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Supply and Demand.

Like most people concerned with preparedness, I am conscious of the steadily rising prices of certain goods and the decline in quality of grocery store goods.  I learned about meat processing, slaughterhouse conditions, and the pros and cons of raising your own as opposed to forking over to someone else in charge; big decisions made themselves clear.

There has been a long drought where I live.  Although this year is better than last year’s enactment of the Great Dust Bowl, livestock and farming operations have suffered greatly.  And the animals have suffered even moreso.  Meat, dairy and egg prices have begun an ascent towards the Himalaya Mountains, much like the trek of gas prices.

drought conditions

People are shocked, shocked!!, to discover fillers, plumpers and … more… discreetly tucked into their ground CHOW that, until the pink slime video sickened them, they were perfectly happy to shovel down the gullet.  But now, the indignation is ripe.

fillers in processed foods

dog food? or people food?

There is a sudden fad-like interest in where food comes from, whats in it and how can we keep pink slime, slaughterhouse refuse and mouse droppings outta the economy box of 24 burgers before the collective public attention span fades. And that should do it.

I think its really the idea of there being things in food that people aren’t aware of, rather than its true effects, that freaks them out. Kind of like someone sneaking in the generic cheap stuff when you think you’re paying for top of the line Chef BoyRDee.  We all know whats in cigarettes and what they can do to the human body but there’s no shortage of people who smoke. Same goes for twinkies, sodas that can rot metal and the march of fast-food drive-throughs that populate every highway access road and strip mall. Personal health is handed over every day to convenience, impulse and comfort.

I notice these things as I learn more about food, more about nutrition and more about self-sustainability.  There is no doubt that the healthiest food is the food that isn’t processed, doesn’t involve harsh and inhumane living conditions of the animals and can be grown in your own backyard … handing total control over pink slime straight back to you.

harvesting food

PIG is the only ingredient in sausage you make yourself.

But it takes work. A lot of work.  And until a person starts doing it, they’ll be surprised at just how much energy goes into fending off horn worms and grasshoppers from your garden bounty, learning which chemicals to avoid and how to fertilize your soil without neon turquoise nutrients … or how you will find yourself thinking about the chickens (Crap! Did I let them out of the coop or did Bob?) while you’re in the grocery store check-out line or in the middle of the night (Crap! Did I put them back in the coop or did Bob?), and how life becomes a pattern of checking on, watering, feeding, and protecting your food source.

I like this kind of work.  It agrees with me and the pay-off is tremendous.  As the homesteading movement gathers steam and newbies bring chickens into backyards for the first time,  gardens off the back porch and rain barrels under the eaves; so many people are learning about how to take control over their own food, their own safety and ultimately, their own future.

 

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