The year 2020 has seen so much adversity but we must stay optimistic by finding the silver lining and hanging on to it like a metaphorical lifesaver. Because COVID-19 has affected our job security, the food supply chain, and proved that even the strongest pillars of society can sway with the strong winds of change, we are becoming more aware.
We are aware of our resilience, of the unsustainability of our modern supply system, and best of all, aware that we can only truly have complete trust in our fellow neighbors, our families and in ourselves. Close and personal relationships with our communities have proven to be more dependable in these times of trouble, and the responsibility of our own livelihood rests heavy on the shoulders of numerous people around the world. This has prompted a new generation of growers and doers. The younger generation Z and millennials are feeling tremendous pressure to look for other ways of sustaining themselves and many have turned to growing their own food, or turning to their community and buying from local farmers and butchers.
It is my passion to help stoke this fire, if we as a nation are able to bring healthier and fresher food to our tables from local growers and farmers or from home we will severely alleviate the growing pains our food supply system is bound to feel as our population continues to climb. Ultimately, the goal is to decentralize food supply and raise our standards of our producer's stewardship to their communities and employees. Less fuel will be spent hauling commercially-produced lettuce across the nation, less water will be demanded and consumed on massive monocultures, and our dollars will directly benefit our neighbors, not the distributors and retailers that can further contaminate the food we eat.
The most important message is to vote with your dollar. Support the systems that surround and benefit you. Buy from your farmer neighbors; befriend the homesteaders that sell eggs or produce, visit farmers markets and deepen your relationship with the food you eat. The more that you do this, the more a community will prosper and politicians will follow the lead, not the other way around. You will find that food tastes better when you know the farmer and these deeper communal relationships nourish so much more than just your body, they can help save the world.
Cheers and Good Growing