My favorite subject - can you grow some or most of your own food? If not - why not? It is a simple question with far reaching consequences and benefits. Through out most of recorded history, people working together created food access systems, whether through shared labor, barter or 3rd party (wholesale to retail sales).
In a modern effort to make ourselves so-called independent, we isolated our talents and knowledge into fractional skills - we can make money doing a job, but we have to PAY someone to grow our food.
This disconnect becomes frighteningly apparent when someone loses a job or becomes unable to work and feed themselves or their families.
This fascinating article from the New York Times - brings this issue of food and poverty into clearer perspective.
Recent discussions by some politicians about reducing or eliminating 'safety nets' like food stamps begs the question - where do the hungry obtain food - and further - WHAT IF you lost your job - can you grow your own food, can you work with others to grow your own food, do you know where to get food without money?
If you believe your only skill and talent is how to make money, then you have set yourself and your family up for unfortunate consequences if life throws you a curve, badly.
Learn how to grow some or more of your own food, read, take a class, attend lectures, join a local gardening club.
"The difference between you and the hungry is not production levels; it’s money. There are no hungry people with money; there isn’t a shortage of food, nor is there a distribution problem. There is an I-don’t-have-the-land-and-resources-to-produce-my-own-food, nor-can-I-afford-to-buy-food problem."
"Claiming that increasing yield would feed the poor is like saying that producing more cars or private jets would guarantee that everyone had one."
Don’t Ask How to Feed the 9 Billion
By Mark Bittman
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