posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 11:49 AM
All part and parcel to the "just in time" inventory systems employed by the national grocery chains. In order to reduce costs associated with
warehousing and to maximize floor space (ie profits). Retailers adopted the Just In Time system. The cost savings of bulk purchases, once placed "in
the back" of your local mom and pop grocers gave way to spreading it out amongst the chain stores and regional/district warehouses.
So while you enjoy the 10 cents per item savings on baked beans at Giant, Food Lion, Walmart, etc. versus IGA and Bill and Nancy's on Fifth St. You
actually have lost out on being able to make a run on the stores. Either by personal finances, choice or the desire to have a larger living room. Most
people just simply do not keep more food on hand than they used to do. Call it a personal "just in time" system. Because long gone is the walk in
pantry with shelves full of food. Even the McMansions that have seemingly unlimited cupboard space are usually filled with seldom used juicers, salad
shooters, single use blenders and other specialty appliances, dishes and cookware.
In the 70's, FHA loans used to have a rider that stipulated that a garden had to be grown for so many years of the loan. This was due to supplemental
funding of the loan by the Dept. of Ag. Growing up and moving into a new house, we had a garden (sorta) because of that requirement for a couple of
years, maybe three. Why? We simply didn't need it as everyone else in the neighborhood had the same loan and both sets of grandparents had large
gardens. Everyone gave away large grocery sacks of food to everybody. The few roadside farmer's markets were for exotic things like cantaloupe,
watermelon, Sweet corn and heads of lettuce that few people grew in their own small gardens in large quantities due to space. Heck, I remember Grandpa
trading turnips for cantaloupes at one because few people grew turnips locally.
Point is that their are now more people living un subdivisions than ever. if everyone dedicated a small area to a garden and decided who would grow
what, the whole neighborhood could benefit from having a community garden far larger than anyone else could grow on their own. And imagine what would
happen once they discovered canning
edit on 4-7-2012 by Ahabstar because: (no reason given)