Emergency food supply: if we were to be in a national emergency state and access to food became difficult, what would you as a raw foodist have in storage that would meet all your nutritional needs?”
Dr. Brian Clement of Hippocrates Institute: Seeds, seeds, seeds, and seeds. I’ll give an example. Back in the 1970s when Hippocrates Institute was still residing in Boston, we had a major snowfall. Actually, in downtown Boston, there was four feet of snow, and the drifts of the snow were quite often up to 15 and 20 feet. It closed the entire city of Boston for seven days. No cars in, no cars out, and no supply trucks. All of the grocery stores and food markets had everything bought out, and people were panicking.
Now, this was a little snow storm, nothing major. And the Boston Globe, the Boston Massachusetts newspaper came to us, and we had between guests and staff at that time 125 people residing in the institute, which was a large brownstone that was a couple of hundred years old. And we went down to the basement and we rounded up all of the seeds that we had, and we looked at the people, and we took nutrition into account. And we recognized that if nobody left the house for a two-and-a-half-year period, that all 125 people would live with spectacularly good nutrition just from those seeds that we would grow into sprouts. So hands-down, it’s inexpensive, very powerful living food that can be grown if necessary in full spectrum lighting, not ideal – indirect sunlight is better. That’s hands-down #1.
Sea vegetables that are dried, another great thing to have on hand. Green and blue-green algae supplementation, another great thing to have on hand. If you have a way to cool it, pollens. And these are real powerful foods that aren’t the so-called super foods that are more for salesmanship than they are nutrition. These are full-spectrum foods, complete protein in most cases with a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals involved.
Me: If you wanted to put something very specifically with storing in a dry place piece of fishing or maybe vacuum packed.
Dr. Brian Clement of Hippocrates Institute: Well, vacuum packed is ideal but not everyone has that ability. If you look back into Viktoras Kulvinskas’ book Survival in the 21st Century, he has a section in there that shows that you can take dry ice, take these seeds and put them in plastic bags, put the dry ice at the bottom of a large plastic garbage barrel, put the top on, tape the top, and that will actually last for about 10 years, at least 10 years. And so these are inexpensive easy things to do. We just need storage places, not in the sun, in places that are as dark and as cool as you can, not wet and moist but dark and cool and ideally dry.