What could you eat if you survived a nuclear catastrophe?

What could you eat if you survived a nuclear catastrophe?

15 years without seeing the Sun. This would be the first consequence of the nuclear winter. But humanity would not become extinct. This is the possible diet for survivors

The soot would cover the sky with thick black clouds. Without Sun, most of the cultures that feed the world would be unviable. No grass, goodbye to herbivores and other animals we feed on. Researchers Daniel Jefferson Winstead and Michael Gregory Jacobson studied which foods can withstand a nuclear catastrophe and which can be grown.

The mopane worm and cassava will be on the main menu.

The Gonimbrasia belina butterfly is a nocturnal butterfly typical of southern Africa; It has large edible caterpillars, the mopani or caterpillars mopane, which are an important source of protein. They are on the list of possible foods in an apocalyptic future.

the work was published in the magazine Ambio, of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

A global catastrophe that blinds the sun is more plausible than anyone would like to think. The models showed the devastating effects these events can have on the world’s agricultural systems in the 15 years post-apocalypse.

Shade, drought and cold tolerant crops

The article proposes to find new shade, drought and cold tolerant crops and more sources of food reserves if there is any hope of feeding the world’s population in such a scenario.

Wild Edible Plants (WEPs) are important buffers for food security for indigenous peoples, impoverished peoples and those in areas with erratic growing seasons around the world.

Hope in the Rainforests

With crops ruined and pastures frozen over, large herds of herbivores would quickly disappear, and with them meat in our diets. However, despite the catastrophe, the rainforests would still offer an opportunity for limited food production by the local population because, despite the thick clouds of soot, the region would be slightly warmer than the rest of the planet.

The red weevil, a parasite that mainly affects palm trees, would be an acceptable source of protein.

The researchers classified wild edible plants into seven main categories, in addition to forest insects: fruits, leafy vegetables, seeds/nuts, roots, spices, sweets and proteins. Specifically, research shows that certain amounts of these foods may be available in these regions: konjac, cassava, wild oyster mushroom, safou, wild spinach, plant amaranth, palm trees, earthworm, dilo, tamarind, baobab, enset, acacia, yam and red woodworm. palm tree, a parasite that mainly affects palm trees and would be an acceptable source of protein.

From an initial list of 247 wild food plants, the researchers selected 33 as the most suitable for growing in tropical forests after a nuclear war. In other areas of the world, already uninhabitable for humans, agriculture would not be possible. Therefore, as the Earth recovers from the catastrophe, only a few of the many edible plants and insects could be used for short-term emergency crops.


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