posted on Oct, 5 2008 @ 11:54 PM
Sounds like you're thinking the same thing I started thinking about 5 years ago: screw society.
All across the board, a lot depends on where you live.
For food, whatever you can't manage to grow on your own to feed yourself year-round (would be a lot of food) you'll have to supplement with trapping
(preferable to hunting in that it doesn't waste ammo or draw as much attention), fishing, and gathering wild edibles. There is plenty of food
naturally abundant (always -- and year round), but the problem is that Americans are so stupid today they would literally starve to death
surrounded by it without ever realizing it. During the winter it's harder to find sustenance but still very easy to survive with the right knowledge
even if you have completely run out of any other food. Pine needles have 5x the vitamin C per gram as oranges, for example.
Electricity is also dependent on your surroundings. Depending on what you want to use and how often you want to use it (electrical appliance), I can
figure out about how much energy you would have to be generating. You'd have to have a whole set-up to make it practical, some meters and probably
appliances to convert your DC current to AC to be able to use most common appliances. In my case, I would have to have a crank-generator mounted on a
bicycle for most of my power, honestly, and supplement that with sunlight and possibly water if I can afford to built it, mainly because I don't have
a lot of money to invest in so many different kinds of generators. Sunlight slowly charges batteries and you would have to leave panels in the Sun
all day for a relatively few watt-hours. Solar panels are also still expensive. Water generators can be built to accommodate the strength of the
current for not much money and can potentially generate a lot more power. Wind is another possibility.
Water availability is something that you can't really discuss without knowing the location, either.