Prepping for what ever reason is a good thing.
Maybe if more had prepared their finances and not signed on to the banker scams we would not be in such a mess.
When prepping the first thing you do is take a hard look at the life your living, today that’s a good thing.
We need change and if prepping starts people on that path I for one say go for it….
The Preppers Are Right! by Tom Dennen
“Whether they are known as home, mixed, backyard, kitchen, farmyard, compound or homestead gardens, family food production systems are found in most regions of most countries worldwide. They may be the oldest production system known and their very persistence is proof of their intrinsic economic and nutritional merit” – Robin Marsh .
HOW THEY SEE US!
As we all “know”, the financial world is approaching an end-point, but the world’s roads and bridges, sewage systems, transport systems and the rest really are failing because no money has been spent on them, and the 99%-ers become more and more vulnerable.
Commonly perceived consequences of the west’s economic ‘adjustment’ now under way include ‘extreme events’ that are not earthquakes nor savage rainstorms, but massive interruptions of infrastructure functions including food distribution that maintain the world’s economies, which we take completely for granted, especially food.
On 31 July, British Newspaper The Guardian reported “700 million Indian people had no power”.
“Thousands of train passengers have been stranded” Link to video
“More than 700 million people in India have been left without power in the world’s worst blackout of recent times, leading to fears that protests and even riots could follow if the country’s electricity supply continues to fail to meet growing demand.”
Power was restored within two days.
Tuesday, August 16 Northern India’s electrical grid went down again.
Six hundred million people this time, half of the country’s population of 1.5 bn, were without electricity. Fortunately, power was restored by the next day. If the outage had gone into a third day, without electricity to pump gas, food delivery trucks would also have been down and supermarkets would soon have been out of food.
For this very reason, in anticipation of catastrophes like India’s, millions of people, Individuals and small communities all over the world for the last decade or so have been responding to the idea that supermarkets can run out of food.
Permaculture comes from the combination of permanent agriculture and permanent culture. Permaculture is actually an approach in designing human settlements and perennial agri systems that copies relationships found in natural ecologies. It is a design system for sustainable living and in all aspect of human endeavour. It is a unique green career that leads into what is emerging today as Ecovillages and Ecocities, a return to the ancient Commons and the even more ancient Garden of Eden.
The Chinese are Permaculture masters
AND YOU THOUGHT IT WAS ALL RICE!
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
Permaculture is inter-disciplinary, knows no language or religious differences except in how the Master Chef prepares the food!
It means “Food Sovereignty”… the right of all peoples, communities, and countries to define their own agricultural, labour, fishing, food and land policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances. It includes the true right to food and to produce food, which means that all people have the right to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and to food-producing resources and the ability to sustain themselves and their societies.
We do not have that.
Almost every western country is vulnerable to the greed and corruption that have left our electricty supply systems worn out, our roads, bridges and all other public infrastructure failing for lack of simple maintenance while the final “Grand Theft’ of the planet’s resources goes on.
But when the people control the keys to the granary, they discover a new kind of freedom. They also discover the “Economic Dimension of Eco Villages. As local groups and communities create their own local scrip currencies and exchange systems, they learn about economist’s deepest secret: money and information are equivalent – and neither is scarce! – Hazel Henderson
ARE ANY WHOLE COMMUNITIES DOING IT?
When the small British mill town of Todmorden, tucked in between Yorkshire and Lancashire, first began installing fruit and vegetable gardens all around the area as part of the Incredible Edible program, it likely had no idea that the novel, yet simple, concept would make the town a foremost inspirational and self-sustaining model of the future.
ANYONE ELSE, LIKE FOR CENTURIES?
51% of Russian agricultural output is home grown – on 7% of the land! When Russia’s consumer-capitalist economy collapsed, she survived without general starvation (like America in the 30′s) even in the severe depression that followed.
“Poverty” is rare in Russia if you define Food Security as not being poor.
SO WHAT IS POVERTY, REALLY?
In the Capitalist world, poverty is the result of an embedded disconnect between mainstream society and those who become ‘unnecessary’ for sustaining its capital growth; people who become the ‘unemployable’, the discarded, those who become ‘the poor’ by definition.
The United Nations defines poverty as a denial of choices and opportunities, even a violation of human dignity.
Poverty means a denial of the basic capacity to participate effectively in society,
Yet possibly these are the very people most suitable for survival.
But I am not talking about ‘the poor’.
“Food security is a concept that has evolved in the States during the 1990’s far beyond the traditional focus on the supply of food at the national level” (USAID 1995). The definition adopted by the countries attending the World Food summit of 1996 and reconfirmed in 2002 accepts USAID’s three key concepts:
i. food availability for all levels of society, every day
ii. food access and
iii. food utilization.
However a fourth concept is increasingly becoming accepted; namely,
risks that can disrupt any one of the first three factors (India last month).
Below is a graph of the Baltic Dry Index of total global raw material shipping to manufacturers – not how many ships are available – over the last ten years.
Recovery since the 2008 crash has been only two thirds and the current drop from end December 2012 has only reached 55% below last year, indicating another large economic downturn in the VERY near term – you can see, we are at the same level as 2008 now and the last lead time looks like about eight months. Do the math.
The self-sufficiency aspect of Community gardens would take the ‘jobless’ stigma away, even make it disappear if the status of creating one’s own food supply became higher than a mere ‘job’ in a workplace where only a fraction of the wealth created there is taken home by the worker.
People do not need ‘a job’ if they can feed themselves – farmers don’t have ‘jobs’ – I’d rather be seen as a farmer than as a jobless bum.
With few exceptions, the concept of sustainable home gardening is not supported beyond very expensive, experimental ‘poverty alleviation’ and nowhere yet is sustainable food security an issue with the middle classes, “Transition Towns” and Permaculture societies notwithstanding.
With infrastructure collapse, particularly food distribution, the entire society is vulnerable.
That’s you Here’re a few tips from Mike, the Health Ranger:
Physical books are good, they don’t need batteries.
Surrround yourself with Garden of Eden tools:
• Family, including pets.
• Dirt (soil).
• Gardening, permaculture, seeds.
• Gold and silver.
• Consciousness, free will, awareness.
• The sun. Warmth and light. Energy for life.
• Liquid water. Perhaps the most miraculous substance in the universe.
• Honeybees, insects and pollinators.
• Sea salt. Minerals. Elements for health.
• Love, compassion, forgiveness, humility.
• Firearms, hammers and other purely mechanical devices that don’t need “firmware” to operate.
OH, AND BY THE WAY…
Some of us are preppers because we genuinely believe the world is slated to end in our life times and we want to survive. Some of are trying to escape a world dying in its own puddle of creed and corporate interest. Some of us are simply terrified and don’t want to take unnecessary risks. We work to gain skills, gather supplies, make plans, and prepare for the worst so that we have the chance to outrun it. What does prepping feel like to you? Is it a form of power? Does it ebb your fears? Do you feel safe?
Let me tell you what it’s like for me. Prepping for me is an emotional release. To be honest, sometimes I really wish the world as we know it would end. Sometimes I feel at my most powerful when I’m staring into nature and I know I control nothing. Sometimes I wish the apocalypse would happen…
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