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    The bane of the small Gardener


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    The bane of the small Gardener

    Post by Durgan on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:37 pm

    This is a psychological effort triggered by a report from the UN. http://www.durgan.org/URL/?NUDML

    Food Production Must Double by 2050 to Meet Demand from World’s Growing Population, Innovative Strategies Needed to Combat Hunger, Experts Tell Second Committee Food production must double by 2050 to meet the demand of the world’s growing population and innovative strategies are needed to help combat hunger, which already affects more than 1 billion people in the world, several experts today told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) during a panel discussion on “New cooperation for global food security”.

    We, the people, have handed over our food supply to mega commercial interests. This is probably acceptable for some products, but now almost all food is processed by large commercial interests. Certainly the nutritional value is of little consideration, and my view is that it is killing us in the long term.

    Junk food fast outlets are often mentioned as contributing to the obesity epidermic, but this is probably a smoke screen, because the Supermarkets are full of junk food, which is where most people get their food.

    A solution may be for people to produce their own food as much as possible. The major problem (bane) is/was how to preserve in quantity the produce from a modest garden or small holding. Long term food preservation is now possible to a large degree by most people in modern Western societies. The home preservation methods are Pressure canning, dehydration, vacuum packing, and freezing, and least beneficial salting, and sugaring.

    Clearly few preserved foods are as pleasant as fresh produced. To have fresh nutritional off season food is difficult and expensive.There has to be a change in mindset to use the various preserving methods. Our preference for particular foods is based on habit, tradition, availability, which are all subject to modification if desired.

    People are conditioned by media pressure in its various forms to believe food has to be desirable as to taste, etc. We have forgotten that food is to supply us nutrients and in some cases it may not be totally desirable. I suggest we are paying a terrible price health-wise for the ingesting of commercial supplied food.

    A modest garden, and additional purchasing of various products from a bulk supplier, pick your own, with an appropriate preservation method would make a populace some what independent of the commercial processed food, which I believe is a desired aim and indeed a necessary.

    There obviously is some preparation required, but what is more important than one's health in the big picture of life?

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    Re: The bane of the small Gardener

    Post by oceanna on Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:10 pm

    You are so right Durgan.
    Years ago my grandmother canned and preserved everything from meat to fruit.
    No freezers back then.

    For everyone who has a plot of land a home garden is the way to go to have healthy fruit and vegetables, and gardening is great exercise for those who have the time.

    Your posts are informative so please keep up the good work. I always read them and learn something every time.

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