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Created March 03, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Is the paleo lifestyle compatible with a survivalist outlook. How did cavemen prepare for doughts and famines? Did the high time preference manifest in their diet also carry over to a lack of preparation for hard times? How can modern humans imitate the paleo lifestyle, yet maintain a stock of nutrition which can be available when the unexpected occurs? Most survivalists are heavily dependent on grains. What does the paleo-survivalist stock up on, and how does he preserve the nutrition it contains? Thanks.

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on March 04, 2010
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and chickens- don't forget chickens.

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on March 03, 2010
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"Pemmican is a concentrated, ready-to-eat food that originated with the Native American tribes of North America. Today, pemmican remains in use as a high-protein, calorie-dense fuel for body-building weight lifters and as a survival food with a long shelf life.

Functioning as a high-fat, high-protein energy bar, pemmican was used by native peoples, trappers, and traders, even early Arctic explorers ??? any individuals needing a relatively imperishable food source that was rich in calories and that would store well for overland travel or times of scarcity."

source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-pemmican.htm

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on March 04, 2010
at 02:43 AM

I would guess that if there was a drought or famine a caveman would move with the animals. They were nomadic, after all...

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on March 04, 2010
at 01:00 AM

From Steffanson's observations of the Inuit in Fat of the Land

The Inuit always had a good stock of blubber. They used it for heating also, though. Some stocked dried berries. They would also bury fish in the sand and dig them up months later after they had feremented. Of course, food preservation is a little easier in the arctic.

Steffanson was also a big pemmican advocate.

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on March 04, 2010
at 12:25 AM

Yes, real primal people without freezers or the ability to can meat couldn't really stock up in the same way we can today. I agree pemmican is probably the only way it could have worked for them, but wonder if they had that figured out back when.

We can stockpile oils like coconut which are more shelf stable. We have dehydrators to dry jerky, and freezers to store grain fed beef. We can store nuts and can fruits.

Swine would be good if there was enough range and water to support their growth They convert to meat fairly quickly.

I wonder if there were any Mormon cavemen?

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on March 04, 2010
at 01:42 AM

and chickens- don't forget chickens.

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on March 03, 2010
at 11:15 PM

There's a reason the boar is a revered animal in ancient Norse culture. Swine is a perfect way to store food for times of scarcity.

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on March 03, 2010
at 10:51 PM

I think the answer to your question is our adaptation to an omnivorous diet. If the mammoth have all disappeared, that wierd corn stuff starts looking attractive.

Also, if your sustenance depends on your hunting skills and intimate knowledge of the local flora and fauna, your livelihood is pretty portable. If hunter-gatherers started finding the pickings thin, they'd just walk a valley or two over, and build some new huts. I can't think of any hunter/gatherer groups who'd stockpile years of non-perishable food and hunker down to guard it; that's a pretty neolithic approach to preparing for famine.

That being said, there aren't a lot of us with the skills required to hunt and gather for a living, so stockpiling non-perishable f00d is a reasonable approach for preparing for WTSHTF. Between starving and living off a diet of MREs for a while, I'd take the MREs, just so long as they weren't the Chicken Fajita ones.

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