Now, let me be up front and acknowledge that the current economic meltdown frightens me, and as an avid gardener I am 100 percent behind the idea of people growing their own food as a hedge against food shortages or food price spikes. Heck, growing your own vegetables just makes for tastier meals, if nothing else.
The folks at Survival Seeds, however, are marketing a "Survival Seed Bank" that includes 22 packets of common garden vegetables plus a small bottle of liquid nitrogen fertilizer for $129. Granted, these are purportedly heirloom varieties, and they are sealed in shiny foil-like packets that the vendor claims can be buried "for 20 years," but I would have a difficult time shelling out $5.83 per seed packet.
The funniest part of the website's apocalyptic pitch is the picture on your left, which is accompanied by this frightful questions: "What will your family eat when grocery store shelves are empty?"
The rest of the ad mixes Biblical references with doom-and-gloom scenarios from such dubious sources as WorldNetDaily, a site which is kind of like the National Enquirer without the alien baby and Sasquatch stories. Here is a sample of some of the most over-the-top rhetoric:
You don’t have to be an Old Testament prophet to see what’s going on all around us. A belligerent lower class demanding handouts. A rapidly diminishing middle class crippled by police state bureaucracy. An aloof, ruling elite that has introduced us to an emerging totalitarianism which seeks control over every aspect of our lives.
As the meltdown progresses, one of the first things to be affected will be our nation’s food supply. Expect soaring prices along with moderate to severe shortages by spring. If you don’t have the ability to grow your own food next year, your life may be in danger.[emphasis added]
Anyways, feel free to get your hands dirty and plant an extensive garden this year, but be sure to use common sense and shop for quality seeds at reasonable prices. I suspect I could get three times as many seeds of equal or better quality for half this price - which, of course, is "marked down" from the future rollout price of $249 when the Survival Seed Bank is made available to the general public at some point closer to the Apocalypse.
No mention on the site if cell towers cause skin cancer or any similar specious claims.