Feeding the Community

In the store building, enough long-life supplies have been stocked to feed thirty people in the short to medium-term. There is therefore no urgent threat of running out of food, but the situation is likely to see the group needing to remain in the compound for the long term. There are greenhouses in the compound, presumably set up with this in mind, as well as a supply of seeds. There are still a few animals alive in the wild, although they have been impacted by the Incident, too. Furthermore, leaving the compound may put you in danger.

Discussion

How will you manage the provision of food to the community? You may wish to consider the following comments from the community.

Doesn’t a man need to eat more than a woman or child?

What about nursing mothers?

I am a vegetarian and won’t eat any provisions containing meat, though I should still get the same size of portion.

I’m a vegan and won’t condone hunting in a community I’m part of.

More responsibility should be rewarded with more food.

People who do physical labour should receive more food than those who don’t.

The animals have been affected by the devastation, too, so we shouldn’t hunt them.

The leaders should get bigger portions.

We should each take as much as we think we need, and keep it in our rooms.

I can take as much food as I like: nobody here owns it so it isn’t stealing.

Anything someone grows or hunts they should be allowed to keep for themselves.

Food should be rationed and controlled by the committee.

If someone dies, it would be reasonable to eat their corpse.

Cooking should be done communally in the only big kitchen.

We should nominate a cook or cooking team.

We should place guards on the food store so that no one helps themselves.

The women should be responsible for the cooking, men for hunting or growing.

Cooking should be the responsibility of individuals.

We should all eat together in the one large reception room.

We should make a cooking rota.

What about my severe food intolerances and allergies?

Decision

Summarize your decisions regarding:

  • food distribution;
  • cooking and eating arrangements;
  • use of greenhouses;
  • whether to attempt hunting;
  • accommodating individual needs and preferences.

You will be able to share these in the quiz at the end of the lesson.


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