Micro Generation and Micro Farming: Combating High Energy Prices, High Food Prices, and Tyranny
One of the worlds leading experts on trend forecasting says that producing our own energy for our homes and cars (called micro generation) will become a huge trend in the next couple of decades.Whats he talking about?
Well, energy and food prices will keep going up. Every dollar we dont have to pay to the energy utility or food producers is a dollar we get to keep. And the technology for producing it ourselves is getting better and better.
So increasingly over the next couple of decades, we will generate our own energy and food.
Indeed, if the economy really crashes, we may not be able to rely on centralized energy producers and utilities or large-scale agriculture and transportation. So getting a head-start in thinking about micro energy and food production will not only save us money, it will give us confidence in uncertain times.
Due to high oil prices, major breakthroughs in energy production are happening every day.
With recent breakthroughs, individuals can now generate enough energy to get off the grid and power their own homes. Indeed, some companies will even provide the equipment for you.
Moreover, if we get together with some of our neighbors and pool our energy, so we can distribute it where and when it is needed, we will save even more money. Im not talking about hugging trees, holding hands and singing Kumbaya (although if you want to do that, thats okay). Im talking solely about economics. If you start talking to your neighbors about this now, youll be ready when the energy storage technology becomes cheap.
If you have any spare cash lying around and dont know where to invest it, look into micro generation. See this , this and this.
You dont need a huge backyard to grow a sizable portion of your own food. There are ways to grow food even in small spaces.
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You can also join or start a farming cooperative in your area, so that you have access to food in return for a contribution of money or labor (see this, although the farms mentioned dont seem very economical). Community gardens are an option (see this and this).
Ranching cooperatives are also popping up. I predict there will be more and more of them.
My wife says that the economic crash were experiencing will bring Americans closer together as neighbors, and will remind us of whats really important. I hope shes right . . . But this article is not about getting back to the land and singing Kumbaya. Im simply focusing on how to stay afloat financially in a very unstable economy.
Moreover, wars are being fought in our name over oil. Tyranny is being implemented to stifle dissent to imperial wars. 9/11 was carried out, partially, as an excuse to launch the campaign to go steal other peoples oil.
Huge energy companies some with earnings bigger than many countries are calling the shots. As long as we rely on them to provide our power to us, we are buying into the imperial wars, injustice and destruction of our liberties.
If we install solar, wind, or whatever other micro equipment we can in our homes and offices, then we could decentralize power-generation and thus decentralize power away from the energy giants and their imperial political allies.
Indeed, it is arguably patriotic to participate in micro generation and micro farming. The Founding Fathers sung the virtues of citizen farmers. Dont quit your day job . . . but if we become citizen energy-and-food farmers in our spare time, the self-sufficiency and sense of responsibility might help in some small way we to restore true American values. (George Washingtons Blog, 7.17.2008)