Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Bird flu pandemic: a reason for food storage?

A very practical reason for a one-year (or more) food storage is making itself known.
US companies prepare for bird flu pandemic.

The scary food-related part of the article is:
Jay Schwartz, vice president of information systems at North Carolina-based Alex Lee Inc., is worried about what will happen when food supplies begin to get scarce as people become ill, stay home to care for children when schools close or tend to ill relatives.

"Security is a huge issue," Schwartz, whose company owns a chain of grocery stores and an institutional food supplier, told a conference in Orlando.

Big food trucks may be targeted by bandits. "Maybe we'll have someone riding shotgun for added security," Schwartz told the Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza summit, sponsored by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Another thing that occurred to me while reading about terrorists having material to make "dirty bombs" is: what if terrorists touched off one or more of those in America's breadbasket and made millions of acres unsuitable for growing crops?


At 2/08/2007 07:26:00 PM, Blogger Keri said...

I had never considered this as a potential reason for food storage until I worked for a particularly eccentric employer.
I was the executive assistant to a (non-LDS) man who ran a home-based non-profit organization. One of the tasks he had me complete was a research project on food storage. He told me that he wanted to have several months food storage for his family in case an outbreak of bird flu closed grocery stores.
I was able to complete this task quickly because I had just started working on my own food storage, so I knew where to look to get the information.


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