Guest Post- Brandon Peters
Hunting is an option a lot of people don’t consider when it comes to procuring food, especially with most city slickers’ aversion to taking life. Yet anyone who eats meat is taking lives by proxy if not directly, and even vegans aren’t exempt from taking a toll on wildlife: space for growing plants for human consumption is space taken from animal habitats, dooming animals to either slow death by starvation or a quick one at the hands of farmers or industrial machinery should they trespass into the fields. Given these considerations, harvesting wild game for food, so long as it’s done at a sustainable level, is a perfectly ethical way of getting your sustenance, and one that prepares you for times of economic hardship or collapse. Be warned, though: while it isn't rocket science, safely and efficiently hunting for and consuming game is not so simple to learn and it requires either the absence of squeamishness or the willingness to overcome it.
There are several ways to go about hunting, dep (Read More....)
By Stacey Thompson
Modern civilization has agriculture as its foundation. The nomadic lifestyle of hunter-gathering gave way to settling down and growing food on the land, opening the possibility of permanent dwellings, real estate ownership, a lot of extra time to think and invent stuff, and so many other breakthroughs that led us to where we are now.
Considering how relatively short a time it has been since humanity has gained dominion over the earth (a mere bat of the eyelash, given how old the planet is), it still surprises me how much humanity has achieved, markedly so in the recent five hundred or so years that contained the Renaissance, the Industrial Age, the Atomic Age, and now, the Age of Information.
Contrast that with the collective disappointment of all of us who are witnessing a decline in our world today, how the value of fertile land, a human life, clean water, and healthy food have taken a backseat to the gadgets and gizmos we intended for the improvement of the human condition, and not to supercede it in priority.
At the risk of sounding alarmist and reeking of doomspeak, I think we have quite a ways to start r (Read More....)
No one knows what disaster will look like. Science fiction writers and movie makers have been imaging it for years, scientists have ideas about what it will look like, but no one knows for sure. The only thing that is certain is that food will be difficult to get, and you will be hungry. That simple fact is why stored food along with water is the most important part of any emergency plan. Whether you are planning for a snowed-in week or a full on Zombie apocalypse, you will need food.
Everybody Will Want Food
When thinking about food storage, it is important to keep in mind that everybody will want food during an emergency. That means that if the grocery stores are still open, there will be incredibly high demand, and this will drive the prices up. The potential for high prices during an emergency is certain, but there is no guarantee that the stores will even be open. During a food storage, you should have enough food on hand to feed yourself, your family, and any close neighbors or friends.
Know The Length Of Your Disaster Plan
The amount of food that you decide to store will depend upon how well prepared you want to be. If you are preparing for a si (Read More....)
by MN Gordon Economic Prism
The October edition of Smithsonian magazine tells us that “With five simple words in the Declaration of Independence – ‘all men are created equal’ – Thomas Jefferson undid Aristotle’s ancient formula, which had governed human affairs until 1776: ‘From the hour of their birth, some men are marked out for subjection, others for rule.’”
Aristotle’s sentiments are obviously nonsense. However, if you’ve ever reported to jury duty, and sat in a courthouse selection room all day among peers, you know that Jefferson got it wrong too. For all men are not created equal…there’s a vast spectrum of people ranging from idiot to genius.
According to Thomas A. Patterson, in The American Democracy – Alternate Edition, what Jefferson – a slave owner – meant when he said “all men are created equal” is that all Americans are entitled to equal justice under the law. The Smithsonian article attempts to reconcile the conflict between Jefferson’s words and actions as follows: “The very existence of slavery in the era of the American Revolution presents a paradox, and we have largely been content to leave it at that, since a paradox can offer a comforting state of moral (Read More....)
3 Last Minute Survival Scenarios by SurvivingSurvivalism.com
We know that waiting till the last second is not a good idea, but for some it is the only option. So we have taken three possible average scenarios and broken them down for you. All scenarios will include a family of 4 – Mom, Dad and two kids under high school age – living in the suburbs of a megaplex city...
1. You have a few cases of water
2. You have some freeze-dried storage food, maybe a 30 day supply.
3. You have some sleeping bags and some basic camping supplies.
4. You have a general idea of the area to which you want to go.
5. You think maybe something might happen in which case you could need to get your family out of the city.
6. All supplies are in the garage, ready to load into your minivan should the need arise.
You live in a suburban area of a mexaplex city – first and foremost, where the hell are you going to go? If you are starting out with only a general idea of where to go, you planning to fail. Knowing exactly where you are going and a little preparation is very much in order. Even if your plan is to squat on BLM land, National Forest Service land or private land, just having (Read More....)
Storing food is something that everyone should know how to do. Even though it can seem like a huge hassle, it is actually very easy to do and can save you plenty of time and money in the future. Even people of college age can take advantage of food storage, without spending too much money up-front or taking up too much of their free time. Read on for a few pointers on the fundamentals for food storage as a college student:
1. Make extras of your favorite meals.
Instead of trying to figure out what type of food is best to store or which recipes you may want to try six months down the line and storing accordingly, try to just focus on storing the food that you love and that you eat most often. The next time you make a batch of your famous spaghetti sauce, make it a double and save half in the freezer. Or stock up on particular items that you like to use all the time. Fruits and vegetables can store in the freezer, as long as they are air-sealed, without out losing too many of their nutrients. If you keep a small stock of necessities on hand, you can cook more easily, without having to go shopping (and spend more money) every time.
2. Store to save prep time.
One of the best ways to use food storage is to take a bit of time to prepare small, inexpensive things ahead of time, to sav (Read More....)
There are several great reasons to can your own food, and if you want to save money, eat healthier, and cut down on food waste--you'll find out soon enough that canning can help you accomplish all that and more. Whether you're just now getting acquainted with the canning process and could use some helpful advice, or you're a canning pro in need of some gentle reminders, here are some useful tips to make your canning experiences more successful ones.
Select Fresh Produce
Since any fruits and vegetables that you're canning might be stored on your pantry shelf for an extended period of time, avoid selecting any produce that's overripe. Instead, opt for freshly picked fruits and veggies that aren't on the brink of expiring.
Sterilize Jars, Rings, and Lids
Never underestimate the importance of sterilizing jars, rings, and lids that you'll be using to can food. To properly sterilize jars, rings, and lids, wash them with soap and hot water and follow with a thorough rinse. Once washed and rinsed, use a tongs to place them in a large pot of boiling water, allowing them to sit in the hot bath for approximately five minutes. With the tongs, transfer the jars, rings, and lids to a clean layer of paper toweling and use immediately.
Always Use New Lids
While canning jars and rings can be used time and time again as long as they're in good condition, lids shoul (Read More....)