Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries: What to Do Before Rationing Starts in America

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What to Do Before Grocery Rationing Starts in America

What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries? And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited?

That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now. The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families. These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.

President Nicolas Maduro’s administration says the cards to track families’ purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount…

Registration began Tuesday at more than 100 government-run supermarkets across the country. Working-class shoppers who sometimes endure hours-long lines at government-run stores to buy groceries at steeply reduced prices are welcoming the plan.

“The rich people have things all hoarded away, and they pull the strings,” said Juan Rodriguez, who waited two hours to enter the government-run Abastos Bicentenario supermarket near downtown Caracas on Monday, and then waited another three hours to check out.

Checkout workers at Abastos Bicentenario were taking down customers’ cellphone numbers Monday, to ensure they couldn’t return for eight days. Shoppers said employees also banned purchases by minors, to stop parents from using their children to engage in hoarding, which the government calls “nervous buying.”

Rodriguez supports both measures.

“People who go shopping every day hurt us all,” he said, drawing approving nods from the friends he made over the course of his afternoon slowly snaking through the aisles with his oversized cart.

Reflecting Maduro’s increasingly militarized discourse against opponents he accuses of waging “economic war,” the government is calling the new program the “system of secure supply.”

Patrons will register with their fingerprints, and the new ID card will be linked to a computer system that monitors purchases. On Tuesday, Food Minister Felix Osorio said the process was off to a smooth start. He says the system will sound an alarm when it detects suspicious purchasing patterns, barring people from buying the same goods every day. But he also says the cards will be voluntary, with incentives like discounts and entry into raffles for homes and cars.

Expressionless men with rifles patrolled the warehouse-size supermarket Monday as shoppers hurried by, focusing on grabbing meat and pantry items before they were gone.  (source)

Last year in Venezuela, it became a crime to “hoard” food, and the country’s Attorney General called upon prosecutors to crack down on “hoarders” by imprisoning them for the “crime”.

Some people may read this and think to themselves, “Why on earth do I care about what happens in Venezuela?”

You’d better care, because this is our future.

Already the Obama administration has moved the pieces into place on the board to be able to appropriate supplies from anyone, at any time. Mac Slavo of SHTFplan warns:

It should be clear from the laws that are already in effect that the government has given itself a legal pretext for confiscating anything they so choose in the midst of an emergency.

Should an emergency befall the United States, the military, national guard, and local police operating under orders from the Department of Homeland Security will have carte blanche to do as they please.

In a widespread emergency where supply lines have been threatened and millions of Americans are without essential resources because they failed to prepare, the government will swoop in and attempt to take complete control.

They will enter our homes and search them without a warrant. They will confiscate contraband. And they will take any ‘excessive resources’ that you may have accumulated. This includes food, toiletries, precious metals and anything else emergency planners and officials deem to be a scarce material. (source)

Just think how much easier it would be to do so if every purchase you make is tracked and documented for future reference.

How Much of a Footprint Are You Leaving?

Now, think about those “loyalty cards” that every grocery store in North America promotes when you go through the checkout. Have you noticed how much more those are being pushed lately? Could there be a nefarious purpose to that? I doubt the person at the cash register thinks twice about it – if these actually are data collection tools, it is something put in place by people far higher up the food chain (pun intended) than the staff of your local supermarket.

I strongly recommend you think twice about collecting “points” – the discounts may not be worth it if it means that your stock-up purchases are in some database, easily accessible to the NSA. If you feel it is imperative to have one of those cards, consider using a pseudonym and false address. You really don’t want to provide an inventory of your stockpile to the government. Some cards, like the one from Target, for example, even take it a step further and link to your credit card or debit account. I can’t even wrap my brain around giving out that type of information to the person who rings up my paper towels and garbage bags.

To take this even further, if you haven’t been convinced yet that you need to begin producing your own food by gardening and raising micro-livestock, this should solidify the importance of not being totally dependent on “the system” for what you eat. Looking at the drought conditions across America’s farmland, is it a stretch of the imagination to think we could soon be facing rationing like that which is currently happening in Venezuela? As the middle class gasps its last breath here in America, we may soon be faced with a situation where only the wealthy can afford to avoid rationing. By becoming independent from the purveyors of food, you can assure that your family will not go hungry at the whims of a government who really doesn’t care.

Plan of Action

Here are a few things that you can do to pre-empt feeling the effects of a system like the one in Venezuela before such a change occurs on our own soil. Start now to leave less of a footprint for the government to follow.

  1. Plant a garden.
  2. Grow food indoors in sunny windows.
  3. Consider an aquaponics set-up in a spare room.
  4. Raise chickens and meat rabbits.
  5. Stock up NOW on long-term staples like grains and beans, before limits are instituted.
  6. Buy heirloom seeds – lots and lots of seeds.
  7. Practice careful OPSEC (OPerational SECurity) when making large purchases.
  8. Store longterm food supplies in more than one location. That way if you lose some of your supplies to thugs (government or other varieties), you still have supplies to fall back on.
  9. Learn to preserve food.
  10. Stock up of preservation supplies like lids, jars, etc.
  11. Do NOT use so-called “loyalty cards” or memberships to make large purchases.
  12. When ordering large quantities of supplies, consider having them mailed to some place other than your home.
  13. Use cash or prepaid VISA cards purchased with cash to make large purchases.
  14. Don’t tell others about your supplies and purchases.
  15. Teach your children not to discuss things like food pantries and preparedness.
  16. Don’t store your supplies out in the open for anyone who comes into your home to see. Stash your 5 gallon pails away in closets, under beds, or in the basement.
  17. Disengage from the system by purchasing from small local farmers.
  18. Use the barter system whenever possible. When money was tight and I lived in a place where I couldn’t grow much food, I worked on a farm harvesting vegetables in exchange for produce that I could preserve for my family.
  19. Change the way you eat – go with a local, in-season menu that is far more difficult to track than grocery-store purchased items.
  20. Learn to forage. Even in the city, you might be surprised at how many things can be found growing in your own back yard or falling off of the trees in a local park. My children and I picked up one small bag of walnuts a day at a little park down the street one year, resulting in almost 15 pounds of shelled nuts by the time we were through.

Whatever your plan, don’t delay. We need only to read the many articles predicting a food shortage this year due to poor weather conditions to see the writing on the wall. You must become responsible for your family’s sustenance if you don’t want to suffer at the hands of those in power. I have no intention of standing in line for hours with my “ID card”, only to be allowed to purchase a small amount of highly inflated food.

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Contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States.  She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.  Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter, and you can email her at

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  • Musashi5000



  • You called it EXACTLY

  • Sky is falling again. Plant potatoes, onions, radishes,corn (non-gmo if possible) and beans. Walking Dead cannibalism is an option for proper disposal of whore politicians

  • M_111

    This is what I was telling people a long time ago. Can you imagine?? Say you had an RFID or digital currency implant and could only buy food via the implant. Granted that is more advanced than figerprinting. But someone could stop you from buying anything at all if you were a dissenter. Or you would only be allowed to buy so much food during a certain time period allotted for your family size. Gardening is more difficult than you think without experience and you honestly need about an acre a person, a water supply, the seeds, the patience, the climate (or make a greenhouse). With the 12×8′ urban garden I have, I still have to chase the sun around and position the pallets and pots. Water is running me about $9 a month now. Yes, $9! But it’s some sort of ration share system. Don’t worry, they recoup with the trash service. But still, this is just to ease the costs, not full on substitute going to the grocery store for veggies (except for a few vegetables we grow). If I had the land and cabin, I’d definitely grow more and raise meat rabbits and chickens and hope the govt wouldn’t pay me a visit because I was rain collecting. The point is most people won’t have a choice not to register. They’ll either starve, raid, riot, try to leave, or commit suicide. This happening to Venezuela sort of freaks me out more than the average report.

    • M_111

      Also, we, as Americans, are so used to getting any fresh fruit or veggie that we want NOW, no matter the time of year. As long as you’re willing to pay for it. Okay, except for figs! Damn it! But when you grow your own, or in a homestead situation, you get fresh veggies when they’re harvested. I can’t can just yet and even that, when I live off of canned items for a while I definitely can tell health wise. And try having fruit tees right off the bat. It takes years to produce and that’s only if you have had pollination, and that’s only if you have bees (unless you’re going to do it yourself). It’s do my h more difficult than we realize. Than I realize. Sure, I will more than likely survive but it SUCKS eating rationed, not so fresh food, and being dirty, shitting in a sawdust toilet or hole in the ground and having to watch over your shoulder to guard what you do have. If any of you guys have done the above, you know what I’m talking about.

  • M_111

    They can see how much alcohol, if you smoke, the crap you eat, you can be denied ins coverage. I normally use cash for everything but what about when you can’t get it out of the bank. On yeah, btw not that it is hugely better but I’m switching to a credit union for transactions I must make electronically.

  • usA ain’t Venezuela. Get real.

  • Sonokar

    We like to forage the garden department for salad leaves, etc.. at the Home Depot.

  • freewill2

    I bet the doors wont even open unless you swipe your microchip. ever wonder about the mark of the beast in your forehead? its your eyes! the retina scan is being used in some places.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Laws? They just make that stuff up to jerk you around, since you’re brainwashed into thinking that it’s wrong not to.

  • Mecca Wrecka

    my store loyalty cards have phony names and the telephone number of a deceased relative

    • LexiconD1

      Mine are ethnic Japanese names, phone numbers to an old cell phone of an ex, and an address of ghetto dwellers on the other side of town.

  • Mecca Wrecka

    my first loyalty card with Kroger was under Shlomo Rabinowitz (a phony name), on Fridays I used it to buy pork chops and German beer, to throw off their profiling geeks.

    • LexiconD1

      Ha, beat me to it.

      ALL of my ‘loyalty’ cards are in a phone name.

      ALL. OF. THEM.