Let's Be Farmers

The American community has all but disappeared from the landscape of our country. With that goes a valued cornerstone of American heritage. A community, what exactly was a community? In my remembrance, a community was a collective of people with varying skills that combined to create a mutually beneficial environment for themselves and their children. Sound familiar, it should:

Introduction to the Constitution.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

You know, butcher, baker, candle stick maker. All those people that had value they could offer in exchange for goods and services from other members of the community. Now I know this will sound absolute crazy, but Back in the day used for talking about a time in the past, usually when you are remembering nice things about that time: Back in the day, we had an apartment with a swimming pool. In the past. I went to a community school. Yea, it was segregated, but at the time I had no idea what that meant. It was't until later High School that I realized the great danger in segregation. Not just black Vs. white, but wealthly Vs. poor, North Vs. South, immigrant Vs. natural born and so on and so forth, etc, etc, etc and it has continued to this day. Fracture and divide and destroy anything that doesn't conform to the "Profit Over People" model. Wonder why it's called "Human Resources", you are a commodity just like the conveyor belt down stairs.

Now what was a community High School and what made it so great! What makes the education I received better than today? For starters, I came out of High School with knowledge of wood working, automobile repair, math (even though the teachers laughed), HISTORY (been into that ever since), typing and Home Economics (where were all the girls). In addition to, what I call "normal" education, I also came out of school with an appreciation of music, art, Literary, poetry and all that other long haired stuff. I also came out of High School with a great sense of community. Why, I enjoyed my time after school with all the kids I went to school with.

After my first year in college, I worked at the local Union 76 station pump'en gas and chang'en oll and tars (just taking a jab at my N.C. draw, oil and tires). I could make change without the register telling me. I could repair my car on the side of the road. I could start a fire without a lighter (one match fire, Boy Life magazine). I could cook (boil water), I could type (with two fingers). I had a capability to read and comprehend the written word. I was able to communicate my thoughts (sometimes at the wrong time).

So what are you trying to get to Bo? Well, if you completed your senior year, you would be employable in the local community. Drug store, supermarket, service station, just about anywhere in the community. Now you say, big deal, Drug Store??? What a laugh... Well, you see a single person working a minimum wage job back then, at the Drug Store, hop'en soda's could afford:

What was the actual cornerstone of these communities, I say it was the local Agrarian (Agrarian: composed of or pertaining to farmers; rural; agricultural community.) community. You see, believe it or not, you have to have three things in your life to survive:

  1. adequate nourishment including clean water
  2. shirt or blouse on your back
  3. A roof over your head

Those farmers actually supported the world food requirements for many years after the World Wars. America had an abundant food supply. Today, there is report after report warning of food insecurity, but a full fledged food insufficiency. The reports speak of food riots, deaths from starvation, disease, war and people just plain giving up!! They warn of the collapse of our Governmental structures. The ruling class will be the military and police.

Search Google enter "Global Food Shortages" I believe you will be shocked.

Today, the small farmer is going bankrupt faster than ever before. Why? The huge Corporate Farming Corporate farming is a term used to describe companies that own or influence farms and agricultural practices on a large scale. This includes not only corporate ownership of farms and selling of agricultural products, but also the roles of these companies in influencing agricultural education, research, and public policy through funding initiatives and lobbying efforts.
The definition and effects of corporate farming on agriculture are widely debated, though most sources that describe large businesses in agriculture as "corporate farms" portray their role in a negative light.
Industry is squeezing the life out of them. A recent report on Bloomburg finacials noted Wisconsin, Iowa and Idaho were those states most at risk of losing the small farms.

Our food chain is now unsafe for consumsion due to posioning from pesticides. I'm still on the fence regarding Genetically Modified Organizsm (GMO), A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. The exact definition of a genetically modified organism and what constitutes genetic engineering varies, with the most common being an organism altered in a way that "does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination". A wide variety of organisms have been genetically modified (GM), from animals to plants and microorganisms. Genes have been transferred within the same species, across species (creating transgenic organisms) and even across kingdoms. New genes can be introduced, or endogenous genes can be enhanced, altered or knocked out.
Also known as genetically engineered foods (GE foods), or bioengineered foods are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. Genetic engineering techniques allow for the introduction of new traits as well as greater control over traits when compared to previous methods, such as selective breeding and mutation breeding.

I had to laugh when I read the definition of a pesticide:

a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal pests (what, wait, we're considered a member of the animal kingdom -- hummmmmmm).

This is the primary reason for the urgency in getting Farming Communities started again, and to never again allow our food source to be compromised!!

Ask yourself and be honest!! If there were no supermarkets to purchase food from, could you survive??? Could you??? See right this very moment, your getting setup by the "Establishment" to have to order food over the Internet. Check it out, how many packaged food sources are there? "Whole Foods", considered at one time to be a trusted food source, has now been stripped of it's very dignity since Amazon purchased the company! It's quality and selection of food sources, has become a joke... It is unfortunate, but I see food riots, due to climate change, in our future. The droughts have already started, crop failures are beginning to be reported globally and migration of whole populations is in the first stages. Right here in America, midwestern farms are disappearing at an alarming rate. America has a crisis of obesity and starvation at the same time. Could that be our trusted food source??? Farm land sits idle that could support an entire community with fresh food.