FOOD FOR 9 BILLION: CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
On a recent PBS Newshour, reporter Sam Eaton reported on the crossroads that Japan and its farmers are facing. The pivotal decision concerns small farmers and the government of Japan. Small family owned Japanese farms are looking at near extinction. This is happening as the off spring of these farmers leave the countryside to work outside of agriculture. One government official, interviewed by Eaton, raises the point that Japan can not afford to count on other countries for it produce, and needs to be self reliant. This is all about the uncertainty of trade agreements between different nations and Japan being left high and dry.
As I watched this segment I thought how unnatural it is for each person to totally rely on others for their complete sustenance. Today, for most people, growing food is not the norm. Counting on others for all our food is. This is something that should concern all of us and not only governments. Action can be taken by each of us now.
How did so many of us become disconnected from growing our own food? One answer is Industrialization – city life. However, sprouting, hydroponic gardening, growing gardens in crates is possible for most people with access to the necessary materials. The grower does not have to have a plot of land. Growing ones own food can only build a stronger respect for life. A respect that would flourish within every individual that takes part in the process.
For those who are new to all this and want to try something that does not involve a huge investment try sprouting. The use of sprouting bags and jars can be simple and fun.
Food for 9 billion click here.
Hydroponic information click here.
Sproutman is a great website for sprouting bags, jars and more complex sprouting equipment click here.
Seeds of Change. Resource for organic seeds click here.
Postscript 11/2013: As I read this post I was reminded as to what got me to comment on growing our own food. Fear. I think it is a great idea, but it has to be done from a place of abundance. Fear of not having enough is destructive and disempowering.