April 6, 2005
In Search of Wild Carrots... Introduction
It is hard to imagine a world where our food sources just grow naturally without human intervention. Since the agricultural revolution, fruit and vegetable food sources have been manipulated in such a manner that many species cannot grow without human intervention. Capitalism and other currency economic systems have made food sources a marketable commodity. We buy the sustenance of life.
Without proving what we already know about genetic engineering, chemical usage, and food processing, I am on a mission to find natural food sources that do still grow wild and where they grow. I want to inspire alternatives in the ways that people feed themselves and the way people look at the purpose of food. Yes, it means people will actually have to do some physical work in order to gain access to natural food sources, but when all that will happen happens, those who know how to gather their own food will be more able to survive than those who do not.
Consider the oil used to make hydrocarbon fertilizers used on crops. Consider the natural resources used to process, package, transport and store large quantities of foods. Consider how much food is wasted and thrown away every day by those who can pay, and then consider how much food is not accessible at all to those who cannot pay. Consider how lazy the human species has gotten since the invention of the all around supermarket.
What would it be like if people could and were willing to just gather food for themselves? Where would they go?
As I research various regions, I will post what foods were eaten in the past, where they can be found and different ways these foods have been prepared or stored. (Our current methods of storing foods also add global warming toxins to the atmosphere.)
Posted by Shawna at April 6, 2005 10:04 PM Category: Alternatives
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One big problem in finding natural foods is private property. People just don't want strangers wandering around their property digging and gathering. Then there is the problem of state and national parks in which such things are forbidden. City people are pretty much screwed, but can rely on certified organic produce. Even that has to be researched to make sure it is bona fide. You are right, personal health and vitality is the basis for positive change on the planet. It is apalling to see all the truly obese people waddling around and to see the waste of food. I recently went to a buffet and the first thing I noticed upon entering the dining area was all the dishes that had not yet been picked up and how they were absolutely loaded with food that would be thrown away.
Posted by: goesh at April 7, 2005 1:26 PM
Check out Indian Country Today on the net - it is well worth reading
Posted by: goesh at April 7, 2005 6:27 PM
My purpose is not to coerce people to violate current laws in relation to 'private property.'
My purpose is to prepare for the end of oil and all that it entails by offering alternative ideas when what will eventually happen happens. I have to have faith that the majority will be willing to work with other people if it means the survival of all those in that area. Private property may become a moot point during that time.
For the record, the food sources that I have researched so far are not items one would find in a supermarket. They are foods that people could potentially eat when barges, trucks and so on can no longer deliver our favorite supermarket items due to fuel shortages.
Posted by: Shawna at April 7, 2005 11:30 PM
Thank you for the website. I will be sure to check it out.
Posted by: Shawna at April 7, 2005 11:31 PM
a very cool idea, shawna. I'm curious to see what you come up with.
Posted by: george at April 8, 2005 2:16 PM