Many Americans are coming to terms with what looks like a second Great Depression. Here's how to create food resiliency during the economic collapse.
Most people today are not prepared to outlast a long-term economic disaster, even though in February 2010 Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve Board went on record stating that the current situation is worse than the Great Depression of the 1920s. Assuming that America is in the beginning stages of a second Great Depression, what steps can be taken now to prepare and create a measure of resiliency, especially when it comes to food?
Local Food Supplies and the Second Great Depression
There are many possible tipping points when it comes to the United States slipping into the next devastating stage of economic collapse, and to anyone who has been paying attention, the question of economic collapse is not if, but when. Besides shelter, the other key necessity for survival in this coming depression will be a reliable, local food supply. Canned, dehydrated, and freeze-dried foods are a short-term solution, and foraging and living off the land are not viable long-term survival strategies. A more permanent, ongoing food solution is necessary.
Victory Gardens: Only a First Step Toward Food Security
During the Second World War, Victory gardens were grown beside many homes and in public places. This allowed the public to contribute indirectly to the war effort by allowing more farm-grown food to be sent to the troops on the front line. The ongoing process of economic collapse is driving a similar return to gardening, as reflected by spiking seed and gardening supply sales. It is a logical first step that supports a family’s food security in the short-term—but it’s not enough when the collapse lasts years.