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If you had to grow 100% of your food and process / cook it yourself, alone, what would be your primary sources of carbohydrates?

Maize
- 8 (6.1%)
Rice
- 9 (6.8%)
Wheat
- 9 (6.8%)
Barley
- 3 (2.3%)
Sorghum
- 0 (0%)
Millets
- 0 (0%)
Oats
- 0 (0%)
Rye
- 2 (1.5%)
Triticale
- 0 (0%)
Buckwheat
- 2 (1.5%)
Potatos
- 34 (25.8%)
Cabbage
- 6 (4.5%)
Apples
- 11 (8.3%)
Beans
- 20 (15.2%)
Carrots
- 4 (3%)
Peas
- 2 (1.5%)
Other legume
- 2 (1.5%)
Other fruit
- 9 (6.8%)
Other cerial
- 1 (0.8%)
Other root vegetable
- 2 (1.5%)
Other leafy vegetable
- 5 (3.8%)
Added late: squash
- 3 (2.3%)

Total Members Voted: 35


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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2009, 01:19:35 AM »

In hindsite I should have voted for beans: Green Beans. Because they always grow too big and produce too much.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2009, 10:35:11 AM »

A lot depends on the climate, obviously.  Oats, potatoes, and rye do very well in the cold.  Sorghum and rice - not so much.  I've heard about some successes with rice in Vermont, but it probably requires higher tech than this scenario would allow.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2009, 11:25:45 AM »

I sort of do grow my own food.

I garden so that i can learn skills I can use when I finally buy my own land . . . and be so poor I only have enough money to pay the quarterly property tax, so I have to grow food.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2009, 11:42:18 AM »

Yessir, potato vodka.

Have you ever had it?  I can't say I have, wondering how it tastes.


Very tasty, not too pricey.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2009, 09:50:22 PM »

So I've been a 100% vegan for the past two weeks - feeling great!  Planning on staying that way.  And not just vegan - I only eat food that can be grown economically in Coös County, which doesn't mean I abstain from any plants entirely, because you can grow anything in a greenhouse, but it does add to the cost, so I try to limit things like tropical fruits, rice, and so on.  I also avoid foods that have been processed, transported, and otherwise...  taxed.  ;)

This has lead me to start eating foods I wasn't very familiar with (not to say I've never had them, just never spent much time thinking about what I'm eating).  Today's great discovery - ye humble turnip!

I don't know why potatoes replaced them in European cuisine so completely - sure, they have a much greater starch density (3x), but when comparing calorie for calorie turnips have more everything: fiber, protein, calcium, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and so on!  More importantly, they can be eaten raw or only lightly cooked, which means more vitamins stay in them!  Turnips are also more alkaline (less acidic) than potatoes, and most important of all - lower on the Glycemic Index, especially when not overcooked!  I cooked a spicy split-pea stew with equal amounts of similarly chopped potatoes and turnips (both peeled, the latter was added later in the cooking), and I could hardly tell which was which!






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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2009, 10:33:21 PM »

So I've been a 100% vegan for the past two weeks
You are not using any animal products?

Leather and honey?
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2009, 11:09:15 PM »

I don't believe in anything even remotely connected to "animal rights".  Quite the opposite...  :lol:

I can use animal products, I just choose not to eat anything that naturally contains cholesterol (egg whites - bad; skim milk - bad; honey - OK) for health reasons.  The reasoning there is that I like large portions of food, and even if I limit myself to fish and chicken breast it still adds up to way more artery-clogging substances than nature intended.  When going vegan there are some things you just don't have to worry about, and it's easier to go 100% vegan than 90% because if you do the latter you never stop craving more meat.

It's also related to my fanatical hatred of government, and animal products are far, FAR more regulated and subsidized than plant-based foods.  It's much, MUCH easier to have an underground economy that's based on vegan agriculture - the economic advantage is staggering.  And it saves you money on doctor bills as well.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2009, 11:13:57 PM »

So what does "100% vegan" mean?
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2009, 11:42:31 PM »

So what does "100% vegan" mean?

It means that, for the past two weeks, they have been better and more moral than you.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2009, 12:04:39 AM »

I have a cunning plan to eat potatoes despite blights.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2009, 12:32:30 AM »

blueberries and brusselsprouts
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #26 on: November 12, 2009, 12:44:49 AM »

I didn't know you were planning on moving to Coos County.

I am. Well, at least during the NON WINTER times of the year.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2009, 12:54:34 AM »

So what does "100% vegan" mean?

Zero cholesterol, no exceptions.


It means that, for the past two weeks, they have been better and more moral than you.

The only moral thing about localist veganism is that it avoids government subsidies, regulation, taxes, etc and keeps the money in the Gulcher economy.  If you like skinning kittens alive and frying them in Tabasco sauce for your own personal amusement, that is OK by me.


I have a cunning plan to eat potatoes despite blights.

Phytophthora infestans isn't really a problem in the 21st century thanks to better understanding of how to use organic fungicides.  And/or GE.


I didn't know you were planning on moving to Coos County.

I'm omnipresent.  And also invisible.


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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2009, 01:07:34 PM »

So what does "100% vegan" mean?

Zero cholesterol, no exceptions.
You should probably add "diet" to "100% vegan", or use "strict/pure vegetarian" or "plant based diet".

"Vegan" by itself implies more than just diet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism
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Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind.

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Vegan diets (sometimes called strict or pure vegetarian diets) are a subset of vegetarian diets.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2009, 01:42:41 PM »

I would pick Easy food to grow, like apples, pears ,peaches and potatoes are easy to grow and you can get a lot of them, the rest would be foraged like dandelion leaves for salad stuff and forage some berries and seeds if i were to make bread
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