One of the big news items this week has been a shortage of infant formula. Now, if you think about this one, it defines a problem that I have mentioned before, and foreshadows what the future may well come to look like. First off, there is a very cheap and readily available solution to the problem … women come fully equipped to feed their babies without needing to spend money to buy commercial formulas! They are called ‘breasts’ and most women have two of them, thus are able to produce enough milk to feed their offspring for the first few months of life. No other species on the planet requires commercially produced products to feed their young. But even if, for one reason or another a woman is not able to breast-feed her newborn, there is another simple solution — regular milk with a bit of corn syrup added. When daughter Chris was a baby, we did that more than a few times when we couldn’t afford tinned formula. So, this shortage of infant formula is a non-crisis that has been blown way out of proportion in the media. It’s laughable, but what it portends is not in the least bit humorous, for it shows our lack of creativity and resilience when the going gets tough.
Just a few days ago, I commented to a blogging friend that the day will come when all those billions of dollars the wealthy have hoarded will have zero value to them. There will come a day when wits and knowledge will be the de facto currency. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest the book One Second After by William Forstchen. It is a chilling tale of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) hitting the U.S. power grid and what life would be like in the seconds, hours, days, and weeks after. Things we don’t even think about, like being able to get a prescription for a life-saving drug such as insulin, the ability to buy food, find potable water, stay warm, and more. The premise of an EMP hitting the power grid, or a super-storm taking out power for a long period of time, or a nuclear weapon deployed … is not at all far-fetched. If we cannot even remember how to feed an infant without tinned formula from the supermarket, how on earth would we survive with … no supermarkets, no refrigeration, no internet, no lights, no heat, etc.?
The people who will survive will not be those wealthy people who are used to having their laundry done, meals cooked & served, houses cleaned, and every other thing done for them by servants. The people who will survive will be those who know how to grow their own food, who are resilient enough to survive without such luxuries as automobiles, electric lighting and air-conditioning. Will those same people who cannot even figure an alternative to commercial infant formula be able to find food and water to keep their families alive? Not the families of those who have lived their lives believing that they are somehow ‘special’ and that their money entitles them to special treatment. It will come down to survival of the fittest, not of the richest.
Imagine Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk being on the same playing field with all the rest of us, their billions of dollars sitting offshore in a Swiss bank, or invested in whatever high-yield stocks they own, and they have access to not a single dime. And even if they did, there is nothing that anybody could do for them – their dimes and dollars have no value to anyone, and thus no value to them. The only things of value will be food, water, and shelter. Will humans work together for the greater good, or will they backstab and nitpick in an attempt to rise to the top of the heap?
So, back to the shortage of infant formula … this ‘crisis’ as it’s being called, is in part due to the very people who are now crying about not being able to find formula! You see, back in 2020 when the supply chains were tied in knots due to the pandemic, greedy people fearing a shortage bought infant formula in massive quantities and hoarded it. People had plenty, so they didn’t need to buy it for a year or so, which led to depressed sales, supply exceeded demand, and thus the producers cut back on production. Standard laws of supply and demand, Econ 101. This, coupled with a recall by the nation’s largest producer of infant formula, has resulted in a 43% decrease in availability.
No, the temporary shortage of infant formula is not a ‘crisis’ by any stretch of the imagination, but we should see this as a lesson, looking into the future where other, more important things are at stake, and begin preparing for the day when there is a real crisis. Learn to grow a few healthful things, walk more and drive less, become less dependent on modern conveniences and technology. Be prepared. I am not a conspiracy theorist, nor a doomsayer, but let’s face it, my friends, there are so many ways available for an enemy such as Russia to retaliate for what they perceive as our improper intervention in their affairs and … what better way than to shut off the electricity? The technology exists, has existed for many years. And please … stop obsessing over the shortage of infant formula … it is temporary and not really important, for there are viable alternatives. There are no viable alternatives for food and potable water.