I often get asked this.
“Why should I learn to identify wild plants?” That and it’s close cousin “Eww… you don’t actually eat…. WEEDS…. Do you?”
Oh ye poor, poor misguided souls. 😉
Well there are many various and sundry reasons, the first of which being increased overall health and vitality from eating foods that nature intended, that still have the 85 trace minerals in the soil vs the totally raped big agrobiz commercial soils which give you so called ‘food’ that is bereft of darn near any nutritional benefit whatsoever.
But lets look at a few down to earth real world examples, shall we?
Surging food prices.
I like to use real world examples, and not the blatant lies called ‘statistics’. So here’s a real example of what something costs me. The cost of food has gone up AGAIN. Bags of rice that used to cost me $8 less than a year ago, cost me $12 now. A one pound bag of beans is up an average of 50 cents per bag. So if it was $1.60, it now costs me $2.10. When you only purchase a bag or two, it’s not a big deal. When you buy 10 or more, that’s an extra $5 you are paying for the same exact thing. Rice and dried beans are some of the ONLY things that I buy commercially, as I cannot grow rice where I live, and it’s simply cheaper to buy the beans than try to grow them. (And also, dried bagged beans tend to store very well.) What this realistically means is that I can only get TWO bags of rice for $24 instead of the THREE bags of rice that I’m accustomed to getting. This is a huge difference when on an extremely limited budget, and when planning things out monthly. Long story short, is that what used to cost me $100 a month in supplies, now costs me $150 a month. Well, what happens if you don’t have that extra $50? That’s a price increase of 50% across the board for the basic monthly supplies I purchase, which is absolutely beyond ridiculous.
And here’s a hint. It’s not getting any better any time soon.
Possible war with Iran/Syria.
I don’t see a need to link to any news stories on this. You’d probably have to be dead or totally asleep at the wheel to not notice the daily endless war drums going on.
Gas will shoot up like a rocket if (when) this invasion occurs. Oil is used for transportation of goods to market, and the price of transportation alone will make it cost prohibitive to ship anything to market.
You will be forced to rely on what you have on hand, because even if you could afford food at the exorbitant prices that would be charged at getting such goods to market, they simply won’t be there to purchase… at any price.
Possible collapse of the dollar.
All we have to do is look at Greece, and then get out of the silly mindset that it ‘can’t happen here’. It has before, and it will again. Being prepared for something removes the fear of it. And that’s the last thing that enemies of a free people want you to do, is to be prepared. Everyone should be prepared with the basics to last a simple outage, such as no electricity, food and running water for a few weeks. If you aren’t prepared for this… then what are you waiting for?
I remember when the Euro came out it was worth something like only 87 cents compared to the US dollar. Now it’s $1.33. (vs $1 US) But this ‘couldn’t happen here’, remember?
The US dollar is pretty much at an all time low vs… well… everything. Including the Yen. And I just find that damn funny. Here’s the only country in the world to glow in the dark (figuratively speaking), and yet it’s stomping us, economy-wise. Something is vastly wrong with that picture, boys and girls.
So the REAL question here, is how can anyone afford NOT to learn about these FREE wild resources that are under all of our fingertips? Even in an urban environment, wild foods are available that are significantly more nutritious than the GMO food that most people eat from their supermarkets. We should learn to take advantage of this bounty.
People who know natural wild foods, will never starve, and will never be in a bread line in difficult financial times. They’ll also be healthier when everyone else is sickly.
These are skills that we must teach people, especially the younger generations, for they are the future. If we are to change anything it must start with the basics, and to me, that means reclaiming our power to be self sufficient if need be, and not dependent on a supply chain that is almost wholly dependent upon foreign oil imports.
Maybe ‘victory’ gardens aren’t such a bad idea after all. It’s even more of a victory if nature grows it for you. 😉