posted on Apr, 11 2013 @ 05:37 AM
Personally, as someone that has a 1/2 acre garden, I think that as a society we need to go back to the locally grown produce methodology of old. The
nutritional value of food is in the tank. It tastes like "poo" compared to fresh vegetables right out of the garden. Most scary is the fact that, as
an example, if I pull a carrot from the ground and bring it into my home, if I let it set for more than a couple of days, it starts to decay... kind
of like dead things are supposed to do. If I bring a carrot from the store into my home and store it then it will last for weeks. Weeks AFTER it's
already travelled a few thousand miles to get here.
Do you ever wonder why it's possible to eat a fresh carrot when it's winter where you live? Or a watermelon? Produce is a high mileage item that
sometimes travels thousands of miles, from countries that aren't very diligent about what they put on their crops, to get to your table. Read the
Omnivore's Dilemma. It's not going to make you feel good but it will at least educate you on how tenuous and propped up our food supply really is
Meat is another issue. Have you ever seen a feedlot or any other CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation). They live in and on their own feces.
Their food is laced with antibiotics just to keep them alive long enough to reach slaughter. Chickens and turkeys live on top of the ones that don't
make it (until a worker can removed the dead animal to a location where it's processed into animal feed). There is not a single thing good about our
food supply except that it keeps us fed... kind of like the cows, chickens, and turkeys that I just mentioned. Obesity and diabetes, as well as many
other diseases, can be traced back to our food supply.
Many people today are up in arms about getting off of oil. They look to wind generators and solar panels to free us from the tyranny of big oil. The
funny thing is... big oil is the energy supplier, it's the petrochemical industry that we are enslaved by. Almost everything that is in your daily
life is created by or is a result of the petrochemical industry.
The fertilizer for crops, and therefore your food, is created from natural gas. Half of the nitrogen fertilizer produced today is used for the
production of corn. An acre of corn takes about a barrel of oil to get it to market. Corn is hybridized to more efficiently turn N2 into food for
you, me, and the animals that I mentioned earlier. In a particularly humorous twist, governments subsidize ethanol to help us get off of "evil fossil
fuels" yet the very fossil fuel that they demonize to justify the subsidies that make ethanol viable are an integral part of the creation of ethanol.
The ethanol subsidy was a contrivance to create a market for the excess corn that comes from hybridization of corn and relatively cheap fertilizer.
Plastic, electronics, your car, your house, the coating on the cables that bring you power and the internet, the circuitry that makes satellites and
space travel as we know it today possible... all tied to the petrochemical industry. Medicines (like Zantac which is derived in part from propane),
etc, etc, etc. Petrochemicals are the elephant in the room...
The "wizard of oil" isn't what you see, it's the "man behind the curtain" and his name is petrochemicals. He owns your very existence.