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Originally posted by fred3110
reply to post by Northern Raider
10 years is quite a long time, would it really be practical to start setting up a community after 10 years or would it be more sensible to start, say 6 months to a year after the initial sitX?
I think communities would develop automatically after the event as people would naturally join together in such times, the community itself would depend greatly on who was part of it.
Originally posted by dooper
reply to post by VelmaLu
Fortunately, they too, will eventually weaken overall, but there will be some vicious groups of predators who will survive. That's why folks group together who have common interests, for mutual defense.
All through history, there have been roving bands, increasingly larger as centuries passed, that lived by conquest. As late as the nineteenth century in the US, the Comanche fought the Arapaho, who fought the Blackfoot, who fought other tribes, on and on.
The real trick is going to be in the early stages remaining either undetected, or if detected, successfully defensive. Nature and predators will take care of the rest.
Originally posted by the seeker_713g
Here in the good ol u.s. of a., on any given day there is a 3 day supply of food on the shelves; stop the trucks and then you have bare shelves and a lot of people getting hungry and determined to take what they need.
Originally posted by VelmaLu
I've looked into the food supply. There's something even more troubling than that. Yes, there is a three or four day supply of food -- assuming people aren't hoarding or stockpiling. During a hurricane, most of the grocery stores get wiped out in hours.
What is worse is that there is a two week supply chain. That means any interruption in food distribution will take two weeks before it hits your store. So if your local food warehouses don't get rice today, you won't know it until Christmas.
Personally, I think it's time to start gardening and developing barter contacts locally. I've already done so. I don't care if I have passion fruit or mangoes, but I do care that I have eggs, milk and butter.
Originally posted by VelmaLu
I'm not so sure that is the answer, either.
Maybe it's a combination of self-reliance and community strength. Maybe each family has their own garden, and the community has a larger farm for crops that are better grown over a large area, such as grains. It's not like I'm going to plant my own wheat.
I think the problem with food production is that it does not make sense to grow most crops on a small scale. I have a fruit tree and there's no way I can consume, can or store all it produces. It is much easier for me to trade with others who have different trees and don't need all their fruit. So maybe I trade my excess apples for peaches, blueberries and grapes.
However, I would be reluctant to work in a cooperative farm where others may not be as inclined toward labor as I am.
I believe the solution is a cooperative "market" where goods are freely traded.