Why Did Obama Nationalize the U.S. Food Supply with Executive Order 13603?

Natural News – by JD Heyes

In March 2012, President Obama quietly signed an Executive Order that has major implications should some sort of national emergency arise, such as enabling the federal government to take over management and distribution of all food, water and other resources.

In issuing the order, EO 13603, titled, “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” Obama claimed authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950, a Korean War-era statute (50 U.S.C.) (see it here) that gives the government the power to marshal whatever resources are necessary to protect and defend the country during “military conflicts, natural or man-caused disasters, or acts of terrorism within the United States,” the statute says.  

In justifying the order, Obama wrote in Section 102 under “Policy:”

The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency. The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States.

If you like your food, you can’t keep it

Among other things, the order directs various federal agencies and government officials to “identify requirements for the full spectrum of emergencies, including essential military and civilian demand,” and “assess on an ongoing basis the capability of the domestic industrial and technological base to satisfy requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency, specifically evaluating the availability of the most critical resource and production sources, including subcontractors and suppliers, materials, skilled labor, and professional and technical personnel.”

In addition, the order directs government agencies “to take actions necessary to ensure the availability of adequate resources and production capability, including services and critical technology, for national defense requirements.”

The order is specifically directed at the Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security, as well as the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, the latter two which are advisory bodies to the Executive branch. But several other Cabinet-level agencies, including the Energy Department and, importantly, the Department of Agriculture.

The need for government to not only ensure its functionality but also its survival during a time of emergency is understandable; all governments do this. But the timing of the order – as well as the motivation for issuing it – is what remains suspect.

Radio personality Dave Hodges, in a blog post, particularly noted the order’s emphasis on the confiscation of all “food resources,” which are defined in the order as “all commodities and products, (simple, mixed, or compound), or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put…”

Acquire storable food ‘off the grid?’

In addition, he notes, “food resources” includes “all potable water” and every imaginable agricultural product.

What is disturbing, he writes, is the order’s potential implication for anyone who is storing food in their homes or in special locations for consumption in the event of an emergency. The order – and indeed, the 1950 act – appear to grant the government such authority.

Also, Hodges notes, way back in 2008, before Barack Obama was elected to his first term, the Bush administration began mass purchases of storable foods, something that alarmed food sellers at the time.

It’s not clear what enforcement mechanisms would be employed by the administration should the president declare a national emergency and order stockpiled food confiscated, but such a scenario is unsettling on many levels. Not only would families be disrupted and immediately dependent upon federal, state and local agencies for subsidence, but there very likely would be violence directed toward any government agency or military unit instructed to confiscate private food stores.

Some have suggested bartering or using cash as ways to acquire storable foods “off the grid,” so as not to flag yourself like you would with any purchases using debit or credit cards.

Read about other questionable activities and executive orders coming from the Obama administration at Obama.FETCH.news

Sources:

TheCommonSenseShow.com

WhiteHouse.gov

ACQ.osd.mil

WND.com

TruthWiki.org

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12 thoughts on “Why Did Obama Nationalize the U.S. Food Supply with Executive Order 13603?

  1. It’s highly doubtful that they’d be raiding anyone’s pantry for their canned veggies, because it’s unlikely that anyone’s home has enough food stored to make it a worthwhile effort.

    I think they’ll expend all available manpower slated for this purpose in securing food warehouses, and possibly large farms, but your “preps” probably aren’t enough to feed the SWAT team they’d need to take them for more than a week.

    This wouldn’t be enacted unless the country were already in a state of upheaval, and if they started raiding people’s homes for their grub, they’d create a lot more resistance, so I don’t think it makes sense for them.

    (but of course, I’m sure Dave Hodges disagrees, and will insist that they’re poised to kill us all for our bags of rice).

    1. Corn farmers hide their vegatable grows within they’re huge corn fields. They have acre plots that grow their food stuffs (well hidden) except by air. Even then, some are camo covered. These people are no dummies. I have seen these grows driving my truck , catching the grow as I drive and knowing where to look. These things are huge, well irrigated and given nutrients and paid for by the operation of the corn grow.

      SMART……..

      1. Those farmers might think they’re hiding their vegetable crops, but their fields and farmsteads are monitored by satellite and drones (I’ve seen them), keeping the DEA informed of who is competing with their drug trade, and keeping the local tax agency informed of how much more the thieves should raise tax assessments.

        1. Oh yeah,

          Except for the ones that are run by the government. Some of these corn fields are huge, thousands of acres , growing nothing but uneatable corn used for energy only.

          Incredible waste of excellent farming land. Makes me sick…..

  2. Somebody tell this ignorant Negro I’ve already “declared” authority over my property and possessions including food. Let us not forget these BAR members are beholding to British policies and statutes under constant threat of disbarment. They have to take what’s yours now because they issued bonds with no way to produce real income, that’s for private enterprise after all. Now they all have to raise revenue by creating laws and then issuing privilege at a cost, of course. The bought reps issued the privilege of printing money to the rich that bribed them. They try and make you hire one of these a**hole BAR traitors to defend you against their own unwanted and illegal aggressions too. It’s madness. It reminds me of the Walmart bag checkers who lived through the most prosperous period of world history but didn’t save enough for their own retirement and now they propose to exercise “authority” over the private property you just paid for. For Gods sake your the one with the money to spend who went out of your way to patronize the place just to be treated like criminals by the least capable to provide for themselves.

  3. I sometimes wonder why these idiots even bother making these ridiculous executive orders that they KNOW cannot and will not be enforced on anyone except those they make “examples” out of (and I really think as with so many of the cop/thug shootings of adults, kids, seniors, dogs, whatever, it is actually PERSONAL..even psychopaths take things personally)…I mean why pass a “law” when you simply do it anyway! (You think the Holodomor of the Ukraine was a matter of Stalin passing a “law”?)

    Next thing you know is Obama will write an executive order saying a certain group of people (take your pick) must pay a “breathing fee” so they can breathe air (sorry, but I watched the original “Total Recall” last night set on Mars, so I had to say it)! Just how the hell will this nonsense be enforced?

    Until the crisis actually happens, it’s just another dog and pony show…still, be prepared for anything and to do anything that needs to be done. The only way you can be oppressed is if you let them oppress you.

  4. “It’s not clear what enforcement mechanisms would be employed by the administration should the president declare a national emergency and order stockpiled food confiscated,…”

    Not clear? ABUNDANTLY CLEAR, imo.

    1.6 billion hollow points speaks VOLUMES, since they can’t be used anywhere else, according to International Law.

    “Some have suggested bartering or using cash as ways to acquire storable foods “off the grid,” so as not to flag yourself…”

    If you’re posting here this advice will not apply to you, obviously.

    Too late.

  5. Am I the only person getting sick of seeing the word “why” associated with so
    many articles? If anyone needs to ask that particular question at this point, they are probably already doomed. It’s almost like asking ‘who’…

    Maybe I am just in a place where just about everything is predictable.

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