I don't think it to be an overstatement to say that almost all of the problems we face today can be linked back to the produce-and-consume society that has been forced upon us. I am going to list some of the problems here, but there are many more -
- The very basic problem is over-population, at least in certain areas of the world; as this is happening the population of the White Race has dropped drastically over the last 100 years or so. If this were happening to an animal species or plant species there would be an uproar, and drastic measures taken to halt the decline. The problem is not, per se, overpopulation, but is the imbalance of the human species on Earth.
- There is evidence to suggest that in very ancient times a White Race of 'Giants' (tall and fair) made up the ruling caste of many peoples around the world. This mighty Race of Men declined and the White Race today is a mere shadow of the past; whereas this ruling caste ruled wisely, helping other peoples of the world, giving them their knowledge and insight, the White Man of the last few hundred years has become totally different, especially since the Judaeo-Christian Religion was opposed upon us. Rather than giving aid and knowledge these people subjugated and exploited in many cases. This was mainly because of a change from a Religious Folk to a materialistic people who had fallen into the lust for gold and power.
- The ruling elite of today are made up of power-hungry and greedy individuals whose only aim is the lust for power at any cost, and who have created this produce-and-consume society in order to control peoples lives completely - world-wide. This power-elite has caused revolutions, wars, and widespread terror, and such people, who have no regard for lives, nor for the planet, will certainly never change.
- Animal Cruelty - This is really a symptom of the problem caused by the produce-and-consume society. Take, for instance, the case of the cruelty on chickens reared to produce eggs and their meat, kept in small cages, or when 'free-range' stuffed into sheds, crammed together like sardines in a tin. This also goes for other animals who are brought up through mass-production techniques. An offshoot of this is that many who do stand for 'animal welfare' are firmly set into this produce-and-consume mentality, and are thus as much part of the problem as anyone else.
- On the same subject, most of the mass-produced goods of today come from China which has an atrocious record of animal cruelty; it is enough to show how some in China treat dogs, using torture and seemingly enjoying doing so. The world sits by and ignores this, and here in England the light is shone upon other areas which are far less cruel. This is Globalism for you, and many of these people are Globalists.
- Over-Population here in England. Those 'lefties' who preach about 'animal welfare' and 'cruelty to animals' are the worst sort of hypocrites. Whilst doing so they encourage more and more 'migrants' to come into this land, and thus push us further into the produce-and-consume society because more food and resources are needed. Food, clothing, housing, water, fuel, waste, schools, doctors, National Health Care, etc. - all of these needs go up more and more. And more and more green land is being built upon due to people moving out of the 'Great Wen' (London).
- The produce-and-consume society has created a vast problem with waste; recycling merely prolongs this society and does not solve the problem. This problem is due to over-packaging with plastics; a lot of fuss is made about this, but there is little that can be done since the problem lies in a shift from local suppliers who did not over-package, to the Global Corporations (Supermarkets and Chain Stores) who supply vast amounts and have to package like this. Many younger people have not seen this change but there has been a vast change in the way people shop.
- Food used to be supplied in paper-bags which are not a problem since they can be burned or composted. Milk used to be supplied in glass bottles which had a returnable deposit and were thus used over and over again. (The glass today can be recycled if they were unusable after a time.) Sparkling drinks were supplied in glass bottles, again with a returnable deposit. Alcohol is supplied in cans or bottles today, but the vast amounts that are consumed are ridiculous, and encouraged by the Global Corporations (such as for Football Matches or Rugby Matches, Christmas etc.). Meat was never packaged but wrapped up fresh. Tinned food and packaged food was there, but never in such high demand as today. And today we have the 'Global Food Business' were the masses are given a wider and wider choice of 'world-foods', even though these are mainly the very same packaged processed foods as before. Basically, packaging has caused a great problem that is unnecessary.
- The 'end rather than mend' mentality means that rather than mending and fixing everything is thrown away and replaced by new goods - goods that need to be produced. In fact, the core of this society, especially amongst younger people, is that of buy-buy-buy, everything having to be thrown aside after a while and replaced by the latest version. This mentality keeps the wheels of industry turning over and over.....
These are just some of the points that I could raise, but I want to dwell upon what we can do as individuals and small groups to change this state of affairs, particularly for the Folk-Community. There are some very simple answers to this, though putting them into practice is another thing. I am not here advocating that we can create a 'utopia' or even an 'ideal' here, since the problems we face being in this society are sometimes insurmountable. Perhaps the best advice we can give to others is to create a plan of what to do, and step-by-step put this into practice, each stage being a 'small victory'.
- The best food is fresh food; and there is no reason why anyone cannot grow their own food and vegetables in even the smallest garden, maybe adding a local allotment. We are always hearing about 'Global Warming', and certainly around here the daffodils are already out in flower, far too early for these. But, whatever the cause, and this has been rather a mild winter, this can be taken advantage of since the warmer weather can be used for early sowings and growing. Rather than moaning in despair over the warmer weather this can be advantageous.
- I have added six raised-beds to my garden for this year in an attempt to grow as much as possible to eat. Added to this I bought a small mini-greenhouse and a cold-frame which will be used to start things off earlier. I had dropped the two allotment plots I had because they were too much to do beside what I had to do in the garden; however the chap next door has taken over hiring these out for the local council, and there is one already dug going for grabs, so I am going to try to get this and use it again. This year I have dug over all the ground which is already prepared for the spring planting.
- There are many ways that we can grow more food, and especially food grown outside the normal growing period. I am trying to expand my growing season to most of the year where this can be done, so as to make a much greater switch from processed/tinned food to fresh vegetables and fruit. I have already gone much of the way, sometimes going back on this, and then taking it up again. But it seems now the time to go much further towards self-reliance.
- The growing trend towards vegan and vegetarian is clear in the supermarkets today; but when I think of 'vegan' and 'vegetarian' I think of fresh vegetables, but the Global Corporations think in terms of processed foods like 'Quorn' or 'Linda McCartney' etc. using 'false' products. I am a meat-eater and will remain so, simply because I see nothing wrong in eating meat from animals that are treated properly. I buy most meat from the local farm-shop or butchers (though our village butcher has just closed down, which is a sign of the times), but there are certain things that I have to buy from the supermarkets due to price. However, even this can be overcome since there is not a necessity to eat meat with every meal, and I have cut out some meals with meat, thus being able to pay more for what I do eat. (*)
- We can go a long way towards self-reliance by growing fruit as well as vegetables; and fruit can also be gathered from the wild - wild plums, wild apples (some grow in certain areas at the side of the roads), wild strawberries, gooseberries that grow wild, and blackberries. There is also another thing here because there is no reason why any individual cannot plant fruit in the countryside, away from the 'madding crowd' of course. This is free land to grow upon. In the garden fruit does need some kind of protection because birds will ravish your supplies without any conscience whatever.
- On this same subject, these fruits, self-grown or wild, can easily be made into jams which will store for months without any form of preservative. I have done this in the past and will start this up again this coming season. Vegetables can be stored by making them into chutneys, by freezing, or by storing certain vegetables (winter squash, potatoes, carrots etc.) in cool conditions. This is yet another point, today we can freeze stuff, and I have a separate freezer bought for doing this. My carrots last year were abundant, and we are still using them from the freezer now.
- It should be pointed out that although such families as the Rothschilds own and thus control the Global Corporations and hence the Supermarkets and Chain-stores, the outlets for the mass-produced junk-food and processed food, they do not live in the same way. Living in a vast mansion in Berkshire they have acres and acres of land on the estate, much of it set aside for the growing of healthy natural food. So why should we be forced to eat the rubbish they produce for us when we can grow our own food.
- There is an important point here too, since we owe it to ourselves to start to move towards self-reliance and growing fruit and vegetables for our own use. This is because the more people that do so now, the harder it will be for the authorities to enforce their will upon us by discouraging people from growing their own food. At this time there is some kind of 'fashion' (especially on the liberal-left) in doing so, and we should take advantage of this. There will come a point where they will try to ensure our total reliance upon the system in all ways. This also applies to allotments since these were once nearly gone, but a revival ensured their continuance into the future and it is hard to get one nowadays in some places.
- Those who hunt and fish will have no problems with meat and fish, and this is also to be encouraged. It would be very had to stop these activities since 'poaching' has always gone on. As I have said, buying less meat and fish from the farm-shop and replacing part with vegetables is a way of getting away from the supermarkets.
- A word of caution, though. One of the farm-shops I used when my daughter attended college some years ago used to sell local rabbits. I bought some of these but on one occasion they had only frozen rabbits, and when I asked if they were shot locally the answer was that they came from Italy! This is a local farm-shop, and why on earth would you import rabbits which run around in their millions here. Best to ask if the stuff is locally caught.
- I make all my own bread now, because I have somewhat 'cheated' since my daughter Freya bought me a bread-maker. I used to do so by hand, but this was inconvenient sometimes, whereas with a bread-maker the job is made so much easier, and whilst it is doing you can get on with something else.
- Eggs I buy from the farm-shop since they have their own chickens; getting egg-laying hens is ideal, but not everyone can do so. My grandfather kept his own chickens and had daily eggs, and chicken-meat when they grew older.
I think what I have said here is a start towards understanding how far it is possible to go towards moving away from the produce-and-consume society that we are trapped in today. As I said, perhaps the best way is to start a plan of what you are going to do, and to put this into practice stage by stage. Each step is a small 'victory' and thus encouraging.
What is important is that small steps need to be made at a time, and the need to keep things going into the future is important too. Large seed suppliers go for F1 Hybrids because they can sell these again and again, and rely upon us not to other collecting seeds for the following year. It is important to collect seeds from selected plants for the following year, dry them, and store them carefully.
(*) In regard to animal welfare and cruelty to animals I think we should also consider the fact that plants do have a form of consciousness and 'feelings', even though these may not be as pronounced. This is usually laughed off as 'rubbish' but when we consider the subject in respect of such figures as Edward Bach who got his remedies from 'communication' with the plants, and the original people of the Findhorn Community (not those running it today) who were said to have contacted the 'plant spirits' which was how they grew in areas which were not at all ideal, then the idea of Plant Consciousness should not be pushed aside. What we can say for sure is that the mass-produced vegetables of today can hardly be said to have been grown with any kind of respect at all. And without such respect such produce can hardly be said to be anything better than the abuse of animals in rearing for food. The other side to this is the complete disrespect for the land too. Since a good deal of Organic Food is produced by those 'left-leaning' (I have worked on an Organic Farm) people who have no regard for the natural concept of Blood and Soil, no regard for their own nation (in fact usually a hatred for it); these people are certainly not in any position to feel self-righteous about their role in all this. Plants have consciousness, and have as much right to respect as do animals. It is natural to eat meat and we have done so for thousands of years, but it is the means by which these animals are treated and killed that matters. But this also applies to plants and trees since these also need to be grown and harvested with the same type of respect. What is admirable in Folkish Wodenism is that we have meat-eaters, hunters, vegetarians and vegans, none of whom try to push their own preferences on others.