YOUR FOOD PREPAREDNESS SCORE – And exercise to determine just how prepared you really are.
The following is a matrix of food dependency, food self-sufficiency and food preparedness and preparations.
Everybody needs to eat, but understanding just how dependent we really are on our food, where it comes from, is not always easy to understand.
The following matrix measures how prepared you are using several hundred common foods. The matrix does not take into account food storage losses, waste or techniques and methods that result in food loss. Nor does the matrix measure how much food storage you currently have which is an entirely different subject. Decades of experience has shown that nobody is storing anywhere near enough food (or actually growing enough) to meet their own nutritional needs.
Any food that is bought or eaten can be added to this list to determine how prepared you really are.
The following is my “creation” this Saturday. As I’ve pondered the problems with the food industry, it occurred to me that we really don’t understand the risks we’re all facing when it comes to food. So I dreamed this thing up, I hope you enjoy it!
If you have display problems (Ipad), try this link instead: Food Preparedness Matrix
This is a list of the common foods eaten by most Americans. Complete columns 1 through 5 with simple Y or N answers. Do not skip any lines, as you will skew the results!
Be HONEST about your answers, this is about your food preparedness and that of your local region.
Column #1 – Is this food produced locally? Answer Y if this can be grown or produced within 60 miles of your residence (or use a farther distance if you like). Answer N if not.
Column #2 – Do you buy this food at any time in the past year? Answer Y if you eat this food and have to buy it. Leave blank if you do not eat this food. Answer N if you never buy this food and grow ALL your own.
Column #3 – Answer Y if you grow any of this food (even small amounts). Answer N if you never grow any of this food. Leave blank for foods you do not eat.
Column #4 – Answer Y if you grow enough of this food and never have to buy it. Leave blank for foods you do not eat.
Column #5 – Answer Y if you have this food currently in your food storage program. Leave blank for foods you do not eat or buy. Answer N if you do not store this food.
Scoring is done in the right-side corresponding columns. Yes answers are scored a value of 1. No answers are scored a value of -1, ie, Y = 1, N = -1.
A negative score indicates that you are under-prepared for a food shortage of this product (for any reason, drought, disaster, job loss, gardening failure). A high number of negative scores means you will probably starve when any catastrophe occurs.