Another popular doomsday theory is global starvation. This event may come to be through any number of factors; drought, nuclear fallout, polar shift, pesticide-tolerant insects, etc. Many citizens prepping for doomsday are looking to become self-sustaining homes as soon as possible. You can, too. There are a number of factors to prepare for:
Off-the-grid power is necessary for a truly self-sufficient home. While heating and cooking can be done with a wood stove, this may not be a great long-term option. Wood supplies can take up quite a bit of space. They also are not quickly renewable.
Solar Power and/or Wind Turbine allow a homeowner to run appliances on nature’s power sources. The systems necessary to transform and store this power can expensive, but less so than geothermal power which generates electricity from energy stored within the Earth.
Rain harvestingis not an unusual activity. It is commonly implemented around the world in areas without a local, usable water source. This type of system will allow you to divert rainwater into storage containers for later use. These storage containers need to be covered to ensure water cannot be contaminated.
Rain harvesting can ease some of the stress of stockpiling years’ worth of water for consumption, sanitation and gardening needs. This is not to say that you no longer need to store water. You do. Depending on the cause of global starvation, you may find yourself in the midst of a drought or nuclear disaster. Rain may not be coming soon. If it does, it may not be safe for consumption or use. Rain harvesting should be looked at as a long-term solution, not a short-term plan.
Vertical gardening may be essential for those homeowners with limited space. This is the perfect opportunity to grow more produce by going up when you can’t go out. This method also gets plants off the ground, making them easier to maintain and cultivate.
The materials necessary for vertical gardening may include trellises, hanging baskets and pyramids. Depending upon your climate or the climate after a global catastrophe, a greenhouse may be necessary to maintain proper growing temperatures. Other investments to consider are grow lights and obviously the rain harvesting system mentioned above.
Urban livestock farming is on the rise currently. Small farm animals can provide food and fiber, some can control pests, many provide a continuous supply of whatever they are producing. This may mean there will be enough of these materials available so that you can use them for bartering if needed. Common livestock choices for the smaller, urban setting include chickens, sheep, goats, bees and rabbits.
Waste, from your family and your new farm animal friends, may become an issue in a post-apocalyptic world. If water and sewer systems are no longer operational, where will you “go?” You have a few options. You will be gardening in your new self-sustaining living quarters. You may want to check into The Humanure Handbook. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, incinerator toilets can eliminate waste and your worries.
Protection will likely be necessary for the self-sustaining homeowner in the event of global starvation. If food is not available to the masses and you have some, that could spell trouble. How you choose to defend your family and your survival setting is your choice. But, do make one.