Laws against food storage??

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  1. joycebrandon

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    I have been involved in a discussion about a USDA employee who visited an individual's home in the Pacific NW and began asking a lot of questions about the person's food storage practices & their raising of small livestock (chickens).

    I would have sent the "USDA" employee on their way, with many questions of my own & said so in this discussion... and was then informed by another individual that there are US laws against the storage of more than 3 weeks worth of food... Here is a quote (pertinent info only):

    "> There are a number of Federal Laws which "prohibit" the Storage of
    > Food. If I remember correctly, it is a violation to store more than
    > a three week supply. When I get a little more time, I will look for
    > the laws and post them. I believe they are found in the United
    > States Code Annotated."

    I have never heard such a thing & I have been unable to find this law (as applied to private individuals). Am I missing something? Does anyone know of this law & where I can find it?

    Sincerely,

    Joyce Brandon
     
  2. rambler

    rambler Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Just read an article in the Minneapolis Star/Tribune last week where the govt is going to spend millions on an ad campaign to encourage all of us to store away a 3-6 month supply of food, water, & items. To be prepared for different things.

    Sounded like a joke - as far as the masses living in their rented appartments or paycheck-to-mouth & all - I know many here, & farmer types like myself probably have much of that covered already, at least to some degree. So, the millions will be wasted on convincing those that already have the issue covered, or those who can't do any of it anyhow......


    But anyhow, that would fly in the face of what you are hearing?

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  3. tinknal

    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My own state is encouraging folks to stockpile a years worth of food. Sounds like a rumor that started with a grain of truth.
     
  4. joycebrandon

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    That sure is contrary to the "law" isn't it?

    Thank you for posting that information! I really appreciate it!

    Sincerely,

    Joyce Brandon
     
  5. Hears The Water

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    Once a teacher informed my daughter that she HAD to be doing school work each day for 6 hours....even though we homeschool. (Not true BTW) This is a prime example of someone spreading mis-information about a subject that one would think they were an expert in. Sound familar? God bless you and yours
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  6. joycebrandon

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    Hears the Water -

    Being a HSing mom myself, I'm use to folks (neighbors, MIL, strangeres, etc...) informing me of the educational "laws" and what I'm "required" to do. LOL! But this (food storage) is an area I felt very uncertain of. I just couldn't imagine someone trying to tell a family how much food they could store for their own use!

    Thank you for your post!

    Sincerely,

    Joyce Brandon
     
  7. Peacock

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    I haven't looked up the real info, but it wouldn't surprise me. There were laws like this during WWII when many foods and other goods were rationed. It might not be illegal now, but if things get really wonky, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the government started "redistributing" our personal stores. In fact, if you're really paranoid, you might worry that is why they are currently telling us to store it, so they can take it later!

    OK, I just had a tinfoil hat moment. :) But seriously, the reason this doesn't surprise me is that I recently learned about well taxes. I forget where -- Australia I think, maybe someone from there can verify -- you get your water from a well, you pay taxes on the water volume used just as if you were drawing city water. I mean, I thought if anything in life were free, water from the ground on your own property would be! If they can do this, making a law against how much food we can have in our pantries isn't far behind.

    So if you do store food...do it quietly. :)
     
  8. joycebrandon

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    I agree completely with the "do it quietly" mind set.... But in this case the Dept. of Ag was visiting all the homes in a neigborhood.

    What would be the reason for that?

    Anyhow - back to the original ?? If anyone has a link to that Minneapolis star/trib article please post it here... I have been hunting it, but can't find it!

    Thanks again for all the input!

    Sincerely,

    Joyce Brandon
     
  9. tinknal

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    Tinknal -

    Thank you so much! I owe you a nice package of deer sausage come this winter! Seriously - drop me an email.

    You've made me feel far less a fool than I did a couple of hours ago.

    Most Sincerley,

    Joyce Brandon
    (BTW - Twain is my favorite. Your sig is excellent)
     
  11. tinknal

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    LOL, thanks. Deer sausage is rather plentiful around here. :)

    Are you getting the cicadas? I was thinking one could raise some killer poultry during that hatch.
     
  12. joycebrandon

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    Sadly (especially for my kids) we are in the empty space between broods III & XIII (http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/highlights/periodicalCicada.html) so unless we get some borderline stragglers this year or in 2014 we're going to be completely left out. But when we drove up to the QCA a couple of weeks ago we could hear the HUGE noise of the cicadas calling.

    I lived in Columbia, MO in Spring 1985 and there was a HUGE periodical cicada hatch. I was only about 10, but I remmber it was amazing!

    Well, even without all the extra bugs, our chickens are doing great - we have a lot of little grass hoppers hatching out due to the dry weather.

    We've got 13 dual purpose hens... plenty of eggs and occasionally a nice little roasting hen. I'm also hoping to have some fryer rabbits this fall & goats next year... Plus my DH is a heck of a turkey hunter! But we process all of those ourselves.

    I really do appreciate you posting that link. I would think (hope) our government would encourage long term preperation for hard times... And was very surprised at the idea it would be outlawed. Hopefully the info I've gleaned her will be helpful to others as well!

    Thank you!

    Joyce Brandon
     
  13. Micahn

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    If this sort of laws are real then half of Florida would be in trouble.
    A lot of people including myself have a lot of stuff in case we get hit by another storm. Where I am we have been hit by 3 in the past 4 years. Each time you could but nothing from any place for at least a week and even then nothing that would have been cold as it all went bad.
    Then you had the miles that is miles meaning more then one long lines to get the MRE, Water, Ice and Tarps that was handing out. One time the wife and I was in line for over 3 hours and it took them maybe 1 min to put a case of MRE 2 bags of ice and a case of water in our trunk.
    We was lucky each time as we live about a mile from a hospital so they get the power and water back faster around here it seems. My brother and sister in law lives just a few miles from us and they had no power for 3 weeks. They got it back and had it on for 3 days and we got hit by another storm. That time they was without power for just over a month.
    Have that stuff happen a few times and you to will have food and water stored that will last you a few weeks.
     
  14. dare2b

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    I can understand it if you live in a part of the country that is prone to natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. Otherwise, it sounds a lot like the old build-a-bomb-shelter-because-they-are-going-to-attack-us days before the collapse of communism.

    I do store water because last year we had the most godawful drought here, had to buy drinking water and water to flush the toilet. This year, the well pump has been replaced so I can at least draw up my reserves here at home. Also have a filter system to help out. Would like to install a rain collection system, but don't have the $$$ for it. So anyway, water is my thing to store because of my local conditions.

    I think it's good to have some food set by, but it just doesn't work for everybody, and for the govt. to start these programs just makes a lot of people afraid. IMHO.
     
  15. fin29

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    No offense, dare, but I just don't get your statement that it doesn't make sense for everybody. I live in inland Maine--probably the least disaster- (at least of the natural type) prone area in the world, but that doesn't exclude us from trying to be better prepared. We admittedly don't have enough to last six months, though we would probably be able to survive, we just wouldn't be as balanced in the diet as if we were more diligent.

    Some of the things I've done have been to dehydrate things like tomatoes and bananas--bought on the dent rack at the grocery, high in vitamins and awfully small when they're dry. Things like this--plus matches, batteries, etc. can be stashed under the towels in the bathroom if need be if they're vacuum sealed. Every once in a while I'll pick up a few cans of food--generally the highest-protein or highest vitamin stuff I can find like canned beans, sweet potatoes, beets, spinach, etc. Again, not much room (shove them under a bed), but a can of the right veggie and 2 cups of TVP that can be bought for around a dollar a pound can give my family all the nutrients they need for basic subsistance for a day. We're addict-type coffee drinkers, so what's the harm in keeping 5 lbs. around instead of one at a time? I keep large boxes of canning salt around all the time--if you have salt (cheap and will never go bad), you can preserve much of the stuff that'll go bad when the electric goes on the freezer. A large bottle of vitamins, a few boxes of emergency candles from the dollar store, several packets of Kool Aid or lemonade powder to flavor water or add vitamins, you get the drift. Once in a while I'll add additional things to my first aid kit like Steristrips (to "stitch" up larger wounds), an extra tube of Neosporin that I don't immediately need, surgical wound dressings, etc.; I can tell you that we haven't had a crisis here, but we've used some of the supplies that I wouldn't have bought if I hadn't been trying to be better-prepared for one.

    It doesn't have to be a Y2K-type thing, but if everyone had a little stash, then--as the article suggests--we could all do our part to reduce the pressure on the emergency system in the early days of the crisis and let those guys do their job instead of guarding the grocery stores from the hordes of people who feel entitled to horde when the S-really-HTF. A side benefit happens if, God forbid, the bread-winner in your home loses his/her job, the pressure's off your finances for a little while until you can get back on your feet.
     
  16. susieM

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    As I understand it, there is a difference between storing and hoarding.
     
  17. dare2b

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    Well, for example, when I lived in the city in a zero-bedroom apt. emergency storage was pretty much out of the question. I didn't even have a closet for my clothes....

    That's what I meant by "not for everyone". Hope I clarified that remark.....
     
  18. Cyngbaeld

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    My daughter and I lived for a couple of yrs in a 22ft camp trailer. I always kept 3 to 4 months worth of supplies/food on hand in that trailer. It is doable for anybody, you just have to be creative.
     
  19. fin29

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    I suppose it's a subjective difference, though. Who makes the distinction? I personally think the people who will be ordered to stay home in the event of a crisis are best qualified.

    BTW, the only thing I can find about executive orders about food hoarding online relates to profiteering--in other words, people, businesses, etc. hoarding food in good times to profit from its sale at inflated prices during a crisis. Executive orders allow the president to bypass congress in times of crisis (among other things) and there are currently provisions that allow the president to order the governmental seizure of farms, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, water facilities, etc. to ensure equitable distribution of these resources in a time of crisis. This is aimed, again, at reducing the possibility of profiteering by the corporations that control these resources. I don't personally see that as a bad thing, but that doesn't remove my personal responsibility to do what I can within reason to prepare myself.

    All of this doesn't mean that I don't believe that an EO is in place about 3 mos. of food, but no one can seem to provide proof of that--it wouldn't surprise me one bit given the priorities of the current administration. Besides--I would LOVE it if the gov't. came to my house and hauled me away because I had too many dried bananas: then I could legally profiteer from the interviews and speaking engagements that would surely follow...
     
  20. Windy in Kansas

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    Thank former president Bill Clinton for his signing of an executive order allowing the government to confiscate stockpiles of food during a national emergency.

    During the nuclear war era civil defense shelters were stocked. Now the various branches of government encourage individuals to stockpile food. I read that--so that they don't have to tie up their resources to do so for those that don't/wont.

    Please read #10998.
    http://www.millennium-ark.net/News_Files/Exec.Orders/EOs.html
    http://www.millennium-ark.net/News_Files/Exec.Orders/EO.10998.html
    Sorry, executive order #10998 was signed by Kennedy.