Usually, I post a recipe on Monday. Today, I wanted to briefly discuss an example of why food independence, sustainability, and self-sufficiency are so important. In our continuing-to-falter economy, more people in the U.S. and around the world are going hungry. Why? Because they can't afford the over-priced, nutrient-deficient, mass-produced food available in most supermarkets. Yesterday, I read this article about my small town (Clyde, Ohio) in the Weekly Trader:
The conclusion I came to is that despite claims of the economy improving, more people are continuing to go hungry, and the food pantries can't keep up. Clyde has a population of approximately 6,300 people and aided 929 adults and 660 children in 2012. Were those aided all from Clyde? The article doesn't specify, but if they were, this would mean about 24% of the town's population received food aid in 2012.
What is the solution? I'm sure there are many, but one solution in particular would go a long way towards making food affordable: help people learn to grow their own! It's not exactly free, but it's much more affordable than grocery store prices, and it's certainly more fresh and more nutrient-dense. Also, the food is tax-free, meaning you don't have to increase your income and subject yourself to a higher tax rate while providing more food for your family. We've lost a lot of the knowledge for self-sufficiency passed down from our grandparents, great grandparents, and so forth. We need to get it back and help each other thrive, not just get by, while we teach our children to do the same.
I hope the projects on this page will actually help people in a concrete way, and next year, I hope the amount of food aid needed in my town and around the world will decrease instead of continue to increase. There is much to be done, but we can turn things around. Real change takes real work.
Have you noticed an increased need for food aid in your town/city? What are your thoughts on how we can improve self-sufficiency? Thanks for dropping by!