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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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.
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?
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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