posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 04:33 AM
Firstly I'll say I am not sure whether this should go in this forum or a different one, so I put it here but if it needs to be moved then that's
In the UK over the last couple of years there has been a massive surge in advertising, programming and government policies leaning towards people
growing their own food. Now in 2011 with Global food prices on the rise and extreme weather in many areas of the world this would seem like a
fortuanate coincidence. The question is, has the government been promoting these ideas because they think the UK should become more sustainable
within itself, just incase or is it because they have anticipated an actual threat to food supplies.
If the latter is true and there is a true and real threat with an almost certainty of arising that the government saw coming then this sort of
advertising and promotion would be an ideal way of preparing people without the very scary and possibly rioting caused by announcing we're all going
to starve. Not to say this if was true would be some evil plot by the government but a sort of benign conspiracy to relieve the pressure of possibly
food riots like seen in Africa in 2008.
Throughout the news in the past years there have been major pushes forward in the UK to promote these things such as:
- TV Programming promoting cooking with seasonal food
- TV Promoting growing more in the garden and allotments
- The government policies to increase land available for allotments
- The big push of the BBC 'Grow Your Own' Campaign - Including handing out free advice and seeds
For the Americans, and those who may not know what exactly allotments are (as i'm not sure if America have such a scheme?) these links explain the
details of it:
Allotment policies and benefits of FoodVision
Also the BBC one as said of above: BBC Dig In
On the back of this new culture arising is also over the past 18 months there has seemingly been a number of new government infomercials sounding more
and more like the war time advice they handed out. Also to mention the whole idea of the "The Big Society" which is been preached to us now in this
country whereby citizens are encouraged to take on the running of the community themselves. Ideas like The
it seems to be geared towards people living without the interference of government. This could be a non-alarmist way of
preparing people for a life without government also.
This could well be all speculation and just an increase in public interest in these "Back to basics" ideals but it does seem unlike many other
trends to pop up in the past years the government has latched onto this one with clenched fists and shook it till all the coins dropped.
I'd be welcome to here if any other countries are having such a surge in this culture as from here i've heard very little, so it's possible it's
more localised or it's just not the type of news to spread.