Organic food is expensiver than chemical industrial food, but in general, food has become a minor expense for people in upper, middle and even working classes in rich countries. With the increase in population of the last several centuries, land and housing have become more expensive, and especially with the huge advantages of living in central urban areas, it’s become very expensive there, or to get there every day from outside.
In the US, our emphasis on, obsession with, splitting into, individuality, and the privatizing of everything in society has caused us to focus on individualized living designs, at least for the upper classes, and individualized transport infrastructure giving the illusion of power, rather than public, communal transport. This makes travel more expensive (and energy and nature-intensive) and thus skewed toward the rich, and the choice between living near or traveling between home and work is more difficult and takes a larger percentage of larger incomes. Thus people are tied more into crowded central areas (or forced to live in relative isolation while constantly being told by the means of communication that 1. the means of communication are necessary for a decent life and 2. that centralized urban areas are the places to be, and nature and isolation are poor substitutes. All this is tied into the class system, and that also is sold by the communication system—television, radio, movies, internet, magazines, the system of celebrity…
So often the trigger for revolutions is the increasing price or decreasing availability of food, so in our system of psychological fascism, land/living space and many other things become more expensive, tying people into the increasingly industrial, impersonal, hierarchical, system of everything. The need of empire for mass submission while disequalizing society means basic necessities must be available for most (the number for whom they’re not available has to be kept low enough, and the group has to be kept uneducated and powerless enough to not be able to form an effective resistance. and in our society, anything radical enough to be a real solution to the climate and larger ecological crisis will inevitably be considered resistance to the dominant culture.
With a wise, supportive society-wide system, an ecological life is a significant advance in every way from our current life—happier, healthier, more equal and nurturing, more durable, more authentic inside and outside us so deeper psychologically and thus more fulfilling. It’s also easy, probably even easier than our current life, but in the absence of that system, trying to individually remedially construct an ecological life can be extraordinarily difficult if not impossible.
Part of an effective resistance is to boycott not only individual products and aspects of the system but the whole system. Unfortunately, the system as a whole can be sustained quite well without those few of us willing to sacrifice so much. so by far the most important part of the solution is political. And the whole interconnected system needs to be changed at once (in both senses). Political and economic equality and affordable public transport and housing and more, are crucial to making organic permaculture production affordable to sustain all of us, and thus provide a practical alternative as a system, to replace fossil fuel-intensive industrial food, clothing, materials, etc.