For those of you that are looking for a possible solution to the GMO issue, allow me to plant a creative seed in your mind. Before we proceed, maybe you are someone who is not sold on the idea that eating genetically modified organisms (formerly called food) may not be the best thing for you, your family, or humanity to gobble up. maybe you just don’t quite know what all the fuss is about. “The train is leaving the station, don’t be the last one on.” Here are some simple sites to get you up to speed, after you have looksy, come back and join the party, we’ll wait:
In a recently viewed video by Charles Eisenstein in which he spoke about the themes in his book “Sacred Economics” , he describes two points that I want to touch on. By the way, do yourself a favor and watch the entire video. First, he describes one of the main threads that holds a community together by stating, ” community is woven by gifts, you can’t have community without gifts“. The second point he makes that I would like to illustrate is Eisenstein’s epiphany that, after trying to create “community” in suburban America, he noted the fact that “everybody, underneath, had the unspoken knowledge that I don’t need you. And in fact, I don’t want to need you. I meet all my needs by being financially independent. I don’t want to have to depend on anybody. I don’t want to have to owe anybody anything.“.
I believe and witness this mindset daily, as I’m sure many of you do too. The continued centralization of people’s daily needs has removed the need for close knit communities. Where we once relied on each other for items, money, food, and services has given way to local shops, restaurants, and banks. Which then gave way to mega-stores (Wal-mart), fast food chains, and global financial institutions. Each devouring the previous paradigm and with it, the close community that had been built up around it. We are now left with memories of the way it “once was” or the “good ol’ days”. I ask you, when is the last time you helped a neighbor with a project? When is the last time you had a home cooked meal together with your entire family? Or perhaps with your neighbors? Our way of life, indeed our culture, has been outsourced, strip-mined, methodically destroyed in the name of profit and “progress”. Whose progress I ask? Sure I can go to Wal-mart and grab a wrench, made in China (read sweatshop/child labor) where before I would have borrowed one from a neighbor (and maybe they would have helped my do the job at hand as well).
This leads me to the point of the article. There is fast coming a time when we will need each other again. Let’s reverse this trend and rebuild our community mega corporations and banks be damned. Our money and energy is what keeps them going.
“Don’t believe them, don’t fear them, don’t ask anything of them”
If humanity continues to go down the same path we will be confined to a world where all food is genetically modified, “regular food” will be a thing of the past. Something we can tell our kids about…..if we have any. Global food supply will be centralized (there’s that word again) in the hands of a few mega-corporations that have already shown that bottom lines are infinitely more important than people’s lives, cultures, and future.
I propose that communities get together to form their own “co-op”. You can start with as little as two people. The more people who get involved the less each individual has to do (there’s a concept). How hard is to grow a few pots of tomatoes? A window box (for you city dwellers). I hear ya, you are not a farmer and don’t want to be…..great. You don’t have to.
Take your average suburban American sprawl. How bout just one street of 6 houses. Simple addition says that if each house grew one crop, you would have 6 varieties to exchange. Here’s the SECRET, you don’t have to be a farmer, just pick one vegetable or fruit and learn all there is to know about growing it…forget the rest. Grow the same one continuously. Too hard? May I remind you of the saying, “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice“. Besides, many crops practically grow themselves as long as you get the planting time correct (for those in colder climates). Imagine the possibility with a neighborhood of 10 or 20 participants! Oh ya, and I forgot to mention it’s all FREE. Add to the mix someone with chickens…a cow or two. Now we have eggs, milk, veggies, and maybe fruit. Lets recap: free food for you, stronger community, less corporate control over your life, no more GMO food (unless you are dumb enough to plant it) and I would venture to say better overall health for you, your friends , and/or your family. How many win-wins is that in a row? This concept works with just about any formula. Start bartering services with neighbors that are mechanics, tailors, doctors and you might just find yourself in the middle of an old-fashioned community.