organizing an Emergency Food Supply: Where to Begin

Don’t wait until it’s too late to organize and build your emergency food supply. Get started today by following these simple tips.

What to Include

Here is a list of nutritional and energy-boosting foodstuffs that you should prioritize:

    • Nuts and trail mix
    • Protein bars and granola bars
    • Canned vegetables (peas, carrots, beans, etc.)
    • Canned soups and canned chilis
    • Salt, pepper, and sugar
    • Dried fruit
    • Peanut butter
    • Fresh apples
    • Fresh citrus
    • Potatoes

Where to Store Your Supply

When it comes to emergency food rations, location is everything. Ideally, the location of your emergency food supply will be dark, dry, and cool. Basements, for example, tend to work well and keep foodstuffs well-preserved. If you don’t have a basement, spare bedrooms, closets, and outdoor sheds are also good options.

Looking Towards the Future

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that the coronavirus pandemic disrupts the food supply chain for years to come. At this point, there’s no real reason to assume this will be the case. Still, it’s a useful thought experiment, because there could always be a far more severe pandemic in the future.

In a serious case like that, it should be everyone’s priority to build an independent, sustainable system of food production.

Thankfully, those of us who are currently maintaining small farms already have a huge advantage, here. That said, it’s important that we protect our farms’ financial security to protect them from the economically tough times ahead. Securing a hobby farm loan from MSF Agriculture is a great place to get started!

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At MSF Agriculture, our goal is to connect owners of hobby farms with a high-quality loan. To learn more about how our expert lenders can help to secure your financial future, please contact our office today!