Yeah, but the question is what percentage will survive such a calamity? The average American has a week or two's worth of non-perishable goods and I have been to Japan and Europe and the folk I met there had even less sizable pantries. Me, well every time I see a crazy deal for something that will keep for a long period of time like rice, pasta, canned beans or vegetables I buy a bunch of it. This xmas I bought 24 tins of refried beans for 10 dollars, 30 cans of real Spam for under 40 dollars and 4 20lb bags of brown rice for 60 dollars. Once it is past the expiration date I buy more than donate the slightly expired food to a food bank. For about 300 dollars a year and bargain hunting I have built up about 6 months worth of food for myself. I plan on getting a 50 gallon drum for water soon and this will all fit in a medium sized apartment easy. Oh and chicks dig a man who has a larder, especially in colder climates I think it might be hard wired into their brains.