Food Independence

By local from small independent farms.

Food security begins at home.

There’s a large movement today to grow your own food and to eat locally from small scale independent farms. Thomas Jefferson believed that small independent farmers were important to remove the power over them from government and corporations. “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” This holds as true today as it did back then.

The decentralization of food supply is seen as many to be a very important idea. Today there are only a small amount of companies that control the vast majority of commercial food production in the United States. Since much of our food supply is centralized and owned by a small handful of large corporations we are at their mercy. If one does not believe we are nearly solely at their mercy one needs only to pick up a box of food from the grocery store and read the ingredients listed therein.

Hobby farmers, small-scale farmers, and backyard gardeners whether they live in the city or suburbs are trying to become more and more self-reliant and inter-reliant upon each other. In an effort to combat the corporate centralization and industrialization of our food supply the farmers market has boomed in the last decade. There is a rise in small independently owned farms across America that wish to bring back the responsibly farmed food that America is asking for.

One reason farmers markets are growing in popularity is because of the quality of food that is received there. They are typically non-GMO which means they are grown without heavy proprietary pesticides and do not have genes taken from a foreign biomass like those from a flounder that have been inserted into a tomato. This sounds like science fiction, but this is the truth. More and more transgenetic foods are being developed.

With the corporations and government being so tightly entwined it is nearly impossible to see where one starts and one stops. The American people can try to pass more laws and become more proactive, but if they took it upon themselves to be responsible and buy only food labeled non GMO we could easily combat, and beat, the huge chemical and pesticide companies that have taken control of our food supply.

Many people believe that genetically modified food is perfectly safe, but there is also a counterparty to that which feels inserting foreign genes into our food is something that is unnatural and therefore should be avoided. There are many different reasons why people choose to personally not consume genetically modified food. Many people also would like to have that food labeled as genetically modified. Even though the FDA says that we do not have a right to consume healthy food many think that it is a fundamental right to do so.

Is it too much to ask for to know what we are eating? Big Agriculture says it is and they have spent millions of dollars to keep the GMO tag off of our food labels. With so many corporations being willing to spend so many millions of dollars to keep it off of the label makes the real motives questionable.

Until the production of food in not only the United States but globally is decentralized we will not truly have food freedom and thusly real freedom. Grow as much of your own food as you can, share the extra. When you can’t grow it buy from local small farms.

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