If Our Food Supply Is Cut-Off, Where Will You Get Food From?

Posted on Sep 15 2010 - 3:07am by Mike Lieberman

I have already given you plenty of reasons to start growing your own food and am gonna give you another.

In reading an article on Grist.org about urban agriculture, I learned that, “If some sort of natural disaster or terrorist attack were to shut down New York City’s food supply chain, our supermarket shelves would reportedly be picked clean within three days. Other U.S. cities aren’t any better prepared for such emergencies, thanks to our fuelish dependence on a globalized food system.”

That is pretty nuts. I am by no means saying that I will be able to survive off of my balcony garden in LA if some sort of event would occur. What I am saying is that by growing some of my own, I have the knowledge and ability to grow even more food for myself and others.

Our current food supply chain is broken and not sustainable. It has caused us to become so reliant on others to supply us with our food. Not only are we relying on others, we are relying on others that are thousands of miles away.

If that food supply chain ever does get cut off, all the money in the world couldn’t buy you food. Money will be useless at that point. The ability to provide oneself will be power and allow you to survive.

Hopefully we will never be faced with such a situation. If the shit ever goes down, you can stop by my crib for dinner. I’ll be growing plenty.

Now you gonna start growing your own food?


13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lbsiegel September 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm -

    I hear you Mike. I like this article: http://tinyurl.com/3xmmgzd. It’s about preparedness for the total breakdown of society. I think about this all the time.

  2. Fitchbarbara September 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm -

    Hello Mike, Maybe you could try growing some sprouts at the kitchen sink. I recently started and it is easy. I have been experimenting and sprouting sunflower seeds, lentils (different type lentils), Mung beans, broccoli and more. I have purchase expensive organic type for sprouting but recently purchase your everyday lentils and beans at the grocery store on the bean isle and they sprouted as well. Sprouts have even more nutrition than when fully grown. I have been putting them on my everything just pinching out of the mason jars I am growing them in. You can find many you tube videos on growing sprouts as well as several websites with good info.
    I have not spent any money other than on the beans or seeds to sprout so remember to keep it simple and reuse something you recycly to sprouts your sprouts and just rinse your sprouts several times a day. Good Luck.

  3. Mike Lieberman September 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm -

    Great list. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Mike Lieberman September 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm -

    Word. Check. Just harvested some broccoli sprouts. Also have the mung, lentils, beans, etc as well. Love it.

  5. Amy P September 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm -

    I would have to say going off the Hurricane Katrina disaster 3 days would be a conservative number. I have heard that we in America have a 3 day supply if our import/export were to shut down. And I still believe that is a conservative number.

    Have you watched the colony on Discovery channel?
    The amount of people that would invade your home and clean you out if the SHTF, would be unreal. Its amazing and eye opening to watch how people react to different situations on that show. I’m down with helping others out but we spoiled Americans really do need to wake up.

    (please read with NO Attitude… “I feel sorry for my friends who say I just don’t have a green thumb like you”… “I kill everything”….. I always answer … “I do too!! ALL the time”… I just plant way more seed than I need! Then if some die fine… If they all live, I share.)

  6. Mike Lieberman September 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm -

    Very true Amy. I kill stuff all the time too. Failure is part of everything we do. Too easy to just give up.

    I am sure it would be scary if shit ever does go down.

  7. Alison Kerr September 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm -

    Mike, I think you need to get into the Transition Town stuff. Have you looked at that?

    Amy, yes, stuff dies on me too. It’s part of life. We can deal with it! And our food doesn’t need to look perfect to be good to eat.

    Fitchbarbara, I’m just about to get into sprouting beans and seeds and I have two readers at my blog who have already committed to joining me, and another online blogger too. I’ll be getting more people to join in. Go sprouts!

  8. Mike Lieberman September 16, 2010 at 2:37 am -

    Never heard of it. Will look into.

    Def love the sprouts.

  9. Alison Kerr September 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm -

    Look up Peak Oil Hausfrau. She has a ton to say and will get you in touch with the Transition Towns initiative/movement.

  10. Heidi September 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm -

    Nice! I also like to ‘prepare’ the dead soil around our condos into humus-rich soil that allows more life. After 6 years of composting, the soil is crowded with life, the trees are stronger, and the tomato plant grows amazingly although the spot could be sunnier.

  11. Mike Lieberman September 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm -

    That is awesome. Good for you. I should start soliciting neighbors.

  12. Dazee October 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm -

    We have a garden on our patio, sprouts in our home and we also store food.

  13. Mike Lieberman October 18, 2010 at 11:52 pm -

    People will be flocking to us.

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