Hello. It has been nearly a year since I have written anything and so much has happened. Not only with the; some will say Chinese experiment on social and economic disruption, but with me as well. Familial distanced from my children for more than 80% of their life since last July. It hurts. And my care and concern for them, our country and our world is even more heightened.
Plastics, viruses, distracting technologies and I am sure there are more are more quickly taking control of our daily lives, whether we like it or not. And were either doing it to ourselves, or some company, corporation or government is. Get up, learn from the past, do something, create something, grow something to eat, quit your bitching and blaming and making excuses and help yourself and your neighbor while you’re at it. Many of you do this already, but many more of you do not, whether you weren’t taught, or shown by your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, that is sad, and I feel for you. Learn what is going on and what really seems right, and do something good.
When I first started blogging my concerns were for the over use and misuse of our basic resources; land, air, water and food. Especially the Concentrated Animal Farming Operations (CAFO) and the directly related land use to grow food for them. As my writing continued, I was able to layout the connective relationships this has on every one of us.
- In 2019 90 million acres of corn grown in U.S. (can be grown in nearly all states)
- 33% for feed to cattle, hogs, and poultry
- 33% used for ethanol fuel
- 10-20% exported
- Bananas not plantains: US$2.6 billion (17% of US-imported fruits)
- Avocados: $2.4 billion (16.1%)
- Fresh grapes: $1.7 billion (11.5%)
- Fresh cranberries, bilberries: $1.2 billion (8.2%)
- Fresh raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, loganberries: $1138.5 million (7.5%)
- Pineapples: $726 million (4.8%)
- Lemons, limes: $651.6 million (4.3%)
- Guavas, mangoes: $637.3 million (4.2%)
- Fresh strawberries: $609.5 million (4%)
- Melons not watermelons: $402.9 million (2.6%)
- Watermelons: $359.1 million (2.4%)
- Mandarins including tangerines: $309.6 million (2%)
- Oranges: $244.1 million (1.6%)
- Plantains: $235 million (1.5%)
- Apples: $226 million (1.5%)
These two alone, in addition to the large corporations leading the family farms to do their bidding, by making them file bankruptcy or have banks foreclose, or quit the business entirely. And, we can grow nearly all of these in the U.S. instead overusing the western state land and siphoning out the natural aquafers to grow where nothing should grow.
- 100,000 farms lost in the last 10 years.
- The need for small business for small farms have been lost (save a managing few).
- Small community employment for small business lost (save a managing few).
- Community, and the sense of it, lost (save a managing few).
- Disease & sickness for all human beings increases every year (this year affected EVERYONE)
- Local self-dependency lost (save a managing few).
The pattern above can go on and on… although there is hope. As I had also written about, is the strength of the human being, the American citizen, and their ability to dig deep within to work, and truly understand the definition of work, they can overcome. We will have to remember! Remember how our parents, and grandparents planted a garden, bartered with neighbors, built what they needed and bought things made well, and they endured and what they bought lasted more than a day.
As much as the government subsidizes the crop and dairy farmer, there must be an incentive to the localities. To create/retain the small town, and counties across the US in order to not only build sustainability, but to reestablish the communal aspect of the community and overall health. We must do this in order to increase our understanding for the new generations and recent past generations. And, to know just how important it is to rely on each other, work and work together instead of ordering it on amazon, grub hub or playing Fortnite and waiting for someone else to get you what you want, because you don’t know how to do anything.
Thank you, and God Bless you all!