Thought would be interesting to reflect on the impact of the coronavirus on people's buying habits and panic of "running out" in terms of our local food sources. In particular, was thinking of the lady on the recent 7.30pm Report, who has been essentially hoarding essentials for a little while. When they showed her talking about having packets of seeds in case our food system really got impacted by the virus, it really struck me how far removed our society has become from growing and raising our own food. As if it were quite that simple to just chuck in some seeds into the ground the day you don't have any more fresh pumpkins at Woolies. (As a side note, my pumpkins just haven't done that well this season! Has this happened for others too? too hot then too wet.. vine getting big but flowers dropping off).
Anyway, for over seven years or so I've been an intermittent listener of the Survival Podcast by Jack Spirko for his gardening and permaculture tips. Spirko also talks about many other issues of interest to the US Prepper community (cryptocurrency, ammunition, hunting, libertarians/anarchy, all sorts of random things) which I've never really paid attention to. But when it comes to gardening, I thought, preppers are gonna know how to grow potatoes because if the Zombie apocalypse comes,and their longterm survival will depend on their gardening skills!
Despite listening on and off to this podcast over the years, I can't say I personally would be that prepared in terms of inventory if something were to go down. Spirko advises to have at least 1 month worth of food and water at any given time (especially if you have kids, he says, otherwise he considers you an irresponsible parent!). I have to admit truthfully, I wouldn't have enough to last me through the week. Well I would be scraping at the bottom of the lentil jars... And the garden? I could dig out the cassava and eat moringa leaves but really, in terms of sustaining me? I am not prepared.
A reason to up the ante and get down gardening?
What are your thoughts? How prepared would you be if you got cut off from commercial mainstream food systems overnight? What assets and strengths do we have in our community currently ?
PS I think I have about 4 rolls of toilet paper left...
Source: Unknown, has been doing the rounds
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