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.