Thursday, October 16, 2014
How Much Time Do You Think You Have?
I wonder how many of us truly know how much food we consume individually on a yearly basis? How many have truly done the numbers?
Let's take a simple staple like say Rice. How much rice would you consume in a normal day if that's the only thing you have to eat? Half a pound? Ok let's start with that number. Half a pound of rice is equal to about 1 and 1/4 cups of dried rice which will cook up to about 3 cups when done. That in turn equals out to around 612 calories per day. Not gonna put on weight with this diet are we?
A five gallon pail of Rice with a mylar bag holds about 30 pounds of rice or the equivalent of 60 days rations for one person. You would need six of these pails for one person for a year. Twelve for two. Eighteen for three. You get the idea.
Family of four? Twenty Four pails for one year at half rations. This is assuming a base (the Rice) and that you are foraging or growing/raising, hunting etc. other proteins and fat to go with this Rice.
Now what are you going to do? In one years time you are going to be out of luck. This gives you the Winter to consume and then the Spring and Summer to replace the 24 pails with something else. Assuming of course you cannot grow Rice in your area.
But wait. Does that vacuum sealed can of ready to plant seeds you been keeping in storage have enough seed to plant 6000 bean plants? What? It only has 300 bean seeds? Oops well I guess you can write off the first years growing season because your going to need all those beans produced the first year just to have enough seed to make a full planting the next year.
Ok guess we need 48 pails of Rice now.
How much space does 48 five gallon pails take up again? Let me tell you it makes a pretty good wall with a few acting as night stands too. Remember this is just Rice. Nothing else. And a half ration of it at best. Just a base.
You have the super condensed, high calorie MRE packs? Last I looked a 30 day's ration of MRE in the case was about twice the size of a five gallon pail more or less. Of course no foraging is required when you have those right? You only need to have 96 of them stored and ready now along with your tin of emergency seeds to build from.
If you are not dead certain you have the knowledge and means to jump off Spring with exactly the amount of resources needed to provide yourself and your family with a years worth of food after one growing season than you better have at least two years worth of stockpiled food going into Winter.
I have seen entire rooms stacked floor to ceiling with pails and cases of canned goods but when you truly do the math what looks like a never ending supply comes out to six months tops.
These numbers are pretty much just fairytale numbers anyway. No way on earth a grown man or teenage boy is going to get by on 604 calories a day. In a grid down situation you are going to need 1500 plus just to get by on. One measly can of tuna has 45 calories. Do the math. Even a family of three is going to require a warehouse behind their home to store that much food.
The older I get the more a realize a year is not all that much time. If you aren't ready to be on your way to becoming truly self sustaining within six months after you begin hitting your preps you will more than likely run out of time and food before you start producing.
Look at your preps. Run the numbers and have a plan.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!