# 4 of the 12 potentially life-threatening errors you’re making in food preparedness and survival strategies

This is the 4th Installment of

12 potentially life-threatening errors you’re making

in food preparedness and  survival strategies

by Mike Adams, of NaturalNews.com

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#4) You’re not developing skills and experience in growing your own  food

Stored food sooner or later runs out. If you really want to survive an  extended crisis, you’ll eventually need to grow your own.
But when it  comes to growing your own food, many people make the common mistake of thinking  all they need to do is “buy a bunch of heirloom seeds!”
Unfortunately,  survival gardening involves considerably more than tossing seeds into the dirt  and waiting for a bountiful harvest to magically appear.
Just like any  acquired skill, gardening requires deliberate skill development, and I  very much doubt you want to be trying to figure out those skills for the first  time in the middle of a regional or global food crisis.
That’s why buying  heirloom seeds is never sufficient all by itself. You need to learn how to  transform seeds into edible food while doing so at a net calorie  profit.
In other words, if your gardening skills are so inefficient  that you expend more calories trying to grow the food than you receive from  harvesting them, you will starve to death. I fully realize the thought of  running a calorie deficit almost never crosses our minds in this modern age of  Golden Corral buffets with all-you-can-eat pig slop for humans, yet this is a  concept you need to take to heart if you want to live sustainably. (Hint:  Growing simple potatoes gives you a huge caloric reward for the required effort,  vastly out-pacing the caloric gains for growing vegetables.)

This is the reason The Pirates Republic advocates and teaches Growing your own food as the primary food source for you and your family. However, just like stored foods can run out crops too can fail. This is why we also teach tiered approaches. Or as previously stated in an article “Don’t put all your groceries in one basket”. Sole reliance on one thing is a recipe for disaster and is a fools errand from the beginning. You have heard the adage failing to prepare is preparing to fail and that could not be more true in this situation. Think of it like this you have to eat or you cease to exist,  pretty simple concept, right?

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