Many people today are disconnected from their roots. When one team of researchers interviewed fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at an urban California school, they found that more than half of them didn’t know pickles were cucumbers, or that beets and peas were from plants.
But somewhere people are growing our food.
People are making that food available to other people through the supply chain, but today that greater food chain is vulnerable and fragile.
In 2005, Monsanto grabbed over 40% of the U.S. seed market and 20% of the global seed market when it bought out Seminis, making them the largest seed company in the world. Then they supplied the genetics for 75% of the tomatoes, 85% of the peppers, and so on! (source)
It is far worse now.
And Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) has been buying up every seed company they can ever since attempting to create a seed monopoly and control supply.
Even as parts of the US experience seed shortages, the technocrats are now banning international sales of SEEDS on Amazon/Wish, due to the “dangerous Chinese Mystery Seeds” pretense. This scenario is likely being used to engineer food shortages ahead, in order to rewrite of our food system and change society.
Somehow we need to get back to the old ways and at least understand how to produce our own food to break dependence on these corrupt corporate giants.
My Booklist For the Prepared Family
These are a few of our family’s “I may need these one day” books, gathered through the years, as I’ve contemplated getting prepared for the realities of life. I share my booklist with you in hopes that you will also consider getting back to some of the old ways. (What will folks do if the internet and food supply were disabled and we had to live off the land?).
Beyond Antibiotics: 50 Ways to Boost Immunity and Avoid Antibiotics with Dr. Lendon Smith
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition by Sally Fallon Morell
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor (the book I used in the 90s to doctor my own kids!)
All New Square Foot Gardening – Grow Vegetables Anywhere by Mel Bartholomew
The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook: Traditional Ways to Cook, Preserve, and Eat the Harvest Emilee and Gere Gettle
What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex Russell, MD
American Wood Heat Cookery Margaret Adams
Be Prepared: Can or Freeze In Season
Use the seasons to your advantage. Right now, the store’s produce section seems to have pretty much everything. Look for farmers markets in your area. Buy in bulk fruits and vegetables to can, freeze, or dehydrate. I recommend the canning book with clear cut instructions in the booklist above.
Be Prepared: Grow Your Own Food
The best way to be prepared is to grow at least part of your own food – or have a detailed book to teach you. Ideally, we know how to grow and harvest our own food for survival. If you don’t have a summer garden, fall is the perfect time to start a cool weather garden depending on where you live.
Know Wild Edible Plants in Your Area
One of the ways people stayed alive for generations was because they knew what they could and couldn’t eat in the wild. Even if you don’t have a green thumb or just don’t know where to start, there are food sources all around you.
Prepare a little bit now – before the shortage. If you are new and not prepared, start stocking up on non-perishable items such as canned goods, rice, beans, canned meats, canned soups, canned tomatoes, spices, pasta, and other items your family will eat.
Seed-saving is a skill that we used to have as a country. We’ve lost it—and I think it’s time to start gaining some of it back.
Saving and sharing seeds and growing the foods we want to grow can help us reduce food insecurity. Saving/sharing seeds gives us an opportunity to rebuild our connection to the land and our communities and prioritize culturally appropriate foods.
“Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.” ~Miguel de Cervantes
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
~Jesus speaking in John 16:33