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Essential to Survival Food Storage: Eat and Rotate

Even when stored correctly, foods do not last forever. If they did, that would certainly make our lives easier. But they don’t. Therefore, there is a concept you must follow in order to make sure that your survival food stores don’t go bad before you get to them. It is referred to as “eat and rotate.”

Put simply, this means that you should always be eating your survival food stores, then replacing your inventory. It can be hard, at first, to get past the idea that you shouldn’t be eating your survival food storage, and the idea that you should just be hoarding it. But slowly and steadily, make sure you talk yourself through this notion, because it is important to regularly not only eat and rotate your foods, but also make sure you know how to cook and prepare your survivalist foods before the time comes that you must rely on them. The key is to rotate so that you are replenishing your food stores constantly.

The “eat and rotate” rule also addresses another issue that is very important to survivalist food storage. This is the fact that what we store for survival should be things that we are eating as part of our normal diets. If we must suddenly transition to our “normal” diet to a whole bunch of foods we never, ever eat, then our bodies will not acclimate well. So our survival diets should closely resemble our “normal” diets, (as much as possible).

The very first key to the “eat and rotate” rule is that you must make sure that all of your survival food stores are clearly organized and labeled. You should never have to spend time hunting for items. Some people prefer to store like items together. Others prefer to store one full day’s worth of food together. Each day’s food can then be boxed and stored together. It is a good idea to store items together that have like expiration dates. I find that this is actually more helpful than grouping items by food type in terms of insuring that nothing expires before I get to it. Realistically, canned foods will last a lot longer than the expiration date that is listed on them. However, if you want to get the optimum level of nutrients, you should not exceed this date by far.

A reliable labeling method will be your best friend when it comes to rotating your food storage. You should always, always label food items with the date when you freeze or can them. You should know exactly what is in your food storage at all times.

If you open a large container of food, such as a 5-gallon bucket of rice, it is time to then break the rice down into smaller receptacles, such as quart mason jars. This will help food items to stay fresh once you have broken their storage seal. The same thing goes for dehydrated foods, such as peanut butter. If you break a large container of it down into smaller jars, it will help each “batch” to stay fresh, rather than tasting old and stale by the time to get to the bottom.

Keep a running list at all times of what you are eating out of your survival food storage. This way, when you go to the store or it’s time to do your own canning, you know exactly what you need to replace.

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19 Different Studies Link GMO Foods to Organ Damage

GM ingredients are currently a frighteningly common thing to find in processed foods. As I noted in my recent blog Quick Facts About GMOs, genetically modified ingredients can currently be found in as much as 80% of all packaged foods in the United States.

We should be outraged about this! 80% is the vast majority, and the really scary and sad thing is that these products are not labeled in any way to let you know that they contain GM ingredients. There is not a law mandating that such a label must be used. And the reason is that lawmakers still continue to argue that there is not enough evidence that GMOs are harmful to humans in order to warrant that they be specifically be identified.

Now, I recently came across some information that I hope will change this. An article at organic authority.com has stated that 19 different animal-based studies suggest a link between the consumption of GMOs and organ damage. 19! Really, how many more studies could it possibly take to prove the danger of GMOs?

According to the article, a new report that was published in the March 1, 2011 issue of Environmental Sciences Europe has revealed a connection between genetically modified foods and significant risk of developing organ disruptions, particularly in the liver and kidneys.

A number of male rats that were fed Monsanto’s MON863 corn developed smaller kidneys with significant inflammation among other markers of disruptive kidney filtration and function problems. Some animals experienced changes in metabolic rates in the liver. Female genital cancers increased in the second generation, and some of the animals who were fed genetically modified organisms had altered body weights in at least one gender, which is considered to be a very strong predictor of side effects displaying in various organs related to toxins in the diet.

One of the most significant parts of this study, in my opinion, is this documentation that the rats passed illnesses on to their babies, even though their babies were not the ones to eat the GM food. This means that even if GM foods are made illegal in the near future, we have already been eating them and are already at risk of passing genetic alterations and/or illnesses on to our children.

Should we all be mad about this? YES! We should all be very, very angry about this. It is important for all of us to continue to take a stand against Monsanto, and a stand against GM crops.

For more information, please visit the following resources:

Millions Against Monsanto

Say No To GMOs

Petition against Monsanto