Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy is an important Prepper skill to develop. It allows you to prepare in advance for the rising cost of produce items we rely on daily.
Paying For A Wall Between The U.S. and Mexico
Let’s take President Trump’s proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico. You know, the one Mexico is supposedly paying for? The one that for all intents and purposes might really be paid for by a 20% tax on what American’s import from Mexico?
Now whether you are in favor of a wall or hate the idea, isn’t the issue.
The issue is a potential 20% increase of everything you purchase that crosses that boarder.
What Does The U.S. Import From Mexico?
In 2015 alone, the U.S. imported over $295 BILLION dollars worth of products from Mexico, according to government trade data. From cars to car parts, to electrical machinery and oil. $2.4 billion worth of apparel. $1.9 Billion in beer and tequila.
What really has my attention is the amount of of vegetables, fruit and nuts we import from Mexico. $5.5 billion of vegetables and $3.9 billion of fruit and nuts. All to potentially be subjected to a %20 price increase.
Bananas and Mangoes
Consider the products we simply can’t grow here such as bananas and mangoes. And then consider what other countries might do to block U.S. exports in retaliation.
And what about the fresh fruits and vegetables we depend on during the winter months? Where do we get a great deal of those? Yup. Mexico.
Can Your Grocery Budget Handle The Increase?
Did I mention the amount of tomatoes and avocados we import from Mexico? 78% of our avocados and 71% of our tomatoes according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. And it not just avocados and tomatoes either. Herbs, spinach and lettuce make their way across the border to our tables every day.
Finally, according to Forbes, the restaurant industry is already seeing their stocks fall on the fears of increased food costs.
Learn to grow your own. Now is the perfect time to learn what grows in your area and how to start your own seeds indoors. Growing your own food helps to tremendously off set the rising cost of produce.
As the season progresses we at Simply Preparing will help walk you through the basics of getting your first garden up and growing!
Learn how to preserve your own food. It’s easier than you think. I promise.
Dehydrating. With just a few simple pieces of equipment you can dehydrate and store fruit and vegetables long term. One of my favorite resources for dehydrating is the book, Dehydrate2Store by Tammy Gangloff.
Another excellent storage option is to freeze your bounty. Did you know you can freeze avocados? Yup! I have a freezer full of frozen avocados for my son’s blenderized diet and my guacamole addiction!
Carolyn Humphries book, How To Freeze Fresh Food At Home is a great book for beginners wanting to learn how to freeze foods.
Prepping With Freeze Dried Food.
Let’s face it. With or without a wall between us and Mexico, food prices are only going higher and higher. This is where the real value of freeze dried foods come in. With up to a 25 year shelf life. Non-GMO offerings. Locally sourced whenever possible.
Each can of freeze dried food I purchase today has it’s price frozen as well. Up to 25 years from now I can open a can of food that I paid 2017 prices for, and allows me to combat the rising cost of produce. It’s like having money in the bank, but with a much higher interest rate.
It’s also pretty amazing how versatile freeze dried food is. Take a look at all the produce used in one of my favorite soup recipes, Sausage Potato Soup! Yum!
Not sure how to use freeze dried foods? No problem! You can take a look at the recipes found on my Thrive Website to get some great ideas.
Taking the time to understand what is happening within the White House will insure that your house is prepared to better weather the growing world wide unrest, the consequences of repealing the Dodd-Frank Act and the returning concerns with China’s economy.