Our just-in-time delivery of everything is very dangerous. Grocers only have about 3 days of food on hand, and if that supply is disrupted, you will see food riots on an unprecedented scale. Preppers always talk abut the ‘three B’s’ of Beans, Bullets, and Band-aids. A year or so ago I added a 4th ‘B’ and recommended batteries. Particularly rechargeables with a solar charger.
But the sudden loss of available, affordable food is the most likely to create civil unrest. If you can raise your own and preserve it (canning, dehydrating) you are way ahead of most of ‘Murica. And remember, it takes at least 3 years to get a decent garden going. If you look at the survival food hawkers, you will see exorbitant prices. But you can buy bags of beans and rice along with some seasonings for a few dollars, just a little at a time, every time you go to the store, and you will soon have at least somewhat of a stock of survival food. Even in an apartment with limited storage space.
If the economy fails and barter becomes the only way of doing business, only things of real value will be worth anything. Gold and silver? Maybe, but you can’t eat them. And if you own futures and don’t have it in your physical possession, you have nothing. Ammunition will probably be worth a lot more than metals. Certain skills will have some value, but accounting isn’t one of them. Think EMT, combat surgery, herbal medicine, etc. Some skills of fabrication or construction might be of value, but don’t count on it unless you are around at least a little civilization. Food will always be valuable.
I read an article a few years ago in which a young millennial was asked how she would survive a grid down scenario. She replied that she would ‘screw’ for food. Yeah, right. Her and 50 million other women. And if a bad guy has guns or even physical superiority what makes her think he will pay for it? She will end up abused, raped, and murdered in short order.
So, the smart word is Be Prepared. Have a plan. A workable plan, not selling sex or another commodity that people will just take from you. Know how to care for yourself and others. Basic survival skills will save your life.
Anyway, stepping down off my soapbox and getting back to the food issue, here is my buddy Ray’s latest: