Posted by: Rabideye | September 15, 2012

Working our way backwards…Day 9

50 Reasons to Eat & Grow Local Food

Reason #9

A sustainable food economy necessarily leads to a functional, tightly-knit community. If people are growing enough food in a sustainable manner, it will require many hands and hearts to make it work for everyone. The current corporate-driven industrial food economy does just the opposite: it divides us from our food sources, and exploits (largely the so-called ‘third world’, but also smaller farmers everywhere); it spends a lot of time, energy, natural resources and money on ‘the look’ (packaging, advertising), processing and transportation of its product. Then we get to pay their bills, and for inferior food. Here’s an old story for ya:

Stone Soup

Some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. So the travellers go to the neck of the stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire . One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travellers answer that they are making “stone soup”, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with just a little bit of carrot to help them out, so it gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travellers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all. (Read about the variations on this story here)

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