The Resilient Gardener on the Five Foods You Need to Survive
Not to be all scary and fear mongering, but by now we've got a pretty good idea of what will happen (or maybe I should say what won't happen) when the systems we take for granted break down. Life can change in an instant, so there's a lot to be said for preparing for the unexpected.
That's why I think Carol Deppe's The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self Reliance in Uncertain Times is worth reading. Here's a small sample from an interview with Deppe at homegrown.org:
The basic issues are getting more control over our food, getting lots higher quality and more delicious food, and enhancing the resilience of our food supply. There are three ways to do that. The first is through local buying patterns and trade. A second is through knowing how to store or process food that is available locally, whether we grow it ourselves or not. The third is gardening. In The Resilient Gardener, I talk as much about storing and using food as growing it. I love gardening, but not everyone is in a position to garden every year of their lives.
I just ordered the book, so I don't know much more about it yet. But even if you don't have room to store nine months' worth of potatoes – and yes, spuds are one of the five survival foods – there's a lot of interesting reading and 'food for thought', you might say, in the interview.