Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Good soil, good food

I am often not sure whether to worry about climate change given all the conflicting evidence, lobbying and mud-slinging. (See earlier post.) But I believe that doing something positive for the earth, to preserve its fertility cannot be bad. After all, the earth "belongs to the Lord".

As my son once said when he was six: "There is no right in doing wrong and there is no wrong in doing right."

So these two Telegraph articles are interesting: Britain facing food crisis as world's soil 'vanishes in 60 years' and Spend more on food rather than holidays, says organic lobby.

When it's gone, it's gone. No soil to farm with. No water to irrigate. No food is to be grown.

What good is the ability to buy cheap clothes when you cannot farm food to eat? Can you eat your cheap clothes?

We are looking forward to our "holiday" (aka visit to my home country) which we try to do once in two years. My son knows no other "foreign holidays" apart from visiting family and friends in Singapore (and lolling about the Presidential grounds when it's open to the public, and meeting the President -- twice).

We eat very well, however. We do not stint on buying organic food. But we also do not spend a lot of money on crisps and sweet fizzy drinks, etc.

Every time I remark -- usually after a very nice meal at home and spending time together as a family -- on how blessed we are to be able to eat so well my husband says, well, he says exactly what Patrick Holden says in the second article: This country used to spend so much more of their disposable income on food. We appreciated the food. We didn't waste it. We used up every bit of food we had.

These days, we spend much less, and instead people spend more on clothes, etc.

Yet, I doubt if all that spending on clothes and shoes and holidays, phones, gadgets and such-like has made any one any happier than their forefathers.

I might be completely wrong, of course.

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