Nov 13

You can choose to fill sandbags

You can choose to fill sandbags or wait for the government to do it for you (but I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath)

But Harry, I only spend a few thousand dollars a year on food.  How can that be meaningful? Every spring a river or rivers somewhere overflow their banks.  Have you ever noticed what people use to protect their homes from the millions of gallons of water that are about to flow across their property? A sand bag.  Each sandbag weighs around 50 pounds and when you stack enough of them, you can hold back the pressure from millions upon millions of gallons of water weighing thousands of tonnes. How do those sandbag dikes get started? By filling the first bag with sand, then another one, and another one.  Think of your grocery bag as one of those sand bags. Every time you fill your grocery bag with sustainably produced real food, you are throwing one more bag on the dike to hold back the destruction that will be wrought if the river of unsustainable food production practises is allowed to flow unchecked.

Harry Stoddart, Real Dirt: An Ex-Industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating, 2013

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