Planning for Extreme Longevity – Should We All Become “Preppers”?

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by Nils Osmar. March 27, 2022

Like a number of people today, I’ve become interested in the possibility of extreme longevity – which might involve living to 100, 150, 200 years or more. (Immortality, anyone?) This has given me a different viewpoint about things like stockpiling and what’s sometimes called “prepping”, or trying to prepare in advance for natural (and human-made) disasters.

Preppers have a reputation for eccentricity, and the most visible and vocal of them can be a bit extreme sometimes. But I think at the core of their philosophy, there is something useful and applicable to people interested in extreme longevity or even immortality. If living through the world’s first pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that the supply chain is fragile and unreliable. Products that are in ample supply one day may not be the next.

Prices of food and other necessities are currently rising. At the time that I’m writing this, they’re expected to go much higher in the next few months because of the war in Ukraine. There are no major food shortages in the United States at the moment, but there are grumblings in the media that because of the war (which will preventing planting in Ukrainian wheat fields), there could be in the near future. 24 countries reportedly get most of their food from Ukraine; as they look elsewhere, shortages may start appearing very close to home.

Mormons and other groups that have traditionally encouraged stockpiling of food and other essentials have it right, in my opinion. We should all be building caches of food, during periods when it’s affordable and readily available.

Growing up in a Wilderness

This is actually something I learned from my parents, who were homesteaders in Alaska. They lived in a little house in the wilderness twenty miles from the nearest grocery store when I was growing up. The roads were gravel in those day, not paved, making it difficult to make grocery runs.

So they’d go into town, buy a bunch of stuff, including canned food, toilet paper, paper towel, and cleaning supplies… use it up over the next two or three months… then make another trip in for supplies. They supplemented it, of course, by buying fresh food when it was available, especially when the roads got paved, but they never lost their habit of stockpiling.

We weren’t rich… our family was pretty poor actually, But we were never short on food or other essentials because of their preparation. Most people in the U.S. seem to be clueless about where food comes from… they think vaguely that it “comes from the grocery stores”… and they assume for some reason that endless quantities of it will always be available there.

Stockpiling Versus Panic Buying

Early in the pandemic, some people did panic buying, i.e., buying more than they could possibly use. (10,000 roles of toilet paper, anyone?) And, yeah, that was silly. But the media’s response to it, shaming people for trying to prepare for the future, was just as foolish, in my estimation.

In my opinion, stockpiling should not be equated with or confused with panic buying. Stocking up on food and other essentials in times when both are readily available doesn’t strip the store shelves or deprive anyone else of anything they need. It’s good for the economy and is a good way to support your local neighborhood storekeeper.

From a pro-longevity point of view, things like pandemics, conflicts, and even countries and civilizations and economic systems will come and go. Taking care of our basic necessities by setting ourselves up with a good supply of food and other necessities isn’t the only thing we need to think about, but it could well turn out to be as important, under some conditions, as eating an optimal diet, supporting scientific and medical research into aging, and buying the latest supplements.

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