This year is the very first year I tried to grow food. I have a giant garden full of blooming trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennials. But never have I grown something to eat. I got curious and cleared a TINY bit of soil to plant some experimental foods. I wanted to know if I could grow something and then figure out how to store it without refrigeration- you know, can it, bottle it, dry it, ect. So I only planted ONE tomato plant, 2 cabbage heads, 2 broccoli plants, one green bean plant, one basil, one hot pepper, three pumpkins, three squash and literally threw some carrot seeds all around. I. was. SHOCKED by what happened. lol! ONE tomato plant made so many tomatoes that my tee shirt was pulling way down, weighted with so many tomatoes! I did this twice so far. And there are many more ripening. So many ripened before I could pick them that they fell off the vine and are rotting under the plant- perfect for new plants next year! And my green bean plant?? OH! to see those amazing, fat and wonderful beans draping off the trellis! I could not be more delighted then picking these green beans. The squash are yielding a massive crop. I was tickled pink to see broccoli heads and cabbage heads (smaller than expected but still cool). I got to thinking, “Why should food cost ANYTHING?” God is so GENEROUS!! One, itty bitty seed produced all THIS?? And what did I have to do but drop them in the ground and WATER? It is all FREE. God just makes food grow. For free. Just sitting there in all his abundant love. And each of these insane plants make how many more seeds?? Thousands! In a matter of three years, a person could plant a decent size farm starting with one plant. Just think if I used my entire 1/4 acre plot! I would be able to not only feed my family through harvest time, but through the winter too. Geez, just throw in some chickens and we could live well. We could just go to market for variety and fun. Or we could trade with our friends who grew wheat and baked bread and other friends who grew pigs or milk cows.
So why does fresh food cost so much?? I didn’t use a single chemical. I didn’t use any fertilizer but the composting I normally use every two years or so for the garden beds. Admittedly, the pumpkins are way smaller than those massive things in the store- but hey, you still get more than you need. And yes, I could have sprayed for cabbage moths- but netting would have worked too. It was all 100% organic! I think of the cost of organic food in the store and wonder. Truly wonder.
Food is given to us for free. If we were diligent, we could each feed ourselves quite well- well, if you own a little land, that is. Apartment dwellers would have a tough time. But WHY does food cost so much?
Then, I figured it out. It is because we are stupid! lol! Yes, stupid! If mankind were not evil, we would have figured out that these massive, centralized farms are a bad idea. If there were little micro farms in all our back yards with some communal farms for apartment dwellers, we could make food cost almost nothing. DE-centralization is the answer. When farms need massive equipment to harvest massive farms and then need to pay for massive semi trucks, trains and air planes to transport it to massive stores with massive electricity bills, the the cost of all that petroleum and machinery is what you are buying. If farms were small and local, one could pick from hundreds of little farms in their area to get home grown organic bacon, lamb, beef, etc. But because we have governments who make laws and greedy people who look for profit, we can’t do the most obvious thing in the world. IF all evil were removed from the earth, we could feed ourselves at such little cost that we wouldn’t even need to work very hard. All I could see was God’s incredible generosity and man’s inevitable need to destroy all that is good. Makes me shake my head.