Is it possible to be self sufficent anymore?

United States
September 15, 2008 8:12pm CST
We depend so much on utilities, grocery stores and the ability to go a few blocks away and buy what we need. Id like to think I could be self sufficent but really I dont think my family could do it, at least not right now. Is it possible anymore?
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
17 Sep 08
If the amish can do it, why can't the rest of us? And believe it or not, not all amish shun technology. Plenty of them have solar panels and wind turbines, and a few have generators. They just prefer that they make these things themselves...and at least with wind turbines, you can make those out of spare parts. This is mostly how I plan to work out my future, though. I really can't afford to live like the rest of people do. Work and spend all their money on bills, and groceries. That's not livin'. If I can micro-farm and sell my own wares, then I'll be able to support myself and not have to rely at all on the rest of the world. THAT is real freedom right there. Self-sufficiency. It just takes some know-how and hard work is all, once you get going I think it becomes something of a second nature. Determination helps too. The illusion most people have, is that you can't be self sufficient and modern at the same time. However, solar panels, wind turbines, are VERY modern since some say they'll replace most other forms of energy we currently use today. And think: no blackouts! lol. If you're self-sufficient you're free to be as modern or old fashioned as you like.
• United States
17 Sep 08
Full self sufficiency is not possible in this day and age. Even if you grow your own food, own a well, have your own energy sources, the government could take your land. * You can become more self sufficient and less dependent. Even those living in apartments can grow a few food plants like peppers or strawberries on porches or in windows. Buying second hand clothing keeps your money out of sweat shops. Even if you only buy some (I cringe at second hand undergarments, and socks are scarce as hens teeth) it helps. (I've a medical condition requiring new shoes) You get more for the buck too. Buying food that is made here as apposed to China helps. America imports more food than many people realize. Even going to the local farmer's market helps your town's self sufficiency.
@maria_k (925)
• United States
16 Sep 08
The idea of sel sufficient has its own limits. Because, there are so much you can do yourself. And, sometime or most of the time it'll cost you more to produce yourself tham to buy it from the market.
• United States
16 Sep 08
Yes, it is possible to be self-sufficient or close to it-- especially if you have at least a little bit of land (an acre or more). It is possible to produce all of the food necessary to feed one's self and one's family; it is possible to preserve food so as not to starve during the winter months. Energy can be gotten via solar, wind or hydro systems that are set up and maintained on the premises. If you are in an area that hasn't been taken over yet by restrictive rules, you can have your own well water. You can even implement a water catchment system. It isn't the easy way, but self-sufficiency is possible.