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A Perfect World: Part one- The Area

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I will preface this article by saying that these ideas come from the exploration of imagination and from the examination of our current state as a society both in the United States and globally.

Since Amos typically just jumps into conversations, stories and other graphia without so much as a segue, I will explain that in this part I of a multi-part series, Amos will be discussing his idea of what a perfect society would be like. The place is called “The Area.”

In this article he will discuss some aspects of agriculture and the ideals therein.

As a target goal during and the admittance process and throughout the times in the Area, 25-50% of the population would be farmers. In England in 1790 about 90% of the work force were farmers.  [https://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/farmers_land.htm]. In the U.S. in 1820 72% of the work force were farmers declining to 38% in the year 1900.*

We all know that industrial farming decreased nutritional value of food and lead to the industrial revolution in full as farmers went to the cities and the factories for work and left the fields. The extra calories available more easily contributed to over population as well.

Technology has enabled us to more readily tax the planet. The shipping of surplus food to a place where there are more people than there is food leads to pollution from fossil fuel burning engines. If more food was produced in the Area it would lead to less pollution and better nutritional content. The ramification of this knowledge is that industrial farming would be banned in this territory.

State farms and private would set their own prices. My uneducated guess is that state farms might be a little higher priced due to the strict wage pay of workers and inclusion in price of resources used. Also, due to competition, owners might try to be lower than state. These concerns would be addressed by economists and citizens as well. One would just have to see how the market goes and adjust accordingly.

The bottom line: in the Area food should be fresh and available to participants. Food independence of the society is a longer goal, but on admissions there should be a good portion of the population willing to get their hands in the soil and build it up.

To these ends people will be encouraged to plant fruit and nut trees on their property. Perhaps there will be two farmer’s markets per week. I could imagine more fruit and vegetable stands on the roads where people could stop as they bike home from work before dinner.

One area of particular focus would be finding ways to provide clean sources of fat as current and older (excluding the last 50 years) people knew that fat supports health. Today it is clear that sugar and carbs make up too much of our diet and leads to health problems. The population of such an area of land would incidentally be low so that the food and resource needs could be meet without taxing the land with say 25% of the land devoted to a peanut field (which would be the case if everyone ate them like i do haha). To have 25% of the workforce as farmers would be a great improvement over the less than 2% currently.

*[https://books.google.com/books?id=QcoM7w3nKfcC&pg=RA1-PA249&lpg=RA1-PA249&dq=what+percentage+of+the+population+were+farmers+before+the+industrial+revolution&source=bl&ots=s8vkTrgvt7&sig=W0kXnbqCTx-NuCX9rXf4u6F6OGw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEIQ6AEwBmoVChMI7-jq-uSTyQIVxFweCh0YRQl4#v=onepage&q=what%20percentage%20of%20the%20population%20were%20farmers%20before%20the%20industrial%20revolution&f=false]
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  1. Having been in a National “Organic” Food Chain in an urban area this morning, I looked at what was available, the pricing and thought: what it took to produce and put each item on the shelf, the amount of those products that must be contracted. and the consumer profile. Some locally produced products might have come from fairly small farms, but again they must be able to guarantee a certain amount to sell. Any non-local USDA certified Organic would certainly require a considerable amount of investment and experience to be able to sell to a large chain store. The customers seemed to be fairly upscale urbanites who are definitely on the purchase and not production end. Comparing the US population who Farm vs consumer explains the recent growth of Farmer’s Markets, while Farmers are tasked with growing enough food to feed ? _ illion people by 2025. thus accounting for the modern monocropping/ use of pesticides and GMO seeds.
    Simply put, enough food can not be grown to feed the population at large.
    The current cost of production often is not recouped at sale. It is questionable that an organic farm could actually be able to pay Living wage salaries unless the wage was the food, and in cases of crop failure having no other food options might prove devastating. Social re-creation would have to initiate people to do hard work with long hours little pay and high risk to grow food for many others. Direct Farm-to-Market systems would assure the Farmers could meet production expenses and make enough profit to continue their business while decreasing the cost to the public and providing much better fresher foods while decreasing transportation costs and burning fossil fuels to do so. Fat in diets could come from animal sources unless one was a vegan, with that animal grass fed or using raised grains or vegetable waste. Current sedentary and consumption lifestyles create many health problems. Setting up a sustainable operation that rotates animals and crops and leaves room and consideration for natural habitat and creatures is in itself a necessity. Great conversation, I look forward to your next one.

    • Hello grace.
      first I would like to share this umbrella article about the myth that gmo crops will feed the world [gmoinside.org]

      For people to buy local there would have to be a rule about food purchasing or some tax that would encourage local foods to be bought at the prices the sellers set. With the small population little over head would exist for a store. The store could be a part of the living room or something.
      Best,
      amos

  2. The average family farms are getting told that they must use GMO’s to feed the world and they ARE trying..in addition they can not hardly pay the expenses unless the yields are high, because the market price is not based on input expenses, it is set by the big corporations banks..etc, now people are clamoring for locally produced food so that not only would Farmers get a decent price but consumers would save money. And the misnomer is that a lot of wheat seed is hybrid not GMO, however the recent gluten problem is associated to a change in the production. We now have a small roadside stand that sells lots of produce, either he produces it or/and buys from local growers, it’s good for everyone, and we must all understand that good doesn’t require taxes or policy or policing, because it’s intrinsic nature will create it’s path.

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