Over the last two years, I have been growingly concerned with our health. Our personal health, our community health, our animal, land, air and water health. I thought I could focus on the one area that mattered the most, and that being the Confined Animal Farming Operations (CAFO). But, every article I researched lead me to undeniable topics equally and in many cases even deeper consequential warnings. Time is running out.
Along the way, I have been developing what is becoming a more economic model to create a path for our society to recreate community as we had in the past, while coexisting with our bombarding future before it is too late.
Whether you believe the “97% of scientists on Climate Change (not global warming, as temperatures can change for the warmer or colder) or not, take 10 minutes to watch or read about deforestation for palm oil in Indonesia, CAFO development in Brazil, water shortages (or complete depletion of area water tables), loss of bees, cancer… I can go on for quite a while. Life as we, or a much greater concern for me, our children will be severely impacted to a level they will never have even heard of. In addition, so many of them will have no idea how to cope. This saddens me deeply.
In the U.S. there remains the Mid-west and surrounding yet to be critically decimated areas to which we can begin a change to redevelop everything and let it spread outward.
If you recall, I grew up on a small farm of 20 acres surrounded by larger corn/soy farms. We had chickens, a cow or two, and some pigs for us and a few neighbors who would buy them and supplement my parent’s income. We had a well for our water our and a basement for storing our canned fruits and vegetables for future consumption. I know many can’t or won’t do that today and even then it was not for everyone. But we came together several times a year and spoke in person with each other and either bought or bartered for food, repairs or just help when needed.
In my model, as I wrote about a couple times over the last year, we can establish from the existing communities where the infrastructure is already mostly in place. People, land, schools, and the willingness to work either to put food on their tables or earn an income (or both) to sustain the human race.
If you haven’t heard of The Perfect Storm (not the movie), this is what is currently happening in the Transportation industry. Aging truck drivers, limited driving requirement and low interest in new drivers because of the long durations away from home is inflating our foods and other items we buy, even the crap from China. Shipping is at capacity and trucking companies are having to turn down business because ther is not enough drivers for the loads that need delivered. Basic supply & demand. More demand, not enough drivers, means the cost can be controlled by the trucking companies. We can put an end to long drive distances from farm to store, table and mouth by creating many more opportunities for employment, construction, maintenance, including recycling and new businesses. And drivers can be home with their families each night.
All of this can be done just by redeveloping a 20-25% of the current corn/soy bean land for direct human consumption foods in each of the Midwest states that currently grow these single mass crops. We can also set the example for the rest of the world, instead of solely growing for the economic profit of the corporations. Bring the educated and experienced back to their roots (literally), with their modern growing techniques and historical knowledge of planting methods. And the food will be and will taste better. Well worth it, in so many ways.
It never made sense to me, that we (and other countries) we would over produce and over complicate at least the food industry by growing much more than we need, ship it to another country, just to have the same food imported to the U.S.
I am looking for a hand-full of individuals to help me continue, enhance and prepare for large scale presentation, my design for the future of sustainable human living, health and overall well-being. Please contact me for details and discussion.
Thank you, Darrin Beckefeld