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How to avoid a Soviet-style grocery store

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May 23, 2012
Lake Tahoe, USA

Let’s face it– our modern consumer society makes things easy… we don’t have to think about, or even know how to ‘do’ ANYTHING, from lawn care to vehicle maintenance to carpentry.

While it may be convenient, this level of specialization does breed a certain amount of dependency… and nowhere is this more obvious than in the ‘Big Ag’ food system.

Most people are completely dependent on a small handful of companies–Monsanto, ADM, etc. which control most of the food supply and deliver it to grocery shelves around the world.

You could almost say it’s a centrally-planned food system, which, like a centrally-planned government, is prone to failure. This is one of the chief reasons why we purchased the farm in Chile… to be able to take back control of our own food supply and no longer be reliant on the system.

My friend John Robb, editor of the site ResilientCommunities.com, writes extensively about these issues; John is a brilliant guy with a unique background… he’s a former US Air Force special operations officer turned futurist and technology writer who thinks deep thoughts about sustainability and resilience.

Below is a short essay he recently wrote about how the centrally-planned food system begets a total lack of choice and freedom. It’s one of the best pieces I’ve ever read on the subject.

Yours in freedom,

Simon Black

This year, the most anticipated planting in my family’s garden is a watermelon called the “Golden Midget.”…

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About the author: Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler, free man, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter and crash course is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom.

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  • Jo McIntyre

    Don’t be afraid, folks. It’s not nearly as bad as Mr. Robb thinks it is. The U.S. is still a land of plenty. We here in Oregon have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, organic and traditionally grown, at grocery stories of all kinds from little mom ‘n pop Hispanic-owned to small corner stores to family-owned, local chains to the giant national supermarkets. We have access to garden stores, both traditional and organic, as well. We have access to our own natural or traditional meats and fresh-caught ocean fish. I have visited France and Switzerland and it’s the same there.

    • Mark

       You are not an intelligent person. That’s like someone saying “It’s sunny outside – today. There is no danger of a thunder storm.”

    • amerikanka

      Croatia, too. But I believe I bought my property there at the ideal moment, it was still cheap and a lot easier before the introduction of EU regulations.  

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