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Once you’ve tackled the water issue, the second most important challenge is food. Local agriculture will need to replace the unsustainable industrial food system we’ve come to rely on, but what will you eat if your home-based food stores run out before your crops come in?

Wild foods. In almost every corner of the world, if you know where to look and what to look for, you’ll find a variety of edible plants, fruits, seeds, nuts and animals that can sustain you while you’re waiting for your home or community garden to begin producing.

So what resources can help you locate wild foods? Print out the following:

For quick reference, following is a list (by no means definitive) of edible wild foods around the world, along with links to their Wikipedia pages:


OK, I realize now that my initial goal of writing an all-in-one Guidebook for Survivors was just too daunting and — judging by the rising tide of crises (climate, financial, food, water, etc.) — would simply take too long to assemble all by myself. So here’s the new strategy: Each day, I’ll locate the most comprehensive and informative guides I can on one particular subject, and I’ll post all the appropriate links — with a bit of explanation — here. Print out the guides as you deem necessary, and bind them together (or box them) to assemble your own guidebook.

water-ripples1First, get the essential facts about water at Wikipedia.

Then, get Wikipedia’s guide to drinking water.

Finally, print out these guides: