Plan B – Food

How does one survive through the turmoil of life beyond the here and now and into the unknown chaos that is undoubtedly waiting for us?

Whether the chaos is driven by climate, economics or cultural realignment there are basic necessities of life that we must have.

Without these simple necessities we will have no chance of survival.

One of those simple necessities is food.

Our food supply system is built with extremely vulnerable elements. Exposed to the interaction with outside forces it will be beyond the reach of individuals to manage this one basic but central element to survival.

Our food is grown at a distance from the point of retail. This distance can be several kilometres to many thousands. Any disruption to this transport system will create a shortage or social collapse depending on the severity of the disruption.

The supermarket has become the central point of retail for our food supply. The managers of these markets has control over the choices you can make in any given store. The managers in turn can only supply what is available within the choices they have made. When the shelves are empty and the supply is limited then the food will simply be unavailable.

There is no corner shop to go to, no local fruit and vegie man down the street, no local market gardener and very few who could survive on the produce in the back yard.

The supply is reliant on the system never breaking down. There is no backup plan.

Our food is grown with factory farming technology. Vast acres of monoculture crops and genetically similiar animals. The genetic diversity is limited and is subject to the challenges of climate change that will produce new issues that will only be seen clearly with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.

The Research and Development for the factory farming technology is designed to produce food for the food handling technology. The food is not produced for taste, health, quality or any other attribute.

It is produced for easy transport, long shelf life, standard sizing and “normal” colour. Variation is considered a defect and heavily discounted or discarded by the grower.

It is not Armageddon that we need to imagine how to survive. It is the logistics that have come to prevail over that basic necessity of food. This is the scenario that is the situation we live in.

A Plan B needs a community.

That community needs to develop a plan to bring back to the local level the means of providing for itself.

There are quite a number of people/groups doing this . These people/groups are doing it quite successfully. It is time that this concept became mainstream.

The future demands that we take responsibility for our own needs as no one out there will look after us when this fragile system we have allowed to be created is interrupted by events large or small.

Blessings to you all

Aoife