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soaring cost of cheap fuel (oil) = soaring cost of food production = soaring cost of food

A few months ago, just out of curiosity, Adam and I watched the documentary “Collapse” featuring Michael Ruppert. We were so deeply shocked, disturbed,  and amazed by the revelations about the coming economic collapse that we set out to debunk his claims.

We failed. Miserably.

The more we pay attention – and turn off American news broadcasting – the more we understand how close our world is to complete economic failure. Peak oil has arrived (or come and gone, depending on who you ask), food prices are skyrocketing because of it, and our country’s drunken economic stupor is on its last leg.

Don’t believe me? Do the research.

Hard to comprehend? Just think about it… Cheap oil (meaning that which can be harvested and refined at a profit) is dwindling. Oil is the foundation for our industrialized world. It’s in everything: plastic, food additives, cleaning products, body care products, medication, cars, houses, clothing, fuel, packaging…everything.

Oil is harvested using machines that use oil and have plastic parts. The oil is then shipped via vessels that run on oil to a refinery that refines the oil using machines that use oil and are made with plastic parts, and then store it in barrels made from oil. The different refined states of the oil are then shipped via vehicles that run on and are lubricated by oil and have parts made of plastic to their destinations where they will be further refined into other products….

See where this is going?

Our oil demand continues to rise, but the supply of cheap oil is dwindling. It should be obvious by this point that this situation is not going to end well.

these ten basic food items cost just shy of $25

If you look deeper than the surface political sheen that American news puts on the African and Middle Eastern revolts, you’ll find that the deeper problem is food prices. Simply put…people are starving. The shit has hit their fans, and it’s only a matter of time before it spreads across the ocean. The United States are not immune to this.

So, now that I’ve ruined your evening (just like watching “Collapse” did for us – you’re welcome), I’m going to share with you some of the plans we’re working on to ensure that our family handles any possible outcome with success.

For about a month and a half or so, we’ve been working on creating non-perishable food storage to last for at least three months for our family. When I started, I had no idea how challenging that goal would be! Did you know that the average family generally keeps only three days worth of food in their homes? Crazy, huh?

My goal for our food storage is to provide three meals a day with a healthy nutritional balance. I also feel that it’s important to have morale boosters included – yummy treats like pancakes, pudding, and chocolate. =09

three boxes full to capacity - not even enough for a month

The meal plan (laid out in this spreadsheet – EMERGENCY FOOD LIST XLS – I hope you find it useful!) For breakfast, I have a grain (oatmeal, pancakes, etc.), fruit (applesauce, canned fruit), and evaporated milk – sometimes with Carnation Instant Breakfast added. For lunch, I have rice, beans, and sometimes a soup and a meat (canned tuna or chicken, etc.). Dinner is pasta, sauce, and veggies. The occasional dessert will be chocolate pudding and, hopefully, some yummy brit Ambrosia or custard (canned) in the future. There’s also room on the spreadsheet for all the extras – snacks, baking supplies, vitamins, and water. Never forget to store water.

box #1 - about 70 pounds of rice, pasta sauce, Honest beverages (hey, it's water AND a morale booster), and other items

box #2 - lots and lots and lots of canned food with chocolate pudding stashed between

box #3 - mostly breakfast delights and squeezy fruit for Caroline

Can you believe all that food would barely get us through about 6 weeks or so (if we eat two meals a day)?

I hope I’ve given you some food for thought. Ooo…I can see you rolling your eyes at me now over that lovely pun. But in all seriousness, keep an eye out on the future by checking the global news reports. Some great jumping-off points can be found in my sidebar to the right. Transition US is a wonderful site, too – I just can’t seem to find a web button to use on their site.

Good luck, and I’m happy to help you with your planning if you need it. ❤

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Ours.

Those who know us well know of our interest in and awareness of current events and how they will affect the future of America. I’m certain that there are an equally substantial number of people who have remained our “Facebook friends” but have blocked us on their news feed because we induced eye-rolling with our passionate postings on the subjects of economy, oil, collapse, and transition. Perhaps others who think we’ve lost our minds. Nonetheless, we feel strongly about preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. In that vein, we are eagerly cultivating  a self-sustaining lifestyle, nursing it to life little by little.

The first step: Land.

We are putting our hearts and souls into ensuring our future will be rich, safe, and full of love. After months of dedicated self-education, we feel that the best way to do so is to create an environment where we can be self-sustaining. That place is a farm with enough acreage to support a large garden, poultry, and livestock. Fresh water. An ample population of game.

We were fortunate beyond reason to have found a ten acre wooded lot that backs up to a state park. It is, literally, a one mile walk from the southwest corner of our property to a lush, beautiful spring head. A well on our land will someday draw from that sweet spring water.

At the moment, we are taking baby steps towards our goal of living there. We don’t know how long it will take us to get there. So many things to do… clear the underbrush ($rent a bush hog), drill a well ($$hire a well driller), fence the property ($$$fencing, posts, and gates), put a mobile home on the lot ($$$$$requiring the seemingly impossible task of causing $10,000 and a co-buyer to materialize out of thin air), building a phenomenally brilliant combination garden/compost heap/chicken coop ($$$genius ideas are seldom free in their execution), acquiring livestock ($$$$), planting a garden ($$$), and many other necessary preparations.

Sometimes the task seems insurmountable, but we hope to someday see it come to fruition. Until then, we will continue to take baby steps.

 

Feet First.

Sandcastles.

 

Home Design.

 

Dirty Dancing.

The Muddy Mash.

Splashing Instruction.

Walking the Property.

Chasing Daddy Down the Road.

Marker to Marker...All Ours.

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