It is all connected. My favorite constructive pessimist, Robert Paterson, on the problem:
Our system has destroyed community. Food is now “made” in industrial settings far away from the consumer — where machines or “slaves” do the work. I use the term “slave” deliberately as people who do crushing hard and boring and often dangerous work for just enough to feed them.
And the solution:
If we grow food . . . locally all the work related to this — the growing, the servicing, the processing, the sales and distribution — all return home. We start to create the habit and the systems for doing things locally.
—No place for the young in the economy now — Food is the key.
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The point about the Roman empire depending on its food supply to exist and to grow points to another unspoken piece of this puzzle: We need *good* food to be a strong society. And good food is not grown on industrial farms in bankrupt soil with chemical inputs.
And I say “society” carefully. I was about to write a “strong nation,” but I’m not sure we should focus so much on the concept of nation anymore. I’d like to be the member of a healthy population, wherever and however that population lives and identifies.
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