This may be a surprise to a few, but my whole life is not centered on primal prepping. One of my main other interests is business and economics. But sometimes the two areas serendipitously overlap.
Today’s case is an article I read over at The Economist. The article is about different groups protesting the new Italian prime minister’s decisions to break down some barriers in certain professions. While I won’t go off on a rant about how asinine all the people involved are, I did want to highlight a few sentences.
Truckers are also protesting against an omission from the liberalisation package, which contained no plans to cut motorway tolls. If they staged a five-day stoppage, it could cost the country as much as €1 billion ($1.4 billion), according to the business daily, Il Sole-24 Ore. Blockades have stopped production at car plants and caused widespread food shortages.
For the Italians, this is a real threat in the coming days. Can you imagine what would happen to our whole way of life if the trucks stopped rolling? Stores of all types are lean operations. They only carry a couple days’ worth of inventory on hand. They are re-supplied by trucks either every few days or every day. If the trucks stop rolling, that is over. Kaput. Done.
What will you do if there isn’t anything to buy in the store? In all the stores?
Some people dismiss this kind of talk as alarmist, but we can see from this Italian episode that it is a very real possibility. The causes may differ. In their case, it seems to be a political issue. In our case, it may just be that the price of gas makes trucking unprofitable for a time. Or perhaps some hare-brained politician gets some tax passed.
For our purposes, it doesn’t matter what causes a truck stoppage. What matters is if it happens, a lot of people will be SOL.
That’s why we prep. So we can weather storms like this if and when they come.
To me, this is the biggie. The Italians are already seeing food shortages according to this report. As The Primal Prepper, food is obviously a large focus of mine.
In any sort of survival situation, you have to assess your five needs: food, water, shelter, energy, and security (h/t Jack Spirko). You need all of these things in order to survive.
Most people already have a place to sleep and keep the rain out, so shelter is somewhat taken care of.
In an economic situation like we are seeing in Italy, energy will mostly continue to be available.
Security is always an issue, but defensive measures are usually not used up (capital goods in economics terms).
Food and water though are things that we need to acquire new supplies of on a constant basis. This is why you must have a storage of food and water as well as a way to create more.
That’s why I am so big on aquaponics. That’s why I am going to be installing water capture systems. That’s why I am now and will continue to expand my efforts in raising micro- and small livestock like chickens, worms, guinea pigs, fish, bees, birds, squirrels, and insects.
These situations are real. Pretty much everyone who reads this blog is in America, the most affluent society in the world. But that wealth will not protect us forever. It is up to each and every individual to live his own life, and part of that is preparing for times when things aren’t as easy as they are right now.
Will you be ready?