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The Courage to Embrace Radical Choices in the Face of the Climate and Food Crisis


The Courage to Embrace Radical Choices in the Face of the Climate and Food Crisis

Doreen Stabinsky

One of the worst droughts in living memory continues to threaten East and Southern African countries, brought on by the recent El Niño event. More than 40 million people across the continent are projected to be food insecure until early 2017, as maize harvests wither and millions of livestock perish from lack of water and food.


Every day, millions of Americans -- including those who live in cities, and have access to public transportation -- start up their cars, adding soot and oil particles to the air, giving their daily contribution to catastrophic climate change. The "good" news is that as America grows poorer, and the poor are now effectively locked into poverty, fewer can afford to drive.


The US ships out and destroys tons of food each year, while so many Americans go hungry. America's priorities are hopelessly screwed up.


For most of the history of our species we have lived through one food crises after another. Once agriculture was industrialized there has been more than enough food to sustain us. Hunger is subject to the Golden Rule of Worldwide Free Market Capitalism as it rations miniscule slices of abundance to the subservient masses. So Climate Change actually challenges the failing economic system as it implodes and its bloated princes and princesses totter like spinning tops in inexorable circles of self inflicted destruction. If we react properly Climate Change will destroy Free Market Capitalism as we institute the original human economy of a free and altruistic system of batter and exchange that allows all to fairly offer their goods and/or services, of which an individual's labor is recognized as the base unit of exchange.

Industrial Agriculture simply cannot survive the near term moderate destruction of Climate Change. It is based upon monocropping in depleted soil that requires numerous chemicals to produce a marginally sufficient crop. The unknowns of how GMOs react will surely require even more chemicals as an entirely new production scenario emerges that was probably not anticipated by their engineers. Industrial Agriculture is, in order to produce maximum profits, designed to operate as it does today and is not readily adaptable to rapidly changing climate influences. Naturally this will cause numerous worldwide food shortages. We must quickly turn to sustainable agriculture production in order for us to survive as individuals, families, friends, neighborhoods and communities.

Aquaponics, an ancient agricultural method, is perhaps the quickest and simplest way, to produce food for us immediately with relatively small investments. One can grow tilapia, trout, catfish and other quick growing fish suitable for our personal environment. Using the fish as fertilizer the fish tank water is circulated through grow beds where the plants take the nitrates from the water and return clean, clear, well oxygenated water to the fish tank. This is something that can be done today. It can free us from much of our dependence upon the current agriculture supply system. We are now importing out of season crops from all over the world. This is an artifical system of food production. At best the food supply in the US is said to be a stockpile of only 2 1/2 weeks. We all have to be ready when the Industrial Agriculture System loses its wheels. And it will. I am no expert but I get the impression that the destruction of vast quantities of agricultural lands by Climate Change is much closer than scientist realized just a few short years ago.

Personal Agriculture. That is the new imperative and the only model that will feed us, our families, friends, communities and the entire country through a network of quickly fashioned aquaponics systems supplemented by conventional gardening. We will simply return to the way of eating that my 88 yo mother enjoyed as a child. When she was growing up her family had a large garden and they canned fruits and vegetables as did virtually all other families of that time. The most important element missing today is the small family farms that existed during the Great Depression. My maternal great grandparents had such a farm. They provided their extended family with butter, milk, eggs, cheese, smoked meats and more. The young and middle aged among us will have to adapt to a lifestyle where supermarkets can no longer fulfill all of our food needs. However, the destruction of Big Industrial Agriculture and Big Food will provide a much healthier diet without all of the processed food we now consume. Kind of ironic when, much to our surprise, time brings us full circle back to once again producing our own food - just like we did for thousands upon thousands of years prior to the 20th century heyday of the Capitalists Class' Vulture Capitalism.

Just imagine. A strawberry smoothie without the pesticide kicker!