I’ve had this thought bouncing around in my head for a week now and I’m curious to hear reader’s take on it.
Would it be easier to prep for a vegan diet? It’s an odd thought, I know. I had a friend recently convert, and I heard an interesting piece on the radio about the rising numbers of vegans. Some are vegan for medical reasons. Some are vegan for ethical reasons. I’ve certainly never been tempted to give up meat, but I do admit, meat is trickier to store than the vegetables are. Freezing meat leaves you reliant on electricity for 6-12 months out of the year, (depending on where you live.) Drying it is doable, but not every piece of meat is suitable for drying. I’ve never canned meat, but I’ve been told it loses a lot of it’s nutritional value in the process and during storage. It is an interesting thought to give up on trying to store meat and just store more of the grains and legumes, which store really well. Some B12 supplements would have to be stored too, and I don’ t know what the storage life of those are. And then the carnivore in me says, “Screw that! Let’s just raise some rabbits!”
Is it possible some people could be forced to vegan diets during TEOTWAWKI? Short answer, no. Wild game can augment diets. There are lots of people near bodies of water with fish or shellfish. There are people like me living in areas with more farm animals than people, I don’t expect there’s any event that would see me short on meat. Some animals, like cows, can get to markets without the need for conveyance or roads, it’s just that we’re out of practice doing it. It would take something truly catastrophic before anyone would let beef just die somewhere without trying to walk it to a market to sell.
It’s quite likely that eating less meat will become more common as energy prices rise and populations do too. It’s quite likely, if you’re anything like me, your food storage is a little lighter on meat than it is grains and beans and vegetables. I try to fit in meatless meals every week or so, just so everyone has those in their dietary memory and any shift to storage foods and less meat won’t come as a shock to anyone’s system. By meatless meals, I’m talking about the endless variety of rice and bean dishes, not some weird tofu-meat-substitute-patty. Although, sometimes in summer our meatless meal is a salad meal. Anyone else do meatless meals? Any vegan preppers out there? Who’s thinking seriously about that rabbit raising comment? :-D
- Calamity Jane