The nuclear apocalypse diet: Expert reveals how mushrooms and seaweed could save humanity after Armageddon because they are the only crops that will survive
- An engineer has revealed a ‘disaster diet’ that could save us in a nuclear war
- It consists of mushrooms and seaweed because they don’t need much sunlight
- A nuclear war would create firestorms that would envelope our sky in smoke
- Thus blocking the sun and making it impossible for humans to produce food
In the aftermath of a nuclear war, firestorms would envelope the sky in a thick blanket of smoke, shutting out the sun and leaving us in darkness.
Without the sun’s rays, famine would spread across the globe – but a mechanical engineer has put together a ‘disaster diet’ that could save humanity during this apocalyptic time.
David Denkenberger explains that in the event of a nuclear winter, humans could survive on crops that did not need much light like mushrooms and seaweed.
Researchers are closely watching India and Pakistan, as the countries are expanding their nuclear weapon collection.
They are predicting a full-scale nuclear war between the two, which could set off 250 100-kilotons of weapons — each more than six times the size of the ‘Little Boy’ atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, BusinessInsider reported.
If this prophecy comes into existence, the aftermath would release a cloud of black smoke that would block the sun and causing temperatures to dramatically drop – and without sun there would not be any food.
Now, Denkenberger, who, runs the non-profit Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED), explained that mushrooms would be the world’s saving grace.
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In the aftermath of a nuclear war, firestorms would envelope the sky in a thick of smoke (pictured is the atomic bomb explosion over Nagaski, Japan in 1945), shutting out the sun and leaving us in darkness. Without the sun’s rays, famine would spread across the globe – but a mechanical engineer has put together a ‘disaster diet’
This fungi could feed on the dead matter from the trillions of trees destroyed in the catastrophic winter, ‘creating a regenerative food source that could potentially feed everyone on the planet for about three years’, BusinessInsider reported.
A 2008 paper discussing the sustainability of mushrooms noted that this crop ‘grows rapidly and yields high returns’.
They do not need advanced technologies for cultivation and can be grown on small plots of land, which would work in the event of an apocalypses – technology would go dead and most of the Earth’s surface could be destroyed.
And the other source would be considered dry food for humans.
Mushrooms could feed on the dead matter from the trillions of trees destroyed in the catastrophic winter, ‘creating a regenerative food source that could potentially feed everyone on the planet for about three years’
Approximately 1.6 billion tons of dry food would be needed each year to feed those left on the planet and humans could grow that amount of seaweed in just three to six months. It can also be used as a means to prevent the body from absorbing radioactive
‘Seaweed is a really good food source in a scenario like this because it can tolerate a low light levels,’ Denkenberger said.
‘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.’
He also suggests that 1.6 billion tons of dry food would be needed each year to feed those left on the planet and humans could grow that amount of seaweed in just three to six months.
In addition to being a food source, seaweed also contains elements that prevent the body from absorbing radiation.
Kelp contains Iodine 127, which prevents the body from absorbing radioactive iodine 131 which is constantly being released into our atmosphere by so-called normal operations of nuclear power plants and weapons facilities, Maine Seaweed reported.
It also contains sodium alginate which binds with ingested particles of toxic chemicals and various heavy metals in the digestive tract – ultimately ‘aiding the body in excreting radioactive fallout’.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF A NUCLEAR BOMB?
The impact of a single nuclear bomb depends on many factors like the weather, weapon design, geographical layout of where the bomb hits and if it explodes in the air or on the ground.
About 35 per cent of the bomb’s energy would be released in heat.
Flash blindness, from the explosion’s blast, could affect people up to 13 miles away on a clear day and 50 miles away on a clear night, they said, if the bomb is 1 megaton.
Those closer by would experience burns, with third degree burns affecting those within a 5 mile radius.
Most of the bomb’s energy is felt in the blast, in a sudden change of air pressure that can crush buildings, which would likely kill anyone when they fell.
Winds up to 158 mph would affect people up to 3.7 miles away, causing dangerous objects to fly around.
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