US and much of the world is on the edge of a great disaster pertaining to having enough to eat. Fear of the Corona virus where some have already caught it, has closed plants whose workers process, package and send chicken and pork to city markets. With processing missing, huge numbers of pigs and chicken are killed on the farm, and often dumped on the steps of the closed corporations. Eggs are pierced so no chickens are born. The absence of food for buyers will soon be known. They will not be able to order it delivered.
Our factory farm industry first underpaid farmers who owned their farms which turned them into slaves who work to keep their farm going; then used immigrant labor the corporation paid even less until it was cheaper to import what was grown by impoverished farmers in another country. But now Russia, our wheat source is refusing to send the US wheat. They are keeping it for themselves. Other countries are bound to follow. US fish is mostly imported by mega stores from countries where the pay is low and the quality of handling produce lower. Our government now turns away ships due to the Corona virus so no more fish can be delivered.
What will hungry citizens do aside from rioting in the streets? The governing politicians will likely send the police to quiet and crush the crowd. What can people do about such scarcity? A terrible and wonderful possibility lies before us. Look at the clean air and clear water, at the animals now out of hiding enjoying the living world that we are not filling with noise and danger.
What if we stop going to ‘Big’ stores to buy cheap food? What if we form coops to create and manufacture what we need; farms to grow what we want to eat? There are no outside investors sopping up the profit and paying us starvation wages. Coop members equally divide the many businesses,’ incomes. Farmers who are reasonably paid like the rest of us, compost and till the soil so that the food is nutritious. Coop members renounce the capitalistic dream that they will one day be rich like the one percent.
We can live in harmony with nature, stop extracting oil and gas. Stop removing mountain tops for coal and polluting downhill water. No more black lung disease. We can use solar collectors and windmills and tidal energy. We build houses together a la President Jimmy Carter. We use natural products to maintain health. We create communities in which everyone is known. Friendly greeting is the rule.
We can give up living in isolation and be happy. This is my dream, my wish, my reality.