Is a one-year supply of food enough? What about a two-year supply?
If people are fortunate enough to find storable food that they can trust, and if they are fortunate enough to get it stored before it disappears or becomes illegal, and if they're wise enough to get more than a 1-year supply, here's how that supply must be handled.
We must not touch any of that supply until every other alternative has been completely exhausted. When we can no longer grow food in our plowed up lawns, barter, spend cash or trade our cars and other possessions for food, then and only then, should we break open this supply.
You see when conditions have reached the point where the "food of last resort" has to be used, the survival clock starts ticking. If there is only a 2-year supply, that's exactly how long the family has to come up with a miracle to solve the problem of survival.
What about putting in a little at a time starting with a few basic grains and building up your supply gradually? Not a good option - see why.
Let's talk about "nickel and dimeing" a supply - putting in a little at a time starting with a few basic grains and building up gradually. Ten years ago that was an option, not now. Whatever is missing in that supply needs to be filled in immediately. If the supply isn't complete and nutritionally balanced, it is not a supply.
For example, let's look at two families.
One family has a 1-year supply of all the "basic" grains. The other family has a 3-month supply of fruit, vegetables, dairy products, proteins, grains and cereals. In short a complete and balanced supply.
How long will each family survive?
The conclusion is that if a supply is not balanced and complete, it is virtually no supply at all. The council to store what we eat is absolute.
How much is enough? That's up to every family. Is it better to have what you don't need or to need what you don't have?