I write this in need of help. Recently, I have been doing a lot of side reading and writing that co-inline with my interests. I am an older college student right now, who is majoring is mathematics. One of my projects for one of my classes required me to start reading peer-reviewed journals as well as, oh what's the word, more credible scientific magazines. (So for example, Popular Science vs. New Scientist etc..) and I was blown away with how much information my school had. I have been reading constantly, reading articles from quasirandom sampling, quantum theory, to new advancements in material engineering. And well, I have started diving into climate studies with regards to global warming, and that fueled my desire to learn more.
I then found a book that explains why society for the most part has denied the undeniable evidence put before us.
The reason why I am saying all of this, is I just finished an opinion article for my school's paper. I have attached the .doc to this post if you are all interested. (This is essentially my motive to asking help from people who are knowledgeable about botany.) I have come to the conclusion (I can only focus on two main sources as there is a word limit) that a complete societal collapse will happen. I do not have all the data in front of me to mathematically predict when, but even if I did, the numbers that were to be used are estimates. So ultimately, even if I had the numbers, there would be an error margin.
So, if it happens within this year, next year, five years from now, to maybe even twenty years from now, the point is, I have to start preparing myself. And well, eventually once things start to collapse, many of the products and services that we enjoy on a daily basis would not be available. Therefore, my family and I would have to be self-sustaining. Part of this, is knowing how to garden, hunt, build, and to apply medical attention when it is needed.
This is where I need your help....
Is there a classification of plants that provide nutritional sustenance to humans? If so, what is this category(s) called?
Is there a classification of plants that can provide medical treatments to humans? If so, what is the category(s) called?
I understand the basics of gardening. What people do not realize is that the temperatures of this planet is going to continually increase for sure till the end of this century. I am sure this has huge implications with regards to the study of plants. This is why I want to read about these specific categories, as this knowledge will give me the tools that would allow me and my family to survive.
And if you think I am just a complete nut case.....
That is fine. Just.....could you help by maybe shedding some light on the basics of botany? If anything, just let a nut case read about plants, right?
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Edited by sookster, 03 October 2011 - 02:27 PM.