Friday, August 16, 2013

Is Storing Food A Crime? by Cherise from Chylan Emergency Gear

Left to Right: Jordyn, Dylan, Kalen, Cherise and Landen 
Before getting started, I would like to make a brief intro as a first time blogger on CPN.  We are Cherise and Dylan and together we run a family operated self-reliance business in Surrey, BC, called Chylan Emergency Gear Inc.   I am honored that we are able to share our experiences through this channel and look forward to hearing your stories too.  As part of the sponsor blogger program, we will be giving away prizes each month starting this September.  We encourage you to ask questions, request topics and even put in a good word for your desired prize give away, feel free to browse our website and make some suggestions.  Now on to this week’s topic, the controversial laws on Food and Water Storage……here we go!

After digging my heels into some research about the laws in conjunction with food storage I came across some interesting information that, in my opinion, may answers the question often brought up by our customers. “Are we breaking the law when storing large amounts of food?”.  My personal opinion on food storage is to store what you eat.  If you are storing and preserving what you eat you have no worries and no waist.   The laws are pretty much parallel.  Although there is no specific law at this time regarding storing food there are laws addressing hording food, which mainly are in place to eliminate waist. If you are storing food in a responsible manner i.e., freeze dried, dehydrated, preserved etc. you don’t have much to worry about if you keep your storing to yourself and a trusted network.  If word gets out that you have a stocked pantry, there are present laws that give the government the authority to seize your food assets.   Your pantry could be distributed, in a state of emergency, to others that the government deems the most in need.  

The laws against food storing go back to 1918, during World War 1 when the Canadian Food Board was put into place.  Laws evolved from the desperate food troubles across Canada due to war, drought and shortage of workers.  Only essential uses of certain goods such as cane sugar, which was strictly regulated during WW1, were permitted.  Icing sugars, candies and other non essential uses of sugar where prohibited.

The current orders and regulations that apply against food storage exist in the Canadian Emergency Measures act, specifically in section 8:

8. (1) While a declaration of a public welfare emergency is in effect, the Governor in Council may make such orders or regulations with respect to the following matters as the Governor in Council believes, on reasonable grounds, are necessary for dealing with the emergency:
 (e) the regulation of the distribution and availability of essential goods, services and resources;

Did you know? 

William Shakespeare had a lesser known role as an illegal food hoarder.  Shakespeare bought and stored grain, malt and barley for resale at inflated prices to his neighbours and local tradesmen. He was pursued by authorities for tax evasion, and in 1598 he was prosecuted for hoarding grain during a time of shortage.  Click here to read more. 

You can be arrested in certain US States for collecting rain water on your land. An Oregon man went to jail for storing water on his land.  Watch this YouTube video for Gary Harrington's side of the story.  Click here for an article written in the Huffington Post: Gary Harrington, Oregon Resident, Sentenced To Jail For Stockpiling Rainwater

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