Not only do we rely on global weather conditions being just right for growing food, but we also rely on the electric grid and oil supply for producing and distributing food. Most preppers start by stockpiling survival foods in their pantries and storm shelters. If you want to survive a complete SHTF situation, you must have a self-sustainable food system in place.
Gardening is far from the perfect off-grid survival food system. It is too dependent on factors like climate, water availability, and soil conditions. You need to have lots of space to produce enough food to be self-sustainable with a garden (a lot can be done with just a small plot of land but, again, there is a learning curve here). There is also the issue of time. While waiting for your crops to mature, they are vulnerable to theft. Even if your garden is just in buckets on your apartment balcony, do it!
Hydroponics is another great off-grid survival food system. It is preferable to gardening in some situations, such as when you need to grow indoors in order to hide your food, or you don’t have access to uncontaminated soil. The caveat here is that hydroponics systems rely on pumps. You’ll also probably need to light your hydroponics system. Both of these things require electricity.
3. Rearing Animals
For everyday self-sustainability, raising animals like cows, sheep, and pigs are great food sources for those who don’t want to be dependent on the food system. However, these large animals are actually really bad choices for survival food. A much better option for off-grid food is to raise small animals. A lot of survivalists already have their own backyard chickens. Chickens are easy to raise and you can even use leaves to make their bedding, which they will turn into compost. Chicken poop can also be used as compost.
Aquaponics is quickly becoming the most popular self-sustainable survival food system, and for a good reason. It is really easy to set up, and provides both plant food and fish to eat thus meeting your nutritional needs even in a SHTF situation. Other pros of this survival food system are that it can be done indoors or outdoors. An aquaponics system basically involves a fish tank and a hydroponic garden bed. The waste from the fish is pumped onto the garden, providing the plants with nutrients to grow.
5. Insect Farming
In anticipation of a global food crisis, the United Nations even has a campaign going called “Insects to Feed the World” to get people in western countries to eat insects. They note that it is common to eat insects in many parts of the world, and that insects are a great source of protein, healthy fats, and many other nutrients. If you raise bees, then the honey will be the best natural cold remedy you’ll find in a SHTF situation.