Self-sufficiency refers to the state of not requiring any outside aid, support, or interaction, for survival; it is therefore a type of personal or collective . On a large scale, a totally self-sufficient economy that does not trade with the outside world is called an autarky.

The term self-sufficiency is usually applied to varieties of sustainable living in which nothing is consumed outside of what is produced by the self-sufficient individuals. Examples of attempts at self-sufficiency in North America include voluntary simplicity, homesteading, survivalism, and the back-to-the-land movement.

Practices that enable or aid self-sufficiency include autonomous building, permaculture, sustainable agriculture, and renewable energy.

The term is also applied to limited forms of self-sufficiency, for example growing one's own food or becoming economically independent of state subsidies.

Influential People

*Eustace Conway
*Carla Emery
*Helen and Scott Nearing
*James Wesley Rawles
*John Seymour
*Joel Skousen
*Don Stephens
*Mel Tappan
*Claire Wolfe

External links

* [ Foundation for Self-Sufficiency in Central America]
* [ Path to Freedom]
* [ Self Sufficient(ish) UK based online guide]
* [ The Good Life]
* [ Home Power Magazine]
* [ Self Sufficient Life - rural and country style living]
* [ The Modern Homestead]
*" [,M1 Five acres and independence] ", 1973 book, by Maurice Grenville Kains, Dover books. ISBN 0486209741

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