May 182013

YOUR FOOD PREPAREDNESS SCORE – And exercise to determine just how prepared you really are.

The Food We Eat - Our Dependency, Our Problem

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.

Food Scoring:

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.

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May 122013

Selected quotes from around the Net:

First, you have to have a ‘community’. The US has suburbs where most don’t even know their neighbors. Your kids know the neighbor kids but do you know their parents? I doubt it.

This ‘resilience’ kick sells books, seminars, and seeds, but it is doing little to change anything real. Huddling down in your ‘community’ is not going to save you from the earths collapse. Mother nature doesn’t care if you grow your own veggies. She is going to wipe you out with the SUV driving blimps and not look back. 9 degrees wipes out you and your family just as it does any 3rd world poor family, or the McMansion owner with 3 cars and all the other toys of wealth. The Four Horsemen are equal opportunity killers. Continue reading »

May 102013

Everybody has heard of Plan B.  Most of us have had to resort to our “plan B” when things didn’t pan out the way we thought they would the first time.

Most of us know by now that whatever our Plan A was for our lives, this didn’t work out exactly as we thought either.  So we moved on to try plan B, or C or D and so on, until we got our feet underneath us and made some sense to our lives.

Whatever “plan” in your life that you’re still working on, I’m here to tell you that it’s going to change again.

There are two worthwhile developments to consider for your next “Plan B”: Continue reading »

May 032013

New announcement from Alpine Aire / Richmoor (now Katadyn North America):

The entire Richmoor line of pouch products, is discontinued, effective immediately.  This is a huge disappointment for us, as this was very popular with our customers.

Update: Individual Alpine Aire pouches are also no longer available.  We can sell cases only.  The only alternative for single pouches is to find a stocking dealer.  We’re unsure whether we should take this route or not ourselves, it’s just too expensive to ship the small orders people place for pouches.

It’s been clear for years that customers have no idea what shipping actually cost. A single pouch could cost us $14 – $18 to ship, depending on where it was going. We were only collecting $4.95 to help cover this.

Shipping rates were slightly better with more weight (more product), but we were still only collecting the $4.95 even though now we’d pay UPS $20 – $48 or so.  Orders over $100 were shipped “free” but we still pay UPS their fees (there is no such thing as free shipping).

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