Posted 3 months ago on Feb. 16, 2013, 12:19 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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"Our most potent political weapon is food. If we take back our agriculture, if we buy and raise produce locally, we can begin to break the grip of corporations that control a food system as fragile, unsafe, and destined for collapse as our financial system. If we continue to allow corporations to determine what we eat, as well as how food is harvested and distributed, then we will become captive to rising prices and shortages and increasingly dependent on cheap, mass-produced food filled with sugar and fat."
"Food is the greatest place for communities to start taking back power. The national food system is collapsing by degrees. A lot of what we eat comes from the Central Valley of California. What happens when gasoline becomes $5 a gallon or drought sweeps across the cropland? The monolithic system of food production is highly unstable. It has to be replaced very soon with small, diverse sources that provide greater food security.”
- Quotes from the book The World As It Is by Chris Hedges.
I know we had a little discussion on this topic the other day in the forum post "Overpopulation: Thoughts?" -where we many agreed that the problem is not necessarily population size, but instead the problem is lifestyle. I would like to continue this conversation on the topic of Food Cooperatives and different ways to localize food production.
I can tell you a lot about the corruption of war, political structures, corporations, monetary policy, etc... but honestly botany, gardening, permaculture, food cooperatives, etc are not my forte.
Where do we go from here?
Issues to consider - not everyone has property in which they can grow. Many apartment building do not have balconies nor are residents allowed to use the property around the building for gardening purposes.