The Potato Is A SHTF Survival Food

December 12, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

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There are about 100 calories in one potato. They are fairly easy to grow and you can pack more potato calories per acre than so many other foods.

If the SHTF, and you’re supplementing your food storage with whatever you can grow yourself, you might seriously consider the potato for not only its calories, but for these additional reasons…


 
The potato has even more potassium than a banana… 40-percent more. That’s good for lowering blood pressure too.

The potato can provide almost half your requirements for vitamin C. That’s in just one potato! Prevent scurvy.

The potato provides a-lot of fiber in their skins. So be sure to eat the skins too…

There have been many people throughout history who have relied on and survived on the potato. As preppers, let’s learn from history and remember that when it comes planting time.

The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop, which most people know…grows underground. It came out of South America (the Andes) 400 years ago and has since become the world’s fourth largest food crop (following rice, wheat and corn).

Potato farms in the United States are producing on average about 40 tonnes per hectare (~2.5 acres).

This is a great survival food for the garden. So even if its off-season, start looking into how you can grow your own potatoes to supplement your other food.

Here is one resource (Wikipedia-Potato) to get you started.

 
After the USDA had proposed eliminating the potato or restricting its consumption in various federal feeding and nutrition programs, Chris Voigt (Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission) decided to protest these proposals and ate nothing but potatoes for 60 days. His health improved and he lost weight. His potato-only diet attracted a lot of media attention, which helped Congress to intervene and save the potato.


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It should go without saying, but all we’re simply suggesting here is that the potato be added to your other implements to supplement what should be a variety of foods that you’re growing. It’s all about balance (and calories when it comes to survival).