Perhaps my survival skills are lacking.
I wonder how many of us plant small gardens successfully, and how many of us actually know how much work it would be to produce enough food to feed ourselves. Food security is an interesting thought. Mostly, I have thought of it as having enough food produced. Kate Marsh, our local counsellor, defines it as, “Food security means that all members of our community have access to enough nutritious, safe, ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate food at all times.“ My brother in law would say North Americans eat well. But after living with him in West Africa for six weeks the perception shifts a little. WE certainly do have a lot of food at our “disposal”. But how much of it is really worth eating, and is the food accessible by us, good for us.
What we eat is so important to our overall health. I have been reading the book Anti Cancer by MD David Servan-Schreiber. It has been an enjoyable read as he talks about his own experience with cancer. He advises supporting our bodies with a healthy regime to help our bodies fight cancer and stay healthy. We boost our immune system by eating the rights foods. He points out that studies have proven that alongside conventional Medicine your survival rate increases, when you take care of yourself. Of course, those foods that are helpful would be vegetables. Your mother was right.
At this time of year there is so much abundance out there of fresh fruits and veggies we really don’t have any excuse for not enjoying the foods that are good for us. Not all of us, like my beans and cucumbers, will survive lack of care. Although we all know people, like the tomatoes, who survive incredible odds. Happy harvesting if you are fortunate to be so green thumbed, and to the rest of us, happy grocery shopping. May you find an abundance of locally grown, nutritious, safe, and ecologically sustainable produce that will bring health to you.
Interested in learning to preserve? Cowichan Green Community is offering a workshop.