A local food movement is growing in this country as people seeking self reliance realize how healthy and delicious locally produced food can be. As an added plus, learning to produce food and other products locally could also someday mean our very survival.
We have turned into a consumer nation, importing virtually everything we use and enjoy, from the clothes on our backs to the foods we eat.
But Peter D. Schiff, author of the book Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse, warns that we can't remain a consumer nation forever.
Our nation has accumulated trillions of dollars worth of debt, and our creditors are other nations that are producing items we are consuming by taking out loans we cannot pay back.
Eventually these nations will realize they can never get their money back and stop loaning money to us. When that happens, we will no longer be able to purchase the items we need with all that money our government keeps printing out.
The shelves on grocery stores will no longer be stocked with food, clothing, shoes and other things we may need. And because we are no longer a nation that produces most of the goods we consume, most people won't have the skills they need to make the items they need. That's where the local food movement comes in.
So what does that mean for those of us with a heart for homesteading and living off the land? Fortunately, those who read this have already taken a step in the right direction: learning how to garden, keeping a few chickens and even pursuing skills such as beekeeping, and having a goat or milk cow for your own fresh milk and cheese.
But once you get these basics down, you'll do well if you learn to produce other items as well, practical goods that will be valuable to those in your area. Learn to make jams, butter and cheese. Learn woodworking skills and other trades that will enable you to make what you need.
By learning these useful skills now, you can help turn this country back into a nation of producers, a change for the better not only for this country, but also for the rest of the world.
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