Category Archives: economics

Prepping and the Tiny Home Craze

A so-called tiny home is a dwelling, usually free-standing, of less than 500 square feet (46.5 sq m). These homes often have the shape and appearance of a house, but in a very small form factor. Very small apartments are … Continue reading

The Impending Collapse of Higher Education

I have a controversial theory about higher education in the U.S. I think that the entire system is headed for collapse. Already, the system of higher education is a house of cards. The cost of getting a college degree has … Continue reading

Which Businesses will Survive the Economic Collapse

An economic collapse is coming, sooner or much sooner. Perhaps the approaching economic collapse will be partial, not total. In that case, money will still have value. Some businesses will survive or even thrive. But other businesses are sure to … Continue reading

7 Ways the Food Economy Could Collapse

You don’t realize how fragile the current U.S. food economy is. There are multiple ways that the food production and distribution system could fail. Here are 7 possible disaster scenarios: 1. Congress bans GMO foods That doesn’t sound so bad. … Continue reading

The Typical American Diet after the SHTF

You will soon be a vegan. Whether you like it or not. If/when the U.S. agricultural system collapses — and we are definitely headed in that direction — there will be very little animal-source food in the marketplace. Prices for … Continue reading

The Impending Severe Vegetable Oil Shortage

The vegetable oil supply in the United States is a house of cards. We import about 30% of the vegetable oil we use, over 5.2 million metric tonnes per year [1]. If that trade is disrupted by some economic or … Continue reading

The Approaching Cash-Only Economy

I was walking around main street, in the small town next to mine, and I noticed a sign: “Cash Only”. It was some type of eatery. Over time I began to notice several other places with the same type of … Continue reading

Will the Dying of the Honey Bees bring Agricultural Disaster?

In recent years, honey bee colonies have been dying off at an unprecedented rate. The problem is termed “colony collapse disorder”. Several different possible causes have been proposed, but researchers do not agree on the cause or solution [Wikipedia article]. … Continue reading

Job Opportunities when the SHTF

A SHTF scenario implies substantial changes to society due to a disaster from nature or human events. Possible SHTF scenarios include: failure of the economy, severe disruption in food production and distribution, collapse of the power grid, breakdown of law … Continue reading

10 Disastrous Effects of the California Drought

I was talking with Butch, co-author of this blog, about the drought in California. And we began to realize how the continuation of this drought over the long term could set-up a series of catastrophic events. I think most people … Continue reading

California’s Two-year Drought

The current drought in California began in the southern half of the State nearly two years ago, in early 2013. By May of that year, the entire State was engulfed in a moderate drought, categorized as level “D1″ by the … Continue reading

Is a Collapse of the Food Economy Near?

Prepping and survival websites often exclaim that a collapse of the food economy is near. But perhaps it is not. I can see both sides to this question. There are indications that a collapse is near, but the food economy … Continue reading