What if in six years you had to grow all of your own food?
Sounds crazy, doesn't it? At our current rate of population growth, resource use, and earth abuse, there won't be enough arable land, petrochemicals, seeds, or even farmers to live "as high on the hog" as we are currently. In 1859 Abraham Lincoln saw the possibility of a fruitless world . He stated, "Erelong the greatest of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the soil". Recent statistics from WorldWatch Institute, Earthwatch, United Nations, Scientific American among others, have tallied serious figures. Between the years 2005 and 2039, we will be forced to address the issue of food production.
Should we worry? If we become more conscious consumers and change the our viewpoint of buying food with little connection to where or how it arrived there, we may not have to worry. Most of our food comes from beyond the boundaries of local supermarkets and restaurants and. is imported from around the world. Imported food and fertilizers from foreign and exotic places imports the political issues of that region as well. U.S. mechanized agriculture imports 33% of the chemicals used for for production, increasing rainforest degradation, desertification, air and water pollution on the earth.
What can we do? Plant an apple tree or two and a couple of zucchini plants. Keep our gardens organic, water them daily, and watch your garden grow. The experience will bring you back in touch with a life less complicated. There will have an abundant harvest for yourself, your family and your friends. Let us create the presence of peace, nonviolence, and global prosperity by taking responsibility and becoming conscious consumers of food.