WHEAT V RICE
Most of you know my feelings on wheat. You need several years worth now along with a few grinders. One year of wheat, in buckets with diatomaceous earth ( the best way to keep bugs out ) and a cheap Mexican grinder is $200. It used to be under half that, had you cared to stock up prior to Y2K and then keep it all these years ( in fact, buckets were more of a waste product then than now and usually were free- sometimes a years worth of wheat was $40 ). But then, you used to be able to get a thousand rounds of commie ammo and an SKS for $200. The miracle of $20 a barrel oil with $7 an hour wages. Anyway, there seem to be a proverbial mob of folks who disagree with my love of wheat. Most likely, they have only ever eaten white flour and they have several weeks of impacted fecal matter jamming their system and so this not only makes then grumpy but not prone to prolonged rational thinking. I’m kidding. Okay, I get it. Sometimes it is rather hard to find wheat. Not every area has it. I’ve gone on many and varied adventures trying to find it myself. If you have to order it, in today’s era of $3 to ship one book high transportation costs, you are spending way too much on it. Usually you can go to Wal-Mart to order it ( then you pick it up at the nearest store ):
If you order over $50 worth there is no freight charges and then you only pay fifty-four cents a pound. My cost is forty cents bucketed, but then you get into the whole issue of toxic buckets which I only don’t let bother me because short term starvation trumps long term cancer. To most, it might certainly be worth the extra fourteen cents per pound to avoid the issue.
Now, rice has zero availability issues. You can pick it up at any mom and pop right off the banana boat corner store. Bucket it yourself for about sixty-two cents a pound ( I always see rice at fifty cents a pound in big bags ). There is a bit of a price you pay for this availability. Not only are there only a few areas in the US that grow rice, you are also competing with about four billion angry Asians who don’t care for your Yankee Imperialist attitude and don’t like the fact that you are silly enough to think your pathetic currency can outbid them in procuring their foodstuff. In other words, you have Japs, Chinese and Indians, at the very least, able to pay more than you can. The 2008 rice fiasco can easily happen again. If you are reliant on this as your survival food, keep that in mind. I understand there are some with gluten allergies. Whether these generic dead ends can survive long term after the apocalypse is irrelevant to your plans, I understand. You are trying to keep them alive short term. Rice seems the natural choice. I’m not arguing that. Just beware the hideous nutritional deficiencies white rice has ( and, no, Virginia, you CAN’T store brown rice ). White flour, also. They are empty calories. Calories are good in a famine. Long term, they need supplements. Read “King Rat” for a long list of diseases a rice only diet brought about ( lack of calories, added to those calories being empty ). I also certainly agree that you must follow your taste buds. If you crave rice rather than wheat, by all means go with rice. That is important if it is going to be your primary food. Again, just heed the above.
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