The Silver Lining to America’s Drought
For openers, let’s get some balance here. According to Gary Foreman, in an article he wrote for The Dollar Stretcher, http://www.stretcher.com/, drought or not, this year, the United States of America still expects to produce the third or fourth largest corn crop in U.S. history.
So what are the facts about America’s corn crop? Mostly, planted hedge row to hedge row across the great expanse of the “breadbasket” of the U.S, the corn is 80% gmo seed, purchased and managed by Monsanto, and used not only for food but also for ethanol.
And where is that food? In processed foods from corn flakes to fillers for hot dogs. It also forms the basis for animal feed.
So what does this mean for you? Now is a good time to wean yourself off grains, get away from corn and all the other GMO’s. Your health will be better for it.
But what about the other uses for that corn crop? Animal feed in CAFO’s (confined area feeding operations) gets a big percentage of the crop. This means beef, pork, poultry, farm-raised fish, and dairy products will be affected and the prices will go up in the grocery store.
Isn’t this a good time for you to hook up with a CSA (community supported agriculture community) and start buying free range eggs, raw milk, and organic vegetables grown in your own community?
Find a farmer and buy a half a grass-fed beef cow, butchered and processed for your freezer. Ditto for lamb, chickens, and pork.
And when you shop for fish, read the labels. Only buy wild-caught fish. You’ll be healthier for it.
You might even consider buying three or four laying hens and keeping them in your backyard in a “chicken tractor” where they could live off the cast offs from your kitchen, as well as bugs in the yard and whatever ancillary feed you have to buy. You’ll love the eggs and you’ll be off the grocery store factory farm eggs from chickens kept in abominable conditions and fed their version of junk food – commonly known as “chicken feed”.
So yes, there will be some dislocation as a result of the failed corn crop in America, but there are opportunities to change your shopping patterns towards a more sustainable, healthy, local food source. Go for it.Pin It