Better to be a little prepared than not at all

This comment by Wm Craig Barnard ties into my thoughts so well about fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered by ice that I felt compelled to post it. ____________

Better to be a little prepared than not at all.

Wars will be started over food and by those who will seek to take possession and control of what will be temperate farm lands.

By Wm Craig Barnard

For we farmers who observe temps for good reason and have crops of food and want to validate what we observe, I can officially say mother nature IS turning against us. It is getting colder, weather patterns are shifting along with our usual growing seasons. We have lost two years of blueberry crops and our fruit tree’s are having a very difficult time producing fully ripened fruit.

For those who poo poo the notion of current cold changes affecting our food supply, you won’t be ready and I wont be helping you.

I would encourage everyone that can to grab a supply of freeze dried foods. Better to be a little prepared than not at all. It will give you time to adjust to changing conditions.

Times will become bad enough that people you know will seek your aid for food. If you pull out freeze-dried foods they will know or suspect that you are well prepared. They will eventually seek to take what you have either by demand or force. Things will be so dire that they will take your life so that you can’t follow after them to recover your much-needed food, or to seek retribution.

These will be bad times, worse than anything we have experienced as humans on this earth. By design our governments have created an environment where there is no possible way for the general population to be ready. How does one prepare for 40 years of bitter cold or 350 years if current concerns are true?

People will die by the hundreds of millions and plagues unlike anything we have experienced will erupt unexpectedly. Wars will be started over food and by those who will seek to take possession and control of what will be temperate farm lands. Look into China’s ghost cities in Africa. Note their locations. China has seen every one of their Dynasties collapse due to these periods of solar minimums. They know, and are as prepared as any nation can be. America is totally unprepared and our leaders (excluding President Trump) are lying to us.

It doesn’t matter if it becomes very apparent in 3 months or 10 years. Either way we must do what is required to prepare as best we can in the near term to assure we have some possibility of security for our families in the long term.

Be well and I wish you all the very best.


19 thoughts on “Better to be a little prepared than not at all

  1. The “elites” know and are well prepared with well stocked and cozy bunkers ready to rock while the little people, me and you, struggle for survival. Looks like survival of the fittest will once again be the code.

  2. I think that water shortages will be severe even before that.
    Can’t farmers grow more winter resistant crops, more northern crops at lower latitudes?
    However, Canada and Russia might not be able to grow anything?

    • Don’t forget… much of the northern US was also covered by miles of ice in the last Ice Age… including all of New England, most or much of NY and much of the northern mid-west.

  3. wise advice, and if you cant afford or chose not to use freeze dried commercial foods.
    then look at utilising summertime heat and a tin roof or your clothes line to airdry fruit n veg for storage. whatevers in season being sold cheapest, buy what extra you can afford and get started! if it doesnt get to the massive expected shortages coming you have lost nothing at all. and saved money on futire meals anyway.
    if it does develop as many of us suspect, youve possibly saved your own life and that of family too for a while, at least, till it shakes down n settles.
    even home use dehydrator units are a hell of a lot cheaper and readily available now. years ago when i bought mine they were 3x or more expensive and harder to find.
    make jams and preserves as well. buy spices and herbs or grow them now. they help preserve food and flavouring is something many people forget to think about.as well as their use in keeping you healthy ie sage oil rosemary dry and in oil, lots of garlic too.bay leaves are crucial to deter weevils in stored grains.

  4. We’ve said for twenty years, since 1998, that astro-geophysical circumstances from late Pliocene times some 3.5-mm years ago have induced periodic planetary glaciations averaging 102-kiloyears, punctuated with median 12,250-year interstadial remissions.

    Given the disappearance of continental ice sheets 14,400 years-before-present (YBP), skewed by the 1,500-year Younger Dryas cometary/meteoritic “cold shock”, Earth’s current Holocene Interglacial Epoch ended 12,250+3,500-14,400 = AD 1350, coincident with Kamchatka’s stratovolcano Kambalny Eruption, similar to others in AD 536 and 1816, that induced a 500-year Little Ice Age (LIA) ending only in AD 1850/1890 with cyclical “amplitude compression” rebounds alternating warming/cooling episodes through c. AD 2030.

    As any disinterested observer knows, Earth’s variable “climate” is by no
    means just an atmospheric/oceanic circulation phenomenon. For the record, major temperature elements include Axial Precession over a Great Year; episodic Geomagnetic Pole Reversals at 650 – 850 kiloyear intervals, governing total solar irradiation (TSI) by cosmic ray absorption; continental plate tectonic dispositions, whereby North and South America currently wall off Eastern from Western hemispheres; and sequential 11-year Sunspot Cycles in context of millennial or longer geophysical patterns.

    On top of this, as of December 2017 Australian researcher Robert Holmes published his “Holmes Law” finding that any –repeat, any– planet’s prevailing Temperature T = PM/Rp, where R is a given planet’s Gas Constant (which varies by each world’s density and size). On this objectively measurable basis, Holmes derives each planet’s well-established temperature with virtually zero error margin, meaning that no .04% (400 ppm) “greenhouse gas” CO2 component has any relevance whatever.

    What this implies is, first, that Earth’s benign interstadial remission ended six centuries ago; that our fading LIA rebound coincides with a Grand Solar Minimum comparable to that of 1645 – 1715; that since c. AD 1725 humanity’s teeming Commercial-Industrial-Scientific advances have had marginal if any impact on global temperatures; and finally, that within no more than two – three generations some 60 – 80% of Earth’s temperate-zone regions will tend to uninhabitable, eventually sunk beneath advancing glaciers 2 1/2 miles thick.

    On the heels of projected robotic/AI developments superseding organic evolution with hyperlinked, nigh-immortal symbionts from c. AD 2050 – ’75, we expect that from c. AD 2100 most post-human entities (why bother with Earth’s outmoded residue?) will have removed off-planet to vast intra-solar refugia, autonomously self-sustaining space-borne platforms drifting ever-outward to the stars.

  5. The good news is we still have time before the Sheeple wake up and Everybody is Stocking. That is when it’s getting too late because rationing will be imminent, and what will groceries cost?

    I started with all the food items on the list “100 things to disappear first”. EVERYTHING that is edible or grows out of the ground. Then added more and more foods not on the list.
    And stocking is ONGOING and Never Ending. Add more everytime you shop. Dried beans. Coffee. Spices. Whiskey,… Get a vacuum sealer and get the oxygen out out of all packs.

    Walmart is pretty good because of high turnover. The last cases of tuna in oil and sockeye salmon I added have a late 2023 Best Before date so they are safe many many years after then.
    RAW Unpasteurized honey has an indefinite shelf life. 1,000++ years, and I get great honey cheap 1 hour out of town.
    Black and red rice is loaded with nutrients. Some guys from India told me “rice is like wine – gets better with age.”
    No freeze dried supplies yet – will add those soon – but we are good for many many years already.
    And stocking is investing. David Dubyne at Adapt 2030 said “Food is about to become the most valuable commodity on the planet.”

    Peace from BC

  6. We humans have survived iceages, famines, droughts, plagues and wars in the past and we will do so again, with considerably reduced numbers!

  7. I keep telling people that it doesn’t matter whether they are right about warming or I am right about cooling – no one is moving the crops where they need to be and, given the propensity of humans to believe it “won’t happen to me” – shortages will occur. We must be prepared in some way to meet them. Here in Oregon we also have to be prepared for the “big one” – the Cascadia Quake” that really will disrupt our lives for a long time – anyone who thinks assistance will make it all better soon after should look at Puerto Rico. Preparing for whatever the worst turns out to be means having long term storage of food and access to water – oh, and the part everyone forgets – disposal of poop! Sewers might not be functional – I am longing for a combustion toilet.

    • Don’t look for a combustion toilet if you expect shortages. Power, natural gas, and even LP won’t be much better off. Get a composting toilet. At least it can help fertilize your ground and let you grow weather resistant crops that way.

  8. Yes that time is coming! Americans are stupid because every country knows about this but ours!!
    This means we will die first.

  9. I am grateful to Robert for re-posting my comments. I also appreciate to added perspective from others. Thank you all.

    We are facing dangerous times. Governments clearly are lying. The fix is in to cause great declines in population. Many who have armed, prepared for unrest and have bunkers built deep in the ground still haven’t prepared for the weather extremes that will arrive in our lifetimes. It is likely that many will have air ducts covered in deep ice and snow leaving entire families w/o air.

    One of the aspects I have never mentioned is the idea of crypto currencies. They are fully dependent on global networks of electrical grids and computers. I’m just realizing how fragile these system will be when the earthquakes become larger and more frequent and major storms knock out entire sections of a nation’s power grid. How many times have we seen several states get socked and loose power for days with some being left w/o power for weeks and even months.

    I’M MENTIONING cRYPTO’S SO WE DON’T ALL THROW OUR SPARE BUCKS INTO WHAT APPEARS TO BE A SAFE PLACE.
    Coinbase is a crypto centralized storage and trading platform in San Francisco. They boast very strong security with only 2% of your assets exposed to hackers while the rest of your assets are held off site in physical storage. That’s great until they are hit with the BIG ONE we all know is going to hit CA.

    What about Binance? Binance is a decentralized trading platform. Investors assets are held in their company wallets/accounts or can be held in offline cold storage wallets. The wallets provided by Binance have far greater exposure to hackers. Even with decentralization security isn’t assured and they have moved their operations to places like the COOK isl’s and the Isle of Man. These area’s will not be safe. Binance is also ASIAN owned and may end up being a problem in times of national confrontations.

    Basically what I am trying to say is don’t put all your spare eggs in the crypto basket. Just be aware and give yourself options. Options are always good in good times and bad.

    Again, thank you Robert for making the info in my post available to other’s a second time. And thanks for the additional thoughts and contributions from others.

    I wish everyone all the very best.

  10. It is not the governments that have caused people to migrate into these death traps we call cities. It is also not governments that caused “the system” to go from large warehouse storages in every community to central warehousing which supplies a 24 to 48 hour supply of food and product to the markets. It is this propensity of some people to feel the accumulation of wealth is more important than the general security of the population.

    When you consider that work from dawn to dusk tends to limit population growth, the move to the cities has accelerated it because of leisure time. So we will fall victim, in the cities, to greed, and our own abuse of leisure time which has been population explosions. The only fault of government in this has been the introduction of “welfare,” and I am not certain that caring for your fellow man is really a fault. It has, however, created a huge pool of humanity in those most vulnerable locations – cities.

    It can be assumed, I believe, that the vast majority of the humanity that survives the upcoming mini or major ice age will be those that are living in the country, away from the street wars that will be fought over scraps. The objective of programs like the UN agendas has been to insure the maximum die out of the human race when the cold comes, and the unstable “free” power of renewables destroys the cities.

  11. I grew up in a Mormon Town (though as a non-Mormon) where the Mormon Church encouraged everyone to keep a 1 year supply of food. I once complained to my parents that we were not doing this and maybe the Mormons were right… Then my Dad pointed out we ran a restaurant with a big store room with way more than a year worth of food for just one family 😉

    In the end, I still was interested in food storage and I’ve done a fair amount of work on it. Not least because I live almost on top of the San Andreas Fault and must be ready for weeks of “on your own”.

    The Very Short Form:

    It takes about 1 pound of dry food per person per day. Think of a lb bag of lentils or rice. You can buy a 50 lb bag of beans & one of rice for somewhere near $100 and be set for 100 days. 200 days on survival only rations. There’s no reason to say you can’t afford some kind of stored food.

    I’ve stored both beans and rice in jars for years. Noodles too. It keeps better if stored without oxygen in the jar, but just air is fine for under 10 years. I’ve had lentils (the legume that stores best) stored for 16 years and still sprouted and grew. Do not store peas – they get hard and then do not soften in cooking.

    Buy a small pressure cooker as it will more than make up for the cost in extending your stored fuel supply. I have this one and it works great for 2 people:
    https://www.amazon.com/HAWKIN-Classic-CL3T-Improved-Aluminum-Pressure/dp/B00SX2YZMG/ref=sr_1_sc_3_m?ie=UTF8&qid=1543959134&sr=8-3-spell&keywords=hawkin%2Bpressur%2Bcooker&th=1

    I use 1/2 gallon canning jars. Just pour the dry goods in and spin on the lid. No money? Well, buy your regular foods in larger jars and wash / reuse them. I have some stuff in quart jars that were originally olives and artichoke hearts. It takes longer to build up a supply of stored food, but it is free.

    Canned goods keep for at least a year in good quality. Then there is a slow loss of flavor. At 2 to 3 years they start to be uninteresting and things like canned meat can start reacting with the can lining. But are you really going to store 3 years of SPAM? I’ve seen folks make a block of cans into a “coffee table” with a board on the top and a cloth drape over the stack – you do not need a garage of food… Just sliding cases of cans under the beds can give you months of food – and prevents the cat hiding under the bed too 😉

    So if you regularly eat green beans, peas, corn, and refried beans, just by twice as much each week. Put 1/2 into “storage” and eat the rest. At the end of the year you will have 1 year of “the usual” in stores. Now drop back to buying “the usual amount” and each week, pull that much off the block under the bed and replace it with the new. Now you are never eating food more than 1 year old (and well inside the quality range) while having 1 year of canned goods in “storage”. (Note that these are “wet” – so you need more pounds / day than the “dry” if you are only eating this stuff – OTOH, it already has water in it so you don’t need that much water storage).

    Having a mix of both “wet” and “dry” goods can easily give you a year or two of stored food in not that much space. A closet is about enough.

    Get a “seed sprouter” and then some of your beans / wheat / whatever can be made in to fresh green sprouts instead of porridge. In a pinch, one of your jars with cloth over the top is a decent sprouter.

    More for anyone who cares to do more depth here:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/food-storage-systems/

    Then I found out you can make some things last longer by gently heating the jars in the oven, then tighten the lids and let them cook. Works well for things that don’t mind heat, like crackers or dry cereals. I did a test jar of rice and it stored nicely for over a year:

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/canned-crackers-dry-canning-say-what/

    If you think you will be “restarting society” after a year or two and want to be prepared to start a major garden, you can easily store seeds. Despite the package saying they are only good for one year, in fact, frozen they keep for decades. IF your freezer fails in the end of life as we know it, well, you needed to defrost them anyway 😉

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/diy-survival-or-preparedness-seed-pack/

    All of this can be done “Dirt Cheap” and without a lot of inconvenience. Once you have the stored inventory, then you are back to the regular run rate on food costs. I’ve used mine several times when “between jobs” and it’s also nice when you have that “Darn, out of {sugar, salt, rice, Oatmeal,…} moment and realize it’s just down the hall in the closet… Just the savings on “emergency run to the store” has been worth it. Furthermore, if you buy some of it as “giant size” at warehouse stores like Costco, then you can actually end up getting most of it “for free” compared to the local high priced grocer.

    I now regularly buy the giant size can of coffee and “decant it” (using a canning funnel that costs about $1) into what started live as 24 ounce jars of peaches. The coffee in each jar stays fresh as it is sealed. So I get cheaper coffee, I’m never out, and in an emergency I’m likely “set” for about 2 months on my withdrawal deadline 😉 A couple of quarts of loose tea keeps for years, BTW. Takes many months to drink it all 😉

    My jars (in cardboard box with newspaper crumple around it) came through a 7.x earthquake just fine. They are also water and rodent and bug proof. Jars, they are your friends…

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