Thursday, September 13, 2012

What Can You Do About Your Food?

Even anorexics will admit they need to eat something. The rest of us are even more interested in eating. We are also interested in continuing to eat. 

Climate change and how our food is produced now are a threat to our being able to grow enough food, get it to the people who need and want it and afford to buy it.

I get sticker shock when I see the prices in the produce section of my local grocery store. The rest of the grocery store is not necessarily much better. 

The severe drought that struck most of the food producers in the US will probably raise food prices quite a lot in the whole world. I will probably have company in my food price sticker shock.

There are many things you can do to help out with our food situation. One of these is to grow as much food as you possibly can. Even if you live in an apartment and have no yard, you can still manage a pot or two of herbs. You can grow sprouts even while you are backpacking. I have already posted about growing herbs and sprouts.

You can grow much more even if you only have a balcony or rooftop. You can make a substantial contribution to your food budget and quality of life if you have a yard and can manage even a very small garden. 

If any form of gardening is absolutely not your forte' you can patronize farmers' markets and buy locally grown food. Not only will local food taste better and be fresher, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping out your community. 

You are even being very ecological because local food has not used fuel to ship it across the world. You are also helping to keep a small farmer on his farm. This is a strike against the huge corporate monoculture farms and a help to the Earth.

mon·o·cul·ture  (mn-klchr)
1. The cultivation of a single crop on a farm or in a region or country.
2. A single, homogeneous culture without diversity or dissension.

My favorite contribution that you can make to helping with the world food situation and your own food is your spiritual contribution. Find out what your own spiritual gift(s) is/are. 

There is a very high chance that your spiritual gift involves growing something. You won't know unless you try. Don't make one attempt and give up either. 

Instinct and a spiritual gift don't compensate for knowledge. Read the directions or get somebody to show you how to get started. There is a big chunk of your happiness missing if you don't find and use your spiritual gift(s). 

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