Shelves and shelves of home-canned vegetables and meats, dried grains, an electric generator and stored water promises reasonable sustainability for the Mormon family in Gilbert in a world where food riots, starvation and disaster-related food shortages are becoming a kind of norm. There are threats of a United States trucking shutdown over high fuel costs that could lead to empty store shelves. Or there could be an unspeakable disaster in the Valley of the Sun, which has been largely immune from major disasters.
But the sharp spike in prices of staples such as bread, eggs, flour and milk at supermarkets has folks looking for options in food purchases and storage.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has historically impressed on members to build at least a three-month storehouse of food, store ample water and set aside money for a crisis.
"We have had some relatively new instructions from Salt Lake (City)," the church headquarters, Aaron Bradshaw said. It used to be we saved a years supply in an emergency kind of fashion where you would have a bunch of wheat, beans and rice, and maybe you knew how to use it. But because no emergencies came along, people got lax, he said.
But now with so many forces fighting for the global food supplies, church members are being asked to take food storage more seriously, he said.
"The first stage is to have a three-month supply of stuff you are really going to eat," said Bradshaw, a counselor in the Gilbert-Higley Stake. "Some of us are more comfortable with a years supply, rotating things in and out. We have always saved stuff we are going to eat."