by Guy W. Spotts
What are Critical Survival Commodities and how do they effect you? First there are many thing that are Commodities today that will not be Critical Survival Commodities like computers, and other consumer electronics. But what are they, I think a good definition might be “any necessary consumable material that because of it means of production or because of it’s high rate of consumption will become hard to find after the end of the world”. Critical Survival Commodities may not be rapidly identified as such because the do not fit in to that category before the end of the world some may be waste or recyclable that go away to some factory to be turned in to new product. Lets look at some Critical Survival Commodities
“Waste Fat and Oil”
This material is loaded with BTU’s that can heat home fuel lamps and vehicles it will be left for the taking at fast food places cross America, filtered it can fuel oil lamps, and stoves, with further processing it can become Bio Diesel and run vehicles. The by products of this could be used to make soap, water proof roofs and clothing. Every fast food joint has any where from 50 to 800 gallons of it waiting to be picked-up.
“Dry Cell Batteries“
This material will be totally gone within 5 years chemical reactions within the batteries will destroy them some rechargeable batteries will live longer depending on there charge status but these will need to be charged after they are recovered. Because batteries in computers, and other consumer electronics most of this equipment will be dead within 5 years.
“22 Long Rifle Ammunition”
22LR will become a standard of currency it will become such a Critical Survival Commodity that some warlords will build their empire on it alone while it is easy to find today once the machine stop this material will be going the way of the Dodo Bird. But because 22LR has so many users it will be in demand for the next 100 years. A single box of fifty rounds could easily be worth 5 steers or 2 quads.
“Wheat Corn and Other Grains”
Grains will also be a standard of currency it will become the single Critical Survival Commodity and will be the gold of any rebuilding effort for the next 200 years.
Others that merit listing:
- Lead & Brass from old shooting ranges
- Finished steel, brass, and copper bar stock and plate
- Sewing and knitting machines
- Sewing and knitting supplies
- Scrap metal
- Guns, and weapons
- Other raw chemicals