Sure, being an unconscious white male in urban westernised country certainly had it’s perks; there was the ever elusive encounter with the semi-hot McDonalds drive through girl that you’d swear would be attractive if she wasn’t wearing that stupid hat.
Eating your delicious sugar wheat and milk based stew that sets you in the right mood for early workplace apathy. And the over extended greeting you gave to your local butcher on your way home even though your only common link is that he knows your insatiable appetite for crumbed sausage and gravy, and that you both, indeed, know how to use scales.
Yep, growing up in the western world can be a pretty cushy gig in the grand scheme of things, it has a unique way of making you feel like your mother had it wrong all along; the world does seem to revolve around you.
And why should it feel any different?
When you’ve grown up purchasing anything you want, practically any time you want due to the large scale importing power of corporations shipping in vast amounts of extended shelf life goods to some fluorescent warehouse we now ignorantly associate with the words “super” and “market”, that taste great and keep us hooked on whatever preservative number tickles our fancy.
But once you get over the slushy enduced sugar highs, imported corn snacks from Beijing and and dig a little deeper you do start to realise how messed up this entire “food” (and I use that term loosely) situation actually is.
That’s one of the reasons why Alf and Marina Orpen created Organic Farm Share, which currently exists in Queensland as a prototype scenario which can be rolled out nation wide. The concept is simple, create a farm that locals can purchase a share of, and co-own with the rest of their local community.
Here are three reasons why joining an Organic Farm Share makes total sense.
#3 – You’ll Know Where Your Food Is Coming From
I’m not from NASA, and I do subscribe to the infinite worlds theory, but lately I’ve been waking up in a cold sweat thinking that maybe, just maybe, were the only species in the entire galaxy who is canning whole chickens.
For the most part the world starting cottoning on to this insane practice of canning every god damn thing in existence quite some time ago. In fact everything became so processed and genetically manufactured that corporations realised they needed a new plan, and coined a brand new term… Organic Food. Organic Food? What? Oh you mean actual food. I got it now.
Organic is a buzz word being thrown around by every multi-national under the sun these days in order to entice health conscious, morally responsible, lazy people into a slightly more improved version of their products. Last time I checked Organic meant that most of the food was pesticide free, and genetic modification plays no part in the food growing process.
Yet do we really know what is taking place when it comes to our food? At Organic Farm Share we can see the food being created in front of our eyes. For information on Organic Farm Share and how it works visit the website.
#2 – It May Save Your Life One Day
Although this has raised the awareness of most people, were still not in a space of ownership or responsibility. The Western World (whatever that means) gave up on looking after itself a long time ago. People need to eat right? Well here’s the thing, you know all those corporations who trying to make profit by purchasing other corporations? Well now there’s not many left in control of the food supply of literally hundreds of millions of people.
So what happens when these companies start closing down? Anyone living in Australia would know of the day Qantas closed its doors causing mass panic to thousands of commuters around the globe. If Woolworths, Coles, Walmart or any other mass consumption super market decided to do the same, what would happen to the food supply of 90% of the western population?
Organic Farm Shares (or any form of sustainable self grown food) makes sense because you are not relying on a corporation and their multiple investment strategies and motives to dictate when you should be allowed to eat.
#1 – It’s Better For Your Social Life
Imagine be able to actively participate in the food growing process of your local community? That’s what Organic Farm Shares are all about, active community collaboration. Whilst this may sound like hard work, the good news is you don’t need to get your hands dirty at all in order to own a share in the farm. What it does mean however is that you and the other 400 families who are apart of the farm actually get to talk to one another, I know, crazy concept right? Real human interaction, not just lining up like a zombie scanning bar codes.
That’s it for now, feel free to learn more about Organic Farm Shares here.