Published 10 July 2011
Food , Tips
A lot of prepping involves food storage and learning how to hunt, but especially gardening and small-scale farming. I grew up in a rural area and am familiar with both hunting and farming, but am interested in other food sources often overlooked. Acorns seem to fall in that category and if you have a lot of oak tress they could be a game changer in hard times.
Acorns are a great source of calories and were a staple of American Indians, but they contain tannic acid and must be processed – could cause kidney damage otherwise.
Some survivalists or prepper are aware of this, for those of you that weren’t; now you are. I haven’t harvested or processed acorns but plan to this year and will document some of it. I suggest you do some research to see what kind of oaks are in your area and how much they will need to be processed before eating (a good resource for California). If/when TEOTWAWKI arrives, acorns could be like manna from Heaven for some and make the difference between life and starvation.
If there is a societal collapse, I believe how we prepare now will have a profound impact on our options and chances for survival in the aftermath. This is my thinking-out-loud post trying to distill this idea.
Generally speaking, survivalists can be placed on something like the traditional political spectrum – let’s call it the survivalist spectrum – according to the types of preparations they tend to favor; sustainability on the far left and offensive/defensive firepower on the right. In the middle are moderates who balance their preparations. The two far ends may or may not equate to a survivalist’s views on the political spectrum, the comparison is mainly for illustrative purposes.
- The Left: Sustainability. The long-term or strategic aspect of food and/or energy resources. Primary focus on diverse food production, horticulture, stockpiling food (and learning to rotate/use those stockpiles), and general healthy living. Gardening skills, living frugally, and reorganizing living conditions to function without using more than one can produce.
- The Center. In the middle – the overlap – would be those who try to balance between the need to produce food, live a sustainable lifestyle (or be well prepared to do so), and acquire the weapons (and skill to use them) that will be of value in a collapse scenario.
The Right: Firepower. The short and long-term aspect of tactical preparedness. Primary focus is on acquiring offensive and defensive skills and weapons – to include edged weapons, firearms, ammunition, and related gear – to ensure ones safety. Obtaining bug out gear and vehicles, learning patrol and reconnaissance tactics that will aid in retreat security.
This spectrum does not take into consideration preparations such of obtaining medical supplies and skills, communications equipment, physical fitness, etc. since, while also necessary, they generally aren’t mutually exclusive.
In the next day or two I’ll follow-up on how where one falls within this spectrum is likely to affect post-collapse options.