There are many reasons you might need to rely on a stockpile of MREs to feed yourself and your family. Perhaps the grocery store shelves are empty after looting and panic-buying due to the economic depression; or you may have evacuated from your home and must stay fed until you reach your stockpile at your bug-out location; or maybe it’s just a family camping trip.
Storing seeds so that you’re ready to grow your own food is a popular and effective strategy that many preppers incorporate into their SHTF (sh•t hits the fan) preparedness plans. By saving seeds and growing your food, you can mitigate the negative impacts that natural disasters, societal upheavals, and economic depressions can have on your family’s food security.
Amongst some prepper communities, there is an enormous elephant in the room, a topic too scary and uncomfortable to think about: a full-blown, catastrophic “sh•t hits the fan,” or SHTF, type of event. So instead of addressing and prepping for the issue, it’s easier to focus on preparedness for other short-term emergencies.
One of the most considerable barriers for beginner preppers is the financial aspect. Prepping on a budget is hard. We know that it can be challenging to allocate additional funds for prepping emergency supplies amongst the other expenses we pay for daily, weekly, and monthly living.
If SHTF and your location becomes unsafe, you may need to grab your bug-out bag and evacuate. Ideally, you’ll already have prepped bags, designated evacuation routes, and a safe bug-out location waiting for you.
In our modern world, we do much of our reading using our computers, tablets, and smartphones. Throughout our prepping, we have become accustomed to rapidly accessing information in a digital format, collecting the information we require, and moving on.
We appreciate the optimism. We’re right there with you; however, that doesn’t mean we take our current lifestyle for granted. It’s the opposite—we think taking steps to prepare for another Great Depression and stocking up on certain supplies is critical.
Our modern society depends on an intricate and complex web of electronic equipment and systems. This system is awe-inspiring and affords us many luxurious creature comforts we have come to enjoy (and take for granted). But what if that system turned off in the blink of an eye?
Meals ready to eat, or MREs for short, have been a long-standing staple in pre-packaged food. MREs were initially created in the early 1980s to improve upon earlier forms of pre-packed rations used for military personnel. Since then, MREs have continued to play a role in providing nutrition to military personnel.
Humans have been growing, consuming, and storing rice for centuries, and for good reason. Rice is dense with nutrients, versatile in its applications, and can be easily stockpiled for long-term food storage, due to its remarkable shelf life.
As preppers, we are obsessed with preserving our food sovereignty. For example, we enjoy growing gardens, pickling vegetables, and drying herbs. But it also means monitoring the local and global food economy and preparing for potential food shortages.