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See Diet for a Small Planet by FM Lappe
We're not just what we eat, we're how we eat.
Diet for a Small Boat
Okay, not so much a diet as a handful of strategies for feeding oneself on a shoestring.
A lot of the info available for self-sufficiency focuses on land-based homesteads. Horti- and agriculture, often coupled with animal husbandry techniques don't translate as well to seasteading.
Our distinguishing characteristic, as cruisers, is our mobility. We're not tied to any particular piece of land, but have access to a range of resources. We want, therefore, strategies that allow us to feed along the way. We want to avoid, or at least minimize those which tie us to a particular time, place or economy.
The following are a number of strategies that we're doing, dabbled in, or hope to try. Like most things in our life, it's a work in progress. You'll note that some are diametrically opposed to others. What they have in common is the promise of easing us out of the consumer economy, and toward a more subsistant lifestyle.
- Nomadics -- Gotta eat and run!
- Wildivoracious -- Eat wild, when possible.
- Locovoracious -- Eat local, when possible.
- Opportunivoracious -- Eat what presents itself.
- Omnivoracious -- Broaden the palette.
- Neo-Primitivism -- Do what can be done by hand.
- Neo-Primitive aka Paleolithic Diet -- Fewer, high-quality carbohydrates and more proteins.
- Vegetarian -- Potentially more energy efficient by orders of magnitude.
- Vegan -- See New Age of Sail by Dmitry Orlov.
- Raw Foods -- As adherents ask, "What's so different about humans, among all other animals on earth, that we require cooked food?"
- Gathering (Wild)
- Gleaning (Fringe)
- Fish, Game and Others
- Guerrilla Gardening
- On-Board Gardening
- Barter -- Includes barter for 'money'.
- Fermentation -- See Wild Fermentation by SE Katz.
- Protein Complimentarity -- 2 part grains : 1 part legumes (and other combos).
- Drying -- For the weight-conscious cruiser!
- Biomass -- Wood, peat, etc..
- Biofuels -- Let's say, liquid fuels processed from biomass.
- Solar -- The gift that keeps giving.
We've tried all of these, and most of them have become staple approaches.
They're easy, fun and tasty. Each of them takes us one step further afield, lets us stay out longer, and reduces our dependency on the monetary economy. They help tie us into local networks of gardeners, fisherfolk, home cooks and friends at large.
Food is something we all need and love...
Why not make the most of it?