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A STORY OF A PALESTINIAN GIRL

Huda Darweesh who was shot by an Israeli while sitting in her class room in the head, after weeks in coma she woke up blind forever.

You are not watching this to entertain yourself

You are watching this because one day

Someone among you will be like Abu Huraira

One day Someone among you will be like Khalid Bin Waleed

Someone among you will be like Salah-ad-Deen

Someone among you will bring back the justice of

Umar Ibn Al-Khattab

to this world.

Source: Declare USA & Israel As Terrorist

When you say “I Love Allah”

When you say “I love Allah”, do you actually mean it? Do you fully understand the meaning of such love?  Do you know how to love Allah?

To know how to love God is very easy… Not everyone who says “I love Allah of course” sincerely does so. When you declare your love to Allah, then your actions should be in parallel with your words… Are they?

To sincerely love Allah, you must sincerely follow His messenger, for it is through Muhammad (PBUH) that we can learn how to love Allah. Allah told us Muslims that by following Muhammad (PBUH) we will be loved by Allah for seeking His love… (Al Imran)

So in order to fully love Allah, obeying His messenger is the golden key to unlock all doors towards salvation of the soul.

Obeying Allah is by obeying His messenger, since God ordered us to do so… How do we obey Muhammad (PBUH) if we neglect most of what ha had adivsed us to do, and then say that we do indeed love Allah? Obeying Muhammand (PBUH) is by doing what he had told us to do and avoiding what he prevented us from doing. This is following his “Sunnah”…

Prophet Muhammad is the only way to show us how Allah is pleased and what Allah likes. Through him, we can gain the ability to perform whatever is necessary to please Allah. Allah had given us the chance of knowing how to love Him through Muhammad (PBUH) who taught us in his daily life how to love Allah more than anyone or anything in this life.

Therefore, this is a continuous challenge, a struggle against the devil that tries by all means to disencourage us, to let us lose hope, to make us believe that it is a very hard thing to do, and to convince us that this obedience is a difficult task beyond our ability… Don’t let the devil disencourage you, or put you down… Be sure that Allah will always guide you to His path once you decide to walk that road towards Him…

To love Allah, to love His messenger is the true faith. In this concept, you can truly achieve the greatest happiness of the soul, which knows no boundaries at all… nothing can ever stand between you and this goal, because Allah Himself is guiding you and helping you… You make one step towards Allah,  He makes a lot more towards you… You change one little thing in yourself to please Allah, He will help you change more to gain His love… Further more, Allah will order his creatures, any kind of creatures to love you as well….

To truly love Allah, you need to get rid of any doubt that you are alone on this journey… Be patient and try tasting this little sweetness life can offer you and endure the little sadness it compells you to face… This struggle doesn’t mean at all that Allah is angry at you or does not love you… On the contrary, it does mean that Allah loves you and He chose you to see how much You love Him… How much are you willing to take and endure to pass the test of life with patience and by being satisfied with whatever Allah brings you and puts in your way.

After all, any pain we live, is a way of purification from sins… the slightest pain of a thorn in a finger is a way to erase sins… Imagine the more pain you face along your journey, the more sins are erased, the more faults are wiped off your page… We all make mistakes, we all commit things we can ‘t always be proud of, even between ourselves and our reflection in the mirror.. Allah knows everything done, the way you’ve felt while doing it and the circumstances while doing it… The point is not to be judged… but to see how can you make it up,…. will you wake up and discover that you should not just feel guilty about it but try to erase it… by the good deeds and going back to Allah, returning to His path and asking Him and only Him for forgiveness… You don’t need to tell anyone what you’ve done… Allah kept it a secret, why should you anounce it in public…. Allah will preserve the veil on your secret and simply forgive you, for you, slave, by asking Allah for forgivness, you acknowledge that there is indeed a God who punishes sinners and forgives them too, once they return to Him, with hands raised up to the sky asking for salvation and forgivness….Isn’t this to show how merciful He is…? Isn’t this a way to show us how easy it could be to be as pure as a baby without sins… once your forgiven…? This shows how Allah loves us….

To love Allah and through obeying His messenger (PBUH), you are following the correct path towards Jannah. Isn’t this what we all aspire… Paradise? Eternal paradise…? Don’t we all dream of its endless pleasure and joy?

It is costly to achieve… it is based upon patience and submitting to God’s will. To know how you truly love Allah you need to ask yourself a question everytime you do something:

Will Allah be pleased with this deed? Will this make Him happy with me? Will I make His messenger angry by doing it…?

Or you can simply ask yourself, if I meet Muhammad (PBUH) now, as I’m wearing this, doing that, saying that…. etc… will I be proud or ashamed..?

If you leave a prayer, will this please Allah? As long as you’re sure of the answer NO, then you know whether you are in this particular moment loving Allah the way you should or not.. Same concept in saying if I do my prayers on itme, will this make Allah pleased with my deeds? As long as your answer is YES, then be proud of loving Allah the way you should, the way He wants you to do so. This was a simple example of course there is a lot more than just the 5 prayers and the fasting and the dealing with people, and ….etc….it is always about deeds and hearts… along with the intentions for these deeds..

I believe that you should not fear what you say or do;  or say or do what you fear… Do what you can be facing the whole world while you’re doing it.. this only proves that you are brave enough to take responsibility for all your actions, and be confident that any deed you actually make is done for Allah’s satisfaction… and of course for loving it… don’t you lose this feeling of loving what you do while doing it… then and only then, you will have a cost for everything you do… nothing will be done for free,……. Yes.. the cost is little things in Paradise with each word, each gesture, each whisper, what you do alone or with people, anything will have a price… one minute can simply give you thousands of golden trees in Jannah without you being aware of it… one little deed, that you didn’t notice could be a great deal after life…

So when you say “I love Allah” be sure you sincerely mean it the way you are supposed to love Him.

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ভূমিকম্পের করণীয় – সবাইকে জানতে সাহায্য করুন

বাংলাদেশে ভূমিকম্পের ঘটনা একের পর এক ঘটে গেলেও তা আমাদের তেমন একটা সচেতন করতে পারেনি। যে দূর্যোগের কোন পূর্বাভাস পাওয়া সম্ভব নয় তার থেকে বাচতে হলে প্রয়োজন এর বিরুদ্ধে প্রতিরোধ। চলুন আমরা আমাদের জীবন-মরণ প্রশ্ন নিয়ে হেলাফেলা না করে একে মোকাবেলা করার জন্য প্রস্তুত থাকি এবং সবাইকেপ্রস্তুত করে তুলি।

প্রতিরোধ (ভূমিকম্পের আগে করণীয়)

 ঘরেরপ্রস্তুতি – আশ্চর্য মনে হলেও সত্যি যে ভূমিকম্পের ক্ষয়ক্ষতির মূল কারণ বিল্ডিং ধসে পড়া নয়। বরং আসবাব, ভঙ্গুর কাঠামো অথবা তৈজসপত্রের কারণেই বেশিরভাগ ক্ষতি হয়ে থাকে। জোরাল ভূমিকম্পের সময় মেঝের আগে-পিছে ঝাকুনি সেকেন্ডে কয়েক ফুট পর্যন্ত হতে পারে যার কারণে ঘর থেকে বের হওয়া দুস্কর হয়ে পড়ে এবং ঘরেরমাঝে ছুটন্ত বস্তুর আঘাতেই আঘাত পাওয়ার আশঙ্কা প্রবল থাকে। এর থেকে রক্ষা পেতে হলে –

  •   শেলফ ও আলমারিতে বড় ও ভারি মালপত্র নিচের দিকে রাখুন।
  • ভঙ্গুর তৈজসপত্র যেমন বোতল, গ্লাস, কাপ, প্লেট ইত্যাদি বন্ধ ক্যাবিনেটে রাখুন।
  •  দেয়ালে ঝোলানো ভারি শো-পিস যেমন ছবির ফ্রেম, আয়না ইত্যাদি বিছানা, সোফা অথবা অন্য কোন বসার স্থান থেকে দূরে রাখুন।
  •  ত্রুটিযুক্ত বৈদ্যুতিক ওয়্যারিং এবং গ্যাসের লাইন মেরামত করে নিন। এসব স্থান থেকে সহজে আগুন ধরতে পারে।
  •  দেয়ালে বা সিলিং এ ফাটল থাকলে মেরামত করে নিন; এ বিষয়ে বিশেষজ্ঞ মতামত নেয়ার দরকার হতে পারে।
  •  যেসব বিল্ডিং এখনো তৈরি হয়নি সেগুলো যথাযথ বিল্ডিং কোড মেনে তৈরি করুন।

ঘরে-বাইরে ভূমিকম্প হতে নিরাপদ স্থানসমূহ চিহ্নিত করুন

  •  ভারি টেবিল বা মজবুত চৌকি বা খাটের নিচে।
  •  ভিতরের দিকের দেয়ালের পাশে (সীমানার দিকের দেয়াল ও জানালার কাছে থাকা বিপজ্জনক)।
  •  জানালা, ছবির ফ্রেম বা আয়না জাতীয় ভঙ্গুর কাঠামো এবং ঝাকুনিতে পড়ে যেতে পারে এমন ভারি আসবাব থেকে দূরে।
  •  ঘরের বাইরে খোলা এলাকা – যা কোন বিল্ডিং এবং বৈদ্যুতিক লাইন থেকে দূরে।

নিজে ও পরিবারের সবাই সচেতন হোন

  •  ভূমিকম্পের আগে, ভূমিকম্পের সময় ও এর পরে কি করণীয় সে বিষয়ে সচেতনতা।
  • ভূমিকম্প হতে নিরাপদ স্থানগুলো চিহ্নিত করার যোগ্যতা যাচাই।
  • ভূমিকম্পের সময় কি করতে হবে তার মহড়া।

শুধু নিজে নয়, অপরকেও এসব জানতে সাহায্য করুন

  •   পোস্টার, বিলবোর্ডের মাধ্যমে।
  •  ফেসবুক ও অন্যান্য সোশ্যাল নেটওয়ার্কে এই প্রবন্ধটি শেয়ার করার মাধ্যমে।
  •  স্বেচ্ছাসেবক হিসেবে ঘরে ঘরে অথবা স্কুল-কলেজে প্রচারের মাধ্যমে।

মোকাবেলা (ভূমিকম্পের সময় করণীয়)

ভূমিকম্পের সময় চলাফেরা কঠিন ও বিপজ্জনক। তাই যত দ্রুত সম্ভব নিরাপদ স্থানে আশ্রয় নেয়া প্রয়োজন। দৌড়ে বের হওয়া তখনই উচিত হবে যখন আপনি বাড়ির গেট এর কাছে থাকবেন এবং বাইরে বিল্ডিং ও বৈদ্যুতিক লাইন থেকে দূরে যাওয়া খুব অল্প সময়ের মধ্যে সম্ভব। কাজেই, বাইরে বের হওয়া সম্ভব না হলে ঘরের নিরাপদ আশ্রয় ব্যবহার করা প্রয়োজন।

হামাগুড়ি - আশ্রয় ও ধরে রাখার পদ্ধতি

ভেতরের দিকের দেয়ালের কাছে আশ্রয় নেয়া

বাড়ির ভিতরে থাকলে

  •  মাটিতে হামাগুড়ি দিয়ে বসে পড়ুন, ভারি টেবিল বা খাটের নিচে আশ্রয় নিন এবং খাট বা টেবিলের পায়া ধরে রাখুন যাতে করে ঝাকুনিতে তা সরতে না পারে।
  •  নিরাপদ আশ্রয়ে যেতে না পারলে হাত দিয়ে মাথা ঢেকে ভেতরের দিকের কোন দেয়াল বা কোনায় বা কলামের গোড়ায় হামাগুড়ি দিয়ে বসে পড়ুন।
  •  পতনশীল ভারি আসবাব, ছবির ফ্রেম, আয়না, জানালা থেকে দূরে থাকুন।
  •  বিছানায় শোওয়া অবস্থায় থাকলে বিছানা থেকে বেশি দূরে যাবার চেষ্টা করবেননা। খাটের নিচে বা নিকটতম নিরাপদ স্থানে আশ্রয় নিন।
  •  লিফট বা এলিভেটর ব্যবহার করবেননা।
  •  মনে রাখবেন, বিদ্যুত সরবরাহ ব্যাহত হতে পারে যা কিনা আপনার চলাফেরাকেও ব্যাহত করতে পারে।

বাড়ির বাইরে বা গাড়িতে থাকলে

  •  বিল্ডিং, বৈদ্যুতিক লাইন, ল্যাম্পপোস্ট থেকে দূরে থাকুন।
  • বড় ভূমিকম্পের পরেও কয়েক দফা মৃদু কম্পন হতে পারে। কাজেই ঝাকুনি শেষ হওয়ার পরেও কিছুক্ষণ বাইরে অপেক্ষা করুন।

ভেঙ্গে পড়া বাড়িতে আটকা পড়লে

  •  আগুন জ্বালাবেননা। গ্যাস লাইন লিক করে থাকলে তা আগ্নিকান্ডের সূত্রপাত করতে পারে।
  •  ধীরে নড়াচড়া করুন।
  •  কাপড় বা রুমাল দিয়ে নাকমুখ ডেকে নিন ও উদ্ধারের অপেক্ষায় থাকুন।

প্রতিকার (ভূমিকম্পের পরে করণীয়)

  •   বড় ভূমিকম্পের পরবর্তী মৃদু কম্পনের জন্য প্রস্তুত থাকুন। এ ধরণের কম্পন মূল কম্পনের এক ঘন্টা থেকে এক মাসের মধ্যে যেকোন সময় হতে পারে।
  •  শেলফ, আলমারি খোলার সময় সাবধান থাকুন। মালপত্র সহজেই পড়ে যেতে পারে।
  •  ধ্বংসপ্রাপ্ত স্থান থেকে দূরে থাকুন যদি না আপনার সাহায্য একান্ত প্রয়োজনীয় হয়।
  •  সমুদ্র এলাকার লোকজন সুনামি বা উচু জোয়ারের জন্য প্রস্তুত থাকুন।
  •  আটকা পড়া বা আঘাতপ্রাপ্ত মানুষকে সাহায্য করুন।
  •  গ্যাসের গন্ধ বা নির্গমণের শব্দ পেলে জানালা খুলে দিন ও দ্রুত বের হয়ে যান। যথাশীঘ্র তা মেরামত করার ব্যবস্থা নিন।
  •  বিদ্যুতের স্পার্ক দেখলে মেইন সুইচ বন্ধ করে দিন, যাওয়ার পথে পানি থাকলে নিজে মেরামত না করে ইলেক্ট্রিশিয়ানের পরামর্শ নিন।

শেষ করার আগে বলতে চাই, এই তথ্য সবাইকে জানিয়ে দিন। যেকোন স্থানে শেয়ার করুন। আপনার সামান্য তথ্য শেয়ার হতে পারে অনেক মানুষের জীবন রক্ষার কারণ! ধন্যবাদ। ভালো থাকুন।

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Why Is Russia Building 5000 More Nuclear Bomb Shelters In Moscow By The End Of 2012 ? [Video]

Russia certainly seems to be in a hurry to prepare for something.  RT is reporting that 5,000 new nuclear bomb shelters will be constructed in the city of Moscow by the end of 2012.  Russian authorities believe that these new shelters are urgently needed because the current nuclear bomb shelters will only hold approximately half the population and are quite outdated.  In addition, there are apparently very few nuclear bomb shelters for those living outside the city center at this point.  Officials want virtually the entire population of Moscow to be able to reach a bomb shelter within a matter of minutes.  But in this era when the “Cold War” is supposed to be over, why are 5000 nuclear bomb shelters such an urgent necessity?

The following is an RT video news report about these new shelters….

 

 

But it isn’t just Russia that has been busy building bomb shelters.

A few years ago, Shanghai’s Civil Defense Office announced the completion of an absolutely massive underground shelter.  It was reported that the shelter covers an area of over 90,000 square meters and could accommodate up to 200,000 people at a time.

But that giant shelter is not even as big as the “Underground Great Wall” that was built during that 1960s and 1970s.  It is estimated that the “Underground Great Wall” contains 19 miles of tunnels and shelters and could hold up to 300,000 people.  It reportedly has a munitions warehouse, a hospital, a theater and even a library.

So what about the U.S. government?  Are they building any bomb shelters for us?

No.

Basically, Americans are sitting ducks.  Whether it is a rogue nation launching a nuke or a full-out nuclear war, Americans literally have nowhere to go.  In the event of a nuclear attack, most of us would be lucky to have enough time to duck and cover and say our prayers.

The sad truth is that the U.S. government considers the threat of nuclear war to be a thing of the past.

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For decades, an overwhelming nuclear arsenal has been our primary protection against nuclear attack, but thanks to the last several presidents our strategic nuclear arsenal has been mostly dismantled.

Today, the United States has only 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile, which represents an 84 percent decline since a peak of approximately 31,255 in 1967.

But that isn’t far enough for Barack Obama.  Currently, Obama is working on a treaty under which the United States and Russia would only be allowed a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads.

So with nuclear weapons rapidly spreading throughout the world, and with the U.S. only having a small fraction of the nukes that it used to have, doesn’t that make a nuclear strike against the United States more likely?

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Of course, but because the mainstream media tells Americans that we don’t have to worry about nuclear war anymore most of them don’t even think about it.

But Russia is obviously taking a different approach.  Building 5000 bomb shelters in one city alone is a massive undertaking.  Obviously they feel like building all of these shelters is important for one reason or another.

So are they just being paranoid or are they several moves ahead of us?

 

Example of How Gold Can Be A Protection

Jason Kaspar


During the Civil War, an independent thinker from San Antonio named Edward Steves made a savvy business move that would forever change his fortune and that of his family for generations. He made a bet against a dying currency in favor of the only currency that has never failed.

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Edward and Johanna Steves and Their Three Sons

In Texas, truth and myth are often blurred, as stories of what the human spirit accomplishes are stretched into tall tales for open camp fires and star filled nights. Perhaps the story of Mr. Steves borders on exaggeration. Perhaps not. In either case, the moral offers a profound lesson in wealth preservation and accumulation.

Steves immigrated to the United States in 1849 from Barmen, Elberfeld, Germany. He ventured into the Texas hill country as a farmer with mediocre success as he battled unpredictable weather, threat of local Indians, and rocky soil.  He scraped every penny; and in early 1861, with an entrepreneurial spirit as big as Texas, he spent his entire savings on a newly invented machine – the first mechanical combine to make it to the South Central Texas region. As fate would have it, this machine arrived on the last ship to make it into Galveston, Texas before the Union blockaded the port in July 1861.  After his mechanical contraption arrived in San Antonio, Steves had a monopoly over the local farmers surrounding the area.

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The farmers wanted to pay Steves for the use of his mechanical combine in the local currency, Confederate dollars. He refused. He negotiated to take his payment in kind – a percentage of what his combine would process. Steves then bundled up his portion and regularly set off for Mexico, where he would sell it for gold and silver. This occurred for several years until finally the Civil War ended. The Confederacy collapsed along with the monetary system.  Confederate dollars and Confederate bonds became worthless, sending many individuals into financial ruin.

The end of the Gavelston blockade marked the death of his monopoly, but by that time he had amassed a fortune in gold and silver.  With this fortune, he bought Union dollars and effectively bought back into a working economic system.  In 1866 he launched a lumber company that by 1916 had become the largest millwork operation in the Southwest.  It exists today as Steves & Sons, offering more than 300,000 variations of doors throughout the United States.

In today’s world most individuals, including investment professionals, have very little understanding of the history and purpose of precious metals as a monetary asset.  Monetary systems have come and gone for thousands of years, but our lives are so cloistered that the probability of living through two entirely different monetary systems seems highly unlikely. As the Steves story illustrates, even in the United States monetary systems collapse and evolve.

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Precious Metals

The impetuous drive towards globalism and a “world currency” may impact our monetary system more than even the national debt. Initially, the evolution of a system brings chaos.  People cling to staples . . . land, guns, and food production. As a new system emerges, individuals who have precious metals maintain the capacity to buy back into the new system – buying a home, starting new businesses, regaining the quality of life of the previous system.  After 5,000 years, this continues to remain the ultimate benefit of precious metals. The irony is that a true global currency has always existed in the form of gold and silver.

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Gold is a store of wealth not a generator of wealth

Unless an investor trades precious metals effectively, which very few can do over a long period of time, precious metals do not generate wealth in a functioning economic system. Gold is a store of wealth not a generator of wealth.  It is much better to own thriving companies that produce a superior return over their cost of capital.  Owning businesses that generate a superior return on invested capital is the way to move up the social status in a functioning capitalist system.  Unfortunately, American capitalism has been compromised and is now sputtering.

Ten years ago I would have argued that the probability of an American monetary collapse over the following decade was zero. The next ten years present far less certainty.  One may disagree whether the probability of a collapse over the next ten years is 2%, 25%, or 60%. But the probability is no longer zero. The criticality of gold and silver as an asset class has reemerged.  The Edward Steves story is an illustrative parable of how to build and preserve wealth when economic systems are in flux.

Jason Kaspar is the Chief Investment Officer for Ark Fund Capital Management, focusing on investment and portfolio management. This article first appeared on Gold Shark.

 

5 Simple Ways To Prepare For The Coming Food Crisis

Source : Pakalert Press

Activist Post

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Recently there has been an incredible flurry of news reporting about food shortages and the pending global food crisis. Everyone who looks at the indicators would agree that this crisis is only likely to worsen.  It is estimated that the Australia floods alone could cause a 30% jump in food prices. Although the average shopper already can feel the food inflation, it is difficult to recognize the severity of the looming food shortages.  After all, there are still 15 types of colorfully-boxed Cheerios packing the isles, which gives us the illusion of abundance.

The truth is that we are headed for large food production shortfalls, manipulated or not, while middle-class food demand grows massively in the developing world.  For decades the world’s agriculture community produced more than enough food to feed the planet, yet some now believe we are reaching “Peak Food” production levels.  In turn, other experts believe the “food bubble” is about to burst, and not even the biotech companies can save us.

However, there are still vast unused stretches of fertile land that can be used around the globe, and the U.S. ethanol mandates that reportedly consume at least 25% of the corn harvest could be reduced to ease the burden. Therefore, it seems that despite the extreme weather and dwindling harvests, food production still has room to increase, but not without foresight and planning.

Additionally, the current systems for growing food are fully dependent on oil to achieve high levels of production, while livestock production is running at full concentration-camp capacity; the end product must then travel thousands of miles to get to store shelves.  Clearly we can see the fragile nature of this system, especially on human health and the environment.  Consequently, solving the so-called “food crisis” is far more complex than simply fixing statistical supply and demand issues.

Indeed, these are turbulent times where humanity appears to be nearing Peak Everything. Ultimately, solutions to the food crisis will begin at the local level. There are cutting-edge farming techniques gaining popularity that produce a large variety of crops by mimicking nature, as well as innovative techniques for small-scale food production at home or in urban buildings. These hold promise for easing local hunger.

Personal ways to protect yourself from food shortages may seem obvious to some, but many feel the task can be insurmountable. To the contrary, here are 5 simple ways to protect yourself from the coming food crisis:

1. Create a Food Bank: Everyone should have a back-up to the everyday food pantry.  In this environment, you should consider your personal food bank far more valuable than a dollar savings account.  Start by picking up extra canned goods, dried foods, and other essentials for storage each time you go to the store.  Also, hunt for coupons and shop for deals when they come up.  Devise a plan for FIFO (first in, first out) rotation for your food bank. It is advisable to acquire food-grade bins to store your bulk dried foods, and be sure to label and date everything. Besides the obvious store-able foods like rice and beans, or canned goods, some other important items to hoard are salt, peanut butter, cooking oils, sugar, coffee, and powdered milk.  If you don’t believe the food crisis will be too severe, then buy items that you would eat on a normal daily basis.  But if you believe the crisis will be sustained for some time, purchasing a grain mill to refine bulk wheat or corn may prove to be the most economical way to stretch your food bank.  Some emergency MREs are also something to consider because they have a long shelf life.

2. Produce Your Own Food: Having some capacity to produce your own food will simply become a necessity as the food system crumbles.  If you don’t know much about gardening, then start small with a few garden boxes for tomatoes, herbs, or sprouting and keep expanding to the limits of your garden. And for goodness sakes, get some chickens.  They are a supremely easy animal to maintain and come with endless benefits from providing eggs and meat, to eating bugs and producing rich manure.  Five laying hens will ensure good cheap protein for the whole family.  If you have limited growing space, there are brilliant aquaculture systems that can produce an abundance of fish and vegetables in a small area.  Aquaculture is a contained organic hydroponic system where the fertilized waste water from the fish tank is pumped through the vegetable growing trays which absorb the nutrients before returning clean water to the fish tank.  Set high goals for independent food production, but start with what’s manageable.

3. Learn Food Preservation: Food preservation comes in many forms such as canning, pickling, and dehydrating.  In every case some tools and materials are required along with a good deal of knowledge.  If you can afford a dehydrator, they all usually come with a preparation guide for most foods.  You can also purchase a vacuum sealer if you have the means.  A good vacuum sealer should come with thorough instructions and storage tips, and will add months if not years to many food items.  If you’re a beginner at canning, start with tomatoes first.  It’s easy and very valuable when all your tomatoes ripen at the same time and you want fresh pasta sauce in the winter.  A bigger ticket item that is nice to have for food preservation is a DC solar powered chest freezer.  It is the ultimate treasure chest.

4. Store Seeds: The government and the elite have seed banks and so should you.  Seeds have been a viable currency in many civilizations past and present.  They represent food when scarcity hits.  Before the rise of commercial seed giants like Monsanto, local gardeners were adept at selecting seeds from the healthiest plants, saving them, and introducing them to the harvest for the following year, thus strengthening the species. Through local adaptation to pests, genetic diversity was further ensured; it was long-term thinking at its finest. That is why it is important to find heirloom seed banks and learn to save seeds from each harvest.

5. Join or Start a Local Co-Op: Joining local cooperatives is very important, especially when food shortages occur. You may not be able to provide for yourself completely, especially in terms of variety, so having a community mechanism to spread the burden and share the spoils will be critical.  If you don’t know if you have a local food cooperative in your area you can search the directory at LocalHarvest.org.  You may also be able to get information from your local farmers market.  If your area doesn’t have a co-op, then start one.  These co-ops don’t have to be big or elaborate.  In fact, it may be more optimal to organize it with friends, neighbors, or co-workers.  Whether you join or start a cooperative, work to expand the participants and products.

Please tell us how you’re preparing by sharing your story in the comment section.

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