posted on Dec, 14 2015 @ 06:28 AM
Ah yes, hardtack. The staple food of many a seafaring mariner; non-perishable and also stupidly hard to eat. They'd often have to soak the biscuits in
water before being able to eat the damn things.
A lot of people think that stockpiling food like canned goods and hardtack is the way to go. But in my current country of residence, I think that
hunting is a better alternative. In a disaster situation, old methods of preserving foods should be brought to the forefront. I used to go hunting
fairly often, mostly shooting feral pigs. I think there needs to be a counter-active push from the meat industry, and the focus shifted on eating meat
sources such as feral pigs, wild caught rabbits, feral goats, feral camels and feral deer. Not only do these animals wreak havoc on native ecosystems,
but they are also deliciously edible. Sadly, the few times I've seen wild caught rabbit carcasses for sale, they cost $25 for a single carcass! When I
lived in Canberra, there were rabbits everywhere, like right in the city centre. I'm not sure if it was legal or not, but my boyfriend and I would go
around setting up wire snares, bag a few rabbits, do all the necessary gutting and skinning, and have a free meal, just like that. When I lived in a
coastal area, I'd often catch bream, and provided they met the minimum side standards, I'd scale them, gut them, make little incisions in the flesh in
which I'd insert slices of lemon and lime, put a bit of salt and pepper over it, throw it in the oven for a bit and end up with a lovely meal of fresh
Most hunters in Australia do not hunt for trophies. They hunt feral species, and usually make a meal out of them too. I think there is a terrible
disconnect between the meat most people buy at supermarkets, all nice and packaged up for them, and the reality of killing and dressing a carcass for
consumption. Whilst they are perfectly happy to buy a steak at the grocery shops, they are often mortified at the idea of killing an animal
Personally, I believe that anyone who eats meat should be prepared to hunt, kill, and dress the carcass themselves. But of course, this is not always
The reason I mention hunting is that is a great way to obtain food. Hardtack is all well and good, but you can't truly live on it.
Personal vegetable gardens are also great. We keep chickens, though usually for eggs rather than meat. Self sufficiency is often a whole lot cheaper
than buying everything from big chain grocery shops, and no doubt much more healthful. For example, all kangaroos shot for meat must be shot in the
either the head or neck - reducing the animal's suffering. Given that they're a native species, and are not farmed, they are free of antibiotics and
hormones and whatnot, and very lean. In recent years it has become increasingly popular - though not nearly as profitable as the beef industry.
And here lies the real issue - some people will try to be as self sufficient as possible, and good for them! But they are in the minority. The push
for cheaper meat causes all sorts of problems, not to mention the over use of antibiotics. We need a serious global reform of farming practices. I
would happily go vegetarian, but unfortunately I require iron.