Don't know how you manage the same on a scale to feed whole cities tho.
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AMonkey, what a brilliant idea... how nice and quiet the world will be,...
Lazarus, I prefer that way of having meat as well. My family use to do that. Buy into one cow and have meat for a year. Sadly my local butcher doesn't have a plan like that. and I would have to buy a huge freezer.
70in2012, I do agree with you that on average humans eat too much meat. Here in Holland the standard is that you need half a pound per day per person. Maybe even less. I think I'm keeping very close to that normally. I buy 1 pound of minced meat and my bf and I eat from it for 2 days or a bit less...but yeah I think it could be a bit less that the everage person eat...
Next year I'm going to redo my garden. I just bought a house with a huge garden and we are going to grow our own veggies and fruits. (or at least the ones we use often). So I'm contributing a bit....
Would be fun to just open the farm house gates and watch primal dudes fight (and possibly eat) the cattle.
Who knows dudes like RM might powerclean a cow! Mr Anthony might position himself at a high ground defensively and do a headstand for the ladies watching from a distance.
Few but ripe.
@ Annieh "Don't know how you manage the same on a scale to feed whole cities tho."
I have read about and put a lot of thinking into the same question....I think the answer is simple and can be put in one sentence: Decentralized, self-sustaining farms.
As anyone would tell you, a much larger percentage used to be farmers. In their place, huge corporations have assumed the role of making all of our food and meat. I always find it ironic when people complain about how Monsanto or ConAgra use GMO, are responsible for all evil on Earth, and must be stopped....and then in the next sentence explain that what we are doing is not sustainable.
No. It is not.....because of the reason they just outlined.
These corporations exist on monoculture, of plants, animals, and feed for the animals. This practice is devastating for topsoil, creates dead zones of fertilizer runoff, and is a clear case of corporate hegemony into the most basic of human need. It is truly amazing that they have pulled it off and convinced people that their way is the only way.
A real farm is a self-enclosed, nearly completely self-sustaining entity. The animals, crops, all of it moves in a cycle that is mutually beneficial. I have many neighbors that farm, and all have told me essentially the same thing....that outside of basic equipment, gas for tractors (which some don't even use), and markets, they don't ever need anything to come or go. They are their own little ecosystem....and once they leave, the land is reclaimed very quickly, with strong soil for nature to move into. One man I know has made his entire home such that, as he says, "In 100 years this will all be forest again. Everything here will either be taken by my children or by the Earth when I die." Even his wood home....
It would be perfectly scalable for cities if we simply had MORE people farming, and FEWER in the city. Again though, corporate and governmental power is helped by dependent, city living....my farmer/hunter neighbors that make their own blankets out of deer fur are much less useful to them. If we were to have a national program, like previous ones such as the Homestead Act (long time ago, I know) or CCC, we could return to a system in which 10-15% of the population farmed, in simple and sustainable ways, and it would easily be able to keep up with the current model, likely surpassing it....many of these people are broke now, working in dead-end jobs or recently lost a better one....if we were to empower them, give them small plots of land to produce food on with a subsidy (cheap compared to welfare systems), and have them producing both food and tax revenue, we would really change things.
There are a million ways it COULD be done, is all I am saying. It is not impossible....it is that the powers that be would be hurt pretty badly by such a system, and they are the (lone) profiteers of the current one. People are unhealthy, underemployed, and want something more for their lives across the country. That is not news.
To say that for all of us to live as we were designed, with yes, more meat eating likely, cannot be done.....that is an amazing victory against real change by the powerful.
Like the despots of generations have said for a long time: you don't have to STOP people from wanting change. That takes guns and you will lose eventually (see any recently fallen dictator)....you have to convince them that YOUR system, your power, is the only viable option, that it is the only way.
Well done. Looks like you have succeeded for some.
"Man is born free.....but everywhere he is in chains."
Sounds like a primal man!
I, myself and my beef!
Few but ripe.
If I could have my own farm it would be a ranch. I would graze my cattle on the native grassland, however few I needed. I would have chickens and pigs to eat my food scraps. I would have a small garden. I would milk my cow. I'd put up cans for winter and trade extra with my neighbors.
But since I only rent on a property covered in avocado trees, I have to buy cattle, pigs, chickens, eggs, milk and veggies from the store, give away some of my avocados, and sit in a cubicle all day. It's the best I can do.
I spent 10 years as a vegetarian and then another 15 as an occasional meat eater. It was not healthy for me. I'm the healthiest I've ever been now in my late 40s. I will never go back to the barely awake state I used to live in.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
I can squat 180lbs, press 72.5lbs and deadlift 185lbs
Ever since I live in the city I'm dreaming of my selfsufficient farm... It's something I hope to do when I'm fifty or something like that... I'd buy a small house with a piece of land and have a few of every animals... a few cows, enough chickens, a few pigs, a few sheep. Have my own vegetable plot and orchard....
It's my retirement dream
Well, I don't eat a pound of meat per day and neither do my kids. Not yet, lol - they are 12 and 14 so I expect them to start eating like fiends any day now. I buy a side of beef from a local farm every year, plus whole chickens, and a lamb. I keep all of the organs and bones from the lamb and cow and also buy a lot of bones from the farmers at the farmers market to keep me in bone broth all year long. Actually, I think the side of beef will last a lot longer this year.
Right now, I'm stocking up on bulk tomatoes and other things to can sauces etc, and will buy almost anything farmers have too much of cause it's cheap and I can usually figure out a tasty way to preserve. I'd love to have my own land and grow my own stuff, but that takes a lot of work and planning. Working on it!