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The Nuclear Apocalypse Diet By James Reed and John Steele
The ultra-paranoid John Steele has come to the big smoke for a few days, and he is with me now, both of us drunk on the cheap alcohol he went out and brought. I do not complain, being so poor I can’t’ afford a dentist, or to get my fridge fixed (which seems to have the motor run for 15 minutes, then stop, for another 15 minutes, then run again, running up my power bill), so getting drunk is my only temporary release. Anyway, onto the joint masterpiece, not my whinging …
With global nuclear annihilation, one possible future, the question arises as to what the remnant will eat in the post-apocalyptic wasteland:
“David Denkenberger, a mechanical engineer at the University of Alaska, runs the nonprofit Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED). He told Business Insider that humans may be able to survive the aftermath of a nuclear war if they followed a sustainable "disaster diet". Researchers previously found that nuclear war between India and Pakistan could instantly kill 50 to 125 million and leave the rest behind in a nuclear winter because smoke would block out the sun light. Denkenberger has written a research paper about his theory and told Business Insider: "The conclusion of the paper was, maybe when humans go extinct, the world will be ruled by mushrooms again. I said, 'Wait a minute. Why don't we eat the mushrooms and not go extinct?".
It is thought that mushrooms may be able to thrive after a nuclear war because they could feed on the millions of dead trees. Therefore, there would be plenty to feed hungry humans. In his study, Denkenberger estimates that there would be enough mushrooms to feed everyone still alive for around three years. He added: "Seaweed is a really good food source in a scenario like this because it can tolerate a low light levels. "It's also very fast-growing. In a nuclear winter, the land will cool down faster than the oceans, so the oceans will remain a little bit warmer. "Seaweed can handle relatively low temperatures." Denkenberger also put together a 2,100 calorie diet plan containing what he thinks a good 'disaster diet' would look like. This includes a mixture of meet, eggs, sugar, mushrooms, bacteria and dandelions. He also proposed that people should consume a tea made from tree needles called arborvitae tea. Denkenberger has plans to study other potential natural food sources that could grow near the equator where some post-disaster sunlight may occur. He has estimated that the world would need about 1.6billion tons of dry food a year to feed all of the survivors. The mechanical engineer thinks humans would be able to grow that much seaweed within three to six months.”
The big question will be whether or not some type of alcohol will be capable of being made with just mushrooms and seaweed. Otherwise it really will be the end!