U.S. food prices soar: Cheap food may be a thing of the past in U.S. – latimes.com

How much advanced warning do we need to start growing food at home, and promoting local suppport for local agriculture? Those of us on very limited budgets really have no choice. I would suggest that food banks, churches, and social outreach agencies make seeds and gardening tools, along with appropriate teaching materials, available to their participants. Our focus this year in our life is to grow food for ourselves, find local sources for grain, and process the produce to sustain ourselves through the winter. Any surplus – which is planned – will go to help others enjoy a healthy diet. We will sell some, but donate some too. North Americans, despite a high caloric intake and plentiful food availablity, do not have truly adequate nutrtition, and sources of the more nutrient dense foods are now too expensive for many.

U.S. food prices soar: Cheap food may be a thing of the past in U.S. – latimes.com

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  1. Magdalena,

    Australia’s SBS (special broadcasting service) network ran a story on this about a month ago now. Whatever people think about Cuba, for good or ill, the presenter focused, as one solution to this problem, the Agraponico movement that has mushroomed in Cuba over the last 20 years or so, in which local communities en mass have taken responsibility for the production of fresh vegetables, thus meeting a substantial percentage of Cuba’s total food needs. These gardens are locally run, community based and managed neighberhood by neighbourhood. Green spaces in urban environments plus rooftop space, parkland, etc has been co=opted successfully. I am not including this to spark a debate on the political situation between the US and Cuba; I am no socialist – nor am I a capitalist – I am a Subsidiarist!! I believe Subsidiarity is the genuine embodiment of Matt 25: 34-40, Acts 2: 42-47 and the book of James; not to mention every outcry raised by the prophets of the Old Testament – what were they speaking out about?? Corruption in the eschelons of power (remember that their was no real separation between the religious and ruling apperatus of Ancient Israel – at least not as it is understood by post-moderns in the 21st century). They wre also crying out against the oppression of the poor and vulnerable, the crushing of the ‘widow and orphan’.

    http://www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au/5_3.html
    gives a snapshot into how the community gardens scheme has worked, and continues to work today. Drill down through the site to find links that describe how a group can establish itsown community garden; this principle transcends national and governmental boundaries.

    http://www.stephaniealexander.com.au/garden.htm
    is another approach that can be adopted by not only school groups, but churches, community groups, home education co-operatives, even prisons and other residential facilities (if the residents are without the physical ability themselves, local ‘easy care’ garden groups can be established and supported to provide the sustainable framework and human resources to make it so, and as many as possible.
    for those who are aged and frail, or who have disabilities that limit or prevent them from gardening on their own

    http://www.easycaregardening.org.au/
    is a programme that has been running on Sydney’s North Shore for the past 20 yeers; the rest of Sydney needs to do likewise, as do cities and regional centres worldwide. this needs to be as natural an adjunct to any community gardening or community based food sufficiency strategy as the soil, sun and rain!!!!!!!

    Utilizing a ‘cradle to cradle’ technalogical approach that is rounded, practical, simple yet elegant,
    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/aquaponic.html
    aquaponics cannot be dismissed or overlooked, nor can the raising of fowl, goats etc for milk and even meat down the track.

    Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein are two internationally recognized chefs’ that are far far more than mere ‘famous faces’; they are practical, see a problem, highlight solutions and support local, completely sustainable, natural food production. this in tandom with the above principles is the way communities have traditionally fed themselves all over the world.

    This is not about a middle-class foodies w*nkfest; there is no time or room for such any longer. it is about nothing short of a complete redesign of the way we have produced food for ourselves over the past 50 years that is unsustainable.

    READ THE MANIFESTO!!! Even urban ‘realist naysayers’ would do well to take a look at the manifesto and think about what they could possibly contribute to this area of need.

    http://slowfoodaustralia.com.au/food-diversity/defending-food-diversity/the-future-of-food/

    I am passionate about this and believe it warrants recognition within the field of theology; after all, the Scripture passages I have cited are at the heart of what it means to follow Christ be we perfect as our Lord in heaven is perfect ( NOTE:; the word for perfect in the original language of the text does not mean without error in behaviour and thought, but in possession of mature ‘grown up’ faith), and is central to our love of god and neighbour. After all, at the heart of Christianity is relationship – to God, to God’s creation, to ourselves and to others. As various strands of theology have developed over the years such as feminist or liberation theology (regardless of the eficacy of these theological approaches) a theology of hospitality, community and stewardship is called for.The programmes I have provided links to are not theoretical maybey’s’ reserved for the academic classes in their ivory towers, but are currently being implimented all over the world often by communities without ready access to a decent stream of revenue.

    All too frequently, local councils exercise laws that are inherrently opposed and actively sabotage the implimentation of programmes such as these most commonly due to stupid outdated bi-laws that serve nobody except the cave dwellers ( ‘Citizens Against Virtually Everything’…

    And an easy to understand introduction to the third way – neither socialist nor capitalist –

    Distributism/subsidiarity. Its not just for Catholics – it pertains to all of us no matter our religious affiliation (or otherwise).

    and

    THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE to indulge in survivalism or bunkerism, but on the contrary, in tandom with everything I have raised, seeks to re-enfranchise the human person to be in a position to provide for themselves, their families and thereby create stronger communities where the dignity of the human person is not crushed by the state, the corporation or elimination of the human person’s ability to provide for their own needs or work with others to do so on the local level. Distributism does not enshrine the materialist system, but is concerned with the empowerment and restoration of human dignity. Some may say it is communism or collectivism by the back door; I believe not; on the contrary, I believe that it truly represents the Scriptural directives given by Christ and the new Testament writers, lived out in the community. Plain communities, traditional Monastic communities and other communities such as the Catholic ‘back to the land’ movement championed by Fr. Vincent mcNabb at the turn of the 20th century demonstrate subsidiarity/distributism in action. Pay attention to the way in which these communities, if members are in need, organically, as second nature, with genuineness, the fellow members of said community rally around and stand in the gap.

    The current model, I believe, is ultimately unsustainable. Any system in which 90% of resources is concentrated in the hands of 10% of the population is unsustainable!!!!

    Obscene Wealth and obscene poverty can and must be rectified, and subsidiarity allows the healthiest means by which communities and populations can do so, intimately tied in with every option (and more) that I have pointed to.

    Come on, people, there is much work to do and the daylight is fading!! hand to the plough and shoulder to the wheel! .

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