The year is 2020... I am free and I have food security.
In the year 2020 where I get my food, how I prepare it, and who I eat it with has been revolutionized.
Today, due to the local, sustainable food movements (e.g., Happy Heart Farm
), and national leaders like Joel Salatin
and Michael Pollan
I have reclaimed my food source from the petrol based, genetically modified, industrial giants. In the year 2010, I was one of many that helped organize a movement, a movement of the people of Colorado who reclaimed the right to buy, sell, and barter between one another for food products. You see in the year 2010 due to government regulation, fueled by large corporate / special interests, we were under threat of loosing our right to buy and sell foods locally. We knew this was an important freedom - one that warranted a large fight. The government believe that they needed to protect us from eating bad foods. We believed otherwise. You see, we didn't want the foods that the government was selling, industrial foods that were genetically modified, produced using chemical fertilizers, nutritionally void, and processed for our protection.
We wanted wh***some nutritionally dense foods. We wanted the freedom to choose - making decision for ourselves locally, eating what was righteous.
It took a decade. We fought for our freedom. Through this fight we forced our government to deregulate. This deregulation allowed small farms to thrive, experiments and innovations to flourish, and organic nutritionally-dense foods to return to our State. Today we are free, once again we have the right to choose and select where we get our food, we have food security.
In my community we have entered a new era of innovation where people gather using technology to organize Crop Mobs
. These impromptu gatherings descend on local farms to get work done. These Smart Crop Mobs
mobilize through twitter, Facebook and games (e.g., urgentevoke.org) to produce our foods. These foods are distributed to those who work and have selected to engage in this effort. It is through this work that social capital
is formed and our communities have risen. It is in these communities that I eat, love, and learn.