Back to Basics: You Are What You Eat ….or, as some have put it…you are what your food eats…
We know (or should remember) that, periodically, population growth will outpace the capacity for meeting basic needs, notably in regards to food and water. Oddly enough, this core Malthusian principle works almost exactly like the Austrian Business Cycle, in that populations tend to grow more rapidly during times of excess production, leading inevitably to future shortages.
Today, there are very legitimate concerns about the future viability of our agricultural and food production systems. Consider:
Over the last half-century, technological advances (such as the “Green Revolution“) have set just this sort of Malthusian stage for imminent crisis. Food production today has largely become a highly-specialized, highly efficient, highly complex system that is inordinately dependent on energy and chemical inputs, global delivery systems, and the support and/or intervention of both governments and the financial markets.
The problem, unfortunately, is that many, if not most, of these key inputs and control factors are, themselves, at or near to their functional limits – meaning, really, that rising demand is coming face to face with a marginal gains in yields. Of particular concern, declining arable lands under cultivation and water resources may represent significant limits to the productive capacity of the current system.
Added to this, there are very real qualitative concerns regarding “factory food”, environmental concerns for what amounts to the exportation of critical resources such as water (in the form of food), and very real biological threats that may be posed by the next wave of technical innovation in agriculture, namely Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
All we can say here is that you’re going to be happier, healthier, wealthier and more secure, if you grow your own food.
These topics are addressed in various articles below. More resources are (or soon will be) provided here: Alternative Food Resources
~ Current Issues In Food Production
- Food Security
- The latest from the USDA: Food Security in the United States
- Agri-Business & Factory Food
- Again, good data available from the USDA’s Economic Research Service
- The World Food Situation: The FAO Food Price Index
- GMO & Monoculture
- Peak Oil Implications
- Arable Lands & Water Issues
~ Home Meat & Poultry Production
~ Operating a Small Farm
“A gardener who cultivates his own garden with his own hands, united in his own person the three different characters, of landlord, farmer, and labourer. His produce, therefore, should pay him the rent of the first, the profit of the second, and the wages of the third.” ~ Adam Smith
- Going to Market
- Building a Greenhouse
- Water Rights
~ Canning, Preservation & Food Storage
- Low Cost – High Efficiency Refrigeration – This article from BuilditSolar.com is a good start.
- Test Your Pressure Cooker – More good pressure cooker advice from MissVickie.com.
~ Hunting & Fishing – The Original Organic
~ Other Sources / Like-Minded Folks