Venezuela Is Out of Food: Here’s What an Economic Collapse Really Looks Like

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Venezuela is out of food.

After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse.

Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic, but really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.

A quick review: Why Venezuela Is Out of Food

In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.

Shortly thereafter, grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent “hoarding.”

Then, just over a year ago, it became even more apparent that the country was falling. When long lines for basic necessities such as laundry soap, diapers, and food became the norm rather than the exception. Thousands of people were standing in line for 5-6 hours in the hopes that they would be able to purchase a few much-needed items.

Shortly after the story broke to the rest of the world, the propaganda machine shifted into high gear. As the government began to ration electricity, it was announced that this was not due to economic reasons at all, but instead was a measure of their great concern for the environment.

As the situation continued to devolve, farmers in Venezuela were forced to hand over their crops last summer. They assumed control of essential goods like food, and began putting retail outlets out of business. Then, once they had control of the sales outlets, they began forcing farmers and food manufacturers to sell anywhere from 30-100% of their products to the state at the price the state opted to pay, as opposed to stores and supermarkets.

But that wasn’t enough to keep the population fed. (Isn’t it astonishing how much less motivated people are to produce food and supplies when they are no longer allowed to benefit from their hard work? Historically, collectivism and farming have never gone successfully hand in hand.) This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food. The Ministry of Urban Farming was created to oversee this. While self-reliance sounds great, it isn’t so great in Venezuela. Just so the urban farmers don’t get too self-reliant, a registry of the crops and livestock will be required. (And obviously, they’ve already proven that they have no issue forcing farmers to hand over what they’ve produced.)

Now, it looks like all of the socialist measures and forced food production haven’t been enough to keep the people of Venezuela fed. The country is in so much trouble now that it isn’t possible to cover it up with propaganda.

According to, lawmakers have learned nothing.

Socialist legislators are hoping to manipulate the initiative in the other direction, and use it to expand government control of private food enterprises. Legislator Héctor Rodríguez has insisted that the economic emergency “does absolutely nothing,” and the government should impose itself on private enterprises. Another socialist legislator, Ricardo Molina, is calling for the government to expropriate Polar, Venezuela’s largest private food corporation: “we have to intervene on private sector enterprises.”

Venezuela previously forced a Polar food distribution center in Caracas to shut down in July, putting 12,000 tons of food, six million liters of soft drinks, and 2,000 jobs at risk.

And now, the announcement of the “nutritional emergency” makes it official. Venezuela is out of food, and it’s only a matter of time before Venezuelans are quite literally starving due to a long series of terrible decisions by their leaders.

Prep before it happens

It’s essential to note as this all plays out that there is little people can do now to rectify their situations. If they aren’t already quietly prepared, they are completely at the mercy of their socialist government. It is absolutely vital to put back supplies well before the general public is aware that a crisis is pending.

As well, consider the fact that many folks here believe that a socialist government is exactly what our country needs. They eagerly lap up the promises of “free education” and “free healthcare.” They warmly embrace a presidential candidate who is an unabashed socialist. It absolutely astonishes me. They’d be well-advised to pay attention to how well the freebies have worked out in Venezuela. Socialism is not a sustainable economic model, something that has been proven time and time again, much to the detriment of the victims of the misguided notions.

The game pieces here are already lined up to control the American people should our economic situation continue to worsen. For example, there are already laws in place to “prevent hoarding.” Remember a few years ago when President Obama signed an executive order that gives the federal government authority over every resource and infrastructure element in the United States?

There are a lot of uncomfortable parallels that can be drawn between America’s financial situation and the disaster in Venezuela, and one thing is clear: self-sufficiency is the only way to protect your family. Even if you haven’t really begun to prepare, there’s still time to become more self-reliant. Here are some steps you should consider:

It is vital to practice OPSEC (Operational Security) by keeping your preparedness related activities on the down low. Preparedness and self-sufficiency author Tess Pennington warns that in a crisis situation, things you said months or years ago could come back to haunt you.

A person should think twice about telling others about any prepping investments they have made. If a SHTF scenario occurred, anything said previously can be used against that prepper. For example, if you tell your neighbor you have silver coins stashed away, if times were desperate enough, that neighbor could turn on you.  Keeping quiet about what one does is second nature to some. But for others that are new to the idea of prepping, they do not see the whole SHTF picture. If one person tells another about their preps, one person could tell another person about what preps their neighbor has. Then, the word spreads throughout; especially when a severe situation occurs.  People will remember what you have told them, and come to you for help (if they are unprepared). Helping a neighbor or family member in need is a noble deed. However, those preparedness items are an investment for you and your family; and therefore, no one outside of the family should know what you have (unless you want that person to know). (source)

As people become more desperate, they behave far differently than they would in normal circumstances. You have to be prepared for the day when you might have to defend your home, family and supplies. When an economic disaster strikes, the one thing you can count on from the government is that they will not be prioritizing you and your family. In a situation like the one in Venezuela, you will be completely on your own at best. At worst, your supplies will be targeted “for the greater good.” Maintain your freedom by becoming quietly self-sufficient.


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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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  • AllodialTitle

    3 Loaves, 2 Fish

    • Reverend Draco

      The entire food supply of Venezuela. . .

  • SP_88

    The people of Venezuela would be better off with no government at all. It’s the government that has caused all their problems. If they were to eliminate the government, they would eliminate their problems.
    Every action taken by the government has made things worse. They need to lynch the government and take control of the country themselves. Only then will they be able to feed themselves and control the supply chain of goods to their stores. They will also need to handle their own security forces and self defense. If most people are armed then that will greatly help to maintain order. The last thing they need is riots and chaos. They need to do what their socialist government couldn’t. And that is to allow a free market economy to balance out supply and demand and fair pricing and all the other balances that come with a free market. When the manufacturer or farmer gets paid a fair price for their goods, they will produce plenty. And when the store pays a fair price for their goods, they can charge a fair price from the customers. And when there is plenty of these necessary items people are less likely to hoard them because they are confident that they can come back next week and buy more. But when foolish governments try to control the price or production of anything, it screws up everything and throws the balance off and everything will collapse because of it.
    For a free market economy to function, it needs to be a truly free market. There can be no government interference.
    The best thing that the people of Venezuela can do now is to either leave or eliminate the government. Socialism doesn’t work. Never has, never will. Without government interference they are free to produce as much food and other goods as they can and let the price be set by supply and demand. And while they are waiting for everything to stabilize they will at least have food because the government won’t be there to confiscate it. It’s the only solution. They outnumber the government employees, they just need a plan.

    • Reverend Draco

      “Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children.

      In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.” ~ Robert Higgs

      • SP_88

        “What makes anyone think that government officials are even trying to protect us? A government is not analogous to a hired security guard. Governments do not come into existence as social service organizations or as private firms seeking to please consumers in a competitive market. Instead, they are born in conquest and nourished by plunder. They are, in short, well-armed gangs intent on organized crime. Yes, rulers have sometimes come to recognize the prudence of protecting the herd they are milking and even of improving its ‘infrastructure’ until the day they decide to slaughter the young bulls, but the idea that government officials seek to promote my interests or yours is little more than propaganda—unless, of course, you happen to belong to the class of privileged tax eaters who give significant support to the government and therefore receive in return a share of the loot.”
        ― Robert Higgs

        • Reverend Draco

          “Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism. A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank. It’s not capitalism when the system is plagued with incomprehensible rules regarding mergers, acquisitions, and stock sales, along with wage controls, price controls, protectionism, corporate subsidies, international management of trade, complex and punishing corporate taxes, privileged government contracts to the military-industrial complex, and a foreign policy controlled by corporate interests and overseas investments. Add to this centralized federal mismanagement of farming, education, medicine, insurance, banking and welfare. This is not capitalism!”
          ~ Ron Paul

          • SP_88

            People who think that socialism is a better way to govern America than capitalism are under the mistaken impression that we have a capitalist system in America.
            A better argument would be that capitalism is a better way to govern America than corporate fascism.

    • Tatiana Covington

      1. Get guns and ammo.
      2. Open fire on socialists and other parasites.
      3. Achieve final solution of problem.
      4. If firearms can’t be had, use machetes, booby traps etc.
      5. Above all, declare independence from reds and such filth.

      • SP_88


        • Tatiana Covington

          The failure of those massed in Tienanmen square, to declare their independence and than start fighting, while calling on the army and police to join them, was why China did not shake off communism then and there. Without the Decl. of Ind., the US could not possibly have won, because we would have kept thinking of ourselves as British subjects, not Americans.

          • Even with the Declaration of Independance, less than 5% of the population favored independence before the King’s Navy starting trying to seize the colony’s magazines, where the gunpowder and other munitions were collectively stored. We wouldn’t see that problem today, because the magazines are in our homes and businesses, which will be easily defended, if we have the will to do so.

      • 6. Prepare to spend rest of life on death row for actions determined to be criminal by a ‘jury of your peers’.

        • Tatiana Covington

          Why should I do that? They may think what they like… that does not oblige me. I reject majority rule.

          Nobody wants socialists around anyway.

          • A failure to recognize reality is not a affirmative defence against the ignorance of the majority, which doesn’t want or need to understand your minority and realistic point of view to follow the court’s instructions to disregard their doubts and do as the judge tells them. I have proven beyond all doubt, reasonable or otherwise, that it is much easier to separate myself from collectivists and their moronic reasoning, in favor of living in a place where their philosophies are in the distinct minority, and the sheriff is a CLEO.

          • Tatiana Covington

            I am entitled to overrule any majority, except if led by the likes of Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein. The common herds are there only for food and labor, till robots develop far enough…

          • Dead men make lousy leaders. Robots are as developed as they need to be, their controllers, computer and human, will never get perfected.

    • You could substitute America for Venezuela in this post and little would be different.

    • Nexusfast123

      Your ignorance is staggering and the commentary pointless. The Venezuela economy has been under the defacto management of the IMF since 2009 along with bank fraud. Anything the IMF touches is destroyed so the bankers can rape the economy and steal its assets. A free market does not exist. Never will. All markets are manipulated. Capitalism only works up to the point there are no other people’s assets to steal.

      • SP_88

        Any interference causes the free market to not work as it should. The government and any banksters who essentially rob the people and their economy eventually destroys the economy. And the people suffer for it.
        If the people of Venezuela or any other countries had no interference from crooked politicians and banksters they wouldn’t have to worry about all the theft, fraud and corruption causing all the problems they have. Government setting price controls and oppressive regulations is not a free market.
        It’s very obvious that socialism was once again a miserable failure.
        The people don’t need a bunch of greedy bankers and politicians robbing them and gaming the system in favor of the wealthy elitists. The people are better off on their own.

      • Reverend Draco

        Communism/Socialism only works up to the point there are no other people’s assets to steal.

        Fixed it for ya.

        Capitalism is the exact opposite of stealing other peoples’ assets, as anyone with an education knows.

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  • I admittedly just skimmed this article, but I didn’t see any mention of the fact that only the government-owned stores were requiring the fingerprinting, FWIW.

  • Reverend Draco

    Ever think – seriously, have you ever?

    Perhaps this is what’s known as “stock.”