We had a desire for self-reliance, of creating a home and green space for our family that would provide us with greater food, fuel and economic security.
In the UK most of us live within a system that is reliant on external infrastructure, of which we have no control. We buy our food from supermarkets, we get our clean water from a regional water supplier and we get our gas and electricity from the ‘grid’.
Our modern lives depend on this infrastructure working uninterrupted. Most of this infrastructure currently relies on fossil fuels. For example, the supermarkets are stocked with products that are usually shipped in from aboard and trucked across country to the local depo and then on to the supermarket. Supermarkets run an efficient system and don’t spend money stockpiling or storing food in vast warehouses, as many assume. Should deliveries to supermarkets be disrupted for any reason (a fuel strike or shortage for example) supermarkets would probably be empty within 3-5 days. Then what?