Climate Disasters Now Unfolding Worldwide with the USA Particularly Affected

There are a number of very serious climate disaster taking place right now. I’m not seeing this information in the main stream media either.

No point in reminding everyone just how incredibly controlled the “news” is within America.

Read it all and weep for your future.

Mass Evacuations in W Canada amid Worst Flooding in 90 Years

80,000 people have been evacuated from more than two dozen Calgary neighborhoods.

Deadly Floods Force Thousands of Evacuations in SW France

There was also a huge ice storm in Geneva (Switzerland)

And another huge disaster in Armenia:

THE ARARAT VALLEY, ARMENIA, Friday, 20 June – It happened as Tigran Gasparian and his family were having lunch.  A massive black cloud turned day to night in minutes. Then the hail hammered on the roof.

“It was deafening”, says Tigran.  “I’ve never seen anything like it. The winds swirled around – like a tornado.  It went on for 45 minutes. At the end the hail was falling in big pieces like bits of broken glass. We knew all our crops had been destroyed.”

Farmers here have heard talk of climate change: many say the summers – when temperatures can reach near to 40C – are becoming hotter while winters are getting colder.

“Maybe the climate is changing” says Anoosh, Gasparian’s wife. “Or maybe the hail was sent by God as punishment for the way our country is chopping down its forests and destroying its landscape.”

Armenia, a small country in the South Caucasus region with a population of a little over three million, is highly dependent on its agriculture and is famous for its fruits and herbs.  Agriculture accounts for about 20% of gross domestic product.

Cut to shreds

Most of the country’s 340,000 farms are relatively small with plots of one hectare or less: there is little spare cash to fall back on when crops fail.

“Our apricots, peaches, watermelons, and tomatoes were cut to shreds ” says Tigran. “Usually we’d harvest about 35 tonnes of grapes – this year we’ll be lucky if we have 50 kilos.”

Is anybody even hearing about any of this?

Bolivia is declared a state of emergency, 10 new counties in California and Arizona, 16 Michigan counties, a massive mudslide in the Himalaya’s burying entire villages (72,000 reported missing), with dogs and vultures preying on the dead, hundreds of dead now identified, and thousands more feared dead.

More also available here on Desdemona – an Island of Death and Destruction

Over 500 homes were lost in Colorado to fires. This one made the news as the “worst fire in Colorado history in terms of damage”. Check out these pictures.

Alaska went bezerk on high temperatures, breaking all records.  “Baked Alaska“.

Just received a new report moments ago – they’re projecting a 67% snow loss in the Sierra Mountains by 2100 – if we don’t mitigate climate change (can’t and won’t, this projection is too low).

California will be toast, crispy and smoked. The Southwest will be uninhabitable. The Colorado river will be good place to try your hand at sandboarding.

They’re projecting the “Worst Fire Season in 100 years” (until next year, that is).

Want more doom?

“The Global Estimates report reveals that 32.4 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2012 by disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes. While Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt, 1.3 million were displaced in rich countries, with the USA particularly affected.

You can download the report here: (pdf, very large file).

If I did this “disaster research” full-time, I could try to keep up with it all. There is a deluge of disasters unfolding all over the world now.

Still, very few seem to understand that this means “no food” in the days ahead.  How could it mean anything different?

My own garden is suffering under the odd weather patterns, I’m very glad for the greenhouse.




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32 thoughts on “Climate Disasters Now Unfolding Worldwide with the USA Particularly Affected

  • June 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm
    “There is a deluge of disasters unfolding all over the world now. Still, very few seem to understand that this means “no food” in the days ahead. How could it mean anything different?”

    On an individual level, one could mitigate food shortages from climate doom with greenhouses, container gardening under cover with grow lights (thank you, marijuana growers!), sprouting a variety of seeds for eating, and — if in one of the coming desertification zones — maybe constructing dew ponds for water.

    Do you do any of those things besides the greenhouse? No, silly, not grow marijuana… 🙂 It seems to me your vegan lifestyle and ten years of food storage for your family could be greatly enhanced by eating a lot of sprouts.

    I think the sheer number of climate disasters lately will cement the average sheeple’s mindset into terminal cognitive dissonance and dissociation. Here I am, on board with understanding and preparing for what’s coming, and even I just want to figuratively bury my head in the sand lately and toke on hopium full time in my thoughts and actions.

    • June 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      The research I’ve attempted on growing my own food has led me to believe that this is not going to be the answer often claimed.

      I’m still waiting for “proof” that nobody goes to the store. So far, I’ve not found anyone, and the amount people actually buy is far greater then what they first thought.

      Here are some of the reasons growing all your own is problematic at best (from memory, not in any particular order):

      a) lack of experience, time or skill;
      b) poor location;
      c) depredation (bugs, varmits, humans);
      d) calorie expenditure (burning more calories then you successfully preserve from harvests);
      e) insufficient water;
      f) short growing season;
      g) harvest losses (poor harvests, less then required);
      h) preservation losses (preservation methods fail);
      i) poor soils;
      j) weather / climate related loss and damage;
      k) fungus / mildew / blight, etc;
      l) germination failure;
      m) seasonal variations;
      n) improper fertilization (or none at all);

      Probably more reasons, but I’ll have to remember them all. Essentially, although there are plenty who say “you can do it”, nobody really is, although I have seen some very impressive gardens (but none here!). They’re supplementing their (constant) trips to the supermarket with what they can grow and harvest.

      This is not the same thing as “sustainable living” or “living off the land”, which is to provide everything you need for yourself and buy nothing. Even seeds have to be bought (I’m letting some plants go to seed to try and harvest next-seasons seeds).

      I suspect, like other things we often hear about (“stopping climate change”, or “reforming Washington”), that the claim “you can grow all your own food” is a lot of bunk. Somebody PROVE IT, please.

      The sheer effort of a family struggling to feed itself from their own labors is significantly greater then realized and can be done by very few under the right conditions, and even they have many problems and difficulties to overcome.

      My own efforts have shown that points a) – n) are definitely true (here). I’ve experienced all of these myself and it’s very clear – there is NO WAY I can grow enough food here. Not even with the sizeable greenhouse I’ve got.

      I’ve not tried hydroponics / aquaponics or better yet, Lonewolf’s IAVS, which would be the next steps. All claim to grow enough food – but none are free from problems and issues (think “shit happens” as you hover over your tank and realize that everything is dead because xxxx). Fill in the blanks. Then what are you going to eat, as you start all over again? This is another major overlooked area – nobody can guarantee a harvest or enough to “winter over” until next season.

      So by way of long-winded explanation, can we honestly and truly mitigate food shortages? I rather doubt it. If we can’t do it adequately now (and I’ve not see proof that we are), what can we expect when the climate is even worse? We already know this is going to happen. Heat, drought, flood, fire, extreme cold, extreme heat, weather jumping all over the place. This is exactly what drove me to build the greenhouse, an attempt to control the internal climate and avoid the extreme rain I saw and the problems with no rain (and the damned deer).

      My food supply is the only thing that will save my ass and I know it. Here’s something I’ve never shared – there are several people here trying to raise food now. We’re all experiencing the problems mentioned. We’re all convinced that at best, we will only meet a fraction of what we need.

      I’ve also spoken to others. It’s just a hobby to them, but they’re getting seasonal crops, nothing more and nothing close to what they’d need to stay alive. They’re in cognitive dissonance too, unable to grasp what it’s really going to mean.

      I’m quite stunned at the denial I’m seeing. I can’t explain it anymore then what I’ve already attempted. It’s like people want to die. They’ve just given up.

      • June 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm
        On that claim about “you CAN grow ALL your own food,” many Depression-Era small farmsteads did exactly that, since families certainly had no discretionary income to shop at stores.

        Interesting quote here, especially considering the number of kids born to parents who probably DIDN’T go through the Depression:

        “Our local newspaper just had an article about a family with 13 children, including four sets of twins, who were born between 1954 and 1974. Reminiscing, one pair of twins talked of the large family garden, fruit trees, pigs, chickens, and hunted deer that fed their family in those days. If their memory serves them, one season all their parents bought was salt and pepper for the table.”

        Have you employed any of the bio-intensive farming methods of John Jeavons? Here’s a representative 2000-calorie diet that, admittedly, would have to be supplemented with Vitamin B-12, but that could be sourced from your poultry flock:

        What do you think are the major stumbling blocks in your area and from using your present methods that prevent you from raising all your own food like Depression Era families were forced to? Just curious — and not because I DO think it would be possible to be 100% self-sufficient in food production, regardless of what we hear about how our grandparents in the Thirties managed it for (often) so many children.

        P.S. My Dad (born in 1920) was one of 16 children on a large farm in the Ozarks during the Depression and told us they survived with what they grew or raised on the homestead or hunted down in the neighboring forests — or they didn’t eat.

        • June 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm

          True – on farmsteads. There are a lot fewer of these now. Imaging the suburbs trying to rip up their lawns and survive on what they can grow on their Roundup poisoned soils. It’s being done now by the way – but in no way is it sufficient.

          I think we’re seriously kidding ourselves about how much food we can actually raise, harvest and preserve now. That’s really my entire point to bringing this up, it’s a different world, more people, less land, even less water / worse climate. What worked in the past is not even an option for a lot of people now, plus we lack the skills and the time.

          I always say “go do it” and prove it, because that cuts through all the hype and propaganda and the claims without evidence. Haven’t seen anyone (yet) that has. It’s all mental masturbation for the most part.

          No to the Jeavons question. 2000 calories won’t cut it by the way, not on a homestead / farm life, working hard. And the Depression caloric intake by the way was very low – only 1200 to 1600 a day as I recall – because that’s all they could manage. Many did starve. And many did buy food (including farms), barter for food, worked for food (that’s why many hit the road, they were not only penniless, they were starving to death). I’ve got several books on the topic. They devoured whatever they could.

          There were farms that succeeded. But where are those farms today? How many are there? Nearly all are gone, swallowed up by the multi-nationals raising monocrops. The small family farm is less than 2 MILLION now (from over 7 million) – and they are not feeding America. During the Depression, there were millions more small farms than today – with fewer people to feed!

          Did anybody read the Food Preparedness Score entry? Make a complete list of what you actually eat. Go through all your cupboards, pantry, refrigerator, freezer. List what you buy. List what you grow, and determine the calories you actually preserve (not just harvest, that’s a different issue).

          I did this tonight on the lasagna I had for dinner. NONE of the ingredients are grown here (well, maybe tomatoes, when and if they ripen during only one month of the year). Frankly, it’s often like that for every meal eaten. I can’t grow any of it. I can grow table crops, some berries, a few fruits, that’s all. It’s not going to be enough. It would have to be supplemented by a lot more to meet the nutritional needs required (the actual figure for hard work is 3800 – 4500 calories per day), you will burn it off working energetically.

          Now factor in your location, ie., opportunity to grow as much as you can where you are. Try to imagine doing this without electricity or fuel. Still think you can do it? I don’t. We’re not setup to live that life, we don’t have the skills, time, or even the resources to preserve the foods (you cannot eat your harvest all at once). Do you have a root cellar? Have you learned how to dry your own harvests? Do you even have the space to do all this in?

          We’re not Depression era people. We don’t have the same skills. We’re not even cut from the same cloth (I’m being kind here), the clothes don’t fit. The people don’t feed themselves now like they did then (the entire ethic of taking care of yourself is completely missing).

          I think it’s seriously delusional to claim we can “return to the homestead” and expect to eat well – or sufficiently (in large numbers, some will do just fine, having everything they need). But many (millions) will literally starve to death for the reasons I posted earlier.

          I’ve been at this now for several years (and am no expert on raising food). But I am my own “experiment”. Nobody here can do it. Nobody around here can do it either. Everybody still relies upon a lot of foods purchased. What I want to see is some HONESTY about this point, because we’re kidding ourselves about how much “we can do”. I’m certain some do far better then I do, elsewhere. I’ve read where some backwoods homesteaders are really quite good at it. But not here – and not in a lot of locations in America. In fact – most locations in America to be blunt – it’s not being done. The people there, trying this, are still “shopping” because they have to.

          Opportunity for success would have been better in a different region (Hawaii for example). I hear Costa Rica is good too. But look at how much food is imported into every store – it’s absolutely gigantic, with nightly deliveries. This clear evidence that growing your own is simply “not being done”.

          Two links here to share. Grow your own Food, is it really that simple, and Additional points to growing your own.

          This is very interesting too:

          Scientists have been studying obesity and weight loss for generations. One of the most famous calorie-restriction studies was done on conscientious objectors during World War II by Dr. Ancel Keys. 36 healthy young men who had been excused from armed service for ethical objections agreed to a year long diet of sorts. It would include 3 months of preparation, 6 months of semi-starvation (designed to make the men lose 25% of their body weight), and then 3 months of refeeding. The purpose of the study was to determine how people would react under such conditions, and also to learn how to safely and successfully refeed starving populations. The men were highly motivated for the study, as their purpose was to help their country and the men fighting overseas who might face starving conditions themselves.

          The young men lived in a dorm at the University of Minnesota, and in addition to their restricted diet, they were required to walk 22 miles a week. All their food was prepared in a dormitory kitchen, and once the starvation began, each man’s calories were adjusted every Friday to meet a weight loss goal of 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg) per week. Their average daily calories during the semistarvation period was about 1600 calories a day (they ate approximately 3200 calories daily before the study). I find the number 1600 calories especially compelling, for a standard weight loss diet recommended for a woman is usually about 1200 calories daily. Their food consisted of what might have been available in war-torn Europe at the time – potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, dark bread, macaroni, small glasses of milk, chicken, toast with a small smear of jam, those kinds of things.

          What was it like for them? Well, horrible. They described lethargy, irritability, anxiety that approached each time they were to learn how much they were allowed to eat the following week. They had to institute a buddy system so that none of the men were allowed to leave the dormitory alone, as one man went off diet and had to be excused from the study. They had dizziness, cold intolerance (requesting heavy blankets even in the middle of summer), muscle soreness, hair loss, reduced coordination, edema, and ringing in the ears. Some had to withdraw from their university classes because they did not have the capability to concentrate. Their sex drive disappeared. They became obsessed with food, eating with elaborate rituals (which eating disorder patients also do) and adding water to their plates to make the food last longer. Many collected cookbooks and recipes. One man, tempted by the odor from a bakery, bought a dozen doughnuts and gave them to children in the street just to watch them eat. Originally, the participants were allowed to chew gum, but when many of the men went to chewing about 40 sticks a day, it was decided that gum would affect the experiment and it was disallowed.

          Only 32 of the original 36 completed the semistarvation period. One man who broke diet admitted to stealing scrapings from the garbage cans, stealing and eating raw rutabagas, and stopping at shops to eat sundaes. Two of the men suffered severe psychological stress – one became suicidal, and another cut off three of his fingers in an act of self-mutilation. Both men were taken to a psychiatric hospital.

  • June 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm
    I hope (don’t have land yet) to get most my calories from milk products. 640 calories for a quart of milk, 240 calories for a couple ounces of cheese, and 3 Tbsp butter at 300 calories is 1200 calories. A couple eggs and I’m up to 1350. Not a bad start. All of these store long enough for the times the animals aren’t producing. All this in exchange for making sure animals survive. I have no intention of surviving without them, and I must plan accordingly.

    The next daily calories would come from fresh or canned broth, then fresh food or things from storage.

    I expect to make and store cheese and clarified butter, in addition to storing anything else available that year. I would never count on fruits and vegetables for my family’s survival. Any that survive are valued bonuses.

    • June 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      That’s interesting. Could you experiement and try this now? Buy a quart everyday? Would be good to know if you actually could do this.

      I don’t drink milk, and am not a vegan – I eat a lot of different things and like variety. I’ve heard of people eating just potatoes and read stories of survivors eating whatever they could.

      How to keep the cow fed (and alive) would be really important to know. They eat a LOT (neighbor had cows) – stats say 100 lbs per day. That’s several times in terms of calories you need to stay alive.

      I will have more animals too, there is no way to obtain enough to eat without them (not here).

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm
    I may not understand. 🙂 It is no difficulty at all for me to drink a quart of milk or more a day. I am of Scottish Highlander descent and they lived without counting on gardening.
    A person can survive very healthily for months on raw milk alone. Back before miracle drugs, broth or milk were cure-alls. (Processed grocery store milk won’t do it.)

    I would prefer cows as long as I can get away with it, but goats (and pigs) may be more likely to survive outside a fenced area, should it come to that, with their smaller size and reputation for eating anything. I would count on no outside inputs, and would choose older breeds with survival instinct that can take care of themselves.

    Deer survive in your area with no farmer to feed them. Bison used to thrive in your area?

    • June 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Perhaps I don’t understand. I can’t milk a deer or a bison, or depend upon them for meat either. There won’t be any or none to be found when the country reaches the point we must depend on them, they’ll be quickly consumed.

      My suggestion was to “try it” (drink one quart per day) and see if it actually works, i.e, stay healthy, energetic while eating / consuming nothing else. My expectation is you’d get pretty weak pretty fast.

      Also, the amount of fodder required to feed a cow is something to consider, it’s far more then what you need in terms of calories. That fodder must come from somewhere, which takes labor (think calories), energy (fuel), storage, etc. Perhaps it’s “free” in spring, summer and fall, but winter?

      Is it more efficient / sustainable to feed the cow, or feed yourself?

      I already know the answer – you need both. You’re right about not being able to do this without animals. I need the fertilizer and the meat. I won’t use cows here (would have to winter them, which create difficulties in shelter and large quantities of fodder).

      Many people wound up eating their animals once they could not feed them. I’ve read stories from Iceland as I recall where they failed again and again to sustain their herds (could not raise enough food). It works in some places, but not everywhere.

      • June 22, 2013 at 9:59 am
        🙂 I meant that if deer or bison would have enough to eat, there may be enough for goats or cows.

        Test getting by on 1 quart of milk a day alone? I will not make any harmful experimentation now or in the future to subsist on a starvation diet of 640 calories a day. 3 or 4 quarts a day? I may experiment with that in the future since it has value as a healing cleanse. I have no desire to go on a milk-only diet now, even if I think it would ultimately benefit me. If I were to start immediately, the first couple days I would expect to be ill as if I had the flu, with headache and nausea, in the experience of going cold turkey on sugar alone, then effects from detoxing. However, I can refer you to people who have done milk cleanses. I have not read everything at the following link, since that is the sort of thing I would do in preparation for such a cleanse.

        An example of an “extremely hardy” cattle: “They ranged the wind swept,rain driven Highland Islands of Scottland. Where only the hardest could survive the rough and often minimal forage…. Their claim to fame is the ability to survive and also thrive,where other breeds would die. Extremely hardy,combined with the ability to thrive on the poorest graze,and the need for little or no feed supplements,or extra grain for weight gain,or good body condition. They often eat what other cattle would pass by,they excel at browsing,and will clear the area of any thick brush.Their feed intake won’t increase until minus 18 degree’s F. Where all other breeds increase at 32 degree’s F.

        While the large long horns are intimidating to many,the Highlands are very even tempered,and like so many of the rare or ancient breeds,do not stress easily. With a higher intelligence then most of the “new”breeds of today,one can easily halter train.Even the bulls are more docile then other breeds.They respond especially well to quiet handling.

        Highlands have a very hardy constitution.And add to that the thick,shaggy double coat that easily allows them to live outdoors even in the harshest of winters.The coat also makes it unnessassary for the Highlands to add that thick layer of fat,other breed put on for warmth during the winter.Minimal shelter is needed,a nice stand of tree’s or a 3 sided shed is enough for winter,and provides enough shade in the hot summer months as they will shed out their long hair in warmer climates. Keeping their long fretlocks to shield their eyes from insects.
        Extremely hardy,combined with the ability to thrive on the poorest graze,and the need for little or no feed supplements,or extra grain for weight gain,or good body condition. They often eat what other cattle would pass by,they excel at browsing,and will clear the area of any thick brush.Their feed intake won’t increase until minus 18 degree’s F. Where all other breeds increase at 32 degree’s F.
        Their meat is a beautifully marbled,fine grained beef”

        “Is it more efficient / sustainable to feed the cow, or feed yourself?” A feature of domestic animals is that they eat what humans do not or cannot. Poultry turn insects and grass into eggs and meat. Cows eat grass. Pigs and goats eat all sorts of things.

        While most of the people of Europe ate a grainbased diet, the Highlanders ate mostly animal foods, just as their ancestors did.

        I was going to cut and paste from the ollowing, but I decided to post the whole selection.

        “The Highlands of Scotland is a high land, full of hills, mountains, streams and valleys. The soil is not very good for agriculture, but provides great grazing lands.

        The Highlanders’ diet was based first on the raw milk of their herds. They kept large herds of small, agile cattle, of tiny sheep, and of goats. All of these animals produced milk, which was drunk either fresh or fermented, added to porridges raw, and made into raw cheese and raw butter. The cheese and butter were used at all times, but especially in the harsh, cold winters.

        The Highland diet varied with the seasons. During the spring and summer, wild game of all kinds, including the native red deer, were hunted and eaten. Fresh fish was a vital part of the diet during these seasons, as the many rivers and streams were rich with salmon and many other kinds of wild fish.

        Beef was not eaten during good weather, which led some travelers to conclude mistakenly that the Highlanders did not eat beef. But during the fall, many cattle, sheep and goats were killed, and their meat salted to provide meat during the cold part of the fall and during the long winter.

        Every part of the animal was used for food, including all the internal organs. The famous Scottish dish known as haggis, made from innards and oatmeal cooked in the stomach of a sheep, originated in the Highlands.

        Few vegetables were available (though onions and turnips could be found in season, along with some wild vegetables, such as nettles). The main fruit available was wild berries, in season. The only grains that could be grown in the Highlands were barley and oats, which were made into breads, porridges and cakes. Sugar was largely unavailable, though some honey could be found. Grains were usually eaten with raw milk, raw butter or raw cheese, or all of them. Oats were cooked and dried and carried in a pouch in wartime as a survival food.

        It should be understood that the Highland cattle were not bred for giving huge amounts of milk, like modern dairy cattle. The amount of milk they produced was dependent on the quality of the plants they grazed on. In a bad year, when a particularly cold winter had damaged the native forage, they produced less milk. At these times, the Highlanders would take some blood from their cattle, and use it for food, often in the form of blood puddings.”

        My aim is to have an arrangement with others keeping animals in other areas with a chance of getting by, so that if we lose animals during the main bottleneck we know in advance people we might have a chance of restocking from. Worth the quest.

        If there’s a radiation problem, I can hope that there will be enough forage to keep animals reproducing and in milk, and eating more aged cheese instead of fresh milk.

        • June 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

          I’d love to visit the place, but it’s very unlikely I ever could.

          The idea of the “milk test” was to prove whether or not it would work as expected, and whether or not you could stay healthy, keep the cow fed and so forth. If this is a valid survival plan, wouldn’t you want to know if it works? And what if the animal died or got sick or stopped producing milk?

          Humans need to eat, and eat constantly. We’re taking this for granted now, in a big, big way.

          I’m a “fan” and don’t drink the stuff, but many people do.

          Wikipedia says the Highlands were very sparsely populated. Anywhere you find poor food production in the world, you find sparse population. They go hand-in-hand. The area cannot support many people.

          Since we breed like rabbits, we quickly overpopulate everywhere we can raise plenty of food. Then some of us move and start devouring in another location – relying upon food imports to keep us alive. This is the story of the spread of humans all over the world.

          No area can grow it’s human population beyond it’s own ability to raise food – unless it’s food imported from someplace else. This has always been true throughout all of human history. This is why cities are actually death traps – they produce next to nothing, but have very high population density.

          This is the situation we have today, all over the world. Some very productive regions are feeding the entire world now. The non-productive regions have improved some because of technique and invention (and oil of course), but not anywhere near “self-sufficiency” (meeting the local populations need). It’s why the trucks still run every single night, everywhere. If any part of this fails now, it’s “over” for 99% or so the humans in a big way (die-off).

          This is the weak-link in future human survival (not the trucks, which is another issue, but the ability to grow sufficient food locally to feed the population, including yourself). This is all seriously compounded by climate change, peak oil, land degradation, too many people and many other factors, such as disease and insect vectors.

          I will get more animals, but it still won’t be enough and I’m keenly aware of this. There is a “positive tipping point” in every locality (and a negative one), which can be as small as a single homestead striving for self-sufficiency. This is the point where with enough positive inputs (fodder, soil, climate, time, effort, plantings, harvest, preservation efforts and so forth) – you can feed yourself (the “draw down” of energy “reserves” found in gardens, animals, food storage). It’s an EROEI story (energy returned on energy invested) except applied to food production instead of oil. Also remember that unlike oil, which can sit for millions of years and still contain all the energy originally stored, you cannot do this with animals or food. They both must be constantly replaced.

          If this were not true – the human race would have long gone extinct. I’m not trying to suggest to anyone that it’s “impossible”, I’m saying I’ve not found anyone doing it yet. They have not achieved the critical point of true self-sufficiency. Nor have I.

          Animal feed purchased for animals you require is no different then “shopping” for food in reality. I buy almost all my animal feed (rabbits and chickens so far). Free-ranging chickens are best, but I can’t free range them always (dogs) and the really big one, winter. Snow and ice here is a very serious matter, everyone has to lay in a winter’s supply of animal feed (or constantly buy it of course). I think this is true everywhere in the country, but am not a cattle rancher. I do know however, that ranchers stopped raising cattle by the millions due to the inability to purchase feed, it became too expensive and has even been hard to obtain in places – and they could not raise their own feed in sufficient levels themselves. It was all over the news.

          This poses huge problems. It takes a lot of inputs to feed animals, raise animals and rotate them properly to ensure that you are obtaining what you need year-round. If, as you’re suggesting, you’re doing it alone, then you need a pretty big operation with a LOT of additional inputs. John Seymour’s book, The Self-Sufficient Life and How To Live It is a good one to read. But it’s not true self-sufficiency you’ll find in the book, it’s really about raising your own food using additional inputs (read closely if you missed this). There are a LOT of things you must buy.

          As a reminder to all – if this was “easy” or only “moderately difficult” – it would be commonly found, and that is precisely the point. It’s very uncommon and quite rare and perhaps most importantly, it means the rest of us are SOL (shit out of luck) should something happen to the current food supply. We will ALL be hugely impacted.

  • June 22, 2013 at 2:59 am
    I rely on a lot of dairy, primarily yogurt made from raw goat milk, and/or raw A2 cow milk.
    This must be said from the start, for those who have never had their own dairy animals. Remember the cow or doe will only be “in milk” after giving birth, and that time period where she will be “in milk” will not be long. There are occasional reports of a milk cow or milk goat giving milk for 14 years (or some other equally outlandish claim) after only being bred once. I do not believe those tales.
    Ordinarily after breeding, the cow or doe will give for some months, and that is it. As weather gets colder, milk production slows then stops or nearly stops. I did try to milk a dairy goat through the winter until the following spring but the milk flow was so tiny it was not worth it. But I had to try it to see with my own eyes what the results are. And it is important to note that what you feed the animal also helps determine the amount of milk given. Grain feeding yields higher milk production–but where will grains come from? And certain breeds are known to be better at milk production. Many factors are involved.
    So for those who plan to get into milking animals for their quart of milk a day, I say “good luck”, but you won’t have milk all year and will have to re-breed the animal again and again, to go through the cycle of milking, then drying off, then milking again, etc.
    Now it is possible to have many animals, and stagger their breeding, but still where will the stockfeed come from?
    I have 100% grassfed goats and thus milk production is lower than with grain. However I don’t have to ever buy grain again since phasing it out. So with several animals “in milk” it would be possible to have milk much of the year, but only with LOTS of careful planning, work, etc.

    As for gardening and growing one’s own food, much of what has already been written is correct. It is next to impossible in today’s world. However if we all found ourselves in a survival situation, many of us might survive, but only with much weight loss, illness, and who knows what. Native Americans survived just fine, as did many other cultures prior to the Industrial Revolution, but most cultures have been so contaminated with products and lifestyle of the I.R. that it is almost impossible to “go back”.

    • June 22, 2013 at 8:54 am
      Always good to hear from someone who is doing it. I do know (but others reading may not) that the animals will need to be bred each year in order to get milk, but that is a feature not a bug, since that’s how you get animals to eat or trade. I know that means having to have male animals available, and enough for them to eat.
  • June 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    I read this post and comments with a great deal of interest. My wife and I have tried the sustainable trip, that is, produce our own food. We raise chickens and rabbits. I tan the rabbit hides to make useful or salable items. We had until this summer, a 100 sq ft garden, and two greenhouses. Despite our best efforts, I figure we only produced about 30% of our caloric needs. That also includes having to buy feed for the animals. I tried to produce their feed but was nearly impossible. The storage facilities alone were daunting to do that.

    I’m going to have to join in with admin on this issue. I want to meet someone who is actually never having to purchase food for themselves or their family. A man and wife in our area come close. He works away from home and during the growing season his wife spends 10-14 hours EVERY DAMNED DAY growing and preserving food and they are still not 100% independent of the grocery store. They raise chickens too and still have to buy their feed. They told me they figure they are about 75-80% independent for food, but the 25-20% shortfall is all it takes when the trucks stop running and then the chickens also stop eating.

    • June 23, 2013 at 9:01 am
      I am inspired by the example of wild animals everywhere that do not require humans to provide feed for them.

      Specifically, there is a park with waking and biking trails and sports fields in the middle of thousands of houses of San Antonio, big enough to have deer that live there. For years, 3 guinea hens have survived. You’d drive in and they’d cross the road or be going across a parking lot. I was always impressed that nothing had eaten them yet.

      • June 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

        No predators, but soon. No idea what there may be in a park, skunks?

        The wild animals here sometimes get very brave, coming right up to the house (bears, moose, turkey, elk). I think a deer gave birth to a fawn in my front yard just a few days ago, it was incredibly tiny.

        Either she brought the fawn here or it was born here.

        Lately, quite a lot of deer, and the elk have not gone back to the higher mountains. Not sure why, one person said “wolves”, but it might be something else.

    • June 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

      I”m puzzled why this issue remains so misunderstood. The “cupboard” test should be performed to reveal the truth. This is even better then “going over your budget” because people tend to overlook the small things that they do purchase. What’s sitting on the shelf reveals what your doing.

      Nobody has done this apparently, and if they have, they’re keeping it to themselves.

  • June 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm
    We moved to Saskatchewan in 2000. We bought a quarter section “farm”. The kids were in school, husband at work and I went farming. I had grown vegetables before but not raised animals. I had a garden about 75 feet x 150 feet, watered from the dugout. The water was piped over to the garden area through black poly pipe, so it was fairly warm. I had several rows of raspberries, which I increased every year by transplanting the new shoots. I had a raised bed with strawberries and also had rhubarb plants, and we planted fruit trees. There were enough berries for jam, frozen, etc to last through the year. The garden produced all the vegetables that we needed and much more than we could use. I had an outdoor kitchen to do canning etc and had a walk in freezer which I filled up plus 2 chest freezers. The heads of broccoli would not fit into a 5 gal pail. 1/2 dozen filled a wheelbarrow. I grew enough potatoes to last over to next season and have for seed, as well as squash, which winter very well. I had chickens, 80 meat birds and 50 egg layers. (the meat birds will also lay eggs). I sold eggs and had more than enough for us. I had 25 turkeys and about 50 rabbits, and pigs. Pigs had babies (yes we wintered over our animals too) and got up to100 pigs. We ground our own grain for feed for the pigs and chickens and turkeys. They were fed in the summer with scraps etc from the garden. We butchered our animals ourselves. (that is a yucky job) we grew wheat as well which could be ground to flour. I baked all our own breads, cookies etc. We did buy our milk, but we had enough extra we could have traded. Our neighbours raised beef cattle, which we traded pork for beef. we made our own sausage as well. We weren’t particularly trying to be self sufficient, but we were and we had 3 teenage boys that ate lots. Our dugout was quite large and about 25 ft deep, which we stalked with trout and so also had fish. If we need to there were lots of ducks and geese we could have hunted. I had a small green house to start plants in. You can be self sufficient but it is alot of work!!!! and hopefully the weather cooperates.
    • June 23, 2013 at 6:21 am
      Karen, it sounds like you did a lot of work!
      My main question is, did you use a tractor or tiller to work up your garden?
      Hubby and I have separate gardens, growing different things. Neither of uses a tractor or tiller and hand-digging a garden is quite a workout. But we’re not doing this to brag–we’re doing this for several reasons, one of which to prepare for the day when petroleum products will only be available to the military industrial complex, and then eventually disappear.

      My 5’X50′ garden is about all I have time for, with goats and all the other farming chores.

      What we are passively looking for is TRIBE MEMBERS. I mentally interview people all the time, as potential tribe members, as that’s where I feel we’re all headed, whether we like it or not.

      Anxious to hear how you turned over 11,250 square feet of soil!

      • June 23, 2013 at 6:28 am
        One minor correction to my recent post is that my garden is 50’X50″. In this 2500 sq.ft., I grow as many root crops as possible, such as parsnips, sweet potatoes, potatoes, shallots rutabaga, beets, garlic and elephant garlic. In addition to some other crops in the garden, I grow a winter squash (similar to butternut) outside the garden, away from the goats, in tall grass. The vines wind around through the grass and aren’t noticed by wildlife, and the only digging required is the approximate square foot for planting the seedling which is started indoors. For some reason, this Yamiken squash, even when small, does not seem to be attractive to deer, etc. It’s quite hard shelled. This is one crop that takes up so much space, it’s best grown away from your neat rows of other veggie crops.
    • June 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

      That’s 80 acres, correct? Have you done the cupboard “self-assessment”?

      I butcher my own meat, it’s not too bad if you’re setup. I bought an electric meat grinder that can do a whole elk in less then an hour. What I want is a chicken plucker! Or quail, which are very easy to clean.

      The chicken yard is “growing” (ten new chicks), but I’ve yet to raise birds for meat, just eggs, but fully intend to. I will have to buy all their feed except for the times when they can free range. I don’t expect to produce anywhere near enough scraps for the chickens or the rabbits, even with my garden / greenhouse to house them year-round.

  • June 23, 2013 at 9:41 am
    I have to agree with SA – primate self-sufficiency is an oxymoron (impossible) and always has been – as too is ‘sustainability’. Life is Bellum omnium contra omnes – and always will be until it ain’t no more. IMO absent continuous access to oil (energy products) sufficient to float this boat called “civilization”, your world absolutely disappears/life ceases. 90%+ of ‘westerners’ would be dead in under a month (weeks in urban zones), Many will succumb ‘at their own hand’ and/or ‘friends’ hands – if not by disease(s), dehydration, withdrawal (from sugar, fats, caffeine, ‘drugs’, medications, stimulation), shock (insanity), exposure, mutant zombie hordes, LEO, emotional chaos, etc. Not one in 100,000 would last even 2 years even assuming sufficient viable knowledge, health, land, climate, water, tools, seed, ‘community’, etc. Surplus monkey meat will only last but so long – ntm when it does become tainted/rancid, how would you tell? Insects, grubs, worms and rodents can get one through a caloric rough patch, however the future is not a rough spot – its forever – and you/we aren’t. Those who would ‘think’ that they’ll get/have/make ‘another’ life (on Earth or anywhere else) are willfully delusional/uniformed, if not certifiable and dead-men-talking (rotten monkeys screeching). So … smoke smoke smoke that Ho-Ho-Hopium – die anyway. Things that cannot continue indefinitely FKN DON’T. Extinction becomes us. And the Earth will NOT be ‘fine’ once we’ve been recycled.
    • June 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Lonewolf is perhaps the most imminently qualified (professionally speaking, PhD) person that I have ever known. I did not ask him to comment or register. He is the inventor of IAVS by the way, probably the best food production technique the world has ever seen, and has been all over the world teaching this application. He’s even more aware then I am of what it’s going to mean when the trucks “stop” and has seen starvation up close and personal in his professional endeavors.

      We hold a massive amount of delusion (absence of reality) of what actually keep us all alive now. It’s a VERY long train of endless energy inputs – oil / machinery / fertilizers / seeds / pumped water / processing / distribution – winding it’s way eventually into our mouths. We exist SOLELY because all that and much, much more (still) exists – until it doesn’t, or it breaks down at any point in the line (colony collapse disorder anyone?) – and then we don’t.

      Some readers may have thought that it was hyperbole to read about “die-off” here, but it’s not. It’s the huge, painful and harsh reality of what it means when we “cannot” anymore. Frankly, I see that day approaching due to the unfolding disasters, “peak everything” and willful stupidity of the masses to change in meaningful ways to prevent self-annihilation.

      I “continue” to push – despite knowing the eventual outcome. This is NTE (near-term extinction) – but NONE of us are ready to give up and quit, roll over and die – humans don’t do that. It is very evident, that we will fight and struggle and starve / stab / kill to stay alive as long as we can. Our current civilization already reflects this.

  • June 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm
    Maybe instead of talking about being totally self sufficient with food (which I think is next to impossible), we should focus more on how closely to home we can obtain it, either by purchasing outright or bartering.

    We grow a variety and put up as much as we can. One can support their local community by giving their money or trading bartered goods with honest, hard working folks and eliminating the middle man.

    Last year we had a surplus of 40#’s of garlic which we sold at $3 a pound to a goat farmer who used it not only for himself but to make a booster medicine for his goats. The $120 paid for 300#’s of hard red wheat that we purchased from an northeastern Oregon organic wheat farm.

    Another example is purchasing a side of beef from the same person for the last four years who lives within 25 miles of us and raises two cows a year that are grass fed. We pay $2 a pound hanging weight plus .50 a pound cut and wrap.

    Our milk comes from owners of six goats which we make our own cheese with. These connections have built relationships where my wife has taught spinning in exchange for sewing lessons.

    Since our walnut trees are still young and not producing yet, our yearly supply of 100#’s (yield after cracking and shelling is about 48-50#’s) has been purchased from the same farm for the past four years less than 15 miles away from us on our way to town.

    Look for an upcoming post on our blog to come that will show all what we grow, process and store.

    Here are a couple of recent examples of local meals we have had recently.

    Omelette-Our eggs
    Rehydrated tomatoes, peppers and zuchinni.
    Homemade ricotta cheese
    Fresh green onions and broccoli
    Our home brewed Kombucha

    Last nights dinner-
    Our frozen spaghetti squash mixed with canned sauerkraut
    Dried tomatoes, garlic, green onions
    Local chicken sausage
    Salad made with fresh lettuce, spinach, radishes, green onions and Amish peas, tossed with our own herb vinegar and olive oil.

  • June 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm
    A quarter section is 160 acres. This is located in grain growing country so the soil is quite good.
    ilinda, yes we used a rototiller for the garden. We had an electric grain grinder to grind the feed. We were not trying to be self sufficient at the time. Yes it was alot of work. I think though between doing this kind of thing a person can raise alot of their food. You need to have dehydrated put away in case of a crop failure, or not enough produced. We have ordered from you Admin but it is a challenge going across the border.
    There are other things a person can do too. If you have diesel motors you can put a stablilizer in diesel fuel and it will keep indefinetly. there is also solar if one has the ability to adapt or of you have pigs you can make methane, which can be used in conventional motors, like in a rotortiller.
    I think definetly the barter system would have to come back as it would be pretty tough to do it all. coffee, sugar, etc would have to be some of the things you should have in your storage.
    You would also need to have people to trade animals with for the blood lines.There is no doubt it would be back breaking work from sunrise to sunset.
  • June 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm
    For anyone wanting to learn more a bout saving their own seeds, Suzanne Ashworth’s book, SEED TO SEED might be worth purchasing. She covers pretty much everything except some exotics nobody has ever heard of. For those who know nothing at all about saving seeds, I highly recommend it, and even for those who’ve saved a few easy ones such as lettuce or peppers. There is much more to saving seed than grabbing a handful and throwing them in a bag, then onto a shelf.

    I haven’t done the cupboard test because I already know we buy many things such as oranges, avocados, bananas, and walnuts. No doubt other stuff, but those are the main things bought on a regular basis.

    But our long-time source of organic walnuts has gone bad on us. Formerly we could expect 7# boxes of fresh, tasty raw English walnuts. The last two shipments though contained many rancid walnuts. They were so awful we’ll never buy from them again. Now, I’m contemplating yet another fingers-to-the-bone project: harvesting the local Black Walnuts which are excellent nutrition and have a very long shelf life as long as they remain in their shell until just prior to using.

  • June 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    U.S. cattle numbers lowest since 1952

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – U.S. cattle numbers have dropped to their lowest level since 1952 on the heels of record-setting drought that decimated feed supplies and forced producers to cull animals, says Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt.

    U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts

    About 80 percent of agricultural land experiened drought in 2012, which made the 2012 drought more extensive than any since the 1950s.

    The 2012 drought rapidly increased in severity from June to July and persisted into August. As of September 12, over 2,000 U.S. counties had been designated as disaster areas by USDA in 2012, mainly due to drought.
    As of August 14, 60 percent of farms were located in areas experiencing drought. By mid-August, the impacts of the drought would have been fully realized for the majority of field crops.
    Based on the 2011 value of production, at least 70 percent of both crop production and livestock production was in areas experiencing at least moderate drought as of August 14.
    Severe or greater drought in 2012 impacted 67 percent of cattle production, and about 70-75 percent of corn and soybean production.
    More than 80 percent of the acres of major field crops planted in the United States are covered by Federal crop insurance, which can help to mitigate yield or revenue losses for covered farms.

  • June 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Chinese firms and Gulf sheiks are snatching up farmland worldwide. Why?

    The world’s population is soaring past 7 billion. Food prices keep spiking every few years. Freshwater supplies in plenty of areas are dwindling.

    A Sudanese farmer prepares his land for irrigation on the banks of the Nile River in Khartoum. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah-Reuters)

    And so, in response, a slew of countries and investors — from Chinese state corporations to Gulf sheiks to Wall Street firms — have started buying up farmland overseas, in an apparent attempt to acquire as much precious soil and water as possible. This phenomenon is known as “land grabbing,” and it has been accelerating ever since the massive surge in grain prices back in 2007.

    So how much land and water is actually being grabbed? Quite a lot, according to a big new study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences” this week. The authors find that somewhere between 0.7 percent and 1.75 percent of the world’s agricultural land is being transferred to foreign investors from local landholders. That’s an area bigger than France and Germany combined.

    Big purchasers of foreign farmland include Britain, the United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, South Africa, Israel, India and Egypt. They’re mostly seeking out land in Africa and Asia, particularly in countries such as Congo, Sudan, Indonesia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia and even Australia.

  • June 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm


    An escalating crisis caused by the simultaneous disasters of floods and drought is threatening the Marshall Islands, leading the Pacific nation’s government to appeal to world leaders for action on climate change before it is too late

    By Paul Brown

    LONDON, 30 June – High tides have surged over sea walls defending the capital of the Marshall Islands, adding to the crisis situation in this tiny Pacific nation, where a state of emergency was declared only last month because of a devastating drought in the scattered northern atolls.

    In the last week, what the islanders call “king tides” have repeatedly flooded parts of the capital, Majuro, and its airport, in one of the countries most vulnerable to sea level rise.

    With a population of 68,000 spread across 34 coral atolls, none of which is more than two metres above sea level, the country has been at the forefront of appeals for action on climate change.

    Aid from the US and other countries is now coming to the scattered communities that inhabit the palm-covered atolls, living on a few crops, seafood and a breed of small pig descended from animals that arrived on the islands centuries ago from the ships of European explorers and missionaries.

    Crops destroyed

    The Marshall Islands government says the drought conditions have depleted water tanks and made groundwater unsuitable for human consumption because of high salinity. In addition, the drought has damaged or destroyed local food crops, including breadfruit and banana, and about 6,000 people on 15 northern atolls are relying on fish, crabs and other coastal food resources for survival.

    All 34 atolls are chains of islands sitting on top of coral reefs – the remnants of long-extinct volcanoes that have sunk below the sea, leaving idyllic-looking, palm-fringed lagoons. The 1,100 islands are sometimes a few kilometres long but only 100 metres or so wide and less than two metres above sea level, leaving them vulnerable to storm surges and exceptional tides.

    Normally, the scant fresh water supplies are topped up from frequent evening rains, but a devastating drought, which the locals blame on climate change, has reduced a desperate population to rationing water supplies to a litre a day. Their plight has been made worse by the high tides that threaten their homes and tiny gardens.

    Storm waves

    Following a request from Marshallese President Christopher Loeak to American President Barack Obama, the US declared the drought a disaster on June 14, paving the way for the provision of disaster assistance by US government agencies. A team from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) arrived in Majuro last week to assess the drought – only to witness the”king tide” and storm waves knock down the seawalls and flood the airport’s runway.

    Tony deBrum, Minister-in-Assistance to the President of the Marshall Islands, is responsible for climate change issues and has called for a new surge of political commitment and international leadership to stave off further climate disasters from battering his country, and other vulnerable countries like it.

    “From drought to deluge, my people are suffering an escalating climate crisis,” DeBrum says. “Thousands of my people in the north are thirsty and hungry, while thousands of us here in the south are now drenched in seawater. As I said to the US emergency team this morning, ‘Welcome to Climate Change!'”

    Climate leadership

    “We are very grateful for the help we have received, but aid will not stop floods, droughts and disease from becoming the new norm. As we have said for years, prevention is far better than cure. What we need is a new wave of climate leadership.

    “This September, we will host the 44th Pacific Islands Forum Summit, bringing together leaders from the Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand, and our development partners from the world’s biggest emitters, including the US, China, the EU, India, Japan and Canada.

    “At the Forum, we will propose a Majuroro Declaration for Climate Leadership, to galvanise more urgent and concrete action on climate change.”

    He said President Obama’s announcements in the last few days about combating climate change were a welcome, if long overdue, step in the right direction – but he stressed that it was only a first step.

    “I urge US Secretary of State John Kerry and other climate leaders to accept our invitation to come to the Forum in Majuro. Standing just two metres above sea level, there is no more poignant place to say: ‘Enough is enough. We will beat this thing.’” – Climate News Network

    Too late. The low-lying island nations are all going to be lost. The amount of melt already built in will inundate the Marshall Islands and the Maldives.

    The missing ice around the entire world (which makes it way into the ocean and rising seas + thermal expansion) simply cannot be “replaced” now – by ANYTHING humans can do. – Admin.

  • June 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Found on DesdemonaMiami is Doomed (Rolling Stone)

    So is every other low-lying coastal region / city / village / town / hamlet / vacation resort / island WORLDWIDE.

    And SOONER then is being “predicated”. The melt / thermal expansion is ACCELERATING, something I’ve long said here.

    With every single climate model still failing to accurately predict the “worst case scenario” of what is actually being measured on the ground, EXPECT a never-ending stream of “updates” on “how bad it will be”. Or just read this blog.

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