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Jan 042013
 
Rural America's Decline Means Urban America's Increased Vulnerability

One of the greatest problems that encourages us to become preppers is that the overwhelming majority of people no longer provide/create/grow their own food. These days, over 80% of all Americans live in urban/suburban areas, meaning only one in five people are in the countryside, and not all of these rural dwellers are involved in food production.  Barely 100 years ago, the situation was almost exactly the opposite – for every one person in a […]

Dec 022012
 
How to Get Ten Times More Value From Your Stored Food

Most preppers keep three sorts of food supplies. The first type of supply is to keep larger than normal stocks of ordinary food items with typical two or three year expirations.  They simply eat this as they wish, in careful rotation, so that all food is eaten prior to it expiring, and as/when they see specials on these food items, they replenish their supplies at the best prices. This sort of food supply will be […]

Nov 242012
 
Don't Overlook Non-Food Items When Prepping

Here’s an interesting article with a great picture to start with – as you can see, it shows a family of eight with their stockpile of prepping supplies. Pretty impressive, yes?  Everything from solar panels to salt, and quite literally, from soup to nuts.  The man who heads the family is a ‘professional prepper’ so you’d expect him to have a good inventory of things. But – and it is a huge but…..  what can […]

Nov 042012
 
The Shelf Life of Most Medicine is Vastly Greater than its Expiry Date

We wrote before about shelf life issues in general, and pointed out that the expiry dates on most medicines are ridiculously conservative, and that it is common for medicines to retain full potency for many years subsequent to their printed expiry date – assuming they have been stored in optimum conditions. Here’s an interesting article that cites two studies of the extended effectiveness of medicines beyond their stated expiry dates. The larger study was conducted […]

Oct 142012
 
Every Person Requires 40 Tons of Freight a Year

The movement of people away from rural areas and into the cities has meant that food has to travel longer distances between the people who grow it and the people who eat it.  The evolution from lots of small manufacturing companies to only a few mega-companies (in each industry) has caused a similar increase in distance as between where products are manufactured and where they are sold/consumed/used. We can no longer obtain everything we need […]

Jul 112012
 
Evaluating and Assessing Weather Issues and Vulnerabilities

At the time of writing this, parts of the midwest (most notably Wyoming) are suffering major agricultural/economic impacts due to suffering the worst drought in ten years. Excuse us?  The worst drought in ten years?  The worst drought in 100 years – they could be excused for being tripped up by that.  Many of us would even allow a person the benefit of the doubt for the worst drought in 50 years.  But to be […]

Jul 042012
 
Weather Considerations When Choosing a Retreat

We all know about weather, right?  Warm and sunny with a clear blue sky and a gentle breeze is nice.  Cold, windy, rainy or snowy – all that is nasty. Perhaps weather has even had a moderate impact on your choice of where you live at present.  And/or maybe it is something you like to complain about. Well, whatever you formerly felt about weather, and however important weather was to you in your choice of […]

Jul 042012
 
Variety and the Spices of Life (Appetite Fatigue and How to Fight It)

As a youngster, I used to live in city with a chocolate factory.  We all envied the workers enormously, because they were allowed to eat all the chocolate they wanted.  No limit.  They couldn’t take any home, but they could eat as much as they could cram in each day during their shift.  Truly, a child’s dream come true. But the chocolate factory managers were smarter than we children gave them credit.  After a possible […]

Jun 132012
 
How to Best Store Potatoes

Potatoes are an excellent crop to grow, and to store. Probably no other crop yields as much protein, or as many calories, when measured against the hours of work it takes you to grow, care for and harvest them.  Potatoes yield more calories per square foot of growing space than anything else, and more protein than anything except for legumes. Depending on the soil and your growing strategy, you can expect yields from about 1.25 […]

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