Storing ‘beans, bandages & bullets’ is a common saying amongst people into emergency preparedness. Lots of people focus on stashing away food, medical supplies and firearms. One easy preparedness activity that’s often overlooked is growing your own food. This is vital for long-term sustainability and has the advantage that you can enjoy the healthy yields […] Continue Reading
HuwsNursey talks about safety concerns with growing food in old tires. Summary: Growing food in plastic containers can leech harmful chemicals into the soil, which will then be absorbed into the food. There are similar concerns with growing food in tires. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: leaching of chemicals from partially burned tires, […] Continue Reading
When buying stocks from the grocery, avoid dented and rusted cans. You won’t be able to store them for long. However, if the cans are in good condition, the food inside should be safe for storage indefinitely. Canned food gone bad – Do you know all 8 signs? Continue Reading
If you don't have time to get into canning, try the refrigerator pickle method. I've made some nice atchara, pickled peppers and pickled onions this way. In my experience, they last much longer than a month and get sweeter as they age. I usually do this whenever we get more veggies than we can finish. It's a good way to quickly preserve food that would otherwise spoil. Here are a few starter guides:
Research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School has found that emergency room visits and deaths spiked by at least one fourth when plastic bag bans went into effect in California. The culprit: food borne illnesses from bacteria like E. coli growing in reusable grocery bags. The study revealed:
I wonder how many of our politicians who enforced plastic bag ban ordinances in their jurisdictions have thought of the unintended consequences of such a policy. Personally, I'm not convinced that plastic bag bans will have a positive impact on the environment. In fact, paper bags actually have an overall worse impact than plastic. Now we're also discovering a serious negative impact on human health in the affected community too. With plastic bag bans gaining momentum in the Philippines, we could be setting ourselves up for an unseen public health predicament. Regardless of what you believe, just remember to extend your basic food sanitation practices to your reusable grocery bags:
- Coliform bacteria were found in 51 percent of the bags tested.
- E. coli was found in 8 percent of the bags examined.
- Most people did not use separate bags for meats and vegetables.
- 97 percent of individuals indicated they never washed their reusable grocery bags.
- Use separate bags for raw meat and fish, vegetables, packaged food and dry goods.
- Mark the raw meat and fish bags and make sure you don't use them for any other type of product.
- Do not store the reusable bags in your car trunk as the research paper found that this drastically increased bacteria growth.
- The raw meat and fish bags especially should be washed after every use to eradicate dangerous bacteria.
- To kill the bacteria when washing, you need to get the water up to 60°C/140°F or use chemicals.
Here's an example of a solar powered hydroponics box which might be an interesting project for those of you who'd like to do some urban farming. Continue Reading
Article by Pinoy Prepper, Emergency Research Center "Lamang ang Handa sa Hindi!" Prepper Definition:
Prepper (noun): An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-reliant), or without substantial assistance from outside resources (govt., etc.) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyleSource: Prepper.org Rule of Threes
- 3 minutes without air
- 3 days without water
- 3 weeks without food and you will die