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How to Get it Back

Justice for our children’s future is concerning. I clearly remember as a child, not being so protected that it left me unable to do something for myself. When I was asked a question, an adult didn’t answer it for me. When I wanted to get the mail, I wasn’t told no, I’ll go get it because someone might take you. Or, don’t use a knife to cut your food, you might cut yourself… I lived in the country, maybe it was different, or maybe my mother didn’t care. Definitely not the latter. She loved me enough to prepare me.

We just did and learned from it and became better, stronger, self-reliant and most of all more ready for life ahead, sooner than we are today.

I did chores, outside putting in fence posts, feeding the chickens, a few pigs, cows and horses. I used hammers, axes to split wood, shovels and even chain saws. I learned to sharpen blades, put tin roofs on our barns. I miss that now that I live in an apartment in the northwest side of Chicago, IL.

So what!
What we see below in these numbers, we had in nearly every small town in the United States, we just didn’t call it “Organic”. And we grew up doing the work to enjoy the picking of the vegetable or fruit, wiping a little dirt off of it and just eating it. Now we have to take more caution that the enormous amounts of CAFO shit lagoon waste that is concentrated and spread on our land to fertilize, isn’t going to kill us!

Here is a little information; from the Organic Trade Organization (OTA) 2016 Citations
• Federal spending on organic, including annual $9 million National Organic Program
• 24,600+ certified organic operations nationwide
a) 17,525 are certified organic producers
b) 3% increase between the end of 2015 & 2016
• 60% plus, of organic businesses have more than 5 employees reported an increase of full-time employment
• 5.3% of total retail U.S. food sales are organic (highest ever)
• 35% more profitable than the average farm. 29 to 32 percent above non-organic
• Hotspots clusters of organic businesses kick-start rural economies
a) $2,000 boost in medium household incomes on average
b) 1.35% reduction in poverty levels
c) 225 counties across the U.S. qualify as organic hotspots
• 13.6% of all fruits & vegetables bought by U.S. consumers are organic
• 8% of all dairy products bought by U.S. consumers are organic
• 75% of all categories on supermarket shelves offer organic options
• 82.3% of American households now contain organic products

I sincerely hope we are Getting it Back! We as consumers can demand it. We can, as parents let our children do and see what happens, and be there to pick them up, teach them. And sometimes needed most, not do anything. Be Bored. Contemplate, create.

Urban life with the technology and limited rural access is a difficult situation for parents and children. When the parent have forgotten the past, or just can’t return, and the children never knew. In some ways we fail to pass on some of the most important parts of our past that could and should enhance our future.

Thank you for reading.

Author:

Raised on a 20 acre farm with all the animals in rural Indiana. I picked up rocks out of farm field before planting season, cooked in a pancake house for a couple years, worked in a factory, joined the Navy, back to the factory then College. I took for granted the simple natural (and unnatural) foods we grew that we raised, and the snacks and cereals we bought. I had a hard working mother I love, even now that she is gone, and a there but not there father. It went by so fast.

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