Where to Get Food When There Is None in the Stores – Silver Doctors

The city prepper ought to already be ready to take care of this…

by J.G. Martinez through The Natural Prepper

My household was fortunate sufficient to depart Venezuela for Ecuador and Peru earlier than issues acquired to the height of craziness, and folks struggled with the query of the place to search out meals. We didn’t expertise most of the horrible issues as different Venezuelans who stayed in consequence.

We suffered largely as a result of we saved utilizing our nationwide foreign money relatively than the US greenback, however there wasn’t a lot we might do to rectify the state of affairs. Our ineffective fiat foreign money was in all places. The USD was not. Hyperinflation blew every thing, and folks didn’t have the means to regulate. For some time. We’re now higher, however far from going again on monitor.

Because of this hyperinflation, these dwelling within the bigger cities had a VERY tough journey again in 2017-2019. This was to be anticipated. Within the smaller cities, the place greens, meat, poultry, beef, pork, grain, and fruits had been raised, issues weren’t as laborious.

What are some fundamentals of the place to search out meals throughout a ravenous time?

Given the truthful climate and our personal tradition appreciating freshly cooked meals, getting processed meals shouldn’t be that vital. We are able to stay with out, say, bacon or commercially made ham.

With hyperinflation, uncooked elements will possible nonetheless be accessible. Model merchandise are going to vanish. Shareholders will shut a plant lengthy earlier than any loss can have an effect on their patrimony.

Subsequently, the city prepper needs to be already ready to take care of this. Stocking up? Until you could have an additional warehouse to fill as much as the roof and be stocked up for the following 5-6 years, I’d say that you must assessment your plan if that is your important possibility. Oh, and only for the file: gardening, elevating livestock, and rising stuff is extremely laborious for these urbanite fellas.

My suggestion can be to provide severe thought to resolve what is healthier for you: investing in some patch of land distant the place you may produce (which is NOT straightforward in any respect it doesn’t matter what the permaculture individuals say!) not less than some primary staples, or utilizing that cash to stockpile long-term provides.

(For extra data on how one can keep fed throughout a catastrophe, take a look at our free QUICKSTART Information on constructing a 3-layer meals storage system.)

Listed below are my ideas on the place to search out meals in collapsed Venezuela…

Let’s check out every meals product in flip:


Most homes right here have an herb backyard. In case your plot is small, you could possibly use raised beds to save lots of on fertilizer, utilizing scraps for compost, however you’ll have to study rather a lot earlier than you may produce anything greater than a salad per week for 2 individuals.

These with patios right here develop cilantro, basil, and customary herbs as properly. Nevertheless, in my expertise, even in our tropical climate, spice crops shall be shortly depleted with out exterior provide in case you stay in a spot with restricted house. So, getting an entire bunch in bulk within the harvesting season, drying, and storing for the entire yr is the way in which to go.


It’s essential to have the wanted connections to get contemporary beef. Our expertise with cattle thieves was unhealthy, as you already know already. This was as a result of farmers didn’t have the means to defend their property. Calling the guards for assist right here in Venezuela means to be tied for all times to pay them for “safety” in a Mafia-style racket. A few of our farmers don’t care as a result of they move this value off to the shopper.

However for the non-farmer prepper, buying stay cattle and splitting the fee between 2-3 households was the most effective approaches we discovered to work down right here.


Pigs don’t require the house {that a} cow does, so elevating them is a way more viable different to most preppers than is beef cattle. A pal of mine has very little house, but he survived the hyperinflation by elevating pigs fed off of vegetable scraps he picked up right here on the town.

It was laborious work. He walked 10 km with a wheelbarrow daily to feed these pigs. However he saved his household alive, placing within the day by day upkeep for his pigs properly over a yr. It’s very possible individuals will be capable to elevate pork within the neighborhood of cities with out an excessive amount of hassle, and derived merchandise ought to nonetheless be accessible post-collapse the place you might be as properly.


Chickens are one of the frequent protein sources you’ll discover in South America. They’re straightforward to lift, will be fed with desk scraps, and a bag of corn goes a great distance in preserving them completely happy. They roam freely right here the entire day, consuming bugs and crops.

Venezuela is stuffed with “natural” chickens in case you like that phrase. Actually, it’s the identical state of affairs with pork right here – perhaps even simpler. Once I lived in Lima, individuals had chickens dwelling on their roofs, and nobody appeared to care.


This can be a little bit tough in areas distant from the ocean or with out rivers (clearly). I’ve heard reviews our close by lake is a nest of unhealthy guys, and you may’t simply go there and fish anymore. So, most of our fish comes from the coast: over 300 km away, by truck, as soon as every week.

Every so often, although, a spontaneous vendor roams the streets with a number of catches from God-knows-where, however individuals rarely purchase these. Why? They’re rotten. Our rivers are depleted of wildlife, and deforestation has diminished their quantity. So, fish from these sources aren’t an possibility.

One of the frequent methods right here to protect and eat fish all yr lengthy is by salting them, a quite common apply within the coastal area. If you may get contemporary fish and smoke it safely at house, a lot the higher.

Rabbits and different rodents

In my space, rabbits are seen as a fragile sort of cattle to lift. They don’t have a lot meat, so that they’re not so appreciated. Nevertheless, their fur is beneficial. Folks with restricted house and who had been prepared to learn to elevate them correctly have completed a brisk enterprise right here. The velocity of their copy is a good benefit, and the meat is an efficient different to rooster.

I keep in mind studying indicators in a number of homes across the neighboring subdivisions promoting rabbit meat. So, sure, in an actual disaster, they certainly are a great different.


These are largely raised for milk, as their meat shouldn’t be actually appreciated round right here. Nevertheless, these can be a great meat supply and certainly have a spot in a prepper’s cottage. The goat milk right here is being utilized by dad and mom to switch child components. Business components is sort of costly (all of it’s imported!), and this has been the frequent recourse.

So sure, that is one other good supply that has been helpful on this disaster.

Fruits and veggies by no means actually disappeared right here.

I don’t suppose you’re prone to have an issue discovering them the place you might be at both post-hyperinflation. Actually, the identical went for dairy merchandise. The cows didn’t disappear in a single day, and folks had been nonetheless capable of entry dairy derivatives all through the hyperinflation interval in consequence.

Usually, countryside producers will preserve producing after a collapse. The economic system might change, the items of foreign money might change, however these animals are nonetheless going to supply meals, and rural people are nonetheless going to supply animals. 

Now, we now have to ask two closing questions:

First, do you could have the means to achieve these producers in your geographical space in an inexpensive, protected and comparatively quick manner? When you stay downtown in a big metropolis, driving 2 hours one-way journey simply to get staples may very well be…uphill, particularly if gasoline is scarce. Producers is probably not prepared to take paper cash. (Organizing a bunch to purchase in bulk might imply these producers shall be far more prepared to return all the way in which to your location, saving you time, gasoline and cash.)

And secondly, what do you must produce some of your staples? The reply is the next:

  • House
  • Time
  • Information – abilities
  • Primary supplies to begin with
  • Connections

With these questions answered and handled, you’ll have a a lot better understanding of the place to search out meals post-disaster. However, what are your ideas on the state of affairs? The above is what I’ve seen play out in Venezuela, however is there extra you are feeling you may add to the story? Tell us within the feedback beneath.

About Jose

Jose is an higher center class skilled. He’s a former employee of the oil state firm with a Bachelor’s diploma from the most effective nationwide Universities. He has an outdated however in good condition SUV, a great 150 sq. meters home in a pleasant neighborhood, in a small however (previously) affluent metropolis with two center measurement malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival tales from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Jose and his youthful child are presently again in Venezuela, after the intention of organising a brand new life overseas didn’t go properly. The SARSCOV2 re-shaped the labor market and South American economic system so he determined to provide it a attempt to homestead within the mountains, and make a dwelling as finest as doable. However this time in his personal land, and surrounded by household, mates and acquaintances, with all of the gear and tools collected, because the preliminary plan was.

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