When There Is No Food, Even Civilized Societies Will Resort to Dumpster
Diving To Survive
by Tess Pennington
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In many so-called
civilized parts of the world, life has taken a dramatic
turn. If you have kept up with the news lately, you know that Greece
is not the only European nation in trouble. In fact, smaller countries
like Lithuania, Italy, and other debt- ridden nations are all rapidly
approaching their breaking points. Little by little, the economic
toil placed on these nations is hardest felt by its citizens who
are doing their very best to provide for their families. For them,
their untold story is one involving desolation and feelings of abandonment
from their countrys leaders. In every sense of the word survival
is the name of the game for our European friends and it will not
be long before we are on the same boat. If were smart, we
can learn from the events taking place across the ocean and prepare
before its too late.
In some areas
of the world, its no longer about going to work and earning
a living its about going out and finding food to get
them through another day. In some of these countries, the shelves
in the stores are either empty, or the prices are unreachably high.
As a last resort, people have gone back to the days of hunting and
gathering in order to make it day to day.
Times Call for Desperate Measures
Those who live
near forests and natural resources are considered the fortunate
ones and spend the entire day in search of food to forage
berries, nuts, edible mushrooms. In most of these places, weapons
are banned, so they are reduced to using common items to make snares
in order to catch squirrels or the occasional rabbit.
This can hardly
be considered a fortunate existence, but compared to those in the
cities, the forest offers up a cornucopia of food.
People in the
cities are lining up for food that is being doled out; they are
digging through garbage bins for bits of food that were discarded.
Some city dwellers have been reduced to catching and consuming small
Ten years ago,
these friends of ours never expected to be spending the day in search
of sustenance. Like us, they were planning vacations, contributing
to retirement funds and working towards a promotion at work.
that great of a stretch of the imagination to foresee that we may
be headed in a similar direction.That leaves one question:
We may be looking
at a return to the hunting
and gathering lifestyles of our ancestors. By deciding what
foods you can access now, you will be miles ahead of all the people
who are trying to wrap their brains around the idea that life as
we know it is over.
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joined the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess
worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and
is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response.
You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness,
and a host of other topics at ReadyNutrition.com.
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