Backyard, Local, Regional, National, International.
These five distinct differentiations in the ways we receive food heavily favor commercialization and the myth we keep reoccurring within our readings of Urban Ecology, that of the mindset of an endless supply of resources as well as the thought that problematic trends aren’t something that should be dealt with expediency.
Through a rising Global population and Industry’s focus on maximizing the opportunity for future profits and meeting this rising demand (via Free-trade agreements, low wage labors, and the like) we are tittering dangerously on the premise of having a vicious cycle occur of higher and higher mechanization of agriculture in the pursuit of profits, blindly forgetting about the fringe costs of building such a powerhouse of Agro-Industry.
Have you ever noticed that in the American Supermarket Seasonal Fruits and Vegetable items are now available year round and for a price point that only fluctuates in the range of $2 ?
These items come from as close as a local and regional farms during the late summer/early fall, National Argo Powerhouse National producers (Florida and California) during the spring and other global locales during the winter, all to sustain the image of the full stock house of goods that we have become accustom to seeing whenever we visit our local Supermarket.
Similar traits are arising in Seafood and Meat Sectors.
A hard focus towards regionalizing our production methods and diversifying the amount of producers could help curb this trend. In the same way that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has AntiTrust Rules in place to safeguard against monopoly’s from occurring in our banking and commerce sector, agencies like the FDA should enact similar rules for Agriculture producers.
Regional Argo systems should be in place to deliver regionally sourced foods to consumers and a re-education of the population on growing their own local sources of food could all help alleviate the stresses a greater global population is having on the sustainability of farming methods.
Lastly, a return to patience would do us all well, having items not be available due to the fact they aren’t in season, or that they aren’t being harvest. This already happens for a few specialty foods like Florida Stone Crabs, or items of limited quantity like Kobe Beef. In limiting the months and/or seasons items are available, we’d be helping in aiding in the replenishment of over sourced items, giving the time for fisheries to naturally restock and give Animals meant for human consumption, more time to roam and be free before being processed, thus lessening the need for hormone and antibiotic injections which are becoming the norm for these industries to survive our increased demands for them.