reply to post by star in a jar
Yes, why shouldn't an area be able to feed its local/regional population adequately. Ok, oranges could be shipped in, but carrots, apples, and other
Of course, this takes land. Does an area want to clear land for crops? Or can land being used already for, say, cattle feed, be used to grow human
food? Besides the longer growing season, this is what California had going for them, lots of land. Of course, as the urban areas spread to create
suburbia, many of the farms left for other areas in CA.
The central valley (along with the southern Coachella Valley) offered land to be reclaimed from marsh and desert to grow crops. (Of course, now, since
much is really "desert" and farmers used irrigation, there is a water shortage creating another problem.) Anyway, CA could grow crops to feed a
nation; now, however, much land is being taken out of agriculture as, once again, people want to move away from the northern and southern metropolises
to rural areas. Orchards were uprooted to make way for housing tracts.
There is a difference between making a profit for a family owned farm and one that is owned by millionaires living elsewhere and run as a megafarm.
Yes, then you get the monoagriculture.
You know, CA's citrus crop had a tough time breaking into the Japanese market. The Japanese supported their citrus farmers and did not want citrus
We have put profit motive into everything essential to human life, food, shelter, clothing and are witnessing the results. Houses are not homes, but
investments to be "flipped", clothes are not made at home or locally but are made with cheap labor elsewhere, and food has been turned into a
I think what we have witnessed also is the putting of crops into even more profitable prepared food. Americans have been brainwashed with advertising
into eating usually more expensive prepared/fast foods. Cooking is seen as needless, time consuming drudgery. Why, just open this box or tear open
this bag (can't even use scissors anymore
), heat and serve.
The grocery bill skyrockets, and people are made to feel less if they don't buy prepared food. Jeez, there's even ads to sell cereal in a bowl
What a waste, literally.
Your idea of a communal kitchen is an older one, and I'm happy to see you bring it up. Yes, housing developments have been planned where there is a
central kitchen. Instead, we convince Americans that that somehow is "communism" or "socialism", and that, by God, Americans are independent
individuals, who need huge individual houses in order to buy a lot of things to fill it up, etc etc. What's good for greedy capitalists may not
always be good for those that live under and enjoy a smaller version of capitalism.
I don't think agribusiness is a conspiracy, other than a conspiracy to make money, lots and lots of money for people other than the family farmer.