Venezuela Is Out of Food: Here’s What an Economic Collapse Looks Like

Contributor, ZenGardner.com

Venezuela is out of food.

After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse.

Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic, but really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.

A quick review: Why Venezuela Is Out of Food

In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal.  The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.

Shortly thereafter, grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent “hoarding.”

Then, just over a year ago, it became even more apparent that the country was falling. when long lines for basic necessities such as laundry soap, diapers, and food became the norm rather than the exception. Thousands of people were standing in line for 5-6 hours in the hopes that they would be able to purchase a few much-needed items.

Shortly after the story broke to the rest of the world, the propaganda machine shifted into high gear.  As the government began to ration electricity, it was announced that this was not due to economic reasons at all, but instead was a measure of their great concern for the environment.

As the situation continued to devolve, farmers in Venezuela were forced to hand over their crops last summer. They assumed control of essential goods like food, and began putting retail outlets out of business. Then, once they had control of the sales outlets, they began forcing farmers and food manufacturers to sell anywhere from 30-100% of their products to the state at the price the state opted to pay, as opposed to stores and supermarkets.

But that wasn’t enough to keep the population fed. (Isn’t it astonishing how much less motivated people are to produce food and supplies when they are no longer allowed to benefit from their hard work? Historically, collectivism and farming have never gone successfully hand in hand.) This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food. The Ministry of Urban Farming was created to oversee this. While self-reliance sounds great, it isn’t so great in Venezuela. Just so the urban farmers don’t get too self-reliant, a registry of the crops and livestock will be required. (And obviously, they’ve already proven that they have no issue forcing farmers to hand over what they’ve produced.)

Now, it looks like all of the socialist measures and forced food production haven’t been enough to keep the people of Venezuela fed. The country is in so much trouble now that it isn’t possible to cover it up with propaganda.

According to Breitbart.com, lawmakers have learned nothing.

Socialist legislators are hoping to manipulate the initiative in the other direction, and use it to expand government control of private food enterprises. Legislator Héctor Rodríguez has insisted that the economic emergency “does absolutely nothing,” and the government should impose itself on private enterprises. Another socialist legislator, Ricardo Molina, iscalling for the government to expropriate Polar, Venezuela’s largest private food corporation: “we have to intervene on private sector enterprises.”

Venezuela previously forced a Polar food distribution center in Caracas to shut down in July, putting 12,000 tons of food, six million liters of soft drinks, and 2,000 jobs at risk.

And now, the announcement of the “nutritional emergency” makes it official. Venezuela is out of food, and it’s only a matter of time before Venezuelans are quite literally starving due to a long series of terrible decisions by their leaders.

Prep before it happens

It’s essential to note as this all plays out that there is little people can do now to rectify their situations. If they aren’t already quietly prepared, they are completely at the mercy of their socialist government.  It is absolutely vital to put back supplies well before the general public is aware that a crisis is pending.

As well, consider the fact that many folks here believe that a socialist government is exactly what our country needs. They eagerly lap up the promises of “free education” and “free healthcare.” They warmly embrace a presidential candidate who is an unabashed socialist. It absolutely astonishes me. They’d be well-advised to pay attention to how well the freebies have worked out in Venezuela. Socialism is not a sustainable economic model, something that has been proven time and time again, much to the detriment of the victims of the misguided notions.

The game pieces here are already lined up to control the American people should our economic situation continue to worsen. For example, there are already laws in place to “prevent hoarding.” Remember a few years ago when President Obama signed an executive order that gives the federal government authority over every resource and infrastructure element in the United States?

There are a lot of uncomfortable parallels that can be drawn between America’s financial situation and the disaster in Venezuela, and one thing is clear: self-sufficiency is the only way to protect your family. Even if you haven’t really begun to prepare, there’s still time to become more self-reliant. Here are some steps you should consider:

It is vital to practice OPSEC (Operational Security) by keeping your preparedness related activities on the down low.  Preparedness and self-sufficiency author Tess Pennington warns that in a crisis situation, things you said months or years ago could come back to haunt you.

A person should think twice about telling others about any prepping investments they have made.  If a SHTF scenario occurred, anything said previously can be used against that prepper.  For example, if you tell your neighbor you have silver coins stashed away, if times were desperate enough, that neighbor could turn on you.  Keeping quiet about what one does is second nature to some.  But for others that are new to the idea of prepping, they do not see the whole SHTF picture.  If one person tells another about their preps, one person could tell another person about what preps their neighbor has.  Then, the word spreads throughout; especially when a severe situation occurs.  People will remember what you have told them, and come to you for help (if they are unprepared).  Helping a neighbor or family member in need is a noble deed.  However, those preparedness items are an investment for you and your family; and therefore, no one outside of the family should know what you have (unless you want that person to know). (source)

As people become more desperate, they behave far differently than they would in normal circumstances. You have to be prepared for the day when you might have to defend your home, family and supplies. When an economic disaster strikes, the one thing you can count on from the government is that they will not be prioritizing you and your family. In a situation like the one in Venezuela, you will be completely on your own at best. At worst, your supplies will be targeted “for the greater good.”   Maintain your freedom by becoming quietly self-sufficient.

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11 Responses to Venezuela Is Out of Food: Here’s What an Economic Collapse Looks Like

  1. Susan says:

    I used to love listening to Clif High though don’t know how accurate it has always been. Zen Gardner just posted this Clif High video for those who are interested. It’s about what’s going on with the economy, etc.
    http://www.zengardner.com/weathering-the-storm-clif-high/?utm_source=Zen+Gardner%3A+Newsletter&utm_campaign=70cbfadb6d-DAILYZEN_NEWSLETTER&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_132fe3a759-70cbfadb6d-428977641

    • Jean says:

      Thanks, Susan. I used to try to listen . . . and finally gave up . . . but I know others find this of interest.. . . Hugs, ~Jean

      • Debbie says:

        Hi Jean,

        I have reason to believe that Clif High is not on the up and up….at one point in one of his videos he even slid into his dialogue that he works for the cabal – but not in those words.
        People need to use extreme discernment…because as we know dark agents tell truth mixed in. If you couldn’t listen to him, I suspect your inner knowing…knew this.

        As for the situation in Venezuela, as you might imagine the mainstream cabal media never reveals the desperate situation there, or how it is the fault of the socialist/communist government. Bernie Sanders is saying he is socialists, but actually he is a Marxist-Communist, and he makes no bones about it. Hillary, besides being a felon is I believe is Bolshevik Communist……..we as a country are really up against the wall, of course – look who I am talking to…right?

        As for prepping – it might help in the short term, but in the long term I would imagine that you will be murdered for your garden and anything you have hoarded – face it, for most Americans prepping isn’t going to be any real solution. If government agents don’t confiscate whatever you have, I imagine marauding groups will take it form you anyway.

        Same with silver and gold…you can’t eat it, and there will be nothing to buy with it, as many armed Americans have already said they will simply takeover stores for supplies – armed people emptying the shelves, and you doing what/ Thinking you will stand in line with your silver pieces…………

        I believe our energies must go into meditations and prayers, and actions to keep this melt down from happening.

        And for safe measure, vote for Trump, at least he tells the truth. All the others are just more of the same self serving, dark agendas for sure.

        • Jean says:

          Debbie, I can’t respond to all that you have said, but I would like to focus on the idea of ‘preppers’. Taking care in the short term is important. In the long terms, this is all about a transition from the head to the heart, a far more important journey than space travel. People who are not in their hearts will not make it through, but will be placed in a situation where they will have the opportunity to grow further into their hearts. It will be a situation much like earth, but it will not have this dark cabal system that has overrun this planet.

          We are most likely approaching a pole shift. The indications all favor it. There are also other situations approaching that many think will help move the planet out of harm’s way and into another, very different place in the Universe. I haven’t thought about these things for quite a while – and I want to be careful that I am accurate, but I have spoken about them here on my blog before, or on my old blog, so I know the information is out there.

          People who plan to go backwards to an old way of living off the land – one way, I think, of saying it – in the long run will not find this is the answer. If they want to ascend, they must get out of their heads and into their hearts; that is, their mind must be used in service to their hearts.I’ve said this over and over again, but I’m not sure people are hearing me. This is okay, because we are told we will all come through this into a place where we belong, according to our soul growth.

          Hugs,
          ~Jean

          PS Let me add that knowledge of what is happening on this planet is important and I think necessary for us to carry in our consciousness, so we will never allow it to happen again. It is also necessary that we face our deepest inner fears, because there are rules on the other side, and we cannot survive there if we are in fear. Again, I have explained all this before elsewhere . . . It is important to remember that while our physical bodies may die, our souls never do, so we need not fear death, especially if we have confronted it on a personal level. If we have, we ‘know’ this is true. . . but that is only one requirement. . . As graduation time approaches maybe in a year or so, we are going to get lots of opportunity to face our fears . . Please remember, they are our inner fears, and each of us needs to understand this on a deeply personal level. What comes to us from the outside will only stimulate our inner fears 🙂

          • Debbie says:

            Jean

            Thank you for the reply, much of this know, much of it I have heard before and forgotten, information overload – trying to weigh all the info coming at us, often times information overload…but, I do trust that whatever is coming our way, I will either survive or, I won’t…and I am not afraid to die, but I would like to avoid ever coming back to a planet this dark……and I wonder if you are talking about a physical earth pole shift? Since I live by the ocean, I don’t imagine I would stand much chance of surviving that one, anyway!
            A neighbor just the other day,, rather out of the blue, told us that drowning is a rather blissful way to die…….well, I never imagined that I hear that said!
            What is amazing is how many will likely die and never have the knowledge of the planet, because they were absolutely brainwashed and saw done of this coming….
            I don’t know about the pole shift, but I do believe that we will see a massive and awful false flag – there is no way Obama is going out with a whimper. And as soon as I typed that I thought – Obama – or probably more accurately, Obama’s masters….they are cornered, they know it…..
            This pretty much sums out the state of America right now:
            http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2016/02/obama-the-ultimate-temp-how-when-will-cia-vanish-obama-michelle-3299450.html?currentSplittedPage=3

  2. enki says:

    It ‘aint a recession it’s a ROBBERY.

  3. Watcher says:

    Not Donald Trump.. “Mr. Magic” everything is gonna be wonderful, just follow me ..
    …… nor preppers…. the world as we’ve know it has turned to total corruption, find an old farm and learn to grow your own food……

    Is going to work!!!!

    The political central banking system will NOT allow any “leader” to step into the breech and make ANY changes that upset the “plans and the gravy train”…. (there is more energy/blood to be suctioned out of the people).

    The system that exists today in the United States can be compared to “Gulliver’s Travels”.. where Gulliver went to sleep on the beach and when he woke, he found he had thousands of filament like silk threads attached to his body… and he was helpless.

    The silk threads are so numerous on the “body of US society” that even the most obvious of them couldn’t be counted in 2 days of making lists. Those threads are all hollow and the energy of the nation is being drawn into the beltway… the body has gotten more and more weak over the past 100 years and there is no functional ability to break any of the threads against the strength of the vampire (government, politicians).

    And to top it all off… the US is TRILLIONS of (us dollars as a measurement).. in DEBT. There is no MONEY to fund any re-ordering by the most sincere Wizard… if there were a sincere one which there is NOT. Even the labor of the slaves is collateral for the debt owed to everybody else in the world.

    Everything is “illegal”… if anyone were to do the research that it would entail, in the literally miles of books of congressional passed laws.. not to mention the local municipal ‘regulations’ which are stringently enforced.
    That prepper’s farm is subject to the “laws” that already exist, the only act remaining is for the jack booted thugs to ENFORCE them… so, what are the odds?… Opps, there goes the seeds, the guns, the traps, the canned food, and off to the pokey with you, you economic terrorist! …..

    What just happened to Bundy et al?…..

    What has happened to logical assessment of facts that bring conclusions rather than “hope” (four letter word) based on Neptunian mists, fogs, and Hollywood myths.

    There is no CURE for what is coming down the tracks in the US… either leave if you can, or keep a very low profile, try to hunker down and survive whatever comes at you.

    • Jean says:

      At this moment in time, your last sentence makes a lot of sense: There is no CURE for what is coming down the tracks in the US… either leave if you can, or keep a very low profile, try to hunker down and survive whatever comes at you.

      The only thing I can add is read my statement at the top of my very last post . . . they have a new game, and we can’t buy into it.

      Thanks and hugs,
      ~Jean

  4. Captain says:

    Survival: Will Prepping Become Illegal Here Too? ~~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ehv1soHKsI

    excerpt: “Back In 2013 The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.
    “She called on prosecutors to seek their detention.
    “The attorney general called on people to remain calm, not to fall for provocations, and not to be afraid of the “alleged” food shortage.
    “Today in 2016, Here in America, Most people would think such a thing is just a conspiracy. They don’t realize what the NDAA Is….”

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