May 142017
 

May 14, 2017. The weather around here cannot decide if it is spring or winter. The grass is green now, but it is very cold. Burning wood again. It’s dropping to near-freezing at night.

It’s been the strangest, coldest and wettest spring that I’ve ever seen. I haven’t been paying much attention to what is happening elsewhere, but I heard Kansas had a freak snowstorm and lost nearly the entire wheat crop. Flooding up in Canada.

I don’t think these event will make the essential connection for the majority of people. Food comes from supermarkets anyway. Farmers will cope. Nothing to worry about.

I think they’re wrong.

I haven’t cut any of the grass. The dandelions are blooming and the bees are supposed to need the dandelions. I haven’t seen any bees. Not a single one.

Hmm, now that I think about it, I’ve only seen one yellow-jacket. It was so cold it couldn’t move.

My cat cornered a baby rabbit yesterday. It was the middle of the night. I could hear it screaming. Then it stopped. I tried going back to sleep, but then the rabbit started up again.

I got up, got dressed and went outside with a flashlight. I found the rabbit trying to hide under a tiny fern next to the shop. It was just a little guy. I scared off the cat who was anxious to pounce again. I found a small cardboard box and cornered the rabbit myself. Being the top predator on this planet, it was easy. The rabbit went into the box and then into the house.

Some shredded paper, water and a ‘good night’ to the rabbit and I went back to bed. In the morning, the rabbit was still alive, looking rather chipper. Feisty little bastard, actually.

I waited until evening to let it loose. Again, using my super-skills as the Alpha male / dominant species, I locked the cats up in the shop by blocking their access door. They both glared at me, knowing what they were in for. A long night with no killing spree. Nothing to chase, terrorize, murder. Their little demons actually, with a bloodlust that only matches humans.

Off into the forest I let the rabbit loose. He wasted no time and scampered for cover. Good luck, I thought. Hope he makes it. Short, brutal lives. Either the coyotes will devour him, or another cat will find him, or the hawks or eagles will dine on him. Such is his life.

Humans don’t connect. Food comes from nature. All of our food. Nature is in serious, serious trouble. One tiny, insignificant act of kindness or compassion will do absolutely nothing about the assault humans have inflicted upon nature. Even the bees are gone here. There are two deer that sleep next to my house every night now. They’re using me and my habitation for protection against predators. So far, so good, but I’ve seen the coyotes up close here. And I’ve lost chickens to these cruising appetites, several times.

I’m not surfing too much online. This blog contains all the warnings, news, information and ‘scare’ necessary for anyone to get up to speed on what is unfolding in our world. But like most blogs these days, it does not get updated much, and read even less. People remain distracted by the toys and times of this world. I think most of us have given up. We’re just going through this life and sort of waiting for it all to end with our death. We intuitively know that there is not much that we can do. Not when everything has been ripped out of our hands.

The young, the naive and the angry – and the greedy still think that they can ‘do something’. Maybe. But maybe not. The forces that now dominate Nature and destroy the living biosphere are out of their control too. The only thing left to do is the hard thing that nobody wants to do. Revolt, rebel, kill. Stop the evil by becoming evil itself. Otherwise, it’s just a fucking game. Legislate our way to goodness or greatness. Fool ourselves again that reform from within will work. It’s all lies.

Idiots fall for these fables, just like idiots fall for most fables. They’re stupid people, ignorant, uneducated, uninterested in learning much of anything. They’d simply rather be told. Told what to do, what to eat, what to enjoy, even what to worship. They get it all wrong. Their lives are scripted, fashioned into the form and adornment chosen for them. They don’t get it. They never will.

I think you have to go through all that yourself to figure this out. Waking up is part of it, a term that is very over-used. It’s supposed to mean a meme. A new awareness, but it really isn’t. It doesn’t mean what it seems. You don’t really wake up until you’ve had to go through a lot of shit. This world offers everyone a lot of shit. Your attitudes towards wading through shit has a lot to do with how well you will do, but it does not mean at all that you will wake up.

The essential connections to life and what it might mean, and what you might do, and how it all fits together for you is different for everybody. But there are general themes. Truths even. You can make yourself aware of these, or not. You can choose to be an ignorant, overfed slug who doesn’t care about anything. In many ways, that’s the great thing about life. But it is also one of the more evil things about life. A world full of ignorant, overfed slugs devouring everything.

I wish I had a hammer. I  would hammer the slugs into oblivion. There would be dead slugs everywhere. I don’t think I could stand the stench. It’s always better to just stay home and avoid the smell. There aren’t any slugs here, because I never allowed it. Everybody works. Hard. I cut ten cords of birch the other day. Me, with spinal stenosis. Yeah, it hurts, like a mother fucker. But who else is going to cut my wood supply? Nobody gives a shit about me. Trump sure as shit doesn’t. I’m still uninsured, still suffering, still in massive levels of pain, day after day.

It gets slightly better when I stop trying. Stop moving. But that hurts me in other ways. I’ve always been a doer. Taking on projects, tasks, things to do. My kid needed the valve cover seals replaced on the car, so I did that. Didn’t even break anything, but usually, I don’t. I can fix a lot of things.

I’ll be tearing down one of my sheds soon too. And more brush piles will have to burned. Always plenty to do around here, but to be honest, this is just the tiniest tip about what it is like to be me, and what it is I do. I’ve never been one to really share it all. Why should I? This is isn’t Facebook. My life here is probably a lot different then your life there. I’m sure we are both busy. I’m sure we both get things done. Or at least, I like to think so.

Damn it’s cold today. Dark heavy clouds covering the mountains. Yesterday I had to go to the city again and sell off some more stuff. Got ‘er done. That’s what counts for me. Get it done. We spend a lot of time yapping about stupid shit. A lot of time worrying and wrestling. It’s a huge waste of life force. Fix the shit that you can control. That might mean you have to step into a new role and do something you’ve never done before. So do it. Get it done.

I think most of my garden might fail this year. Damn. Just too much rain. Too cold. And no bees. That’s a scary thought. Food does NOT come from the supermarket. It comes from nature. And we killed it.

Mar 092017
 

New studies reveal: Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms

A 30% – 34% increase in carbon release from warming soils was measured in a test plot. This represents a huge increase in carbon release into the atmosphere, if applied around the world it’s an amount equal to 30% annually of all human emissions.

And to add to the joyful fun ahead, Computer models show possible impact to world’s oceans of four major stressors due to climate change

The four main stressors are – pH level (more CO2 makes the water more acidic), primary production (availability of food), and water temperature and oxygen levels in the water.

“The model predicted that within just 15 years more than half of the world’s oceans will be reacting to more than one of the four stressors—by 2050, that number will jump to 86 percent. These estimates were based on the status quo, meaning emissions levels remain at current levels.”

Which of course they will. But the article digresses into hopium, with Paris agreement “pledges” – which if enacted would only delay that time frame calculated by 20 years anyway!

So, in my best valley girl voice – Whatever….

The world is not going to listen to anything that details doom no matter how accurate the measurement are or the models. It’s like talking to a room full of hostile people these days when topics of life, future, food, survival, climate come up (like I just so happen to do all the time).

There is virtually no interaction, laughter, camaraderie or interest “out there” (anywhere but here). I can’t even imagine how these researchers must feel in such a hostile and ignorant environment. I’d probably be thinking about a different career…

And if that wasn’t enough (and it won’t be) to perk some ‘interest’ in the whole carbon bomb thingy headed our way and about to go SPLAT right on our dumb fucking heads, there’s this too: Trees’ ability to store carbon in doubt after groundbreaking Australian study

Not all forests will have the ability to increase their carbon uptake. In fact, quite a few forests won’t increase their carbon uptake due to poor soils. So soil health is going to be a big issue, which puts the whole soil warming question into view again.

“There’s an assumption that carbon in the subsoil is more stable and not as responsive to warming as in the topsoil, but we’ve learned that’s not the case,” says Torn. “Deeper soil layers contain a lot of carbon, and our work indicates it’s a key missing component in our understanding of the potential feedback of soils to the planet’s climate.”

Many parts of the world are losing soil at an accelerated rate – especially where farming occurs. But it’s also happening from erosion and desertification, both on the increase. Monumental rainstorms are expected to only increase and dry regions are expected to get drier causing even more soil and nutrient losses. All in all, it’s going to be another issue for how the planet absorbs more of our carbon.

And how the world plans on eating. Increasing levels of carbon are going to reduce plant yields and nutrition, while heat stress and water stress will also factor in significantly. And just in case it didn’t occur to you what the top links really mean, and how the four stressors will be a huge food factor – they will. It means the oceans will DIE. Higher PH levels, declining oxygen and increasing temperatures mean that much of the world’s sea life will simply vanish. This is actually already well-known, yet the warnings about this are still going mostly unheeded.

As I said, more fun times ahead. The world is not making any significant plans or changes to adapt or mitigate for these issues. The primary goal in the United States seems to be “deny, deny, deny” (while appointing absolute morons to heads of Agencies) and pretend it’s never going to be a problem, a position / claim that does not even remotely line up with reality.

There’s a war on science – and on your mind. Much of the “fake” news being pumped out today is all about making sure you’re fat, dumb, uninformed, biased and poorly fed. No, I’m not digressing. What I’m trying to tell readers is you are being played for fools. All of you. If you are not keeping yourselves abreast of the real news that actually matters and how it is going to affect you, your life, your future, your family and your very survival on this planet, then you are allowing yourselves to be part of their shell game.

I put up links to help readers stay informed. But asswipes like Matt Drudge puts up headlies of irrelevant shit like this: NFL ALL PILLED UP on a daily, even hourly basis. He’s got millions of readers. I have almost none.

It is this kind of distractive irrelevant crap being bombarded upon the global populations online (and on television) that keeps people uninformed on important news and developments. On occasion, I receive a phone call and if the topic swerves towards climate or sea level, I quickly realize that the caller has absolutely NO IDEA what is unfolding. Why? Because the media whores that help control the minds of billions of connedsumers are a bunch of skanky prostitutes only interested in publishing whatever generates advertising revenue.

Think about it. The real “power” then isn’t actually in the media who sold out long, long ago, it’s in the money being spent (and made) by the corporate advertisers and manufacturers. Their also the lobbyist who are manipulating government and writing our country’s legislation. And it’s clear as day to me that their only real interest is in keeping people uninformed and distracted with utter irrelevant bullshit while they fleece your pockets and turn your brains into mush. Our government is very much in league with these brokers of death and destruction. The new Administration fully intends to keep as many people as uninformed as possible on truly important matters that will affect your very life.

There is no reason for people to be uninformed like they are today. The complicity with this Faustian bargain needs to end.

Feb 262017
 

A very welcome (and timely) donation from Charles (France) of $400 was received! Thank you Charles!

I was planning on closing down the blog and shutting off the Internet at the end of this month, but this has made it possible for me to keep the lights on here for a while longer.
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Two books were passed into my hands to read, which I’d like to recommend:

“Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself”, by Rich Roll, is along the lines of “Born to Run”, and reveals the indomitable human spirit (and a lot of huge mistakes along the way). I’ve read through both titles and definitely recommend them both. Ultra is also about food and how we’ve got it really messed up on what we eat.

I’m also borrowing a copy of “Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat”, by Howard Lyman, which is the story of a factory Big Ag farmer feedlot operator in Montana and how he came to reject the entire concept (and no longer eats meat either). What he reveals about cattle operations will sicken you, unless of course you’re just someone who doesn’t give a damn and think your pride matters more then health, cruelty or the total destruction of the biosphere.

I’ve met more then a few people who are like that. They’re damned proud to be stupid and refuse facts, science and evidence. As I recently shared, they’re extinctionists, hell-bent on ensuring we wipe everything else out first and then ourselves. They’re arrogant and quite stupid people. They also go by other names too.

What we are doing to the Earth (our only home) is totally unforgivable. It’s also inescapable now – there is no place on Earth you can go, not even to the deepest parts of the oceans and not find the destructive pollution and poisons of mankind. It’s absolutely everywhere now.

The quest to find health, happiness and safe, edible food isn’t as popular as it should be. Too many people are still enamored with fast living and faster dying, taking no thought for what they put into their bodies or the sicknesses that are inherently found with eating pure poison. I’ve managed to cut out a lot of garbage from my own life and continue to work on this constantly. I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made, but the more that I come to know and understand the food industry, the more disgusted and shocked I am.

People that eat badly should consider their habits far more carefully then they do, otherwise a bullet to the brain would be less costly and less painful. It’s hard to watch someone you love die because they simply didn’t give a damn about what they put into their bodies, but that’s a private matter that I’m dealing with right now. Don’t take my word on this, read the books for yourself.

Our species seems to be only concerned with itself and daily gratification of self. Long term focus is pretty difficult for the species, even though we supposedly have agencies and institutions that are tasked with this kind of objective. They’re staffed with humans however, and all humans seem to find it it difficult to take information, process it down into daily activities and habits that are beneficial and non-harmful. Instead, the easy way is usually the path most followed. The latte at Starbucks, the quick lunch off the food truck, the late-night snacking, hours and hours of semi-comatose television exposure, the easy adoption of endless propaganda and programming, the corporate policy of coercion and compliance to company objectives (none which are healthy and non-harmful to anyone or anything), and I’m not just referencing food and diet either, but all aspects of our supposedly “civilized” society.

It is our civilization, and our society, and our ways of conducting “business”, and how we live in our homes each and every day, and what we find ourselves doing, 24/7 to “survive” on this world, and how we’ve built this wall of indifference, callousness and apathy to all the astonishingly high levels of harm we are causing, even going so far as to convince ourselves that it is all necessary.

Which is bullshit of course, but it’s part of the propaganda found throughout our entire lives as human beings. It’s necessary to destroy the environment because humans need the resources. It’s necessary to expand our civilization to accommodate more humans. It’s necessary for more growth to support more economic activity. This is all translated into a billion different tiny actions, all working in concert to overcome, overpower and dominate the entire biosphere for exclusive human use, monetizing virtually everything. We’ve grown ourselves (by depletion and destruction of course) from a few hundred, to a few thousand, to a few million, to billions and billions spread out all over the planet, but not without a terrifying cost to ourselves and to the only place humans can ever call home. And we don’t care, not really. We’re surrounded by the evidence that we really don’t give a damn.

We’re surviving (for now), but nothing else really is. And our survival looks increasingly threatened when you take an honest assessment of what we’ve done and where this is all going. It’s a topic that I’ve spent a long, long time talking about here. But recent studies have suggested that humans really don’t want to know what the future holds, we’re not wired to cope with this knowledge. We’d much rather be uninformed (and unmoved) by what hard times may lie ahead. So this helps explain why we take so little real interest in tomorrow and so much more interest in today. What is happening right now is of much more concern to us, and we have a hard time adding up what it will mean for tomorrow.

I don’t know if you need to be of a particular personality or persuasion or whatever it is to be like that (or not like that), but I’ve always had an interest in assessing the future. It could be because I’ve overcome some astounding obstacles myself, much more so then the ones you will read about in these two books I’m recommending. Having to look ahead when you’ve been so far down to the very point of death and defeat is probably a choice – but what choice is that, really? Do we / I just give up and quit, abandon all hope and desire, dreams and ambitions and the ones you love? Or do you rise above “the impossible” and rejoin the fight and struggle to survive?

It depends on who you are, in the end. And where you are in your life, in your head. Quitting is a choice, just as much as living is. Everything else springs from there, in a daily cascading domino effect of tiny, cumulative choices resulting in individual actions and activities, which in turn, multiplied by over 7 billion humans, has tremendous impact upon what the “future” really is. In other words, the future is what we make it. We will most certainly have to accept the future we’ve already created, but we still have opportunity to influence the outcome.

The problem then it seems, is to get enough people making informed decisions and individual choices about themselves, without rejecting knowledge. It isn’t so much a “mass movement” that I’m advocating here, which is damned hard to do, but individuals who consciously choose what is better for them, and what is also better for others – and not just our own species either. That choice comes from knowledge and awareness, which today is being widely denigrated and denied. Which is ironic when you think about it – none of us would be here today – not a single one of us, if our parents and grandparents had accepted this kind of foolishness, rejecting knowledge. But there is a huge and growing meme that knowledge, science, facts and evidence should be routinely rejected now in favor of opinions and bias, which is utterly ridiculous and ultimately self-destructive.

Of course, it is also ironic that so many humans will pick-and-choose which knowledge they deem acceptable and what knowledge they won’t. It is evident that they lack the ability to even understand a lot of the knowledge, facts, science and evidence that make up the world. But they benefit from this nonetheless, while counter-intuitively rejecting it (hypocrites comes to mind). What this means is the species is capricious in many ways, having the capacity to learn and adapt to learning but then refusing to do so.

This does not bode well for the future, it indicates to me at least, that this “rising tide of stupid” will drown out everything else in the end, even our ability to survive on this planet. Despite being a “half-empty” glass kind of guy, I’m still hoping to see my fellow humans rise about bias, opinion and “stupid” before this self-destructive attitudes and beliefs destroy everything for everybody. I find it totally unacceptable that one species could be so uncaring, so insensitive and so blind, yet so incredibly bright, capable and intelligent at the same time that they would allow themselves to be overtaken by propaganda and “stupid” in favor of self-destruction.

But that is most definitely, the path we are still firmly on.

Jan 222017
 

Integrated Food Security Phase Classification

The aim was to establish a consistent definition, so that the world would never again turn its back on catastrophic starvation (which it does anyway).

The classifications are:

Phase 5 — famine or catastrophe: Catastrophic rates of starvation deaths, with acute malnutrition rates of more than 30 percent of population, a mortality above two people per 10,000 population per day and severe food shortages for more than 20 percent of people.

Phase 4 — emergency: Severe food shortages, very high rates of severe acute malnutrition leading to high numbers of hunger-related deaths.

Phase 3 — crisis: Widespread hunger and higher than normal rates of severe acute malnutrition.

Phase 2 — stressed: Families sell their belongings to survive.

Phase 1 — minimal: Families can meet their basic food needs.

I’ve been following the starvation levels unfolding in different parts of the world. But what I note is how Phase 1 and Phase 2 are very widespread already in the United States. There are also many thousands of cases of Phase 3 in this country being reported.

So despite the classification efforts – hunger is still very widespread – already. Even in ‘wealthy countries’.

Dec 272016
 

As Groundwater Dwindles, a Global Food Shock Looms

I’ve never really thought that the connections between soil, temperature, water, weather and seasonal variability were well appreciated by the general population. Most of us live highly insulated lives from the outside world. What food is produced is done by others, our role in this is simply a visit to the grocery store.

Our dependency should be obvious, but it’s not to millions and millions of people. There is always an assumption that someone else is going to solve our needs. I don’t subscribe to this attitude myself. I think it is irresponsible.

The above article totally fails to take into account what the headlines (headlies?) claim: food shock. Dramatically increasing prices, declining availability and decreased distribution were simply unmentioned, all part of what a food shock really means.

Dec 162016
 

“Professor Wadhams told Climate News Network that colleagues “were too frightened of their jobs or losing their grants to spell out what was really happening”. He said it makes him very angry that they are failing in their duty through timidity.” Scientists Too Frightened To Tell The Truth

They know it is happening, but they do not want to frighten the horses [alarm people]. It is bordering on the dishonest, he says.”

“Sooner or later, there will be an unbridgeable gulf between global food needs and our capacity to grow food in an unstable climate. Inevitably, starvation will reduce the world’s population”

I’ve created a Food category which list many (but not all) the articles on this blog dealing with the coming food crisis.

Dec 042016
 

There is always plenty of news to report on the ongoing signs of collapse. These can each be called ‘extreme events’. Taken together, they portray a future that will be very difficult indeed.

There is a lot of hand-wringing over this – and (still) endless amounts of hopium by all the usual shills that ‘something can be done’ while steadfastly refusing to take into account our track record, our inability to resolve our differences, our lack of political will, and finally the hour-glass of time we never really had. My position on all this remains the same as always.

Climate change escalating so fast it is ‘beyond point of no return’ – Positive feedbacks will pump 55 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere from warming soils.

Global Soils Now Contributing Another 55 Billion Tons of CO₂ To the Atmosphere – This is really bad news for human survival. Full paper here.

Climate Change and the Coming ‘Humanitarian Crisis of Epic Proportions’ – Awareness dawns slowly, as does what the real number of refugees will really be (far higher then this). “We’re already seeing migration of large numbers of people around the world because of food scarcity, water insecurity, and extreme weather, and this is set to become the new normal.”

More Plastic In The Ocean Then Fish – the future of the world’s oceans are already here. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean then the total biomass of fish. 2 – 3 billion people rely upon the ocean for food right now, by 2050 it will be even higher. Ocean biology is collapsing, virtually poisoned by plastic, and so is the ocean food supply for humans and wildlife.

Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Collapse, Raising Sea Levels by 10 Feet – The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is enormous, and expected to collapse in less then 100 years, inundating coastlines and cities all over the world with a huge sea level increase.

19 Tipping Points In the Arctic Have Already Occurred – Any resident of the northern lands can tell you how different things already are. Ice was melting again in November with temperatures 20C higher then normal. An introduction to these changes with some great photos can be found here.

Amazon Deforestation Up 29% in 2016, and 24% in 2015 – The loss of the Amazon is well underway and accelerating.

What You Need to Stockpile Right NowFood is at the very top of the list. As our environment collapses faster and faster, our ability to feed ourselves will be increasingly harder and harder, eventually leading to massive starvation and riots.

44% of Bee Hives Lost in Just One Year – This will have a large impact on pollination and food production.

2 Dozen Tornadoes In At Least 7 States Leave Devastation In Their Wake – Late November tornadoes? Evidence of a significantly changing climate.

Extreme Tornado Outbreaks Are Becoming More Extreme – Bigger, deadlier and more destructive. A U.S. map of where it is occuring.

Massive Fires In Tennessee – Seriously dry conditions and fires left at least 700 structured destroyed or damaged. Photos here.

Climate Change Is Causing A Refugee Crisis Of “Unimaginable Scale” – Unfolding in a town near you. Regions affected by drought, sea level rise, food shortages and the resulting civil strife have already displaced millions of people. The American Southwest is predicted to experience the same thing, as are all low-lying coastal cities and towns. It’s all about food, safety and habitat, finding a place to live while the world turns upside down.

Warming U.S. Could See Extreme Rains Increase Fivefold – Expect ‘deluge’ due to increasing evaporation and the ramped-up hydrological cycle. This will have a HUGE impact on food production, especially in the U.S. which is very vulnerable. “I think this is one of the most severe consequences of climate change, at least in the U.S.,” study co-author Andreas Prein, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., said.

 

Jul 122016
 

Why Buy Freeze Dried &
Dehydrated Survival Food?

(The following article was republished from our Food Resources page. Please visit our website for more food information resources).

Many people are not familiar with the many sound and valid reasons for purchasing freeze dried and dehydrated foods. These foods are common to all of us, such as noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, rice, beans, pancakes, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, bread mixes, muffins and many, many more varieties. The same foods you buy in the supermarkets are the same foods we carry, except our food is much cheaper in bulk packaging for long shelf life.

Our approach is to simple: We offer the same foods you buy and eat now, but in larger quantities without fancy labels and packaging at greatly reduced prices over the supermarket. The shelf life of our food is significantly greater then the supermarket variety which does not use air-tight containers or oxygen absorbers. By reducing your dependency upon the supermarket, you will accomplish several things – save money, save gas, always be prepared for a food emergency / crisis, spend less on “empty air and fancy packaging” and will never be without your preparations.

Storable food is better than gold!

Bulk Food is Better Than Gold!

Gold is not quite the ‘investment’ that is often hyped by gold sellers. Here’s a huge list of many of the reasons why. Food storage is a far better investment that you can actually use immediately versus having to convert gold into essential “stuff” (an awkward but required step to make gold actually spendable). This step is often overlooked – how much time this takes, and how much it actually costs to do – or even whether it can be done at all. Timing is EVERYTHING when you’re trying to sell precious metals to convert into cash. There are millions of people and businesses, stores, gas stations, etc., who simply won’t accept gold for any reason. Gold is a non-essential commodity these days, but food isn’t. A man with food is richer then a man without. He may sell you a bit of food for some of your gold – but then again, he may not because nobody really needs gold. But everybody needs food.

Bulk Food Cost Less!

Purchasing bulk foods is an economical way to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars. For large institutions, bulk purchases are a necessity, but the average family can save hundreds of $$$ a month by doing the same. Instead of paying for fancy packaging in small quantities at much higher prices, bulk food purchases can make your dollars really count. Our products come in individual cans, buckets or bags (up to 50 lbs) without the fancy labels and expensive packaging, yet with the same great quality you’ve come to expect.

Bulk foods are concentrated. A single #10 can (gallon size) of food contains a huge quantity of food. Comparatively speaking, this size of can represents anywhere from 12 – 70 servings, depending on the food! Try that at the supermarket!

Dehydrated foods have come a long way in the last few years. Coming close in flavor and texture to their expensive freeze-dried cousins, these foods not only taste great but can often be prepared in the same amount of time it takes to prepare food purchased from the grocery store. We specialize in bulk foods. Unlike the tiny boxes you purchase in the grocery store, when you buy bulk from us your cost per pound often drops compared to 3-8 times as much per pound at your local store.

We’d like to invite you to take a look at products, compare our prices with your grocery store, assess your needs, then feel free to contact us to see how we can help you.

Long term shelf life! 7 – 30 years!

Shelf life for bulk foods in cans or buckets is anywhere from 7 – 30 years! No refrigeration required (if the power goes out, your food is still safe). Shelf life is dependent upon many factors, such as temperature, oxygen and moisture. See the above link for more information.

A Few Comments About Canned Food (Supermarket food)

Don’t believe the Hollywood versions of ‘survivors’ of the “Apocalypse” eating store-bought food (cans or packaged food, also known as wet-pack food) scrounged from abandoned stores or hoarded away decades later. This narrative is completely false and while it might make for an entertaining movie, it would also kill the remaining population that dared eat it.

Supermarket food of all types will have long spoiled, or rotted away, even inside the cans due to bacteria or acidity. These foods are simply NOT packaged for long-shelf life. Even the cans themselves are not intended for long-term storage. Packaged store-bought food in boxes or plastic containers or plastic wrapping will be utterly ruined and unfit to eat. Oxygen, mold and bacteria will have long ago ruined any possibility of eating such food. Eating any of these foods years later will probably kill you due to contamination. Diarrhea and food poisoning will then finish the job. Starvation will also take a terrible toll.

The reality is any survival shelters stocked with supermarket food must be constantly rotated and replenished (monthly) to ensure nothing is ruined or spoiled. But it is a very short-term “preparedness plan” in reality, which is why we have never recommended this, it’s a weak strategy. Canned wet-pack food will last a few years at best (2 – 5 years, please review Still Tasty for the actual facts on wet-pack food shelf life), but beyond that it would be extremely risky to dare eat it.

The facts are there is no such thing as canned wet-pack food lasting decades. We see a lot of people making this mistake, stockpiling canned food for hard times years or even decades ahead. They are wasting their money (unless they can eat it fast enough). The only way you can acheive this type of food security is by storing foods specifically processed for long shelf life and stored in airtight containers in a cool location. Only dry food, dehydrated or freeze dried offers this capability.

Airtight containers (with oxygen absorbers) will prevent oxygen, bacteria, mold and mildew from reaching the food. Containers must be oxygen-impermeable which is why we always recommend mylar liners in our buckets of food, or the mylar food pouches we carry or hard-sided cans, and everything with an oxygen absorber inside.

Real food security means doing the job right, the first time and not wasting time, effort and money on something that doesn’t work.

Nutrition!

Freeze dried and dehydrated food retains most of its nutritional value without the added chemicals and additives found in store-bought foods. None of these are good for you anyway, so you should avoid as many of these as you can. Because many bulk foods are packaged in an oxygen free environment, there is no need for additives or preservatives to keep the food fresh.

Studies have shown that dehydrated foods are substantially more nutritious than either frozen or canned foods. The dehydration process preserves the natural nutrition. For example: the nutrition loss of frozen foods is 40 – 60%!!! This is because the food cells rupture when frozen, causing nutrition loss through cellular damage.

Canning is even worse – nutrition loss is upwards of 60 – 80%!!! This is caused mainly in part by a combination of high temperatures and the foods being immersed in water.

Dehydration is the best method of preservation while retaining all the natural nutrition found in food. The loss is only 3 – 5% making this method of food preservation by far the “best” choice for natural, healthy eating.

Easily stored!

Freeze dried and dehydrated food can be stored just about anywhere and will be ready when you need it. Our packaging doesn’t contain a lot of empty air or fancy labels (which is the biggest cost for food today). A single can of dehydrated vegetables for example, represents several cases of “wet pack” canned vegetables! Our food is concentrated, making storage a snap! You will need far less storage space for our foods then what you would require (or currently use) for supermarket foods. You can even keep your extra food under your bed! If purchased in cans or buckets, your food is quite safe from dust, rodents and insects! No refrigeration required!

Investment!

Buying food now is actually a sound financial investment. Everybody has to eat, but the cost of food continues to rise each year. Food is now one of the largest single monthly purchases consumers make today. Purchasing food in bulk quantities maximizes your return by buying food for the future at today’s prices. Strategies such as this can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Just the savings alone in fewer trips to the grocery store at today’s high gas prices can make a considerable difference in your monthly budget.

I have a saying, “what you buy today will cost more tomorrow.” This is true because of inflation – however, it’s even more true then ever before because of the rising costs of fuel and production (farming in this case). Fuel costs WILL double and even triple the price of goods (all goods) very soon. Our oil-soaked economy is extremely sensitive to the cost of oil – everything is interlinked to the cost of this energy resource. As energy costs go up, so does everything else. Except it’s not a direct 1:1 ratio, it’s much worse then this. We’ve seen the cost of metals for example, triple in less than 3 months. Resources such as metal, wood, food, tires, concrete, etc., have dramatically risen in cost in response to the rising oil prices. This situation is just going to worsen as energy sources decline, with the cost of consumer goods today seemingly cheap compared to their cost tomorrow.

Most people aren’t aware of how intrically linked food is to petroleum. Today’s massive production of food is only possible because of oil. As oil supplies decline and dwindle, they skyrocket in price. Food does too, because food is produced using oil based machinery, running everything from farm equipment, to production facilities, transportation, and distribution. Even the local delivery truck has been affected by the rising oil prices. Food will never be as cheap as it is today, even when accounting for inflation.

Update: We’ve seen a tremendous downward spiral in the cost of oil – and food prices have continued to climb higher and higher despite the lower fuel costs. Much of this is now being caused by extreme weather events devastating crops and driving up prices dramatically. We’ve also lost over 1/3 of the nations topsoil which is lowering our food production. Many areas are being impacted negatively by climate change and seasonal variations (temperature extremes) that are having a large effect upon harvests. Over 795,000,000 (795 million) are now chronically hungry or starving. Food production continues to decline worldwide.

It is possible that your current financial situation could change drastically. Tens of thousands of Americans are given “pink slips” every year. One must also factor in what a serious injury, sickness, or job loss could mean. The loss of a steady monthly income could seriously affect your ability to continue to feed yourself and family.

A well thought out food storage plan can make the difference between selling off assets to survive (which is what almost always happens, causing you to spend many thousands of dollars more to rebuild your assets at even higher inflated prices), or being prematurely forced to relocate to find employment.

The other economic issue that is often taken for granted is inflation. The costs of goods (all goods), housing, utilities, rent, transportation, consumables, including food, clothing, transportation, etc., is rising every year. In some case, it is doubling almost overnight. Inflation is unfortunate, but generally unavoidable. What you buy today will wind up costing you more tomorrow, making the proper investments you make today a wise choice.

A good example of inflation – particularly as it applies to food – can be found by looking at the following graphs and charts provided by the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index:

FAO Food Cost Inflation Graph

As you can see, food prices have continued their dramatic upward climb. Compared to just a couple of years ago, your storable food would have increased in value by over 100%.

More importantly however, is you would not have to be spending hard-to-earn cash today, in the midst of a severe economic decline – a situation which will probably be even worse in the years ahead.

FAO Food Inflation Chart

Preparations – You can never prepare too early

Historically, people used to prepare all the time, because our “just-in-time” delivery system didn’t even exist. They prepared for winter, for drought, for a hard year by stockpiling the needed goods and supplies to get them through these situations. But we’ve gotten away from that, making us very vulnerable to any sort of disaster – floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, pandemic, job loss, sickness or injury.

During Y2K, as the fear of the potential for crisis increased, the demand for food products created 10 month backlogs. 10 months during a severe national crisis would be a death sentence for the country. Fortunately, Y2K didn’t happen, it was fixed in time by spending billions of dollars. However, there are some things that cannot be fixed, no matter how much money is thrown at them. A biological crisis, for example, isn’t necessarily going to respond to our technology and our medicines.

The purpose of preparations is to be prepared always, not “just in time” because you simply never know when you’re going to need your preparations. Anything can happen and often does. Preparations need to be well-thought out and be ready whenever you need them for whatever may happen.

The essentials of life are water, food, clothing, shelter, heat and medical care. Most American are extremely dependent upon society to meet every single one of these needs. If society is disrupted by riots, or a truckers strike, or an ice storm, or any sort of interruption, the people affected invariably suffer because of it. Some people even die because of these things. Preparations need to be on hand because it’s just plain good common sense to be prepared. It’s not panic, it’s taking responsibility for your own life and those in your family by making preparations ahead of time.

Preparations are essential in today’s world as threats are looming over us every day. Preparations are an investment in your future, your life and your well being. Preparations are always reasonable, always timely and ultimately, always necessary for somebody – maybe even you.

 

Jun 282016
 

The main point, indeed the entire purpose of every civilization throughout all of human history is to ensure a full belly for its participants. This essential need for all human life is the primary and fundamental driving force for the creation of everything that we know as civilization.  Roads, cities, villages and towns, highways, freeways, airports, strip malls, business centers, industry, fabrication, mining and forestry — it has all been built and constructed so that humans could have full bellies and enough to eat — and the assurances that come tomorrow, it will be the same.

Everything we understand as civilization, and even life itself, stems from this basic requirement. Our vast, modern infrastructure is built upon this essential need.  Highways and interstate freeways connect our scattered abodes of civilization together so that food can be transported everywhere. Farmland is cleared from forests and prairie, marshlands are drained so that more food can be grown. Cities and towns spring up around these locations so that everything produced can be processed and food production can be efficiently serviced. Waterways are diverted, dams built, aqueducts and canals dug so that water will be available to both city and farm. Railways, airports and shipping ports are constructed for the purpose of gaining even more efficiency in the transportation of essential food. Continue reading »

Jun 172016
 

Worth watching carefully. The future of food and what is unfolding now.

Listen to segment 28:57 – 31:12 if you don’t have time for much else.

This is what the video conveys from Professor Battisti with a few comments of my own:

  • We are on track for 930 ppm CO₂ (business as usual).
  • The ocean will be 3 times more acidic then it is today.
  • Not mentioned in the video (but found elsewhere on this blog) is what this will mean for food from the oceans. 2 billion people depend upon the oceans for their survival. Acidic oceans will lose critical habitat like coral reefs (breeding grounds for fish). By 2050 all food fish are expected to be depleted from the oceans. 90% of the worlds reefs are expected to be dead.

After we stop emitting greenhouse gasses (by some miracle – which I absolutely do not believe will happen under any scenario):

  • Warming will still continue for centuries, so we are not going to get out of this.
  • Sea level rise will continue for many centuries too, inundating coastlines and coastal aquifers. Better, more up-to-date estimates are 20 feet or more by 2100.
  • Some areas will receive 50% less rainfall annually. For reference on what this will mean, the Dust Bowl was only about 7% less annual rainfall. This caused massive levels of migration.

Watch segment 34:50 –

  • During the 1998 – 2001 drought (3 years), Iran lost 80% of its livestock, 35% – 75% reduction in wheat and barley. Afghanistan lost 40% of its livestock, Pakistan 50% and Tajikistan 50% of its grain crops.
  • By the end of the century, similar water stress on agriculture will be the norm throughout the tropics and subtropics due to climate changes associated with increasing CO₂.

Temperature will have a stupendous impact upon global crop production. The 3-month average temperature increase during the critical growing season will be 3C – 4C degrees. This has been measured before, with France and northern Italy experiencing 36% drop in maize (corn), 30% drop in fodder, 25% drop in fruit harvests and 21% drop in wheat yields.

Similar heat temperature stress is expected to be the norm throughout the tropics and subtropics (resulting in massive starvation and immigration). It will even be too hot to live in France.

The odds of exceeding the world’s “highest temperature every recorded” in summer, wherever you are, is 100%. Since this is the growing season for the world’s food production, this means that food yields will drop dramatically globally. For every degree centigrade, yield is reduced by 10% – 17% (already measured in controlled environments under optimum soil and water conditions). We can expect worse in actual real-life conditions.

If you are beyond optimal temperatures for growing crops, this affects fertility, smaller grains, increasing water stress, increase respiration. Grains also produce decreasing levels of protein as temperature increases (poorer nutrition). Higher temperatures also mean higher disease rates in crops (increase bacteria).

Do the math: 3C – 4C temperature increases means 30% – 40% decrease in crop yields. And it could be worse (4C @15% yield loss = 60% crop yield losses).

The world cannot survive these threats – these temperatures expected mean starvation levels on a scale the world has never, ever experienced.

Mid-latitude regions (like the United States, Europe and Ukraine) will see high volatility in crop yields. At just 2C warming, crop yields drops significantly, and at 4C, crop yields can even drop to as low as zero (0).  Consider this chart and the frequency of losses:

crop yields

For the United States – By 2050 (if warming is just 2C) crop losses of 20% will occur every 2 years, 30% every 5 years. At 3C warming in 2050, 30% losses will occur at least every 3 years.

The bottom line: You cannot do farming like we do today and expect to stay in business. No farmer could withstand these kinds of losses in the United States (or any other similar region) and survive. This means the food production within the United States and the world will take a massive loss in productivity on such a scale that it threatens the survival of mankind.

In addition to heat stress crop losses, the United States, Europe, China is expected to suffer an additional losses of 40% from pests (maize, rice, wheat) which also increase due to temperature. increases.

yield loss

  • In some places, staple crops will have to be abandoned entirely.
  • Monsoons will be more intense, but also shorter, resulting in no second crop. India and Indonesia depend on this for their survival now and will suffer dramatically.
  • More nutrients will be leached from the soil (more intense rainfall on drier soils) resulting in increasingly poorer yields.
  • Climate change will decrease soil organic content and impact soil biodiversity.
  • The only option to avoid this increased volatility and decrease in yield is to create wheat varieties that are designed for the optimal temperatures – but this is something that wheat growers and maize growers around the world have been working for 30 years with no progress. They know about this problem.
  • Increased carbon dioxide will impact plant physiology. This will cause a net loss for plants for food everywhere (globally). The thinking that carbon dioxide is “good” for plants ignores the net loss this will cause.

food insecure

Americans will notice that the United States will be among the nations that are food insecure. They are also my target audience for this blog and I have been issuing these warnings about food safety for years and years. Climate change poses a severe threat to human survival and stability, but it is not temperature that will kill us first – it is the loss of the biosphere (habitat) which cannot adapt quickly enough to survive. We starve to death first as we fight over critical resources like food and water and living space. Immigration and refugees will be absolutely massive and totally uncontrollable.

Things may seem ok right now because you can still go down to the supermarket and purchase what you need, but there is a growing and quite unsolvable threat developing world wide. There is a reason why farmland is being gobbled up all over the globe, as countries try to grapple with the unfolding realities of a hotter world.

The big picture view that we draw from this exercise is disturbing. First of all, the emerging new trend we wrote about in 2008 has continued and become worse. While most countries are not currently experiencing the extreme price hikes in basic foodstuffs that triggered riots from Haiti to Egypt back in 2008, prices remain stubbornly high and access to food is a daily struggle for most people.[3]Today, that situation is compounded by the mounting impacts of climate change. Harvest losses due to extreme weather have become so acute in places like the southern Philippines that farmers are in the streets begging for food and getting killed for it.[4] We now have even more evidence that climate change is caused not just by burning coal and oil for transport and energy, but by the industrial food system itself and the corporate quest for profits that drives its expansion. Indeed, climate change and land grabs are inextricably linked.

This doesn’t all suddenly happen in the year 2100 or in 2050 – it began years ago as temperatures began to climb, increasing volatility, yield, drought and rains. It’s what is driving the refugee crisis in Europe as Middle Eastern nations suffer from drought. It’s what caused the massive die-off of livestock in Mongolia. It’s behind the decline in staple food production in Peru and Vietnam. We can already add the names of every country on Earth that has experienced a decline in productivity and yields. This is a situation that will only worsen.

As McPherson says, “It’s not a problem, it’s a predicament. Problems can be solved, predicaments can’t”. I tend to agree with this assessment. The false hope of hopium and its empty promises has so far proven to be exactly that as the world careens towards disaster. We’ve got a massive, global predicament that appears to be intractable and immutable now. Humanity isn’t prepared.

Are you?

Let me make this clear: I don’t want to spend my last days on Earth hungry. Billions of people will. Most of them are very poor already and there is little they can do about their plight. The world should be stockpiling surplus food right now on a global scale. This will not solve the problem, it will only be to take advantage of the opportunity to do what we can, while we can.

This is a plea for common sense to our global leaders, industry, businesses, families and individuals. Don’t just sit here and wait for hunger to strike at your family. Or in your region, or in your country. This is something that we can do while there is still time. It’s sensible, practical and essential, and it will go a long ways towards ensuring we are not at war with each other for the critical things we need (at least for now and in the near-future).

I’ve shared my thoughts in past blog entries that virtually everything that can be tried, will be tried to stave off our collapse. Ultimately, I agree with this because it’s just not in our nature to give up too easily. Even those that say they accept our inevitable decline and collapse will (and still are) trying. I hope so. We may even get a renewal of our humanity in the process.