Saturday, January 26, 2008

World Food Supply Is Shrinking~~~save your seeds!

More food doom news, sent in by Dennis:

Wheat Hits Record As Global Demand Depletes Supply!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

World Food Supply Is Shrinking

If that doesn’t wake you the up, then this might:

Monsanto wants to own the DNA of the food you eat, making the seeds you buy sterile. They have taken steps in court and law to give them ownership through the twisted ideas of privatization

So here’s what I want everyone to do. Go plant some food. Don’t buy anything from my company. Go plant as much as you can so you can feed yourself when the shortages or ridiculous food prices hit your supermarket shelf and you find yourself having to do without. Learn how to plant, harvest and store your food from season to season and set aside enough for those times when things just go wrong as they often do.

You need about 1,058,500 calories (per adult) for a moderately active lifestyle, more if you think farming is going to be harder then this, less if you think you can just coast through the collapse. To be safe, you should plan to harvest at least 1,606,000 calories per adult. This means you really need to grow at least 20% more then this to account for production and crop losses (a conservative figure). Don’t forget to save 5% for seeds, and don’t forget the open-pollinated varieties, or you won’t have any viable seeds next year.

If you think you’re going to have to feed someone else, or would like to, add these figures into your calculations and increase your planned production.

Your also going to need quite a few other things too, such as land, water, soil, sunshine and fertilizer / compost and some tools. There are many good sources available on the Internet to find out more. Don’t forget your storage needs, root crops will either be canned (buy a large pressure cooker and Mason jars) and stored in a root cellar. There are a few good books I can recommend if you’ve never done this.

For those of you living in the cities without land (what Deek calls ‘landless peasants’), you might consider finding some abandoned land or lots you can “share crop”. A good guard dog or night watchman might be necessary.

Start looking down the road on the water situation too. I’m confounded on how the water is going to get to the garden if the lights go out. Buckets work, but it might be a long haul from the creek or reservoir, if you’ve got one (if you don’t, move). Rain barrels are still legal in some states, although some really stupid legislation has been proposed to outlaw these. Use them while you still can.

Get started now. It takes years of experience to actually grow enough food to even meet a portion of your actual needs, so don’t delay, time is short.

The issue of seed storage is complex, and completely depends on the species, each species has unique optimum pre-storage and storage conditions. With regard to freezing seeds for longevity - this depends on species and the moisture content. In general, the lower the moisture content the less cellular disruption, but each species has an ideal moisture content for germination/viability. In general I wouldn’t ‘plan’ on going there - even if a ‘freezer’ can be assured on remaining on constantly. Once thawed - or partially - forget about it. There is NO simple/easy one size fits all solution.
Species Compendium Database

Here’s a page pull for tomato , although as someone pointed out, tomatoes won’t be a great survival food...
~~~~~~~~~~~some very good resources below!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
save our seed
Seed Saving and Seed Savers Resources
Mother Earth News: Saving Seeds

(special thanks to Lonewolf for this information. Send him a donation through PayPal (, he’s too polite to ask for it and I guarantee, he can use it. A lot of information found on this blog has been sourced or contributed here by Lonewolf.)
special thanks forsurvival acres for use of this blog!!!!THANK YOU.

bETTY~~~Simply Southern

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

SuperBug Virus,Tax Rebate ,will it save us?~2008 DEPRESSION ..WTSHTF

********Epidemic superbug strains evolved from one bacterium*************

The drug-resistant "superbugs" that have cut a swathe through day care centers, schools, locker rooms and prisons across the United States in the last five years stem from one rapidly evolving bacterium, US scientists said Monday.
Scientists studying the genetic make-up of these bugs, which are resistant to almost all antibiotics, say they are nearly identical clones that have emerged from a single bacterial strain, which they have dubbed USA300.

"The USA300 group of strains appears to have extraordinary transmissibility and fitness," said Frank DeLeo, a researcher with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Hamilton, Montana.

"We anticipate that new USA300 derivatives will emerge within the next several years and that these strains will have a wide range of disease-causing potential."

Most drug-resistant staph infections cause soft-tissue infections such as boils that are readily treatable, but a skin infection can become a deadly pneumonia or blood or bone infection in a matter of days if the patient doesn't get the right drugs.

What's particularly worrying to health authorities is that the MRSA infections, (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) have spread beyond their traditional hospital setting, seeding an epidemic in the wider community.

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***********************TAX REBATE~~WILL THIS SAVE US?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
can this help?i think least unless the stores are willing to cut prices drastically.This will be the only way to stop this recession from happening.If prices fell it would encourage folks to spend more money becuase they could AFFORD TO!OK...let me ask you this scenerio...If you are handed 800.00 today,and you ,the typical person,are watching what is happening all over the place and seeing the stocks free fall today ,as has been for a while now,and see what is loomimg over the hill,Will you rush out and spend this one a new washer,car payment,remodel???NOT IF YOU HAVE ANY SENCE!
No ,this money will be spent on groceries as needed ,or pay bills...Unless you are lucky enough to not be effected by all these being rich!People are getting scared,and they need to be!This is only the beginning...I am afraid i see the depression coming on again.And you know sometimes i think this may be what we all need a dose of.To a lot of people material goods have too long overriden human needs.Do you really need 5 tv sets? 3 cars(new ones at that)?5 bedroom homes for 2 or 3 people??PLEASE! i KNOW PEOPLE WHO OWN 30-40 ACRES OF LAND.How much edible food is planted on it yearly? NONE!!!!!they go buy it ,it is easier they say.Who do you know picks berries or fruit and cans it for their families?Most folks know noone.will this tax incentive save us?????..Will this happen,no!Because greed has eaten america up! For way too long the big guys have eaten up the little one's until there is no more to eat!America has forgotten how to be self reliance. Now america will pay the price as well as other nations attached to us.Just the way it is i am afraid.And for any of you who still think writers like me are doomsdayer's...Google it...See what happened around the world while you slept!Markets crashed all over!And take a look at what happened on wall street this morning...I highly recommend you begin to prepare for this while you can.Protect your family.Begin quickly if you have not already in stockpiling at the very least ,can foods,veggies,meats,etc.If you have land learn how to grow some crops,it really is not hard to do and you will enjoy it.Think about how you would keep your family warm.right now if all power was off and gas cut off.Could you do it?If not you better figur out a plan.There are hundreds of thousands of us already who are prepared or preparing for this.But we can not feed everyone.You better think about when Katrina hit the gulf region.My family was there volunteering.We saw it and thousands more.When this happens,shtf,electricity,gas,water,food ,medical needs,baby food,ALL GONE!!!!!!!!!IMMEDIATLY!!!!if yu wait till it happens ,IT IS TOO LATE PEOPLE.......
your money will soon be worthless to you.If there is no one to buy from,what good is it? While you are preparing stock up on some stuff you can barter with as well.You will also need some kind of protection for your family.Yes i mean guns!If you are one of the smart one's ,every one else who is not will be trying to take your stuff.Will no longer be out of greed,but survival!So you better be prepared to defend yourselves or be killed.I hate to stroke the scary clock but it is already ticking.I pray dayly for better things here in america and protection over my family and loved ones.I know god is full of grace and love for his children ...He is also gracious in giving us knowledge and an inner prompting to let us know when something is about to happen!Don't you feel it???change is coming reader's ,AND IT IS COMING QUICKLY!!!!!iPRAY WE WILL ALL BE PREPARED....

~Simply Southern