Government scrambles to buy $1 billion worth of food for possible terrorist attack.

Discussion in 'Economics' started by peilthetraveler, Feb 27, 2011.


    Earlier this month, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) put out a Request for Proposal, or RFP, for more dehydrated food. The RFP called for a 10-day supply of meals - for 14 million people. That's 420 million meals. Typically, FEMA maintains a stockpile of about 6 million meals. Why the sudden need to increase the stockpile by 420 million more? (And that's in addition to whatever our aforementioned industry leader is supplying.) It almost seems like they're trying to stock a modern day "Noah's Ark," doesn't it?

    The largest supplier of dehydrated food had to cut 99% of its regular customers just to fill this order. Seems like uncle sam is just trying to push food prices even higher with these shenanigans.
  2. Where's the RFP at?
  3. WTF is going on? What do they know that we don't?
  4. GTS


  5. Sumtin velly fishy...... dark pool mre's
  6. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    one of the comments in the blog post - truth or not, i cannot say:

    Hyperbole and a hodgepodge of twisted info here, folks. I am a dealer of the food company referred to in the article. The facts of the matter have been public knowledge for many months.

    And to be clear--it is 92% of the retail dealer network that was suspended a while back to help the company get a handle on record orders flowing through until production capacity can be increased later this year.

    The government has nothing to do with the panic buying going on in the food storage industry. It is all about the civilian consumer buyers. For the last 6 months, demand has been through the roof--unprecedented. That's a story to explore.

    Why try to put it on the government? They have their regular business with food storage companies. How do you think the military stays well supplied? But they have not stepped up their demand recently.

    As for the mentioned request for bids--that is for MREs--not dehydrated or freeze-dried foods. That's a different animal.
  7. GTS


    Yep. If you do a Google for "FEMA RFP meals" you can see a pattern of the type of sites that grabbed this headline and ran with it.