On your journey to self-sufficiency, you’re going to meet a lot of naysayers. There will be plenty of people, especially those you love and care about, who won’t understand your desire to live simply and forgo a few creature comforts so you can feel more secure with what you can provide for yourself.
That’s why Finding Country compiled 40 statistics you can share to explain your decisions to people who may think you have purely emotional reasons for wanting to run off to the country and build yourself a farm.
These statistics touch on the primary aspects of a self-sufficient lifestyle: your finances, food, health, and safety. They paint a picture of the serious failings of our current systems and could show others why it’s important to you to have a back up plan for as many scenarios as possible.
Many Americans are up to their knees in debt. The numbers are so astronomical that the average American cannot even grasp it, and therefore, doesn’t devote much brain space to it. But our financial status dictates how we live our lives, so it’s important to understand the ramifications of debt and how an inability to pay it off hinders our paths to become more self-sufficient.
The global food system is fragile and unreliable to the extent we would want it to be. We’ve become so disconnected with food production that most of us would be at risk of starvation if we didn’t have grocery stores and convenient food delivery systems to rely on.
We’re leading stress-filled lives that are only making us sicker and costing us more in terms of financial and physical distress.
Threats come in many shapes and sizes. From natural disasters to inefficient systems, your safety is under attack constantly.