This forum is devoted to food and food storage. This is an area that is a lot more complicated than it looks. People's tastes are different. A food storage program has to take this into consideration, along with technical questions of shelf life, nutritional content, and so forth.
The moderator, Al Durtschi, runs the Web site for the Walton Feed Compasy. He has something to sell you, I feel sure. But he is willing to serve for free in order to make sure you know what you're doing before you spend your money. This site allows you to get your questions answered before you call Al or any other food supplier. Never fear to ask him: Can I get this in bulk locally at a better price? Use a mail-order food supplier to buy the items that you can't get locally.
I want all of the forums to be lively. I want as many people to get involved as possible on the open forums: an increase in the division of intellectual labor. Questions generate discussion. Discussion generates new information. We are all after better information at a low price. Maybe we can get it if we obtain larger quantities of new information. That's my goal, anyway.
If you see a problem with a previous answer, and you know from PERSONAL EXPERIENCE that there is an open pit that we may fall into, warn us all. But don't offer hearsay and rumor in place of personal experience and published warnings, with these published warnings identified by title, date of publication, and page number. Be specific. Also, don't get sued.
If you post a specific answer, and a product is involved, go the extra mile to supply the product's model number, its price, the seller's name, address, and phone number. An e-mail address would be nice, too. If you have information that calls for action on our part, give us as much information as you can that will enable us to take this action.
f you know of a Web site that provides more information, please supply the Web address and any additional information that we can use to make better use of the site. The rules of this forum are like the rules of all the others. First, there are my Ten Commandments, which I have posted on the introductory page of the Discussion Forums - Mirrorcategory. these are basic rules of discussion etiquette. Second, if you would like to see a new subtopic on this forum, send your suggestion to the moderator:
Warning: I have told all of the moderators that I advise against answering too many questions by e-mail. Any question worth asking a moderator is worth posting on the forum.
Of course, if you want to buy a bulk order of something from a moderator at a discount, send that e-mail! Every seller wants to hear from potential buyers. But understand that these moderators serve for free. To ask them to do more than moderate for free is to be overly greedy. Don't be greedy. The post-1999 world must be built on mutually beneficial trade, not a quest for zero-price wealth at the expense of others.