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Should You Join the Urban Food Movement for Economic Reasons?

Touch the Soil News #495

Officials say the U.S. economy is getting better. Poverty has marginally decreased, hunger in America has gone down by a percent or two and average incomes are up by a hair. Who are we trying to kid here?

Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau does what it calls the American Community Survey. In the survey, they divide the population up into 5 parts (quintiles). Each quintile represents 20 percent of U.S. households. The average household has 2.54 people. The following Info Graphic #1 illustrates income averages for the U.S. population broken up into fifths (quintiles):

Translating labor into dollars is becoming more of a challenge. Translating labor into food and/or market garden businesses may see greater expression moving forward.

With the cost of living high in major metropolitan areas – where most people live – it is likely that more than 50 percent of American households are struggling to make ends meet. The availability of jobs and the pay scales of most jobs fail most people. This being the case, most people need another venue, besides having to translate their work and work ethic into dollars, to make ends meet. That venue is utilizing one’s labor to raise food for household use or as income from a market garden.

The local and sustainable food movement is hardly just a function of trying to avoid industrial food. Raising food and having food-growing skills is definitely anchored in a growing need to augment household economics (or preparedness activities).

Following is a video clip of the food/economic crisis unfolding in Venezuela. Certainly, the economics of the United States are more resilient than those of Venezuela. However, an ability to raise one’s economic standing by having food-growing expertise (to raise your own, teach others or market garden) cannot be summarily overlooked as unimportant.

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