Posted by: ceara08 | March 28, 2008

I’m so depressed…

When I read articles like this

Blue Collar, Bare Cupboards
http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3574/blue_collar_bare_cupboards/ky

I feel so sad!  I want to cry even now, knowing so many people are going hungry.  I have not posted lately because I’m so very worried about our future.

What the heck happened?  North America was supposed to be the “bread bowl” of the world, full of prospects and prosperity.  But what has it become?  A continent full of people crying out in hunger and fear.

Something has to be done about this, and we as regular folks have to do it!  We CAN NOT depend on any governmental body whatsoever.  In that article, they were saying that governments make up 12 per cent of the food donations in the food bank!!  That is utterly ridiculous!

Yes we should keep the food banks going, but what we REALLY need is a charitable organization that collects vegetable seeds and distributes them to the needy.  And we need volunteers willing to spend the time helping others grow some food.

Just about everyone out there has SOME space to grow something.  Whether it’s a 1 meter square section, a couple of flower pots or even a window box.

I’m so mad now I cannot even think straight.

I am depressed too though.  We went to the grocery store yesterday.  I know that wheat prices are high, but didn’t realize just how much.  A 10 kilogram bag of flour is normally $6 to $8, depending on the brand.  Yesterday, EVERY 10 kilo bag of flour was the same price, almost $16.

WTF?!?!?!?

We’re having hard times making ends meet here too, like just about everyone else out there.  But we have something most people don’t and that is knowledge on how to grow and preserve our own food.  Well, to a certain extent anyway.  There are some things I don’t know how to do, like make cheese.  But that’s really secondary in comparison with the other more necessary foods.

And I know some wild plants that are edible.

So, here’s the plan.  Who’s going to join?  hehe

There needs to be a new organization that will collect and distribute seeds to the needy.  Knowledgeable people should be handy to answer questions and instruct on growing vegetables.   But most importantly, the people need to be willing to try and grow some of their own food and offset their expenses.  Yeah this might add to their daily workload, but it should alleviate some of the worry about where their next meal is coming from.

This year, let’s all make an effort to generate as many seeds as possible from our own crops.  Find needy people and reach out to them… teach them.

But, a bright side.  We’ve been through this before and survived, and we can survive again.  Just go ask someone who lived through WW1 and WW2, especially those in Britain.  There were food shortages, people went hungry, and medical care was a rarity.   But they were creative and resourceful.

Let’s dig up the history books and talk to the old folks.  Rediscover what life was like back then and get prepared.  For we are about to go through the same thing again.

The only difference between now and then was in the UK, their government ENCOURAGED people to grow gardens.  It was called Dig For Victory.  It kept many families from going hungry.  And guess what?  The “good ‘ol USA” shipped millions of seeds to Britain to help them out.

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