Kinetic II wrote:I'm totally confused. I'm beginning to feel like Blue Bird Poof's avatar. Could we get this explained in more detail please?
Sorry about that.
Most of the wild stock from which we domesticated our familier farm animals is extinct or near extinct. My guess is that if people survive such an event then at least some farm animals will come through and those will become your breeding stock. But we've lost our chance with the original ancestral cows (for example.)
As for seeds, PJ is right, it is all hybred now. The problem with hybreds is that they are created yearly by seed concerns and while they produce a nice crop, they don't interbreed true so the next year after the disaster and after you've planted and harvested your crop, you don't know what you're gonna end up with--and Burpee wont be around to provide you with more. There are concerns that sell "Heritage" seeds--non-hybreds. Those are the real tomotoes available at Farmer's (not super) Markets, and those are better for replanting. But you've got to buy them every year, because of the shelf life of these things. Then throw them out when you buy the next batch, until the disaster arrives.
For some of the domestication issues, I recommend Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond--it's a major arguement in his main thesis. I also learned things from lessor books (who's author's names don't clutter up my mind) like The Convenent of the Wild and . . . Well, maybe the titles aren't even cluttering up my mind either. And I suppose that Permaculture as an agricultural style might be the way to go. Moleson (sp?) is the big founder on that, although he's apparently now crazy. But you could search on the term.
Me--I'm too lazy--looted cans until it's all too painful, then improvised oblivion.