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Buy Food Insurance Online

Updated on February 25, 2011

Buy Food Insurance Online

Food Insurance includes emergency long term food products that can be stored using a minimum of energy and space resources. Also referred to as survival food, these products usually include bulk quantities of nutritional basics. Sugar, wheat, beans, and cooking oil are staples of most food insurance packages.

No one knows what the future holds. It's easy to browse online for web sites that predict a coming famine or a natural disaster. Many people distrust the government to the extent that they feel the need to stock up on staples as protection against tyranny. Other citizens simply desire to be prepared in the event of a flood, drought, or wild temperature swing. We purchase insurance for our homes, lives, personal property, and vehicles; food insurance also makes good sense.

Companies selling food insurance provide a hedge against sudden disruptions in the supply chain. Less than 3% of the United States population is directly involved in the agriculture industry. Those that are directly involved in farming rarely raise a range of crops sufficient to survive a dearth at the local grocery store. A very small percentage of the population has the wherewithal to comfortably survive a significant disruption in their food supply.

Online Resources for Food Insurance

Ordering food insurance supplies online is a viable alternative to packing the minivan with 50 pound sacks of grain.

Expect to pay about $1300 for a one year supply of food, per person. Provisions of this type typically do not include cooking oil, but do include:

  • Dehydrated fruits such as apples, bananas, and strawberries.
  • Dehydrated vegetables such as beans, carrots, corn, and peas
  • Dehydrated instant milk
  • Dehydrated staples such as shortening, cheese, and margarine powders
  • Dehydrated meat products such as turkey, beef, and chicken
  • Dehydrated bulk products such as wheat and beans

Don't underestimate a good cookbook as well. If your food insurance provider doesn't include a cookbook with your order, be sure to locate other resources. Your cooking options may be limited; don't wait until the last minute to experiment with recipes.

Cooking oil does not 'keep' well over extended periods. This problem can be overcome by rotating your coking oil stock through your daily cooking plans rather than storing it in your food insurance cache. Cooking oil is considered important by nutritionists because it's a good source of fatty acids in a balanced diet.

Food Insurance includes Water

Water can't be cached as easily as dehydrated foodstuffs. Is sounds silly, but dehydrating water is problematic. To that end, consider a quality purification unit. Keep in mind the basic water requirements for re-hydrating the dehydrated products in your food insurance store. Interestingly enough, the words 'filter' and 'purify' have specific meanings to the United States FDA (Food and Drug Administration). A device is considered to be a filter if it removes 99.99% of contaminants. A device is considered to achieve purification if it removes 99.99999% of contaminants. Certainly the cost of the device will increase with the capability to remove undesirable material and the volume of water that can be processed.

How much cooking are you willing to do?

A bag of dehydrated beans may be considered food insurance in the broadest sense, but do you posses the skills to properly prepare raw legumes? Can you grind grain into bread or even into a palatable gruel that anyone will eat on a regular basis?

Can you keep your family comfortable and healthy by feeding them bowls of beans 3 times a day? If not, consider dehydrated main courses to supplement your emergency food supply. Lasgana, fettuccini alfredo, chicken ala king, and beef stroganoff are among the universe of dried-out pre-packaged meals available from food insurance providers.

Can you grow your own food insurance?

Many food insurance packages include seeds. In the event of a long term disruption of food production and delivery infrastructures, subsistence farming may become necessary. Non-hybrid seeds have become extremely popular items. Be sure to look for seeds that are properly packaged for long term storage: resealable foil containers are desirable. Some vegetable seeds (including peas, beets, carrots, lettuce, beans, and onions) that are properly dried and packaged can be stored for up to 4 years at temperatures up to 65 degrees F and much longer at lower temperatures. Higher temperatures decrease dormancy.


Many of us have never considered how our living conditions may go horribly awry. In the event of a natural disaster or social upheaval that causes disruptions in food supplies, food insurance may be worth considering. Long-term disruptions may necessitate that we lay in water purification and even subsistence farming supplies.


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      Sig man 7 years ago

      those who read will benefit and those who don't will also benefit those who did read it.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @yer right. Few are reading, let alone heeding.

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      50 Caliber 8 years ago from Arizona

      Good advise few will heed.